Nothing is cooler than coolships — especially for retro-futurists who love great beer. A large, shallow vessel made of copper or stainless steel, coolships are used to cool wort so it can spontaneously ferment into beer. They have been used for centuries, most famously for Belgian lambic at revered breweries like Cantillon.
At the inaugural Beer With(out) Beards festival in Brooklyn last summer, attendees lined up for Black Project, a Denver, Colo., outfit specializing in spontaneous and wild ales. Behind the table, with a bucket of bottles and opener poised at her hip, stood Sarah Howat, Black Project’s operations manager. Sour and other spontaneously fermented or wild […]
A U.K.-based brewery called Jubel Beer recently released its first brew, a peach-infused lager called Alpine. Jubel’s founders claim Alpine fills a void in the market, saying beer is “too boring” (!) and cider is “too sweet.” Well, we have news for you, Jubel. Peach beer is already popular among seasoned beer drinkers. Belgium’s Lindemans […]
“I grew up on Mister Softee, and have fond memories of chasing down the truck come summer,” Bryan Brushmiller, the brewmaster and owner of Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin, Md., says. Many of us have similar childhood memories, but only Brushmiller was inspired to make sour beer-infused soft-serve ice cream. J.R.E.A.M., Burley Oak’s line of […]
Gose occupies a strange place in the beer market. Beer that’s salty and sour is not exactly ordinary for those of us raised on pilsners and lagers. But for those who seek out sour beers, or are curious to expand their horizons, this ancient style is an obvious choice for summer refreshment.
Ah, Berliner weisse. Tracing back as far as 17th-century Berlin (and perhaps even further, depending on whom you ask), this unique beer style has been around for centuries for good reason. It’s delicious and ridiculously refreshing.
Tart, tangy, and technically contaminated, kettle sours are an increasingly popular craft beer category. But the term “kettle sour” is not a beer style; rather, it’s a means to an end.
Blessed with 22 breweries and counting, Fort Collins, Col0. is known as the “Napa Valley of Beer.” Chief among its assets is New Belgium Brewing. Founded in 1991, New Belgium currently operates state-of-the-art, eco-friendly facilities in both Fort Collins and Asheville, N.C., and will debut a brewery on the ground floor of Denver’s Source Hotel […]
Cider is a broad category. By definition, sour cider is “cider fermented with non-traditional yeast and bacteria, typically lactic and acetic acid, and wild-fermented,” Peter Clausen, production manager of 101 Cider House in Los Angeles, says. Clausen quite literally defined the category, assisting the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) in creating the definition […]