Beer is Art

Last week’s post looked at a recent comparison of IPAs and some of it’s “surprising” results. In it, I made the point that beer is subjective. When it comes down to it, beer is art. I heard Garrett Oliver speak at a conference and the point that stuck with me is the artful nature of beer. … Read more…

Scarcity Is Not Quality

No style post this week. After 14 straight weeks, I need a break. Check back next week. We have dozens left to cover. Recently, this article about a blind tasting of 116 of America’s best IPAs got my attention. What made me do a double take at the results was that Good People IPA rated … Read more…

Steam Beer, AKA California Common

There is only one Steam Beer. It’s been brewed and bottled since 1971 in San Francisco, CA by Anchor Brewing Company, a modern tribute to the Anchor Steam of the late 1800’s. Anchor trademarked Steam and protects it vigorously. Normally, that wouldn’t sit well with me, but Anchor is a legend, dating back to 1896. … Read more…

Belgian Dubbel

Our last post was about Tripel, one of Belgium’s best known beers. Dubbel is another one.  Like Tripels, Dubbel have their lineage in ancient monastic brewing traditions. Westmalle’s version dates back to the mid-1800s, about five years before the US Civil War, but the inspiration goes back to the Middle Ages. While several Dubbels are … Read more…

Belgian Tripel

The Tripel is one of Belgium’s best known beers. The roots of the style are in old monastic brewing traditions, but the style was first commercially sold as a “Tripel” by the Monks at Westmalle in 1956. Here’s an important note… Tripel is not necessarily Trappist. Trappist Ales are brewed by Trappist monks in Monasteries … Read more…