Recipe: October Beer

The O.G.P.A BJCP Category 27 Historical Beer So last week I talked about the history of British brewing and the October beer, the first rumbling of the style that we would eventually come to know as IPA. A lot of the info came from Mitch Steele’s wonderful book on IPA’s titled, appropriately enough, IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale. In the book he roughly described a recipe from the 1700’s…

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The Complete History of the IPA: Part 1 The First IPA

There is no style more emblematic of the American Craft Beer Revolution than the IPA. It’s a  style that dates back to pre-industrial brewing, perfected during the industrial revolution, and revived to become one of the most important, dynamic styles in our modern age. It’s born of brewing techniques as old as beer itself, the latest advances in biology and genetics and the ambition and ingenuity that are changing the landscape of the beer world…

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Your Second Batch: Partial Mash Brewing

So you brewed your first extract beer.  And it’s nice. Hopefully. Let’s just assume it’s nice. You crack open the bottle, pour in a glass and enjoy it a little more knowing that you brewed it. You are, in fact, it’s creator. And yet… something is missing. Somehow you just know it can get better. Sure, your deadbeat friends can’t suck it down fast enough but there is something else out there… You somehow know…

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Homebrew Recipe: Prohibit This! Cream Ale

So a few weeks back we finished up our story behind the American Lager. So it seemed only right and appropriate (appropriate and right) to share our recipe for the Prohibit This! Cream Ale Wait, I hear you say, that piece was on the American Lager. WTF is a cream ale? Well, remember how, in the 1800’s lager beers started becoming popular in a big, bad way?  This shift in popularity made ale producers drop…

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Oktoberfest!

We are coming into my favorite time of the beer calendar. The long, hot summer has ended, giving way to cool, crisp nights and with it a veritable parade of seasonal styles. The first among them: Oktoberfest! What Is Oktoberfest? Well it’s a party. And a beer. And a beer you drink at a party. And a beer that is kinda associate with the party… listen, it’s a whole bunch of things. More than anything…

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