Tag Archives: Hops

Who put the cardboard in my beer? Aging and oxidation of Beer

Who put the cardboard in my beer? Aging and oxidation of beer. by Will Deutschman Check out Will’s article on the Myth of the 100+ IBU IPA There has been much talk lately of cellaring beer. Some are for it, enjoying collecting treasures to savor slowly over the years. Some do it so they can have ‘vertical tastings’ of different vintages of the same brew. Some do it accidentally because beers get ‘lost’ in the basement. (The author sheepishly raises his hand here.) And, of…

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The myth of the 100+ IBU IPA

The myth of the 100+ IBU IPA by Will Deutschman Check out Will’s article on Beer Aging and Oxidation (tastes like cardboard) We are a country that is all agog about IPAs right now. Regular IPAs has become the norm. No brewery worth its salt is without one, and for the craft beer consumer it has very nearly become the Bud Lite of the day. Now it seems people compete to stand at the top of the heap of the biggest, baddest, hoppiest IPA out there.…

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Grow Local Drink Local

It’s common to hear people talking about drinking “local beer,” but does anyone ever drink truly local beer?   While one frequently sees “Local Farms, Local Food” stickers, “local beer” stickers have yet to make an appearance.  Most malt still comes from a handful of major mid-west malt houses while it is rare to find locally grown hops. Thankfully, this is rapidly changing. So what is the definition of a local beer or drinking local?   Is it having a pint that is made locally…

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Stone Cow Brewery – Review

Stone Cow Brewery Review Barre, Massachusetts Massachusetts has quickly become a beer lovers paradise with more than 125 breweries currently open and more on the way.  Western Massachusetts specifically has become home to some of the top breweries in the state despite, according to many Bostonians, being in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do.  The relatively rural and quiet region of Western Mass has no shortage of wonderful craft breweries and was recently named a Top 11 Beer Destination by Thrillist Magazine.  You won’t find…

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Breckenridge IPA Three Ways

IPAs are so yesterday, right? IPAs are boring, right? IPAs are the opposite of innovation, right? Think again. Single hop. Dry hop. Wet hop. SMaSH. First wort. Mosaic. Amarillo. Citra. English. American. It seems that IPAs are evolving as quickly as the industry that made it famous. Where hops used to be the star of the IPA show, hops often play a secondary or tertiary part alongside an incredible complex set of flavors and aromas in today’s IPAs.  Meanwhile, farmers continue to breed new variants…

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