For craft brewers tempted to focus their attention on high-priced, limited-edition beers that appeal to a tiny fraction of beer lovers, it’s telling that the original craft brewer, Anchor Brewing, has not embraced the high-alcohol and hop-bomb craze.
The story behind this style not only recalls the creation of one of the world’s great brewing capitals in Burton-on-Trent, but it harkens the triumph of the British empire, a living, breathing emblem of might and power.
The fall harvest brings apples, hard squashes, and full-flavored brews like Imperial Porters, Barleywines, and pumpkin beers. To celebrate these offerings, try one of two cake recipes that are simple in nature, yet add an elegant touch to any evening.
Every West Coast city has a beer scene to make you sing, but not Los Angeles. That’s not to say bastions of beer excellence don’t exist in this humble burg. In Pasadena, Mark Jilg operates one such outlier—Craftsman Brewing Company.
When you boil it all down, beer is little more than four simple ingredients—malt, hops, water and yeast. Join us as we explore these humble components in a two-part series taking it all back to basics.
Academics, artists, bureaucrats, techies and unreconstructed hippies: You throw them in the pot, they simmer for a while, and wind up congealing into a mass that’s thirsting for a quality beverage. And nowhere in the upper Midwest does it all come together like it does in Madison, Wis.