BeerAdvocate magazine #59

Beware of Homerism Beer Smack by

One fact that many consumers tend to ignore is that a “craft” beer isn’t good by default, nor is a beer good simply because it’s “local.”

Beer News News by

Post office may permit mailing of beer and wine; Alchemy & Science preparing to conduct craft beer chemistry; Dave Farnworth passes away; Michigan now tagging kegs with bar codes; and November elections bring changes to alcohol laws in Georgia and Washington.

Beer Cultism Unfiltered by

Cultism is giving beer a bad name and is driving a wedge between brewers, beer lovers and a certain class of scarcity-seeking tickers.

The National Brewing Awards 2011 The Politics of Beer by

The National Brewing Awards are so named because they are awarded without the need to enter any competition, to nations in recognition of what they have done for beer brewing during the year in question. There is no ceremony and no official presentation.

Books Shelf Talker by

Why we’re reading The Journal of the Brewery History Society and Beer Cocktails: 50 Superbly Crafted Cocktails That Liven Up Your Lagers and Ales.

The Recursive Staff of Life BYOB by

It’s clear from history that beer and bread, brewing and baking, have always been intimately connected. Old-World recipes for beer-making combined fresh grain with crumbled loaves of dense storage bread, like the Sumerian bappir. The beer we’re using is made with the bread we’re baking.

Daniel Kleban of Maine Beer Company 9 Steps to Beerdom by

When Daniel and David Kleban started the Maine Beer Company, they were brewing their hoppy American ales one barrel at a time in an industrial park on the outskirts of Portland; they’re now on pace to do 1,500 barrels a year, and that quantity doesn’t come close to meeting consumer demand.

Stock Pale Ale Fermented Culture by

In the 19th century, Pale Ales were matured for months before sale. The gap between mash tun and glass could be more than a year. And not just the beer shipped to India; Pale Ale in a pub in Britain could be just as old as the IPA in Bombay.

Battlefield IPA by Avondale Brewing Co. Label Approval by

Avondale’s Battlefield IPA was inspired by the only Civil War battle fought in Jefferson County, Alabama where Avondale calls home.

Brewing Up House Tours Innovation by

Although New York is typically considered to be on the cutting edge of just about everything, homebrewing has taken a lot longer to reach the Big Apple than other parts of the country. But Josh Bernstein says New Yorkers are more than making up for lost time.

Gingerbread Oatmeal Stout Coffeecake and Noël Bread Cuisine à la Bière by

Noël Bread and Gingerbread Oatmeal Stout Coffeecake, two easy-to-bake breakfast treats will delight one and all, maybe even becoming one of your family’s holiday traditions.

A Party Like It’s 2012 Party-Gyle by

There’s no time to waste on planning your New Year’s Eve party. But what makes a good New Year’s Eve party? Aside from a healthy stock of good beer, one ingredient to a good party is to start with an inventive theme.

Jester King Brewery From the Source by

The original plan was to build Jester King in an industrial part of Austin, but when a local farmer just outside the city offered his 200-acre farm as a brewery site, the three managing partners accepted. Today, Jester King is producing some of Texas’ most intriguing beers in a style that seems more suited to Belgium than the American Heartland.

Beer Cocktails Feature by

As innovations in craft beer yield new styles and ever-more complex flavor profiles, the most creative mixologists in the country have added beer to their palette, and the results are packed with inimitable flavors and textures.

London, England Destinations by

Everywhere you turn in London, history is meshed together vibrantly with the modern world. This clash of old and new is also reflected in the beer scene.

Clark Lewey, Founder, Toppling Goliath Brewing Company Last Call by

In Decorah, Iowa, Clark Lewey was disappointed with the local selection. So he started brewing his own “beers that make a statement.” Homebrewing quickly turned into a business plan, and Toppling Goliath launched on a nano-system.