More than 600 examples of Brut IPA have been added to the BeerAdvocate database in recent months. Can it hold the attention of beer enthusiasts or will demand sputter as drinkers return to West Coast IPAs and New England IPAs?
Unsurprisingly, many of the most popular BeerAdvocate stories in 2017 focus on hops, while a nearly equal number of popular stories explored the meaning of “craft beer” as Big Beer continued its aggressive takeovers.
If you’re looking for a near perfect example of the style, hunt this Saison down or run through the rest of Blackberry Farm’s portfolio, which is loaded with similar beers and other Belgian-influenced offerings.
While it once represented up to three-quarters of the beer drunk in London, Porter’s popularity took a big hit after WWII. Today, enterprising brewers with a passion for the style and its history are rescuing this dark ale from obscurity.
While many brewers chase experimental hop strains, sequence yeast, and use technology to dial in new recipes, a handful of others are looking to the past for inspiration, hoping that ancient ales will excite a new generation of drinkers.