Tag: Experimentation

BrewLAB: How California’s 1.5-Barrel Microbrewery Lives Up to Its Name From the Source by

BrewLAB’s small size comes with a glut of flexibility, and with both owners serving as brewers, too, there’s no shortage of opportunity to live up to the California brewery’s name.

Leave the Abbey, Join the Playground: The Crucial Influence of Foreign Breweries on Belgian Beer Feature by

With a focus on experimentation and, especially, hops, a new generation of Belgian brewers takes its inspiration not from its Trappist or Lambic-producing forefathers, but from brewers in the US and the UK.

Cosmic Fluff BYOB by

A homebrew with lactose, powdered peanut butter and vanilla extract evokes the childhood memory of peanut butter-and-marshmallow fluff sandwiches.

Flying High: Pilot Systems Guide the Way at Breweries Large and Small Feature by

The recent boom in new breweries has come with a secondary phenomenon: the growth in smaller scale commercial brewing equipment. Today, it seems, almost no one runs a commercial brewery without a pilot system.

Experimental Homebrewing: Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer Shelf Talker by

Why we’re reading Experimental Homebrewing: Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer.

A Long, Cold Storage: Making Way for Craft Lagers Feature by

The vast majority of craft brewers make forgiving, warm-fermenting ales. But new lager-focused breweries are taking a two-tracked approach to changing that, making fresh versions of the German classics and pushing American lagers into new territory with pumpkins, coffee, rye malt and candi sugar.

When Good Beers Go Bad: The Tears and Triumphs of Failed Experiments Feature by

Craft beer drinkers, like brewers, want to be challenged. From Chipotle Ale to peanut butter and jelly beer, we never know what will pleasantly surprise us, and the true craft beer drinker will try anything once.

Has Craft Brewing Got Mission Creep? The Politics of Beer by

The point of the craft beer revolution was to reestablish the reputation of beer as a quality drink, not to show how clever we can all be. The beers that will achieve that aim will be achieved by beers that are well made, not simply different.

Boring Beer Must Die Unfiltered by

Just because the American craft beer industry produces a lot of beers in traditional styles doesn’t mean they’re anything near world-class in quality. The only shame in brewing traditional beers is doing them poorly or without care or thought.