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Tap This: Spring is the season for saison: A drinkable, flavorful Belgian

Tap This: Spring is the season for saison: A drinkable, flavorful Belgian

With spring in the air — maybe not visible on the thermometer or with the sheer volume of snow still on the ground — there is one specific style of beer that reigns supreme this season. The saison is the perfect spring season beer, but what exactly is it and where does it come from? […]

I’d Tap That: Ommegang’s Hennepin is perfect for the coming spring season

I’d Tap That: Ommegang’s Hennepin is perfect for the coming spring season

Glassware: The saison style, like many Belgian beers, is effervescent and has a large fluffy head. Glassware that has room for the beer to breath and also traps the wonderful Belgian yeast aroma is an absolute must. This is a beer that is best enjoyed cold, and glassware that allows the beer to warm slowly […]

Tap This: Oregon’s Rouge Ales brews world class beers

Tap This: Oregon’s Rouge Ales brews world class beers

The craft beer industry has grown in leaps and bounds. The current number of American breweries is about double the amount that existed in per-prohibition America. While the number of breweries opening has been on a steady and sharp incline as of late, in 1988 it was a vastly different story. In the mid ’80s […]

I’d Tap That: You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Dead Guy

I’d Tap That: You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Dead Guy

Glassware: Beers in the lager family are brewed to be enjoyed in quantities, not fussed over too much. Dead Guy Ale offers more than the standard lager so glassware that gets the beer from glass to mouth quickest is the best choice. A willi becher or nonic pint glass are the best choices for a […]

Tap This: Liquid gold at the end of the rainbow

Tap This: Liquid gold at the end of the rainbow

St. Patrick’s Day is when many claim to be Irish and celebrate by consuming mass quantities of green macro beers. If you’re a better-beer drinker, fear not; there is a plethora of great craft beers to enjoy. Stouts have long been an Irish tradition but many American brewers got on board and now brew phenomenal […]

I’d Tap That: A perfect porter for St. Patrick’s Day

I’d Tap That: A perfect porter for St. Patrick’s Day

Glassware: Rich roasted porters deserve glassware that allows the aroma to flourish and be noticed to fully enjoy such a world class beer. A stemmed porter glass is a great choice, however a snifter or nonic pint glass will also work. The trick is to allow this beer to warm to room temperature to truly […]

Tap This: Big beer bubbles vs. small beer bubbles

Tap This: Big beer bubbles vs. small beer bubbles

Craft beer, like any other market, is full of fads and offerings to differentiate one beer from another. Some fads come and go with a whisper others stay around and continue to build in popularity. One such fad is the addition of nitro, or nitrogen, in beer. While this may not technically be a fad […]

I’d Tap That: Goes down fast and smooth

I’d Tap That: Goes down fast and smooth

Glassware: If a beer is said to have coffee as an ingredient the first area it should be sensed is in the aroma. Glassware that traps the rich coffee notes and allows the beer to warm to room temperature is best. Spiegelau makes a fantastic stout glass, but is not widely available due to its […]

Tap This: Move over hops, coffee is the new flavor on scene

Tap This: Move over hops, coffee is the new flavor on scene

The craft beer movement has brought forth a wide array of ingredients previously overlooked as possibilities within beer. Many of these ingredients are new and exciting and forever pushing the definition of beer. One ingredient has been viewed as a perfect addition — coffee. While coffee as an ingredient is not traditional in a historic […]

Tap This: 6 beers to try this Valentine’s Day no matter who you’re with

Tap This: 6 beers to try this Valentine’s Day no matter who you’re with

When discussing craft beers in America we tend to drop impressive dates of some older breweries that opened in the late ’70s or early ’80s. These “older” breweries seem to have been on the landscape for quite some time. Some macro breweries even date back to the 1800s, but in the overall beer landscape, we […]

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