Home Feature Beyond the pale

Beyond the pale

/ 0


They’re all fizzy and yellow, but don’t be fooled: From crisp and hoppy to sweet and soft, light-colored beers have a full rainbow of flavors.

1. The delicate flower of summery beers, kölsches’ soft malt and fruity sweetness meet a clean, quietly dry conclusion.

2. Lemon and white pepper are the hallmarks of bubbly saisons, a traditional summer style born in rural Belgium.

3. Crisp as they come, pilsners—both American and German—show off grainy and sweet malts sliced clean by moderate bitterness.

4. Today’s American pale ale is a bright hop bomb with robust grassy, piney and grapefruit flavor, and just enough caramel sweetness to balance the sip.

5. While California commons (also called steam beers) look sunny, it’s off to the shady woods with its foresty, minty hops; firm toasted malt keeps the sip balanced.

6. Before Prohibition, cream ales were king (and as hoppy as modern pale ales!). Today, these crisp, not-hoppy-but-not-malty brews have a distinct corny flavor (from to-style adjuncts) and, often, delicate fruit esters like pear.

7. American blondes are all about the bread flavor (think toast, biscuit, or straight-up loaf); some grassy hops and a touch of bitterness add some kick.

8. Stronger than she looks, a Belgian blond’s round honey sweetness and soft lemon notes meet crisp bitterness and smooth alcohol in the finish.

9. A perfect daytime sipper, Helles lagers are hailed for their malt-forward grainy taste that doesn’t lean sweet; noble hops add just a touch of spice.

FYI: Kölsches, cream ales and blondes are hybrid styles, meaning they’re brewed with a lager yeast (like you’d expect to find in your favorite lawnmower beer), but at a higher temperature like ales, which can color their swallows with fruity notes.


Brewery Travels

Brewery Travels: My Favorite Brewery/Beer from Each State

In my ongoing quest to visit breweries all across this great land, I have now surpassed the 400 mark, and they’ve been spread across 37 states and 175+ cities. To celebrate this landmark, I’ve put together a ‘Special Edition’ of Brewery Travels: A rundown of my favorites in each of the states visited so far.

CATEGORIES: Beer   Feature   Midwest Breweries   Midwest Feature   Northeast Breweries   South Breweries   Travel   West Breweries  


Why a Miller Lite Was the Best Beer I’ve Ever Had

I’ve worked in craft beer for nearly five years now. I’ve had the fortune to try some truly amazing brews: Pliny the Elder, Heady Topper, Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout. Supplication? I’ve got one in my mini-fridge. The reason I’m telling you this is because I want to frame my statements here properly. I’ve had good beer, trust me. The best beer I’ve ever had, though, was a Miller Lite.

CATEGORIES: Beer   Feature   MIDWEST   Midwest Feature  

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

201 queries in 2.497 seconds.