Saturday, December 16, 2017

Browsing the "hops" Tag

lupulin brewing cover

Lupulin Brewing in Big Lake

With so many breweries proximal to the heart of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the amount of airtime that Lupulin Brewing gets may be surprising. The quality of their beer is no secret, though, and their lines at festivals routinely stretch [...]

November 28, 2017 greater minnesota, tasting and critique
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hop preservation methods: cryo magic

It’s hard to visit a brewery lately without some mention of hop science. Dry-hopping is now ubiquitous in many taprooms, and there has been increased discussion about how whirlpool additions of hops contribute to bitterness in addition to flavor. Recently, terms [...]

June 22, 2017 homebrewing, news and annoucements, texas
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Dogfish is here, and it’s a big deal

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has finally come to Minnesota and it’s a very big deal, but not for the reasons you may think. Now in it’s 21st year, Delaware’s Dogfish Head is expanding into the local market at a time [...]

March 22, 2017 news and annoucements, tasting and critique

Beer in 2017 – what’s to come?

There was a palpable change in the dynamic culture of craft beer in 2016. The year saw mergers and acquisitions, further growth to the point of pre-prohibition numbers, and a swing in the balance between camaraderie and competition. Though my view [...]

January 5, 2017 news and annoucements, soapbox sunday

PEG Beer Co. now open!

After 10 years of complete brewing stagnancy, the Winnipeg beer landscape is finally changing. Fueled by a major legislative change making taprooms legal, three new breweries have opened this year with more (some reports say about 10 within the province) [...]

October 18, 2016 beer abroad, canadian beer, food and restaurants, Travel
Citra hops

spotlight on citra

I take it as a sign of maturation within our beer market that the general public can name specific types of hops. Hop varieties are listed in descriptions on many beer menus, and several very popular beers are named for [...]

April 23, 2016 history and traditional styles, tasting and critique

Women in Beer: from Sumeria to Summit

  This article was originally published under the auspices of The Four Firkins blog. As the website is no more, I am publishing it here. The repetition, for those who have already perused this piece, is due to the fact [...]

July 28, 2015 history and traditional styles, soapbox sunday
Fulton Insurrection

Fulton Insurrection

A few summers ago, Summit’s Damian McConn chatted with me on the Red Cow patio. He was all jazzed up about experimenting with southern hemisphere hops – varieties from places like New Zealand and Australia. I was still wandering around [...]

February 10, 2015 tasting and critique, the twin cities