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Born in the USA: A History of the American IPA + Home Brew Recipe

Born in the USA: A History of the American IPA + Home Brew Recipe

It all started with one hop and some inspiration from one beer.  As more hop varieties became available the style began to flourish. Now IPAs are recognized by their abundance of hop flavor and aroma but the beauty of the style is that there are many variations on the market, from balanced to completely hop-crazy. 

Belgian Golden Strong: A Devil of a Beer

Belgian Golden Strong: A Devil of a Beer

The result was the now famous version of the beer with its crisp malt profile, herbal hop notes, spicy yeast character and dry finish. This would be the beer that started the style: the first Belgian Golden Strong.

Soft Pretzels + 2 Dippings Sauces

Soft Pretzels + 2 Dippings Sauces

who knows what possessed me to make pretzels on a Wednesday afternoon a couple weeks ago. I guess it was because I had an entire pint jar of beer mustard hanging around and taunting me every time I opened the fridge.

The Saison: A Brief History & Homebrew Overview

The Saison: A Brief History & Homebrew Overview

In the summer I brew a lot of Belgian beers. One of my favorite Belgian styles to brew is the saison. It also happens to be one of our featured styles this month, which is BJCP Category 25: Strong Belgian Ale. I’m not so sure if the original brewers of the style would agree that it belongs in that category. The original beers were low in alcohol, brewed to satisfy thirst after a hard day’s work.

Designing Your Own Homebrew Labels with a Suprising Method

Designing Your Own Homebrew Labels with a Suprising Method

If you’re a home brewer, you may have thought about making your own labels. Joanna and I like to give home brewed beer to friends and we’re tired of giving it out without labels. Label design can not only be labor intensive, but it’s difficult to have a strong design and appeal to a large audience. Sometimes a simple design can be the most striking but also surprisingly hard to come up with.

Marinated Flank Steak

Marinated Flank Steak

What can you serve with this? Anything you want! The marinade doesn’t necessarily fit into any one flavor profile, so you could do whatever you wanted with it. Flank steak is great for tacos. Or throw it on a salad of mixed greens and tomatoes. To make lettuce wraps, just add a little hoisin sauce and top with pickled daikon and carrots.

Beer Mustard

Beer Mustard

Mustard is perfect for summer grilling season, on your favorite grilled meat, added to a marinade or even as part of a salad dressing for greens.