When I created my recipe, I focused on the more robust flavors that I appreciate in the style.
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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.
Here's our Afternoon Bender for today. There's some big news in the world of craft beer!
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.
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.
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.
Today's Afternoon Bender features aging unique beer styles, beer as fuel, and some of my favorite written pieces. Yes, Georgia, newspapers do still exist!
Today's Afternoon Bender features more brewery coffee (we like coffee, okay?), a favorite brewery expansion, different Chicagoland events, and a great new podcast that had us cracking up.