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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.

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.

A Munich Helles Sour Split

A Munich Helles Sour Split

Home brewers endlessly improve old recipes and continue to brew new styles. Don’t even get me started on yeast strains! The problem is there are never enough brew days to satisfy these impulses. But there are some good ways to work around those time constraints.