Boring Beer Must Die…

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Beer Styles, BeerAdvocate Mag, Craft Beer

With slowly creeping hop levels and increasingly complex degrees of barrel aging, the very definition of beer has evolved if not mutated into some improbable beast of flavor and fancy in recent years. But this era of spiraling expressionism has led to the rather unfortunate development of a new, particularly pernicious kind of beer snobbery. […]

The Other Side of Stout…

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Beer Styles, Guinness, Stout

When it comes to stout, a single beer defines the style for most drinkers. With its cascading layers of nitrogenated foam and alternating hues of mocha and cream, Guinness draft beer is a world classic. The growing wait for the pour to complete, whether marketing hocus pocus or based in reality, is part of the […]

The Black IPA Problem…

Posted on 18 CommentsPosted in Beer Styles, Black IPA, Brewers Association, Greg Noonan, Pacific Northwest

I’ve been loathe to get involved in the growing dispute over what to call dark beers that display bountiful hop characters without the bite and flavor of roasted malts. Their recent appearances have generated monikers such as Black IPA, India Black Ale, and Cascadian Dark Ale. The history and genesis of this style, whatever you […]