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Getting Sweet on Sour

What do you do when sour beer goes mainstream? It is not a question that is immediately before us, as sour beer is not yet mainstream. But how much longer will it be before we see Rickards Sour or Coors Light Tart (hopefully a long, long time – ed.)?

I exaggerate to make a point. […]

La Trappe Falls into a Wood Trap

I have said plenty lately about the fine beer produced by the Trappist breweries. I continue to enjoy drinking one every now and again, even if here in Alberta the price point can be a bit steep.

I spotted a Trappist rarity the other day, the La Trappe Quadrupel Oak-Aged. La Trappe re-instated an oak […]

One Man’s (Late) Take on the New BJCP Guidelines

As I mentioned a week ago (in this post), I have been spending a bit of time studying the new BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines. I know I am totally late to the game on this as the new guidelines came out months ago. I did look at them at the time but with various life […]

The Challenges of Style-izing

Over the past few weeks I have quietly been studying and reflecting on the new 2015 BJCP Guidelines, which by all accounts is something of a sea change in the beer judging world. Longstanding groupings of styles and even the basic logic of the category divisions has been blown up, along with the addition of […]

The American Drunk Monks

Regular readers of this site know that I have a soft spot for the Trappist breweries – or as I like to call them, the Drunk Monks. I am not Catholic (far from it) but I really appreciate the idea of monks incorporating the creation of good beer into their duties, and doing so both […]

Sour Beer the Easy Way

Kettle souring is a thing. It has gone from nowhere to relatively common in the U.S. in relatively short order. And now it has come home to Alberta. Wild Rose just released Cow Bell, their first kettle soured beer, and I am told the folks at Blindman Brewing will soon be working on one as […]

The Historic Beer Thought Experiment, Part Three

I have fallen a bit behind in posting my regular columns recently – life has been noticeably hectic and things like the Advent Calendar took up a fair bit of oxygen. One thing I was working on in the fall was a three-part series offering a thought experiment of what beer we know today might […]

What Your Beer Tasted Like 100 Years Ago, Part Two

In September I started a series in my Beer 101 column exploring what some beer styles today might have tasted a couple hundred years ago. It is intended as a kind of thought experiment, using what historical knowledge I have combined with my understanding of brewing, ingredients and their effects, etc. I don’t claim my […]

The Burnabarians are at the Tafel!

I have noticed recently that a few of the latest wave of B.C. breweries have snuck their way into the Alberta market. I have been sampling them in dribs and drabs, just to get a sense of things. One that caught my attention fairly early on is Dageraad Brewing from Burnaby. They have been open […]

What Your Beer Tasted Like a Century Ago

My Beer 101 column for September takes a look at three fairly well known styles and contemplates what they might have tasted like in the time of their origin. You can read the colmun here. The impetus for the article was my experience in the spring brewing up an historical stout with Neil at Alley […]