May 3, 2013 |
Brewers have long used anything and everything they can as a source of fermentable sugars in their mix of brewing grains -- called the "grist", but malted barley is by far the favored grain. Barley is full of the enzymes needed to properly convert the starches contained in its kernels to the sugars that the yeast can eat, and it's fibrous husk eases the brewing process. Wheat is another very popular ingredient that is important to many styles of beer, but it is better suited to bread-baking than it is to brewing.
December 29, 2011 |
Alesmith makes this brew all year, but strong, malty ales of its sort really come into their own in cold weather. "Wee Heavy" is the traditional name for a Scottish ale style that is something like a Gaelic cousin to bock: rich, malty and viscous with lots of caramel flavors, relatively low in hops. This one pours medium brown with a tan head. The nose is milk chocolate crossed with carob, plus something grainy or grassy. The palate is molasses-sweet with just a hint of hops, and the finish is long and sweet.
November 3, 2012 |
Winter seasonal beers are traditionally a bit sweet, often with a spice note, for comfort in cold weather. Winter Solstice follows this pattern, but it seems specifically designed for one particular season: Turkey Day and the subsequent Turkey Leftover Days. It pours medium amber with a moderate tan head. The nose is malty and very slightly yeasty, with a hint of nutmeg and perhaps allspice. On the palate, it's rich and round and somewhat plush, with hops firmly marching in to dry up the sweetness during the long finish.
August 11, 2011 |
In the Middle Ages, brewers sometimes stoked their brew kettles by throwing in rocks that had been heated red-hot. They were on to something, as Port shows in this intriguing dark lager, a collaboration with Bend Brewing in Bend, Ore. What do the hot rocks do? They caramelize and even scorch some of the malt, giving a new layer of browned flavor — not just the caramel, chocolate or molasses notes (there is a tiny amount of the last, a huge amount of the first) but also a little of that burnt sugar taste we learned to love the first time we toasted a marshmallow.
November 25, 2010 |
Green Flash Brewing Barleywine 2010 Barleywines are typically sweet and malty with plenty of hops for balance. This one, from a India Pale Ale specialist based in San Diego, leads with the hops. It pours dark amber with an attractive nose of pine and oranges. In the mouth, it's a riot of flavors with the hops inexorably knuckling the malt under. The finish is medium long and hoppy all the way. It can stand up to strongly flavored foods such as curries. One thing all barleywines have in common is a high alcohol level.
May 29, 2013 |
Move over C3PO, Cornell University computer science geeks have created a robot that can tell if you want a beer and pour it for you. Barristas also may want to wake up and smell the coffee too. This robot can guess whether students are hankering for java and pour it for them. Kodiak the robot was as handy with a lager as with a latte, could open refrigerator and microwave doors and even tidy up, say the human robotics researchers. In tests, the hard-wired humanoid correctly anticipated a student's next move between 57% and 82% of the time, depending on how far into the future it was "anticipating.
August 31, 2012 |
Watch this beer commercial. Even if you hate beer. Even if you hate commercials. Just watch it. Here's the setup: A bunch of dimwitted thieves end up trying to celebrate their ill-gotten gains at the worst possible place in town -- the local cop bar. A low-speed chase ensues, as no one wants to lose hold of their frosty Carlton Draught. Along the way, the commercial pays sudsy homage to every hackneyed, action-movie chase sequence in the books. Workers transporting a large pane of glass in the middle of the chase?
July 20, 2013 |
Dear SOS: During my family reunion in Portland, Ore., this past summer, we stumbled upon what we all decided were the tastiest beer nuts. We had them at Deschutes Brewery at 210 NW 11th Ave. I also discovered, upon returning to California, that some of my friends didn't know what beer nuts were! I would very much like to make some and share with them. Beverly Matsuda Irvine Dear Beverly: Deschutes Brewery was happy to share its recipe for this classic sweet-and-salty bar snack.
February 25, 2013 |
Could a new glass make beer taste better? Two brewers on opposite sides of the United States have partnered to produce a glass they say will amplify and balance “even the hoppiest of IPAs.” Manufactured by German glassware company Spiegelau , the glass was designed with input from Delaware-based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., from Chico, Calif., and is available for $9. At least one beer enthusiast says...
February 15, 2013 |
Have you heard the buzz of excited beer fans or seen mention of a mythical beer of white-whale proportions? It's time for Pliny the Younger -- considered one of the best beers in the world -- to make its annual appearance at the better craft beer destinations in the Southland. What about the beer compels people to line up for hours, or purchase raffle tickets , just for a chance to taste it? Pliny the Younger, brewed in Santa Rosa at Russian River Brewing Co., is not to be confused with Russian River's more-common Pliny the Elder.