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?
February 9, 2013 |
Beer made with roasted malts is going to remind you of other roasted flavors such as coffee. Some brewers actually throw in some coffee to punch up that quality, but the combination doesn't necessarily work. Here's a case in which it really does, and I don't think the reason is some beer equivalent of terroir (the brewery is in Kona, Hawaii, and uses local Kona coffee). The brewers just had a larger effect in mind than extra roastiness. Like any porter, it pours very dark brown with a high tan head.
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.
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.
January 26, 2013 |
Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, Mo., makes some broad-shouldered ales. This one is in the style of a Belgian tripel, and it's a big one. It pours dark red amber with a high head and a super-malty nose full of aromas of dried fruit, specifically of figs. It positively paints the palate with malt sweetness, while the hop level is relatively moderate, only 22 International Bittering Units. The hops do come forward a little (even physically forward, toward the tip of the tongue). eventually drying up the long, sweet finish.
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.