I think "Doom" is a very funny name for a beer that makes me so incredibly happy. From the sunny color that greeted me as I poured it to the last bourbon-scented sip, I had a big 'ol smile on my face. Get your hands on a bottle of this special brew and I guarantee that you will too.
Two years ago I stumbled onto the description of an intriguing summer cocktail: a shot of Campari topped with IPA, served with ice and a twist of lemon. One bitter sip was all it took; I was hooked on what has since become my favorite simple summer apéritif. Have you tried it?
Bitter Brewer is not your typical summer seasonal. Where many summer ales ease off the hops and bring in some wheat for extra lushness, this beer from Surly Brewing Co. embraces cracker-dry malts and adds a good smack of bitterness. What results is a one-of-a-kind session ale for summer that takes you from lawnmower to porch swing without missing a beat.
I have to admit, when I first saw these posters I didn't understand them because I'm not a big beer drinker. However my husband, who both enjoys buying and brewing his own craft beer, recognized the names of all these hops and declared the posters "very cool" indeed. So, there you have it. Educational art for (lovable) beer geeks!
Crisp and a touch lemony, fizzy with bubbles and chilled to ice-cold: this is the kind of beer that hits the spot after a day spent romping in the garden or lounging on the porch. When the summer's seasonal beers start showing up in stores, that's when I know that summer has really started. Here are five to look out for as we head into the long days of sun and heat — what's your favorite?
Most craft beers are made with a blend of hops — each one carefully chosen to add its particular flavor and aroma to the brew. But not this time. No, sir. As one of Danish brewer Mikkeller's Single Hop Series, this IPA was brewed start to finish using only amarillo hops. Don't know what those taste like? You will now.
When I first started brewing beer at home, I was a 5-gallon girl — much like most new homebrewers. It's just what you do. But there were drawbacks almost immediately. Brewing this much beer at once meant clearing out a precious coat closet for storing carboys and bottles, always having a buddy on hand to help lift the heavy (and hot!) pot on and off the stove, and drinking my way through a lot of beer — which may not seem like a bad thing at first, but can get tiresome if your beer proves less than stellar. Trust me.
And then I discovered 1-gallon batches. Like a lightning strike to my brew pot, my life as a homebrewer was transformed overnight, and I ultimately developed all the recipes in my new book True Brews to be 1 gallon or less. Here's why I may never brew another 5-gallon batch of beer again.
This is a very exciting spring for books here at The Kitchn! A couple weeks ago we told you about my new book, Bakeless Sweets, and this week we're turning the spotlight to another book from our team: True Brews, by Emma Christensen, our very own recipe editor. Emma has written about beer for The Kitchn for many years, and she has become a knowledgeable expert in brewing it as well — and her new book shows you how you can make it for yourself. But she doesn't stop at beer — wine, kefir, kombucha, and fizzy sodas show up in True Brews too!
Today we have an interview with Emma, talking about her new book. Come read all about brewing in small apartments with minimum equipment, the most surprising things she learned while writing the book, and the most refreshing drink for summer!
I have been insanely curious to try this gluten-free pale ale from Omission Beer ever since I first heard about it. Gluten-free beers are notoriously mediocre, but this one has been making waves of the omgwow! sort in the beer community. Until very recently, Omission's beers were only available in Oregon and a few select bars outside the state, so when I saw a bottle at my favorite local brew shop, I snatched it up and headed straight home.