Category Archives: Styles

The Session #77: IPA: What’s the Big Deal?

With everything else that’s been going on these past few weeks I forgot to post about this month’s Session, which is taking place today! It’s sure to be a hot topic, too, with Justin Mann over at Justin’s Brew Review posing the question: IPA: What’s the big deal? For quite some time now, I’ve been wondering what makes the India Pale Ale (IPA) style of beer so popular. Don’t get me wrong–I thoroughly enjoy it … Continue reading →

Deschutes Brewery Gose tasting

I’ve been fascinated with the Gose style of beer for awhile (like many beer geeks these days, of course) and seek it out whenever I can, so I was thrilled when Deschutes Brewery‘s Veronica Vega told me awhile back that she was attempting a Gose. This would be the first such style of beer that Deschutes has brewed (that I’m aware of), as well as possibly the first (commercial?) Gose from a Central Oregon brewery … Continue reading →

International Stout Day is tomorrow

Tomorrow, November 8, is the second annual International Stout Day: a day to celebrate the iconic stout beer style by participating either by attending one of the various events or┬áhoisting a glass and sharing with the online community on Facebook and Twitter (via the hashtag #StoutDay). Untappd also has a new badge for their service; when you check in tomorrow with a stout, you’ll earn the International Stout Day 2012 badge. It’s definitely as much … Continue reading →

GABF categories I don’t quite get

One thing I noticed while I was live(ish)blogging the GABF awards ceremony this weekend was the existence of some… odd… styles of beer that were being judged. I suppose the full descriptions explain them somewhat but considering all the pedantantry that has gone on with the GABF styles and their perhaps excessive sub-categorizing in the past, I just have to wonder how these got slipped through? Field Beer: Subcategory of Category 5, “Field Beer or … Continue reading →

Summer Beer Week: Summer Styles

At the beginning of the week I wrote, “Style? There is no style, other than the loose guidelines I laid out above.” This isn’t exactly true; it depends on what style guidelines you follow (if indeed you follow any). If you go looking among the BJCP styles, you won’t find a “Summer Ale” among them anywhere. Nor will you find a “Summer” style on RateBeer or BeerAdvocate (the more liberal of the two when it … Continue reading →