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3 Common Beer Myths Busted

3 Common Beer Myths Busted

Beer is a beautiful thing – A perfect balance of four ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. Recently I have been hearing vicious lies circulating about this wonderfully complex and diverse beverage causing people to dismiss entire categories or even colors of beer. Tragic, […]

Pucker up! An intro to “sour” beer styles

Pucker up! An intro to “sour” beer styles

Whether you’re toasting the night to friends, drowning your single sorrows, or enjoying a romantic dinner with your loved one, pop open a deliciously tart brew or two this Valentines. For a long time, I didn’t really like so called “sour” beers – the tartness […]

Tips for “beer clean” glassware at home

Tips for “beer clean” glassware at home

If you saw my recent piece about beer glassware, then you’ll remember that “Beer Clean” is a technical term for glassware that undergoes a proper washing with the right detergent at the right temperatures. It makes for a beer that not only looks great, but […]

Tasting and evaluating beer

Tasting and evaluating beer

I’ll be playing beer judge this Saturday at the NKY Homebrewer’s Association Moerlein Cup in Cincinnati. I’m excited, but a little nervous too since I’ll be judging for the first time. See, the only thing more intense than the Certified Cicerone exam is the Beer Judge Certification […]

On beer, women, and the continuing need for advocacy

On beer, women, and the continuing need for advocacy

Beer is in the midst of a cultural shift – the craft beer industry is booming and beer tastes are changing for men and women. Despite some growth in the female beer market, it remains that only 25 – 29 percent of American ladies like beer. Historically, brewing was […]