Autumn…what a perfect time for a porter! Of course, there are several kinds of porters. Though the dark, chocolatey beer treat hails originally from England, it had disseminated throughout the world and been localized to several countries and places. We think of brown porters, robust porters and Baltic porters as generally covering the whole of the porter world, with possibly a modern American porter in the mix. However, if we look back on history, we can find yet another type of this delicious, dark style: pre-prohibition porter. Recognized in the latest revision of BJCP guidelines in 2015, pre-prohibition porter is a style of beer brought to the New World by English colonist and adapted to the local ingredients and by other immigrants to the burgeoning United States. Read the rest of this entry »
Summer is ending, and as we transition into fall, it is an exciting time for us brewers: the time when fresh hops, full on the bine, are ready for harvest and use! We have many customers who grow their own hops, from rhizomes that we sell by pre-order at the beginning of each year. It usually takes two years to get a usable quantity of hops from rhizomes, but once they start coming in, a little knowledge can go a long way. Our own resident hop master, Brady Smith, has come up with a few tips on harvesting and using fresh hops that are helpful for every homebrewer wanting to brew with fresh hops. Read the rest of this entry »
Greetings, and welcome once again to another Recipe of the Month post! This month, we will be looking at the Belgian Pale Ale style, a simple, sessionable beer style that is lower in hops and higher in fruity flavors than its English and American counterparts. This is the perfect beer to enjoy during these last few days of summer as we transition over into fall!
There are a host of commercially-available examples of Belgian Pale Ale available both from Belgian breweries and breweries right here in the states. Many of these are a bit higher in alcohol than is called for in BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) guidelines, but are still considered as classic examples of the style and are thoroughly enjoyed worldwide, such as Orval Trappist Ale and Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale). These two both come out at slightly high on the ABV scale (6.2% or so) but are wonderful beers. Russian River makes their Redemption ale a bit more sessionable and along the traditional line of potency at 5.15%. Read the rest of this entry »
Chilling your wort is an important step in making beer. Whether you realize it or not, quickly getting your wort down to pitching temperature and adding your yeast culture is an indispensable step in making the best beer possible. In the next few paragraphs, I’ll explore the reasons why quick chilling is so important in making great beer. Read the rest of this entry »
The United States of America — land of the free, home of the brave, and brewery capital of the world. That’s right: although China beats us in beer production by volume, America holds the title for most breweries in one country. What’s more, one source credits the US as having the most craft breweries of any country, fueled by the microbrewing explosion in the late 1970s.
Our readers will find it pretty obvious that Americans love brewing and drinking beer (and why wouldn’t they?). But you might not know all the ins and outs of beer’s history here. The brewing industry has gone through a few booms and busts over the years, and we came pretty close to losing it all together. Let’s all be grateful that didn’t happen.
Kick back, grab a cold one, and let us take you on a little trip through the annals of beer history. Read the rest of this entry »
While you might consider white wine a beverage reserved only for housewives and yacht owners, it’s actually something everyone can enjoy. Especially in the warmer summer months, white wine is the perfect drink to serve at cook-outs and to enjoy in the evening sitting outside on your patio. It’s light, refreshing, and because it comes in many varieties, there’s a white wine out there for everyone.
Check out our guide below to learn more about the different types of white wine. Once you’ve figured out which style of wine sounds most appealing to you, check out our different ingredient kits to get started on making your own wine. Read the rest of this entry »
With spring well under way and summer not far off, it’s time for all beer lovers of the Midwest to come out of hibernation and have a few pints. In fact, Indiana on Tap hosted their inaugural Craft Beer Week at the end of April, a celebration intended to get Hoosiers interested in everything local brewers have to offer.
Don’t fret if you missed it, as it was only the beginning of the Indiana summer beer festivals, and the summer is set to be jam-packed with events! We’ve picked out eight to highlight in this post, many of which are in the greater Indianapolis area, to give you a good sampling of your options. Read the rest of this entry »
This month’s recipe post is brought to you by our Avon store manager, Steve Kent (affectionately called Steve Kent Goldings by us)!
Many craft beer-lovers have contempt towards the beers of Mexico. This is no doubt because of that country’s role in the popularization and proliferation of watery, lime wedge-adorned, adjunct-laden pale lagers. But Mexico has a rich brewing history of its own, and in fact is singlehandedly responsible for saving a beer style from extinction: the Vienna lager. This style’s history is based on ingenuity, war, geopolitical intrigue, and cultural cross-pollination (and you thought Mexican beers were boring). Read the rest of this entry »
It’s time again for another recipe of the month blog from Great Fermentations! As we are finally starting to escape the cold winter here in Indiana, I have been thinking about what beer would be good for this time of year. Still cold, yet easing into spring and the eventual summer, what would I want to drink at this time of year? It didn’t take long for me to reach a decision: American amber ale!
Think of American amber ale as the American answer to an Irish red ale, which also makes it a perfect beer to feature this month. While we all love a good Irish red ale, sometimes you need something a little bigger, a little maltier, and with a little more hop character to get you through the spring. Read the rest of this entry »
Looking for a reason to visit new breweries and taste different local craft beers? Struggling to find a unique and refreshing experience for your crew to try? The solution to your problem is a brew tour in Indianapolis! Each brewery stop offers you the opportunity to expand your beer tasting pallet and learn something in the process. Even better, many brew tours provide transportation on a tremendously cool party bus! See the Top 5 Reasons to Book a Brewery Tour »