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May 4th, 2016 // By // Recipe of the Month // View Comments

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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 »

April 11th, 2016 // By // Recipe of the Month // View Comments

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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 »

March 31st, 2016 // By // Uncategorized // View Comments

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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 busSee the Top 5 Reasons to Book a Brewery Tour »

March 14th, 2016 // By // Grab Bag // View Comments

10 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Ask any beer-lover about their favorite holiday, and they probably have a St. Patrick’s Day story up their sleeve. Traditionally, St. Patrick’s Day celebrated the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and is celebrated on the day the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, died in 461 AD.

Today, however, the holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture and heritage all over the world — especially here in the United States, Australia, Great Britain, Canada, and of course, Ireland. Lucky for us, beer-making (and drinking) have a deep-seated history in Ireland, and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations bring out the best of both.

If you’re as excited for St. Patrick’s Day as we are, we thought you’d be interested checking out these 10 ways to celebrate one of our favorite holidays. Read the rest of this entry »

February 18th, 2016 // By // Wine Making // View Comments

10 Reasons to Make Your Own Wine

It’s no secret that we’re major beer aficionados here at Great Fermentations. But what you might not realize is that we also love wine and the art of home winemaking. If you enjoyed our post on the top 10 reasons you should brew your own beer, we think you’ll find our argument (this is a friendly argument, of course) on why you should make your own wine just as convincing.

Take a look at these top 10 reasons to make your own wine and let us know how we can help you get started. Leave a comment at the end of this post with your questions about making wine and share your own reasons why home winemaking is the best hobby ever invented! Read the rest of this entry »

February 17th, 2016 // By // Recipe of the Month // View Comments

shorehacker-maibock-blog-mainHello again, and welcome to another Recipe of the Month Blog post! We are posting this in hopes that you have enough time to prepare and get this brewed for spring! This month, we will be focusing on one of the famous festbiers of Germany, Maibock (a.k.a. Helles Bock).

Maibock, or Helles Bock (the two are largely considered the same, though the BJCP guidelines point out that Maibock is sometimes thought to hit the higher ends of the scales as far as color and alcohol go), is a bock bier to be sure, but is of a lighter golden color than its dark relatives, bock and doppelbock. Having a distinct grain character that comes from the pilsner base, it is clean, with no fruit character usually associated with esters, nor any butteryness from diacetyl. It should not be cloying or sweet, but rather should finish medium dry and be fairly easy to drink for its size. Hops can be more pronounced than the other bock styles, but hop flavor and aroma should still be kept to a minimum, if present at all. The main line with this beer style is that it is lighter in color and hoppier than the other subcategories of bock. Being a traditional German style, noble hops, especially those exhibiting spicy characteristics, can be used to craft wonderful examples of the style. Read the rest of this entry »

January 14th, 2016 // By // Beer Making // View Comments

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While the art of brewing beer has been around for centuries, homebrewing is a relatively new phenomenon. For us in the USA, it all began in 1979 when President Jimmy Carter signed the bill that made homebrewing legal for the first time ever. (Side note: we’re really glad that happened).

Today, with the craft beer industry growing at an exponential rate and thousands of new folks jumping onto the homebrewing wagon every year, getting started in brewing your own beer has NEVER been easier.

Whether you’ve long been dreaming of whipping up your own IPA, or you’re a seasoned homebrew vet, here are 10 reasons you should brew your own beer. Read the rest of this entry »

January 4th, 2016 // By // Recipe of the Month // View Comments

baltic_to_the_wall_porterHello, and welcome to another Great Fermenations recipe of the month post! Being January and thus the in the heart of winter, I thought it would be nice to focus on a style that is often overlooked and can make a great winter beer: Baltic Porter!

Before we dive headfirst into the recipe, first a little history on the Baltic Porter. Of course, you can’t even say the full style name without saying “porter,” a style that originated in England in the 18th century that quickly became popular among the working class. Many of those working at shipyards (“porters,” as some of them were known) not only drank the style Read the rest of this entry »

November 13th, 2015 // By // Recipe of the Month // View Comments

galaxy-of-hopsHello there, and welcome to Great Fermentations’ recipe of the month blog! This month, our focus is going to be on a hop variety from the South Pacific. Even though there are a handful of hop varietals from down under and beyond, one of these has risen above others: Galaxy! Known for the fruity flavors and aromas it imparts to beer, Galaxy is a hop that you may or may not have used, but one you have most likely heard about!

According to Hopunion, Australian Galaxy hops are a cross between an Australian high-alpha female hop plant and a male Perle hop plant. Galaxy is typically used as an aroma hop because of its fantastic aromatic properties. Descriptors used to paint a picture of Galaxy’s profile include citrus, passion fruit, peach Read the rest of this entry »

September 4th, 2015 // By // Recipe of the Month // View Comments

fall-down-brownHello brewing friends, and welcome again to Great Fermentations’ Recipe of the Month blog! This month, we’ll be taking a look at, and brewing, an American Brown Ale.

American brown ales are open to quite a wide range of interpretation. While there are three distinct subcategories of English brown ales (mild, northern and southern), the American brown ales get lumped into a single category that can have a lot more variability than their English counterparts. This comes from a history where homebrewed versions of the style were often heavily-hopped, bigger and bolder versions of the classic British styles with a higher alcohol content. These days, commercial examples have become more tame in comparison with these early experimental versions, but nevertheless retain a certain big malt and roast character that is well-balanced by the hops. Consequently, you can have versions with more or less malt, roast, hop character, and alcohol than others. Read the rest of this entry »