Style Study: English Porter

The English Porter originated about three centuries ago in the UK and, like many beer styles, was a product of its time. Unfortunately, the best place to study this style is probably not the United States, but I did my darndest with what was available to me here in Chicagoland. I’ve borrowed heavily from the Cicerone Certification Program‘s information on this beer’s history and profile … Continue reading Style Study: English Porter

Quick Draw: Hopslam

Hopslam by Bell’s Brewing (Kalamazoo, MI) is the first beer that I can vividly recall being genuinely obsessed with. It widely established the highest standard of excellence for Midwest-style Double IPAs (DIPAs). Brewed with honey, malty and sweet, plus a hoppy bang to match, this beer has it all. Though they keep this beer’s hop bill under wraps, Bell’s was kind enough to reveal that Simcoe … Continue reading Quick Draw: Hopslam

Brewing with Love (Ingredient Study: Chocolate)

“Chocolate releases the same dopamine chemicals in the brain as romantic love does, and beer tends to reduce social inhibitions. If that doesn’t sound like the makings of an interesting evening, I don’t know what does…” – Russ Menegat, Rogue Ales Public House manager No one can deny that the combination of beer and chocolate is pretty genius. But in fact, according to National Geographic, … Continue reading Brewing with Love (Ingredient Study: Chocolate)