Brett beer flavor and aroma illustration

Style Study: Brett Beers

“We gon-na get FUN-key! E’rybodayclapyahaaaaans! Clap, clap clap, clap ya hands!” – DJ Casper … … who was not at all referring to Brettanomyces yeast, but he may as well have been because Brett is known for adding funkiness to beer! Ohhh yeahhh! Aaaaaanywhoozles, this week I chose to do a Style Study on the BJCP category called “Brett Beer.” Brett Beer is a subset … Continue reading Style Study: Brett Beers

Style Study: Gose

The first gose I ever came across was Off Color’s Troublesome, a “wheat ale brewed with coriander.” I found this (not inaccurate) description to be a brilliant tactic for putting one of Chicago’s first gose beers on the market under familiar terms. Especially considering that, as the German Beer Institute points out, this type of beer is actually “brewed with slightly salted water,” which might … Continue reading Style Study: Gose

Beer Prints | Worth 1000 Beers x Lakeshore Beverage Present Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. – Henry David Thoreau I am especially thrilled to announce the beginning of an exciting collaboration with myself and local distributor Lakeshore Beverage! I’m partnering with them on a monthly series called “Beer Prints,” in which I’ll create a unique piece of artwork to coincide with the seasonal or … Continue reading Beer Prints | Worth 1000 Beers x Lakeshore Beverage Present Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

Style Study: Munich Helles

Here in Chicagoland, Spring has sprung, (at least it tried to spring and then sprang back and will maybe re-spring next week) so I thought it was about time to switch to a lighter style more appropriate for the coming season. And why not start with the style whose name literally means “light” in German: Munich Helles. In German, “hell” describes something light in color, and “helles” … Continue reading Style Study: Munich Helles

Style Study: Foreign Extra Stout

Foreign extra stouts were hard to find, at least they were for me. I was able to secure a Guinness Extra Stout fairly easily around St. Patrick’s Day, but the others were more of a challenge. Since this style is currently subdivided into “tropical” and “export,” I’d hoped to get my hands on both varieties for comparison, but none of the stores in my area … Continue reading Style Study: Foreign Extra Stout

Style Study: American Stout

For this style study, I actually skipped forward by one to try American Stouts (currently style number 13E as classified by the 2008 BJCP Guidelines) simply because I had a handful of them ready to go and didn’t have any Foreign Export (13D) styles in my fridge. I have to admit, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to illustrating what I thought would be another pile of coffee beans … Continue reading Style Study: American Stout

Style Study: Oatmeal Stout

Oatmeal in beer!? Yes. You can drink beer for breakfast and tell your boss you had some oatmeal and you would not be lying! Woo hoo! Oatmeal Stouts are currently classified as style number 13C, which means I’m halfway through tasting all six types of stouts, as classified by the 2008 BJCP guidelines! You can see my post on Dry Stouts here and the one I did … Continue reading Style Study: Oatmeal Stout

Style Study: Dry Stout

  I’m kicking off November’s posts with a new series I’m dubbing “Style Study.” And, since this past Thursday was International Stout Day, I’ve decided to start with stouts. According to the BJCP, there are six types of stouts (although, this is apparently about to change–see the first draft of the new guidelines here); Dry, Sweet, Oatmeal, American, Foreign Extra, and Russian Imperial. I’ll be starting … Continue reading Style Study: Dry Stout