What happens when you age a beer ?

With the looming black Friday sale of Goose Island Bourbon County beers, I thought it was a good idea to pull this one from the archives. I wrote this back in 2016 when Goose Island announced they will start flash pasteurizing their beloved and highly sought after barrel aged beers, This raises the question once more whether they will continue to age well. So let’s dive in.

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Of Dubbels, Tripels, Quadrupels, Abbeys and Trappists

A selection of Trappists

As I was teaching a class the other day, I received a very good question from one of the participants. She asked whether I could explain the difference between Abbey beers, Dubbels, Tripels and Trappists. A most excellent question that, given the wide variety of beers, deserves an appropriate yet lengthy answer. Since there still seems to be a lot of confusion out there, let’s dive in.

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Beyond the nuts – the shopping list

We covered suggestions for munchies while enjoying beer in a previous post. Since I promised a small shopping list that covers the basics of those recommendations, here it is. I tried to keep it simple with most items available in your local grocery store. Specialty stores will obviously be able to provide a wide selection, but at least with this little shopping list you’ll have a well-stocked fridge for emergency situations.

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Beyond the nuts

cheese-boardWe all like something to munch on when we are enjoying a well crafted beer, but unfortunately many of us stick with the nuts, chips and other salty snacks we may find hidden at the bottom of our pantry. I’m not advocating we should completely get rid of these salty bites, but there are so many more options that are infinitely better and are easy to keep on hand in your fridge. So let’s move on beyond the nuts and provide you with a some ideas to spruce up your beer tastings.  Read More …