Dave Hoops, For the News Tribune
Now that Grandma's Marathon has come and gone, summer in Duluth gets rolling. Barbecue season is open for business (although like many, I tend to grill year-round). There's nothing like the smell of a barbecue grill to spell summer, so I'm going to highlight some styles of beer that go well with typical backyard fare. As I've often said before: if you like a certain beer, then that beer is the right choice for your grill-out. "Always drink what you like best" is my motto. If you're looking for something new, I'm offering some pairing ideas that you can try out.
Today, I'm writing about contests and awards for beer — not necessarily award-winning beer — but the process and the significance of producing an award-winning beer. This is a fun topic, and I love the idea of trying to explain it. Over the years, my name has often been prefaced with "award-winning brewer." Frankly, while that makes me cringe, the opportunity to write about the process, levels and fairness is a welcome task.
Every so often, I like to highlight individual beer styles. The Brewers Association, our industry's trade group with more than 6,000 members, defines more than 120 beer styles and sub-styles. Today I'm featuring a favorite of mine: American pale ale. Although I've written about pale ale in the past with an overview to compare and contrast pale ales and India pale ales, today, I'm going to delve deeper into the American style. First, a little history on the name.
Greetings to you all! It does not exactly look like spring, with the classic April snowstorm that just hit us, but it's close enough to be time for my fourth annual spring beer preview. The change of seasons from winter to summer inspires most northerners without a doubt. Brewers are especially energized for warm-weather brews as we emerge from winter hibernation.
Over the years, people who have never liked beer will ask me for recommendations to help find a flavor they might enjoy. This is a fun challenge that honestly does not always work out, but let's dive in. I'm happy to offer these suggestions. Wine drinkers People who prefer sweeter white wines may like Gose and Hefeweizen styles, as they are very light, dry and thirst-quenching. Those who like full-bodied white wines, should try Belgian saison and strong blonde ales. Coffee drinkers
I've enjoyed blending beer my entire career. The art of brewing beer is all about the creations of flavors and sensory experiences that make the beer worth drinking. News Tribune reporter Christa Lawler recently said she was reminiscing about summer days when her crew's drink was Leinie's Honey Weiss and Berry Weiss served over ice. That combination sounds great and has been done with great success in Germany for generations.
Now that there are over 6,000 breweries in the U.S. and more than 140 in Minnesota, the trip to the store to pick up a six-pack has changed considerably. During a recent discussion with some folks about beers and styles, some great points came up about the vast selections of beers now available at liquor stores. "I just can't keep up with the brands." "There are so many choices!" "How do I know what's really good?" All great points, and seriously, nothing to complain about! So let's begin.
Got a Q for the brewer? Dave Hoops, veteran brewer and beer judge, has for years offered up pairing tips, festival how-tos, gift guides and trend alerts in his regular column in the News Tribune's Taste section. Now he's opening the floor to the hobbyists. Do you have a beer-related question for Hoops? Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org . ===
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I am a huge fan of this season, and as I was asked to provide some gift ideas for the craft beer lover on your list so I’ll get right to it. Breweries all over the Twin Ports and the nation have been upping their game on beer swag since the craft beer movement swept the nation. In the last 10 years growth has been exponential, with beer fans being offered new and cool stuff to buy and share.
I may not be the first to say it: Happy Holidays everybody. The sentiment is sincere as this is my favorite time of the year. I look forward to enjoying the rare and special releases many breweries make for the winter holidays. I hope to write this article celebrating holiday beers for many years. Each new holiday season provides new beers, new players, new excitement, and of course, some great classics. 2017 has been another banner year of growth in the small brewery segment and the beers continue to improve, delight and evolve. Let's look at some local offerings: