Beer

Top 10 IPAs to Try

American craft brewing is a competitive business and nowhere more so than within the India Pale Ale category. Each year, more microbreweries and international craft beer makers enter the market which makes selecting the best IPA a delicious treat. If you are ready to treat your taste buds, here is our take on the top ten IPAs worth trying this season.

Best Belgian Beers

The beer-making history of Belgium goes back for centuries.  It is renowned all over the world for being one of the top beer countries.  There are over 700 Belgian beers for you to choose form, according to official estimates.  The most prized and rarest are revered as much as fine wine is.  It can be quite confusing with so many to choose from.  However, whether you are an amateur or seasoned beer drinker, your taste buds will be given a nice treat by these delicious brews.

Review of Redhook Pilsner

Redhook was able to introduce its first Lager: Redhook Pilsner during the summer of 2010. The launch was quite popular, similar to the time when Spoetzl introduced its first Ale. It is great to see a brewery venture into new territory anyway.

Redhook is considered one of the grand old men of the craft beer revolution. The brewery became popular in the market with the different kinds of Ales put to the market. But it never strayed into the Lager territory until recently. So, I was really surprised to the materials from promotional team of Redhook. They were promoting their new Pilsner as a Super Bowl beer, and I remember that I was wondering for how long this has been going on and why no one told me about it. I actually asked the promotional team about this and they told me that after the one-off seasonal launch of their Pilsner, there were many customers inquiring about the product. In fact, the customer response to the launch was so strong that they added it to the regular line of products. So I got few bottles of the Pilsner for my tasting purposes.    

Belgian Beer Styles

Belgium, just as France is known for its wine, is known for its beer. With a rich history that spans almost two full millenias, Belgian beer has developed and eventually matured into a unique character with a quality culture that is respected and is perhaps a leader in the craft of beer brewing.

Belgium has one of the world’s largest variety of beers, with over 1,000 unique beers being brewed in the country alone. At the same time, Belgians are amongst the most diverse brewers and have a wide array of brewing styles, most of which are limited to them alone.

Aventinus Schneider Weisse

If you are looking for a truly unique drinking experience, there is nothing quite like TAP6, otherwise known as Aventinus. This is one of the top nine fermented wheat beers put out by a Bavarian brewing company out of Munich, Germany known as G. Schneider & Sohn. Since 1872, this is a brewery that has been putting out only the best in high quality wheat beers.

In years gone by, the German Purity Law was in full swing in Germany and there were only a handful of brewers that were allowed to bring grains into the mix besides malted barley. Looking the region, the only area where these brewers were located were in Bavaria. Even then, you needed to have permission through the Bavarian party that was ruling and there was a small fee attached to that right. History shows that pilsner was known to be a much crisper and cleaner drinking beer than many of the Bavarian counterparts in the region.

Bock Beer

Bock beer is the name of a strong German lager which originated in Einbeck in Lower Saxony. Bock comes in several variations, which include: Heller bock; Doppelbock; Maibock and Eeisbock. There are a wide number of commercial examples of German Bock brewing, not only in Germany, but in other countries as well.

Bock beer usually has an alcohol content of around 6-8%, is lightly hopped, and has a strong malt sweetness to the flavor. Bock beer is among the maltiest and strongest brewing styles within Germany. These lagers are usually a clear, deep copper color, although the color varies according to the particular Bock. As is the case in barley wines, the hop content of Bock beer does not affect the roma; is it used to balance the sweetness that is caused by the large content of malt, and cuts through the finish of the beer.