So I was recently listening the robust porter episode of the Jamil Show on the Brewing Network because robust porter is my new favorite style of beer. A few weeks ago I randomly grabbed a bottle of Black Robusto from Drakes and was blow away by it’s awesomeness. During the episode I was surprised to learn that a another awesome brewery was brewing up an great example of a robust porter as well. So I went to Bevmo to buy a 6 pack. Then I forgot if it was Sierra Nevada or Anchor that brewed it! Luckily, they had both.
The glass that a beer is served in is much more than simply a way to drink the beer. In reality, the glass is an important component of the experience. Choosing the right glass can completely change the way that a person experiences a beer, helping to enhance the overall impression of the beer, as well as the way it looks and even the way it smells. The large number of different types of glasses available can make picking the correct glassware a little difficult, but it is well worth making the effort.
I was pretty excited to do my IPA tasting for two reasons. One, my ESB tasting (link) last week went really well and I think I learned a lot. But the biggest reason is that hops are a huge part of brewing craft beer (and beer in general), but I still can’t identify the various hop flavors very well. The difference between floral, grassy, citrusy, earthy, and other hop flavors is still a mystery to me.
Even though the majority of grains used in brewing beer contain gluten, including wheat and barley, it is entirely possible to brew gluten free beer at home. Doing so involves taking advantage of grains that do not contain gluten, which include millet, buckwheat, quinoa, rice, corn and sorghum. However, brewing gluten free beer is a bit more challenging than traditional brewing and takes additional work.
Tasting beer can seem a little complex, particularly for people who have not tried it much before. There is much more to tasting beer than simply taking a gulp and saying whether the beer was any good or not.