Style Profile: Mild Ale

Posted on June 23rd, 2010

Mild Ale is an oft overlooked style, but it holds an important place in the history of beer. For many many years mild ale was the most popular style of beer in The United Kingdom, and the base on which many other styles are built upon. Here’s a quick look at the style.

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Style Profile: Chili Beer

Posted on June 2nd, 2010

One of the more unusual styles to emerge from the craft beer scene is chili beer. There are all sorts of brews out there with different fruits and spices in them, but beer with chili peepers is not something you see everyday. Although it remains an unusual and rare style, its unique taste is something everyone should try once. Here’s a run down on this odd style.

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Style Profile: Rye Ale

Posted on March 30th, 2010

Rye Ale is an oft overlooked style of beer that combines the graininess of a porter, the smoothness of a cream ale and the spiciness of a pale ale in one delicious brew. While it still can be tough to find in some parts of the country, the style has been slowly gaining in popularity over the last few years. Its unique combination of flavors makes it a great beer to enjoy during the spring or any time of the year.

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Style Profile: Winter Warmer

Posted on January 21st, 2010

Winter warmer is a traditional style of winter seasonal beers which can trace its origin back many centuries to the wassail beer punch served to holiday carolers in medieval England. Back then, ale was mixed with baked apples, cinnamon, ginger and other spices to create a delicious concoction that would warm you on the coldest winter nights. You can still make this wonderful beer cocktail yourself: check our article on the topic for more info and a recipe. Eventually, brewers began crafting beer that mimicked wassail style and flavor – brews that are sweet and malty with strong fruit and spice flavors. Traditionally, winter warmers have a medium body that’s extremely viscous. They are very sweet with little hop bitterness to them. They tend to be quite strong in alcohol, around 7 to 9%, which can be great on a frigid evening or anytime you want to relax.

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Style Profile: Oyster Stout

Posted on January 5th, 2010

Oysters in beer? Yup, it’s true. Although it might seem strange, stouts with oysters in them have been around for almost 100 years. With their rich yet mellow flavor and sometimes grainy texture, stouts and porters have long been known as great beers to pair with oysters. Famed 19th century UK prime minister Benjamin Disraeli was known to frequently enjoy this delicious combo, but it wasn’t until the 1920’s that someone thought to combine the two.

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