Grow Your Own: Beer Ingredients in the Backyard

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There’s still time to get growing on your own Homebrewer’s Garden. By Laura Schwarz Simple gardening is kind of a gateway drug. You start by planting a few flowers to improve your mood after winter. You add vegetables and herbs. Next, you find yourself interested in fruit trees and shrubs. Pretty soon, you have more [...]

Homebrew Recipe: Bocce Swerve Honey Cream Ale

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This issue’s Homebrew Recipe features a patio-friendly session beer that doesn’t skimp on body. By Michael Dawson By the time you’re reading this, citizens, it will be full-on summer with all of the beer garden-friendly activities that entails: grilling, patio furniture, bocce and ladder golf, and whatnot. I propose a beer to accompany those activities. [...]

Homebrew Recipe: Müncher Hell

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Brewing up a good kind of Hell. By Michael Dawson The upside of this long-ass winter’s polar vortices, citizens, is ambient lager temps in unfinished basements and attached garages. This month, let’s harness Mother Nature’s apparent hatred for us by using it to cold-ferment a noble Bavarian lager to enjoy outside on a lawn when [...]

Homebrew Recipe: Maple 80 Shilling Presented by The Wedge Community Co-op

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By Kyle Sisco and Shannon Pierce Photos courtesy of The Wedge Community Co-op Scottish Ales are known for their malty flavor, with beers ranging from easy-drinking, light bodied 2.5% Scottish Light 60 Shilling to the robust 10% Strong Scotch Ale. While Scottish Ales are not the most popular style among craft beer drinkers today, names [...]

Homebrew Recipe: Extraordinary Ordinary Bitter

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By Michael Dawson Citizens, if you’re like me, you enjoy the process and ritual of drinking a good beer. You and I may even have in common that when the opportunity to have subsequent beer or beers arises, schedule and other obligations permitting, you will not shrink away from this serendipity. And if we share the [...]

Ale to the Chief: Presidential Homebrew

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Homebrewing is happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Yes, the White House! What is unique is that this is the first documented account of beer actually being brewed inside the White House. The bubbling of airlocks started last year when President Barack Obama purchased (with his own money) a homebrewing kit for the kitchen staff to [...]

Throwback IPA: Back to the Swords

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This issue’s Homebrew Recipe tries not to fetishize the IPA any further. by Michael Dawson Is there any style of craft beer that’s more fetishized, more mandated by its audience, more commercially successful than IPA? I sometimes wonder if the acronym has become semiotic—nobody orders an India Pale Ale, they ask for an IPA. And [...]

Homebrew Recipe: Oatmeal-Cream Double Stout

By Michael Dawson It’s a bitter world out there, and that was especially apparent during the holidays. Cold weather, long nights, crass consumerism and cynical marketing, the parking lots and interiors of retail establishments like a vision of the End Times or a Hieronymous Bosch painting. All this put me in the mood for something [...]

Bad Karma Schwarzbier: Delicious and Nutritious

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A homebrew recipe that (almost) earns your doctor’s seal of approval. By Michael Dawson Photo courtesy of Northern Brewer There’s a very old-school, perhaps a little old-fogeyish, line of thought that holds low- to moderate alcohol dark beers to be nourishing, health-giving, and even feminine, drinks. This line of thought connects the milk stouts of [...]

Homebrew Recipe: Steampunk Entire Porter

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By Michael Dawson Porter: also known around my house as “Why don’t I brew this all the time?” “What if”: one of my favorite mental games to play while contemplatively nursing a pint of Why don’t I brew this all the time? This month let’s use our mash tuns and carboys to enter the realms [...]

Homebrew Recipe: Medjool Bock presented by The Wedge Community Co-op

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By Kyle Sisco and Shannon Pierce As we enter the late autumn and winter approaches in Minnesota, we have said goodbye to sandals and swimming suits, and might be about time to do the same to our Kölsch beers, wheat beers, summer ales and shandies. It’s time to usher in the darker, sipping beers of winter, [...]

How to Make Homemade Kombucha

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In the spirit of this fermentation issue, our Homebrew Recipe goes off the beaten path to the land of homemade kombucha By Michael Dawson Photos by Emma Christensen Citizens, like the beer you usually see formulated and brewed in this column, kombucha is a fermented beverage, but instead of malted grain it uses sugar-sweetened tea [...]

Homebrew Recipe: Wild Root Brown Ale presented by The Wedge Community Co-op

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The first of a series of homebrew recipes using fresh ingredients from The Wedge Community Co-op. By Kyle Sisco and Shannon Pierce Photos courtesy of The Wedge Community Co-op           It is no surprise that the world of food and beer are closely related. Even cooking and brewing are quite similar. [...]

Homebrew Recipe: Saison Classic

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Brewer, author, gastronome, and beer critic Garrett Oliver said “… if I were forced to choose one style to drink with every meal for the rest of my life, saison would have to be it.” It’s one of my favorites too, and one of the most fascinating families of beer to brew and taste. Saison [...]

Homebrew Recipe: Orange Blossom Honey Tripel

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A Homebrewing Recipe for Sweet, Sweet Nectar by Michael Dawson The youngster in the family of Belgian monastic beers, Tripel is attributed to the Trappist abbey of Westmalle, where it was first brewed in the early 20th century as a response to the soaring popularity of pale lager. Unlike its antecedent – Dubbel, with its [...]