Homebrew Recipe: Märzenbier

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If you’ll indulge me in a bit of autobiography: Oktoberfest (the lager style, not the party) was one of the reasons I started brewing. Its clarity in the glass and the bright purity of its flavor seemed so alchemical to a brewer of 5-gallon batches of ale. The tubby red-cheeked Maß-guzzlers on the label (Paulaner, […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Wheaty Brown


Illustration by David Witt Poor, unloved brown ale. It’s not IPA, so almost by default nobody cares. It doesn’t have the cultural cachet of Irish stout or Scottish ales. It’s not mild or bitter, so the session beer trend seems to have overlooked it. This month, let’s embrace khaki. Let’s make a strength out of […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Sudkreuz Pils

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  If it’s winter in Minnesota—and at the time of this writing, citizens, it most assuredly is—then for many of us homebrewers it is lager season. Lager, as regular readers probably know, is one of the great families of beer, characterized in the brewery by slow, cold fermentation. The agent of fermentation is lager yeast, […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Motorboat Oatmeal Extra Stout


Do you have a personal end-of-autumn ritual? One of my seasonal markers is a fall trip to fly fish for steelhead with some old friends. Solitude, no cell reception, deep woods, the loud sound of flowing water, wolves and eagles, aurora at night, nostrils full of the hoppy tang of balsam sap. After I return […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Tré Cool Imperial IPA

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I knew a girl from San Francisco, and she and her Bay Area friends had been Green Day fans from their underground days. At least until Dookie hit the charts, then no more. Mainstream success = kiss of death. A thing’s coolness is inversely proportional to the number of people who like that thing. Imperial […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Saison Fatalii


This issue’s homebrew recipe blends one of Europe’s oldest beer styles with a New World surprise that packs a serious punch. By Michael Dawson At this time of year, as I sit to write this month’s installment, a pumpkin ale would be an obvious choice. The seasonal synchronicity—not to mention those nutmeg-cinnamon aromatics—would go down […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Oldtoberfest Smoked Rye Lager

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Real talk, citizens: I had my first seasonally-released pro Oktoberfest of 2014 (Summit; in a can) way back in July. Tasty, and one of my all-time favorite styles, but it stole my thunder. I was totally going to brew one myself, but now… why bother? What can one homebrewer do in the face of such […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Provisional Sour Belgian Brown

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Plan ahead, that’s the ticket! It is entirely the wrong weather to drink something strong, dark, and malty—but experience tells us that six months from now, we might want a beer exactly like that. And unless you have refrigeration, it’s too hot to ferment a nice pale lager—but it’s damn near perfect for fermenting a sour […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Schrödinger’s Weissbier


by Michael Dawson “The greatest song never gets sung/The greatest life never leaves your lungs.” Wilco was right, you guys. Everything exists in a quantum state of perfection as long as it remains only pure potential, a glimmer in the eye, an unfermented maltose molecule. It’s only after we choose a fork in the road—an […]

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Grow Your Own: Beer Ingredients in the Backyard


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 […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Bocce Swerve Honey Cream Ale


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. […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Müncher Hell


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]