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

Sudkreuz Pilsner

  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: 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: 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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Throwback IPA: Back to the Swords


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 […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Steampunk Entire Porter

Steampunk Pennyfarthing Glider from Wild Wild West

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 […]

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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. […]

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Berliner Weisse: Word to Your Mother


Apparently, this Homebrew Recipe appeals to moms everywhere. By Michael Dawson Illustration by Phil Juliano True story: my mom doesn’t like beer…except for Berliner Weisse. That’s the sole exception. When my dad and I would homebrew, she would have to leave the house because of the smell. She wouldn’t try any of our concoctions or, for […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Maibock


By Michael Dawson Illustrations by Phil Juliano Citizens: I submit to you that, as residents of the Upper Midwest, are arguably better able to appreciate a good Maibock than anyone outside Germany. Germany, from whence this blonde scion of the lager family hails, sits at a similar latitude; like here, the sun rises late and […]

Homebrew Recipe: Irish Red Ale


The Growler makes homebrewed Irish Red Ale. By Michael Dawson Citizens, a disclaimer: even with St. Patrick’s Day almost upon us, this is not going to be about homebrewed Irish Red Ale. Well, it is, but only insofar as to frame up some guidelines we will then largely ignore. St. Patrick’s Day Parade – St. […]

Scotch Ale: The Wee Heavy


Hey! Don’t dump the dregs in the primary fermenter from last month’s Scottish 60/- (note: /- is the symbol for “shilling”) – there’s an awful lot of yeast in them thar buckets and carboys, and we’re going to re-use it and do something awesome. Namely, jump a few steps up in the hierarchy of Scottish […]