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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Homebrew Recipes for the Rest of Us By Michael Dawson 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. […]