Inside the lines: The oft-ignored importance of cleaning beer lines

These are my least favorite words to say when patronizing a bar: “I’ll have a whiskey.” It’s not a slight toward whiskey—I love it. But it stands a firm number two against my drink of choice, which is beer. When I drink whiskey at a bar, it’s for one of two reasons: lack of a … [ Read more]

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First Taste: Fair State’s Old Richmond Rye

Fair State Brewing Cooperative was making good use of their new cellar on Monday, hand filling their first oak barrel aged beer. Named Old Richmond Rye, it is a collaboration with 45th Parallel Distillery out of New Richmond, Wisconsin., and is an imperial brown ale aged in the distillery’s New Richmond Rye barrels. Filling bottles … [ Read more]

First Taste: Oude Funk by Boom Island Brewery

It is a bold move for a startup brewery to brew a blended Geueze Lambic. First, it requires patience, since the style’s brewing process takes at least three years. Second, it requires knowledge of blending techniques rarely seen outside of Belgium. Third, it requires valuable fermentation space. As in quantum physics, no two beers can … [ Read more]