Homebrew Recipe: Wheaty Brown

Illustration by David Witt This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. 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, … [ Read more]

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Saugatuck Brewing Company Bonfire Brown

Saugatuck Brewing Company Bonfire Brown 5.5% ABV This malt-forward ale pours with a fluffy khaki head atop its alluring reddish-brown body. This is a savory brew with wafting hints of chocolate, dark roast coffee, and faint smoke. In many ways, it’s quintessential American brown ale, but the delicate smoky notes bring a unique and satisfying … [ Read more]

Style Profile: Brown Ale

Illustration by David Witt Ask brewers and beer drinkers alike about their least-favorite beer style (aside from light lager, of course) and the answer is likely to be brown ale. To many, brown ale is boring. It’s an in-between beer—neither here nor there. It lacks the creamy body and roasty snap of a porter and … [ Read more]

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Left Hand Sawtooth NITRO

Left Hand Sawtooth NITRO ABV: 5.3% IBUs: 27  Nitro is the new black. First their legendary Milk Stout arrived on Nitro in six packs, now their Sawtooth Ale gets the Nitro treatment. It pours a gorgeous copper with a creamy head, thanks to the Nitro. A nice nutty base to the beer with a slightly grassy … [ Read more]

Lakefront Brewery IBA

Lakefront Brewery IBA ABV: 6.5% If our neighbors to the east know how to do anything, it’s how to make beer. Lakefront Brewery is located in the beer nucleus known as Milwaukee. The beer pours a deep brown with an off-white head that will always stick around. It is a black IPA that is balanced and … [ Read more]

Indeed Brewing Company Stir Crazy

Indeed Brewing Company Stir Crazy ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 22 The label promises an “Ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, raisins, brown sugar & natural flavors.”  That leads some to think the beer might be too sweet. Fear not—Indeed deftly combines these ingredients into a supremely balanced and delicious brew. It’s full-bodied, yet doesn’t feel heavy. When … [ Read more]

Atwater Brewery Decadent

Atwater Brewery Decadent ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 11   Decadent pours a very dark brown color, with room-filling aromas of sweet chocolate. Then it plays a trick on your palate, because this beer really isn’t that sweet. It’s medium bodied, surprisingly dry, with bitter dark chocolate flavors supported by a brown ale structure. This pairs well … [ Read more]

Third Street Brewery Sugar Shack

Third Street Brewery Sugar Shack ABV: 6.5% I wanted to try this beer because it sells well at our store. The smell is full of brown sugar and roasted coffee notes. At first sip it is roasty and a little nutty, then moves into malty smoothness. Then it is followed by a brown sugar sweetness that … [ Read more]