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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Fermentation as an Art and Science in Brewing History

A side of history to go with your beer. By Jeffrey M. Pilcher Louis Pasteur famously set brewing on a scientific path with his Études sur la Bière (Studies on Beer, 1876), explaining that fermentation was caused by the work of microorganisms. Though Pasteur did not actually identify the microorganisms that were responsible—Pasteur believed them … [ Read more]

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