There’s no shortage of information on the history of beer, and for good reason. Beer can be traced back for as long as civilization has been around, and some say that we can even thank that on our want for beer.Hard apple cider, while not as popular as beer, has helped to shape more recent history. Whether you’re looking at larger mass-marketed brands or small, local, … [Read more...] about Style Profile: Hard Apple Cider
Beer, glorious beer! Sure, we talk about a lot of things here at CraftPittsburgh Magazine, but when it comes down to it, we're all about the beer. We'll take a few detours for cider, spirits, & even craft sodas but the drinks are what it's all about. This category has posts all about beer & other craft beverages in & around Pittsburgh.
I remember my first sour beer. I was with a group of friends that were sharing beers, and a bottle of Duchesse de Bourgogne came around. I took my pour and smelled it, and while I’m not sure what exactly it was that I was expecting from it, the tart vinegar smell that came back was definitely not it. I soldiered on and tasted it, only to get a strong kick of malty vinegar and … [Read more...] about Style Profile: Sour Beer
Originally from CraftPittsburgh Magazine Issue #4 About mid-September every year, like clockwork, they start appearing on shelves and draft lists in annually increasing abundance. Like the cool evening air or the ubiquitous changing leaves, pumpkin ale ushers in the autumn dance to beer folk and brewers around the ‘Burgh. And like Linus waiting in the most sincere of … [Read more...] about Brewing the Great Pumpkin Ale, Charlie Brown
From: CraftPittsburgh Magazine Issue #3 When a person makes that faithful commitment to try their hand at homebrewing, the first styles they tend to gravitate toward are the ones that are most readily available in extract kits and, in many cases, the ones that are least complex. A tendency that’s understandable for obvious reasons. Beyond that, many homebrewers follow … [Read more...] about Why You Should Be Brewing Lagers