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Reinheitsgebot Day: Celebrate Pure Beer

Commonly known in English as “The German Beer Purity Act,” the Reinheitsgebot was signed in 1516 as a decree to maintain the quality of Germ...

Beers

Tour of German Beer Styles Part Five: Sour Ales

For hundred of years, the Reinheitsgebot restricted brewing. During this time many local styles disappeared. Recently, German brewers have s...

Beers

Tour of German Beer Styles Part Four: Wheat Ales

Germany’s Weizens (wheat beers) and Weissbiers (white beers) are world renowned and are now being brewed in many countries. In Part Four of ...

Beers

Tour of German Beer Styles Part Three: Dark Beers

This part of the Tour covers dark coloured beers. Learn a little about traditional German dark styles like Schwarzbier and Doppelbock, now ...

Beers

Tour of German Beer Styles Part Two: Amber Beers

This part of the Tour covers amber coloured beers. Learn a little about traditional German amber styles like Märzen and Kellerbier, now bei...

JBU > Intermediate

Cheers to Sour Beers

Sour Beer: A deceptively simple term for a complex style. Is sour beer here to stay or a passing trend? I visited Bricks Wine Co. for the “C...

Beers

Tour of German Beer Styles Part One: Pale Beers

We begin with styles designated as “pale” in colour. This includes varieties within the International Lager, Pale Malty European Lager, and ...

Beers

Tour of German Beer Styles: Intro

Think all German beers are light coloured lagers? Nothing could be further from the truth! Over the next few weeks we’ll look at a wide vari...

JBU > Intermediate

Where Do All The Different Beers Come From?

With more brewers making more kinds of beers these days, we now enjoy a mixture of historical and modern creations. Where did these styles c...

JBU > Intermediate

Beer Styles: The Ingredients (Part Five: Adjuncts)

Adjuncts are anything added to beer that are not one of the four main ingredients. In this final part of The Ingredients series, we look at ...

Beer Terms

Beer Styles: The Ingredients (Part Four: Yeast)

While yeast is the smallest component of beer, it is just about the most important because without it, beer wouldn’t exist.

JBU > Introductory

11 Misconceptions About Beer

Are you drinking your beer ice cold? Do you think drinking from a bottle is best? Do you think “Skunky” is a just a funny term for beer that...

JBU > Advanced

How to Brew Glow-in-the-Dark Beer

Glow-in-the-dark beer? This is not just a creation made up for a sci-fi movie! It’s an actual thing. Homebrewers, get ready because you can ...

JBU > Introductory

On Beer and Adjunct Ingredients

Are you adventurous and love trying new combinations, fun flavours, and complex creations? Then you need to know more about beer and the adj...

JBU > Intermediate

Beer Pairings for Thanksgiving

If there was alcohol at the original Thanksgiving meal then it was most likely ale. For an authentic Thanksgiving, pair your dinner with som...

Introductory

Sour, Sour Beer of the Hour

Are you curious about sour beers, but haven’t had the courage yet to take the plunge? Well put on your floaties ‘cuz we’re throwing you into...

JBU > Advanced

4 Reasons Why Your Beer Tastes Metallic

Ever wonder why some beers have a hint of metal to them? No, that is not a new flavor profile. Here’s why.

JBU > Advanced

3-Step Introduction to the World of Wine for Craft Beer Lovers

This is an introduction to the world of wine for people who love craft beer, but it can also work as an introduction to the craft beer world...

JBU > Introductory

The Case For Proper Glassware and The Experiment You Can Try at Home

Don`t believe that using the proper glass could actually affect the taste of your beer? Try the glass experiment yourself or with a bunch of...

JBU

What’s Oktoberfest?

The short and easy explanation: it’s a BEER BASH…sorry, I mean a “festival”, or more appropriately a folk festival that celebrates great loc...

JBU > Introductory

What’s in the Stout?

There are so many different stout styles, are the names of the style actually an ingredient contained in the beer? Let’s find out!

JBU > Introductory

Does Oyster Stout Have Real Oysters?

Wondering, like I did, whether Oyster Stout has actual oysters in the recipe or it’s just a name, here’s the answer.

JBU > Introductory

Top 10 Wine Producing Countries

Wine is ubiquitously loved across the whole world. However, have you ever wondered which countries on the globe produce the most wine? Do th...

JBU > Intermediate

What Makes Beer Sessionable?

Session beer. You hear the word all the time, but what does it mean and what does it say about the beer you are drinking or considering.

JBU > Introductory

What’s the Best Way to Learn About Beer?

Ask a what? A Certified Cicerone®. That is, a beer expert who has passed a particular certification exam administered by the Craft Beer Inst...

JBU > Intermediate

VIDEO: How to Open a Beer Bottle with a Newspaper

JBU > Intermediate

Guide to Grilling a Beer Can Chicken

This is an easy method for grilling a flavorful and tender chicken that keeps all eyes on the grill, and provides that “wow” factor for any ...

JBU > Intermediate

What is a Beer Flight?

So many things on the beer menu sound fabulous…not sure what to get? Try a beer flight.

JBU > Introductory

How To Introduce Your Mom To Craft Beer

This really could be about how to introduce anyone you love to craft beer, but since Mother’s Day is coming up we thought we’d focus on moth...

JBU > Introductory

A Quick Lesson on Austin’s Craft Beer Industry

Want to learn a bit about Austin’s booming craft beer industry? This is a great intro!

JBU > Intermediate

VIDEO: The Great Beer Route: Portland to San Francisco

Craft beer and epic landscapes in the Pacific Northwest.

JBU > Intermediate

Beer Styles: The Ingredients (Part Three: Water)

In this third part of this series on beer’s ingredients, we will look at water, the largest single component of beer. As much as 90-95% of a...

JBU > Introductory

10 Beer Names You Might Be Saying Wrong

Sometimes you just start a habit and it sticks, so make sure you are saying the names of these beers correctly and avoid an embarrassing cra...

JBU > Introductory

A Sobering Thought

While we love beer, we always encourage drinking responsibly. These jarring stats are definitely another layer in the drink responsibly camp...

JBU > Introductory

Does Dye in Your Beer Affect Flavour? The Green Beer Experiment

We were at the office having a discussion about St. Paddy’s Day, when someone announced, “green beer is awful, it tastes like CRAP!”. So we ...

JBU > Intermediate

Beer Styles: The Ingredients (Part Two: Hops)

In the second part of this series on the ingredients of beer, we will examine hops, the additive that provides an assortment of flavours to ...

JBU > Introductory

How to Learn What Beer Styles You Like?

Like everything in life practice makes perfect. And that goes for beer as well. If you are new to the beer world and especially the craft be...

JBU > Introductory

8 Great Food Pairings for Stouts and Porters

Even though there are obvious differences between the two types of beer, dark stouts and porters tend to match similar types of food.

JBU > Intermediate

Beer Styles 201: Double/Imperial IPA

What do you get when you take the intensity of a Russian Imperial Stout and an IPA? A Double IPA (Imperial IPA), of course! Learn more about...

JBU > Introductory

How To Describe Beer Like a Pro

This article is a quick and easy reference to the words you need for describing beer to your friends. Now you’ll never be at a loss for word...

JBU > Introductory

Does Beer Go Bad?

You just found a bottle of your favourite beer that got pushed to the back of the pantry and forgotten, now you are thinking “Should I drink...

JBU > Intermediate

Beer Styles 201: Gruit Beer (Ancient Herbed/Spiced Ale)

Gruit like fruit can be added to ales to change their flavour profiles. Learn more about this ancient beer style.

JBU > Intermediate

Beer Styles: The Ingredients (Part One: Malt)

In previous articles, we examined what properties make the different beer varieties. In the next part of this series, we will explore the in...

JBU > Intermediate

Beer Varieties: The Origins (Part Four: Bitterness)

In this series, we are looking at what characterises the hundreds of styles of beers that are available. So far we have looked at how gravit...

JBU

How To Have A Beer Tasting

Want to plan a really cool night for you and your friends? Change up the regular beer party for a beer tasting party. Here are some ideas to...

JBU

What Beer Should You Pair With Your Steak?

Whether you’re ordering at a restaurant or cooking at home, here’s your guide to the best beers to drink alongside steaks.

JBU > Introductory

Converting Friends to Craft Beer

How to get your “basic-beer” drinking pals, to try craft beer — #drinkLocal

JBU > Intermediate

Beer Styles 201: Berliner Weisse

Like Berlin itself you either love the eclectic, funky nature or you hate it. This brew is tart and bubbly a combination that is not for eve...