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Hoppy vs. Bitter — What’s the difference?

Many beers are described as hoppy and bitter, but are there actual differences between the two terms? Continue reading to find out…

JBU > Intermediate

Beer Styles 201: What is a Porter?

Porters: where they come from, their appearance, flavour & aroma, palate & mouthfeel, food pairings and serving suggestions are all explaine...

JBU > Intermediate

Beer Styles 201: What is a Barleywine?

Barleywine: where they come from, their appearance, flavour & aroma, palate & mouthfeel, food pairings and serving suggestions are all expla...

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Macro Brewery vs. Micro Brewery vs. Craft Brewery: What is the Difference?

You’ve probably heard of the terms microbrewery, macrobrewery, and craft brewery, but do you fully understand the differences between them? ...

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You Should Be Drinking Your Beer From A Glass And Here’s Why

Want to enhance your beer drinking experience? Pour your beer into a glass! If you’re not convinced, here are three reasons why you should b...

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Pilsners vs. Lagers: What’s the Difference?

What is the difference between a pilsner and a lager? Is pilsner a type of lager? If you find yourself asking questions about pilsners and l...

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Does Beer Freeze? What Temperature Does Beer Freeze?

As winter rolls around, we found ourselves asking “Does beer freeze?”… So we did some research and here’s what we found. Spoiler Alert: Yes,...

JBU > Intermediate

German Beer Styles – Sour Ale: Berliner Weisse, Gose and Lichtenhainer

Join us as we cover Germany’s well-known sour beer styles; from Berliner Weisse and Gose to Lichtenhainer. A brief history and vital statist...

JBU > Intermediate

German Beer Styles – Wheat Ales: Weizen, Weissbiers, & Weizenbock

Join us as we cover Germany’s wheat beer styles; from weizens (wheat beers) and Weissbiers (white beers) to Dunkel Weissbier and Weizenbock....

JBU > Intermediate

German Beer Styles – Dark Beers: Doppelbock, Dark Lager, & Schwarzbier

Dive in to Germany’s dark beer styles; from doppelbock and dark lagers to schwarzbier. A brief history and vital statistics about each dark ...

JBU > Intermediate

German Beer Styles – Amber Beers: Märzen, Kellerbier, & Roggenbier

Learn about Germany’s amber beer styles; from Märzen and Kellerbier to Roggenbier. A brief history and vital statistics about each amber ale...

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...

JBU > Intermediate

German Beer Styles – Pale Beers: Euro Lagers, Kölsch, & German Pilsener

Join us as we cover Germany’s pale beer styles; from Euro/International Lagers and Kölsch to German Pilsener (not “pilsner”). A brief histor...

JBU > Intermediate

German Beer Styles – History & Info About Germany’s Greatest Creation

Think all German beers are light coloured lagers? Nothing could be further from the truth! Follow along in this 5-part history series as we ...

JBU > Intermediate

The World Guide To Beer – The History of Categorizing Beer

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

What Are Adjunct Beers? – Beer Styles: The Ingredients

Ever wondered what beer is made of? You may already know about the four basics: malt, hops, yeast and water…but what about “everything else”...

JBU > Intermediate

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 > 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

What Adjunct Ingredients Are Used To Make Beer?

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 > Introductory

Why Does My Beer Taste Metallic? – Here’s Why Your Beer Tastes Like Pennies

Ever wonder why some beers have a hint of metal to them? No, that is not a new flavour profile and no, you’re not drinking liquified pennies...

JBU > Advanced

3-Step Introduction to 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

Does the Shape of Your Beer Glass Really Matter? – 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 > Intermediate

Beer Styles 201: What is a 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

What Is An Oyster Stout? – Is It Made With Real Oysters?

What Is An Oyster Stout? Do Oyster Stouts have real oysters in them? Read this article to answer your questions about Oyster Stouts and see ...

JBU > Intermediate

What is a Session Beer? – 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

What is a Flight of Beer? – A Simple Guide To Beer Flights

What is a beer flight? How do you drink a beer flight? Where can you get your own beer flight set? We answer all your questions in this arti...

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

Green Beer Experiment: Does Dye or Food Colouring Affect Your Beer Flavour?

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

7 Foods That Pair Perfectly With 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: What is a Double IPA (DIPA) & Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA)?

Double IPA & Imperial IPA: where they come from, their appearance, flavour & aroma, palate & mouthfeel, food pairings and serving suggestion...

JBU > Introductory

Beer Terms Every Beer Lover Needs To Know: How To Describe Beer Like A Pro

A quick and easy reference to the beer terms you need to know when describing a beer. Now you’ll never be at a loss for words and always be ...

JBU > Introductory

Does Beer Go Bad? How To Prevent A “Skunky” Beer

Sometimes a bottle of your favourite beer that gets pushed to the back of the pantry and forgotten. It’s sad, but it happens. If you’re thin...

JBU > Intermediate

Beer Styles 201: What is a Gruit Ale?

Gruit Ale: what it is, why it’s used, health benefits, and how it is regulated is all explained in this Beer Styles 201 article.

JBU > Intermediate

Beer Styles: Ingredients (Part One) – What Is 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...

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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 > Introductory

How to Convert Your Friends to Craft Beer

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

JBU > Intermediate

Beer Styles 201: What is a Berliner Weisse?

Berliner Weisse: where it comes from, it’s appearance, flavour, aroma, palate & mouthfeel, food pairings and serving selections are all expl...

JBU > Intermediate

Beer Styles 201: What is a Gose?

Gose: where it comes from, the appearance, flavour & aroma, palate & mouthfeel, food pairings and serving suggestions are all explained in t...

JBU > Intermediate

Beer Styles 201: What is a Weizenbock?

Weizenbocks: where they come from, their appearance, flavour & aroma, palate & mouthfeel, food pairings and serving suggestions are all expl...

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How The Foam On Your Beer Keeps It From Spilling

A new study explains how your beer’s foamy top helps it from spilling, by clinging to the glass.

JBU > Introductory

What’s #DrinkLocal and Why is it Important?

An important grass-roots social movement, the #DrinkLocal tag creates awareness and support for local breweries, pubs and liquor stores.

JBU > Advanced

Beer Colours: The SRM Color Guide for Beer Styles

The quick and easy guide to beer colour and their generally accepted SRM values based on beer style.