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Tag Archives: Malt

• Bad Barley Crop Probably Won’t Affect 2015 Beer Prices. Phew.

Bad Barley Crop Probably Won’t Affect 2015 Beer Prices. Phew.

Problems with the 2014 malt barley crop in the western United States have resulted in the worst year for malting production in the nation, but beer drinkers likely won’t have to shell out an extra couple dollars for their favorite brews. Much of the nation’s large-scale brewing is done in the Midwest, says Collin Watters […]

• Guinness Launching 2 New Beers to Crack Craft Beer Market

Guinness Launching 2 New Beers to Crack Craft Beer Market

‘Sweet and smooth with malt and dark caramel notes’ Macrobrewer Guinness is taking aim at the microbrewing market with the launch of two new craft beers “inspired” by the painstaking brewing techniques from the 19th century, or as the company calls it, the “golden age of porters.” The promotional materials lay a heavy emphasis on […]

• Learn how to homebrew online…here are some cool courses!

Learn how to homebrew online…here are some cool courses!

Cheers! Your Homebrewing Journey Begins Here. Experience the world’s best online learning resource for homebrewers. Get started today by clicking on a class below. You can subscribe to all classes, or buy single classes, and we’ll be launching new classes every month!

• And now Trekkies have their own Warnog official Klingon beer

And now Trekkies have their own Warnog official Klingon beer

The craggily foreheaded warrior race from Star Trek now have an alcoholic drink to call their own, following the launch of Vulcan Ale last year. Star Trek‘s warrior race the Klingons may be more famed for drinking the alarmingly red bloodwine in outer space, but on Earth at least, they have a new official booze […]

• Cooking with whisky: great ingredient or waste of a dram?

Cooking with whisky: great ingredient or waste of a dram?

Chefs are increasingly using whisky in cooking to enhance salty, smoky or sweet flavours. Would you cook with a single malt, or is it so precious it must be sipped? As the autumn Speyside whisky festival gets under way, single malt aficionados will be flocking to the doors of the dozen or so distilleries producing […]

• Iowa Gets Its Very Own Single Malt Whiskey

Iowa Gets Its Very Own Single Malt Whiskey

The Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery calls Johnson County, Iowa, home. In a grain-rich state, the company is making a new single malt whiskey, apparently a first in Iowa. It’s made from 100% malted barley and Cedar Ridge owner Jeff Quint says if they were in Scotland they’d be able to call it “scotch”. He says […]

• How to Brew a Single-Malt, Single-Hop IPA at Home

How to Brew a Single-Malt, Single-Hop IPA at Home

Many beer recipes share a common flaw: they’re just too complex. Homebrewers tend to get carried away, tossing in a few ounces of this and a half pound of that, and they end up with a recipe that calls for eight different malts and seven different types of hops. Chances are, that beer’s going to […]

• Whisky Matured in Space! A Genius Idea Out of Scotland

Whisky Matured in Space! A Genius Idea Out of Scotland

What’s better than a fine single malt? How about one that’s been matured in zero g? Space whisky is here, thanks to a Scottish distillery that decided to blast a barrel up to the ISS for a bit of out-of-this world maturing. Nope, this isn’t a joke. It’s all part of an experiment to see […]

• Cambridge Brewing Company to Release 2nd Batch of Sake-Beer Hybrid

Cambridge Brewing Company to Release 2nd Batch of Sake-Beer Hybrid

On Friday, April 6th Cambridge Brewing Company will release a true sake-beer hybrid, using house made sake to ferment a unique barley-rice wort mixture. The result is Banryu Ichi, which is brewed to approximately 14% alcohol by volume. It is an incredibly complex beverage with flavors of sweet rice, fresh apples & grapes, earthy hints […]

• Homebrewing: How to Make Your Own Crystal Malt

Homebrewing: How to Make Your Own Crystal Malt

Crystal malts are a staple in almost every beer recipe. Light crystal malt, like C-20, is used in pale ales, the darker C-120 can be used in stouts, and every recipe in between calls for some variety of crystal. Since crystal malts are among the few styles that do not need to be mashed, they […]

• 20 White Dog Whiskies Reviewed

20 White Dog Whiskies Reviewed

Last year we published a piece entitled “Putting White Dog Down“, a sobering counterpoint to the intense media buzz surrounding this category. Since that point, the category has continued to grow and the offerings in this space have increased exponentially. The category has also become quite muddled with products getting released as white dog, white […]

• Europe: Dry weather leaves brewers with malting barley supply crisis

Europe: Dry weather leaves brewers with malting barley supply crisis

A dry spring in much of Europe has sent malting barley prices shooting upwards – adding to the woes of brewers already under pressure from weak beer demand, according to analysts. In the UK, one of the four leading European producers along with France, Germany and Denmark, spring barley prices for the coming 2011 harvest […]

• Royal Wedding Gets Special ‘Kiss Me Kate’ Brew

Royal Wedding Gets Special ‘Kiss Me Kate’ Brew

As excitement over the royal wedding reaches fever pitch, those who miss out on an invitation will be able to toast the happy couple with a specially-brewed beer. Kiss Me Kate is being brewed just for the occasion and will be a “British beer through and through”, said its creators from Castle Rock Brewery in […]

• Yowz! World’s First Triple Malt Blend, Monkey Shoulder

Yowz! World’s First Triple Malt Blend, Monkey Shoulder

The world’s first ‘triple malt’ whisky, Monkey Shoulder, has been launched in Australia and will be available to the trade from March. Made in small batches (27 casks) from three Speyside single malt whiskies from the Glenfiddich and Balvenie distilleries, it is then aged in American oak casks for a smoother, richer taste. Slow maturation […]

• Warming up for the 18th Toronado Barleywine Festival in SF Feb. 19-21

Warming up for the 18th Toronado Barleywine Festival in SF Feb. 19-21

What began more than three decades ago as a small-batch specialty beer made by a local beer hero has grown thunderously into perhaps the most cult-acclaimed craft beer style in America: the barleywine. Fritz Maytag is the man to thank. He had just bought a beer factory in Potrero Hill called Anchor Brewing Company, but […]