Taking the BJCP Tasting Exam

It’s been over a month since my last post, perhaps my longest hiatus since starting this blog nearly four years ago.  In the meantime, I’ve been to Colorado for a workshop, Idaho for vacation; South Korea for a neutron scattering conference; and upon returning home spent several evenings in my yard pulling the weeds that... Continue Reading →

Preparing for the BJCP Tasting Exam

For a few years I’ve secretly aspired to become certified beer judge.  Some of you might think I’m already qualified to judge beer, but regular readers of the column will know better.  The challenging part, aside from knowing what you are talking about, is to land a spot on one of the Beer Judge Certification... Continue Reading →

Land Grant University – Yeast 101

Last night Land Grant Brewing held their first session of what they call Land Grant University, a series of educational sessions on the key ingredients in beer.  The inaugural session was devoted to yeast, future sessions will focus on hops, malts and water.  Attendance was capped at 50 participants and there was a full house... Continue Reading →

Freshness labels on beer

Most types of beer are better fresh, and freshness is particularly important for the hoppy American style IPAs and double IPAs.  Sometimes over just a few months the acids that come from the hops start to break down changing the flavor profile of the beer (usually for the worst).  When shopping for beers for the... Continue Reading →

A Few Beer Basics

This section of the site has some basic information on beers.  The first post in this series are random facts that may come in handy for building your basic knowledge.  1. What are the basic ingredients in beer?  Malted grain (usually Barley), Hops, Water and Yeast. 2. What is the difference between a lager and... Continue Reading →

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