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Wild vs Clean Beers: An Exploration of Funk
Most beer drinkers are familiar with styles like Amber Ale, IPA, Pilsner, and Stout. These would be what we refer to as “clean” beer styles. And that is because of one ingredient - yeast! Clean beers use yeast that act a certain way and produce a specific set of flavors. Wild beers, on the other hand, use very different yeast along with a variety of other microorganisms to create beers that are exceptionally complex. Wild ales such as Lambics, Flanders ales, and Farmhouse ales are often described as funky,...
Birth of a Beer Style: The Hazy IPA
The Alchemist is a family-owned brewery located in Waterbury, Vermont. It was founded in 2003 by John and Jen Kimmich, a dynamic husband and wife duo. In 2004, The Alchemist released Heady Topper, a beer that defined an entirely new style: the New England IPA. Heady Topper is an unfiltered IPA that rests at a healthy 8% ABV. Brewed with a six-hop blend and a rare, exclusive yeast, this beer graces its consumers with tropical fruit flavors and loads of hop aroma. Reaching stardom through word of mouth alone, it...