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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,...
Temperature Matters: The Magic of Yeast and Wheat
The Hefeweizen is a historic style and has been satisfying beer drinkers for centuries. The style is Bavarian, and was originally brewed for Bavarian royalty. The style became more widely consumed in 1872. The pale, modernized version that we drink today came to be in the revolutionary 1960’s. What makes a Hefeweizen? The Hefeweizen is a German style of beer, literally translated as “yeast wheat.” It is a wheat beer, and so “weizen” or wheat refers to one of the beer’s most important components: Hefeweizens are made up of over 50%...