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Beer

Beer history, beer brewing, beer styles, beer ingredients. Check out our Beer Page, devoted to all things beer!

Beer

Don't just enjoy the beer you encounter in travels; understand it!


Basic Timeline of Beer in the U.S.

 1580s-1840s  Colonists brew beer at home, initially with corn.  Small, local breweries begin to appear.   Beers are primarily heavy, English-style ales.
 1840s-1900  German immigrants bring new brewing yeasts and methods to the U.S.  Cities see neighborhoods full of breweries.  Lighter, crisper lagers become popular.
 1920-1933  Prohibition!   Some larger breweries stay in operation by producing legally permitted "near beer," under one-half of 1% alcohol.
 Prohibition - Today  Beers sees the same evolution as coffee and chocolate: First Wave gets cheap beer out to the masses; Second Wave companies improve quality; Third Wave values quality and craftsmanship in beer.
 

Beer Posts

 

Our Current Fav Craft Beers

Northwind Imperial Stout, by Two Brothers Artisan Brewing

Station #1 American IPA, by Oswego Brewing Company

Mayan Mocha Stout, by OddSide Ales

 

Beer Fest Log

Quad Cities Craft Beer Fest ∙ May 12, 2018

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20+ local micro & nano breweries. Lots of great beers. Along the Mississippi. With free parking. And a manageable sized crowd. A perfect annual kick-off to National Craft Beer Week!

Beer of the day: Dirty Blonde Chocolate Ale, by Great River Brewery

Naperville Ale Fest - Winter Edition ∙ February 24, 2018

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More than 150 American craft beers, an infusion tent, a limited edition cask tent, and hot hard cider. All in the great outdoors. In the Midwest. In the winter. Enough said!

Beer of the day: Hipster Brunch, a bourbon, maple & bacon stout, by OddSide Ales

 

Our Beer Team

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HOMER

craft beer enthusiast | dark over light | flights over pints

 
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RICHARD  (Homer's FIL)

hobby home brewer | ale over lager | beer as an experience

 

Beer Basics

 comparing ale vs. lager style beers
 
 the 10 steps to brewing beer
 
 A bit about hops
 
 beer's 4 basic ingredients
 

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