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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Big Beer Paradox

McHenry Lager from Clipper City Brewery
My employer, Hugh Sisson, owner of the Clipper City Brewing Company, has recently begun syndicating a blog he calls: Diary of a Brewer.

In one post, he talks about something which I have been saying as well for years: that one test of a good brewery lies in its lightest beer. There, there is nowhere to hide - no big hop or malt or yeasty character to cover up brewing faults. Hugh dubs this the big beer paradox. Of course, after taste-testing such a beer, I'll quickly move on to that brewpub's or brewery's big flavored beer.

Beer writer and editor of Malt Advocate, Lew Bryson has long been a fan of good beer but not necessarily of - ugh, I dislike the term - extreme beer. Read Lew's rant.

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