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2010 Specialty Beers
What Makes You So Special?

By Jerald O’Kennard

A year ago, I mused about the proliferation of specialty beers, (i.e. beers made with unusual fermentables or techniques) diluting the very concept or what it means to be specialty beer.  Based on the wide range of “extreme”, fruit flavored, smoked, herbed, spiced, and “alternately grained” beers we reviewed from around the world in this year’s specialty session, the procession of specialty to normalcy is far from over.   more >>

2010 British and North American Ales
Transatlantic Treats

By Jerald O’Kennard

I always enjoy the British and American Ale round of the World Beer Championships because it’s great to see how American ales compare to their British cousins within the same style. What emerges is an interesting snap shot of the import ale market: traditional, session ales that one would expect from Old World along with more experimental, perhaps American influenced ales.   more >>

2009 Lager Review
All the World’s a Stage

By Jerald O’Kennard

It never ceases to amaze me how pervasive lager style beers are.  And as I was enjoying a spicy sushi roll last night that paired brilliantly with a Korean pale lager that I hadn’t had in a long time, I could see why. While often criticized or mocked as either boring, insipid, industrial, etc., the ubiquitous pale lager and pilsner styles are clearly the world’s choices if you are looking at sheer sales volumes and numbers of brands.   more >>