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The Lords of the Ales
A Powerful Onslaught of Ales from the Two Towers of North America and Great Britain

By Tom Sulinski & Jerald O’Kennard

The two towers of the ale world, Britain and America, have legions of devoted fanatics. One camp would campaign that too many North American craft ales have become too brash, too assertively hoppy, leaving them craving the subtle and traditional session ales inspired by the UK, while the other camp lusts for even bigger “imperial” American-inspired ales.   more >>

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 >>