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Fundamentals #127 — Burnt Mill Glow State NE Pale Ale

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Fundamentals #127 — Burnt Mill Glow State NE Pale Ale

I don’t know if you saw the news, but the other day, the Queen died. I am no royalist – quite the opposite, in fact – but when the news broke, I couldn’t look away from my TV for several hours. A momentous event indeed. The reaction was fascinating to me too - as fascinating as it was, well, weird. And when the going gets weird, in my experience the best thing to do is head to the fridge and grab a cold beer. My fridge is well stocked. I write about beer for a living after all, but I’m also...

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Fundamentals #120 — Burnt Mill Get The Onyx West Coast IPA

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Fundamentals #120 — Burnt Mill Get The Onyx West Coast IPA

Bitterness is one of the most enjoyable, and most crucial, elements in beer. In my opinion, anyway. When implemented correctly, bitterness sends a signal to your brain, telling you that what you’re drinking is refreshing, creating an impulse response motivating you to take another sip. If that bitterness is in perfect balance, then once your glass is empty, you’ll head to the bar and ask for another glass of whatever you just finished. It’s more powerful than any sales tactic or marketing scheme breweries can come up with. Brewers have known this for a long time, too. Bitter beer sells....

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Fundamentals #106 — Burnt Mill Polar Energy IPA

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Fundamentals #106 — Burnt Mill Polar Energy IPA

The New England IPA has been the source of much debate since it emerged from innovative breweries in the North-Eastern US over the past decade or so. Should beer really be this hazy? Is a beer with no discernible bitterness really an IPA? Does any of this matter if it’s delicious, and people enjoy it immensely? In answer to the latter: Absolutely not. The style has also been the subject of much technical debate within the brewing industry. Not only due to the way this style uses a significantly larger volume of hops that many styles have previously, but in...

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