Wednesday, October 27, 2010

quote of the day

brewing with rye, the grain pliny the elder said was "unpleasant to the stomach"

"Judging from BeerAdvocate's online reviews and other sources, it appears that at least 500 different beers made with rye have hit American tap handles in just the past decade.  Often, the grain is used to tive a new twist to a classic style... This dabbling has been going on for about 20 years, and not surprisingly, it led to the creation of a singular style known as American Rye beer.  Brewed as either an ale or a lager, the style is much like American Wheat beer, in which the flavor of the grain adds a subtle complexity to barley malt.  Often, it is highly kilned to provide both color and a distinctive, sometimes off-putting, nutty flavor."

Don Russell
Beer Advocate #44

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