Saison Beer – Belgian Farmhouse Ale Recipes

by Brad Smith on October 8, 2010 · 8 comments

Saison is a light, refreshing ale originally brewed in farmhouses in the French speaking regions of Belgium for field workers. Now the beer is brewed in many locations around the world. Its a complex style with a mix of fruity aroma and flavor, some spiciness and even a hint of tartness. Today I’ll take a look at the history of Saison, how to brew it and some Saison recipes.

American Amber Ale Recipes and Beer Style

by Brad Smith on July 23, 2010 · 6 comments

American Amber Ale, also known in the Pacific Northwest as Red Ale is a uniquely American beer that is robust, rich and enjoyable. A fairly recent style, Ambers have become very popular with mainstream beer drinkers in the US. This week we take a look at the American Amber style, how to brew it at home and some examples of American Amber recipes.

Brewing India Pale Ale Recipes IPA Beer Styles

by Brad Smith on September 13, 2009 · 27 comments


India Pale Ale (or IPA) is a popular staple of homebrewers, microbrewers and hopheads who enjoy brewing some of the hoppiest beers on the planet. This week we look at India Pale Ale beer recipes, how to brew an IPA recipe and its history

English Pale Ale Recipes

by Brad Smith on June 1, 2009 · 5 comments

Pale Ale

English Pale Ale is a classic beer style and a personal favorite of mine. This week we take a look at how to brew this classic style at home including the history of the style, formulation of recipes and brewing of English Pale Ale.

Bock and Doppelbock Beer Recipes – Beer Styles

by Brad Smith on February 22, 2009 · 19 comments


Bock beer is a classic German lager that is smooth and very drinkable. Traditionally bock was brewed in Winter, so it is appropriate for a winter beer article. This week we take a look at some bock beer recipes and how to brew the classic Bock beer style. History of Bock Bock traces its origins […]

Belgian Wit Recipes – White Beer Styles

by Brad Smith on November 2, 2008 · 20 comments

Belgian Wit is a wonderful light, refreshing beer that narrowly avoided extinction to become a popular hit here in the United States. This week we’ll take a look at the history, brewing and recipes for Belgian Wit and White Beer.

Scotch Ale Recipes: Beer Styles

by Brad Smith on September 6, 2008 · 7 comments

Scotch Ale brings forth visions of fog filled bogs, dimly lit pubs and a hearty pint of ale. Scotland has always had its own distinct brewing style with an array of unique beers from the 60/- shilling light Scottish ale to the “wee heavy” strong ales. This week we examine the history of scotch ales […]

Decoction Mashing for Beer Recipes

by Brad Smith on September 1, 2008 · 11 comments

Decoction mashing is a great way to enhance the flavor and clarity of your all grain beer recipes, and requires only minimal additional equipment and time. Few homebrewers use decoction mashing in their recipes, but it is a very powerful technique for enhancing many styles of beer. This week we’re going to demystify decoction mashing so you can add it to your arsenal of homebrewing tools.

Brown Ale Recipes: Brewing Styles

by Brad Smith on July 9, 2008 · 4 comments

Brown ale is a distinctively English style that has also become popular with microbreweries in the United States. Today we’ll look at the origins of this classic style, how to brew Brown Ale at home and also a sampling of Brown Ale recipes.

Pint of Steam

“Steam Beer” brings to mind visions of the California gold rush, and San Francisco. Today we’ll look at the history of California common beer (aka Steam Beer) and how to design steam beer recipes and present a collection of Steam Beer recipes you can brew at home.

New BeerSmith Retail CDs

by Brad Smith on May 14, 2008 · 0 comments

BeerSmith CD

We’re pleased to announce that our BeerSmith Home Brewing Recipe Software is now available on professionally printed CD’s through selected retailers. You can help by recommending BeerSmith to your local home brewing store owner.

I recently revisited Ray Daniels’ classic work “Designing Great Beers”, a book written in 1996 and published by the Brewers Association. Though I originally read this book several years ago, I enjoyed it even more the second time. For those of you who don’t know the book, it is advertised as “The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles”…

Updated Beer Recipes Archive

by Brad Smith on February 20, 2008 · 1 comment

I recently reorganized the BeerSmith home brewing recipes archive. It now lists over 300 web recipes by beer style and also has new recipe packs for malt extract, all grain and partial mash brewers. Thanks again to all who contributed these outstanding recipes for public use. Join us on the BeerSmith discussion forum if you […]