Learning to taste with winter warmers (Episode 159)

winter warmer


This week, Shawn and I discuss how and when to add hops to a boil to get the different bitterness, flavors and aromas you’re looking for as well as some quick picks for Super Bowl snacks and pairings. We’ll work on a more diverse list for next week.

Winter Warmers

Winter warmer season isn’t over, even for those Christmasy-tasting beers. If you’re new to craft beer, or if you aren’t and haven’t done the flavor-changing experiment, now is a great time to do it. Winter warmers were meant to sit an the way they change when they do is quite remarkable. It happens with every beer, but it’s pretty pronounced with theses.

Growing slow and steady

Independent craft lost a bunch of breweries this week, and a few more announced expansions. What, when and how to expand is critical. As craft beer levels out, people have to get smarter about how they grow, when and why.

Each week our show notes include stories we didn’t get to, because most weeks more happens than we can talk about. This week, there was one about Charlie Papazian, who is kind of a big deal in the homebrew world (in case you didn’t know).

About Tony Russo

Tony Russo has worked as a print and digital journalist for the better part of the 21st century, writing for and editing regional weeklies, dailies and destination websites. Tony has been producing news, leisure and entertainment podcasts since. 2007. In addition he has written two books on beer for the History Press. Eastern Shore Beer was published in 2014 and Delaware Beer in 2016. He lives in Delmar, Md. with his wife Kelly and the only of his four daughters who hasn't moved out. Together they keep their dog and cat comfortable.

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