Annie Johnson

Annie Johnson is an experienced R&D brewer, IT specialist, and national beer judge. Her awards include 2013 American Homebrewer of the Year honors.


Recipe: Annie’s Red Planet IPA

Old-school malt layers, New World hop flavors, and that beautiful red-amber color... Love live the red IPA.

No Rests For the Wicked: The Quick & The Red

In this throwback IPA style that recalls the beauty of malt—both visually and in the flavor—you can go with a complex, layered all-grain grist. Or, you can get there quicker (and just as beautifully red) with an intentional approach to extract brewing.

Recipe: Annie’s Rice & Easy Lager

Here’s an elegant homebrew recipe for a super-lean and dry rice lager, ideal for warm summer nights or enjoying with virtually any meal.

Rice & Easy: Extract Brewing for Maximum Crispness

You don’t need an industrial Japanese brewery—nor even an all-grain homebrew system—to make a clean, light-bodied, refreshing rice lager ideal for sushi and summertime.

Recipe: Smiling Monk Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale

For those who like it dark, strong, and contemplative, here’s a partial-mash extract recipe for a Trappist-inspired ale that can be cellared for many months, with a drinkability belies its strength and complexity.

No Rests for the Wicked: Fit for a Chalice

Belgium’s dark, strong ales are among the most complex and impressive beers in the canon—yet extract brewers can tackle them as well as anyone, as long as we pay attention to a few key points.

Recipe: Annie’s Coconut-Lime Kölsch

So, you put the lime in the coconut—or, better yet, add them both to secondary. Then you drink it all up.

No Rests for the Wicked: Warm It Up with Winter Fruit

Extract brewing provides a more-than-capable canvas for getting creative with the unusual fruits that arrive this time of year. Annie Johnson breaks it down.

Recipe: Old Nehampkin Imperial Stout

Here is Annie Johnson’s recipe for a rich, complex, adjunct-free imperial stout that mellows and improves with some time in the cellar.

No Rests for the Wicked: Imperial Stout, Extracted

You don’t need a truckload of grain and a giant mash tun to brew a big, rich imperial stout perfect for laying down for months—this one is right in the extract brewer’s wheelhouse.