Jeff Alworth


Style School: The Hallowed Comforts of Doppelbock

Monkish hospitality and devotion gave way to modern commercialism over a few centuries, but this Bavarian product that evolved along the way still has the power to nourish and amaze.

Belgian Tripel: The Golden Glow of Modernity

A 20th-century invention made famous by monks, this strong but elegant ale of hospitality is built from the simplest of ingredients—yet it’s among the most challenging to brew well. Jeff Alworth explains its origins and context.

Recipe: American Throwback Cream Ale

Inspired by tantalizing descriptions of cream ale from the early 20th century, this recipe combines ideas from both the pre- and post-Prohibition eras—including corn in the grist, dry hopping, and above-average strength.

The Smooth-Drinking Gimmickry of Cream Ale

In this edition of Style School, Jeff Alworth explains how an American heirloom style began as a marketing creation of the Industrial Age—and where today’s more playful breweries have run with it.

Vienna Lager: Fire in the Glass

This elegant beer with Austrian roots hides in plain sight pretty much everywhere except Austria. In this edition of Style School, Jeff Alworth explains how Anton Dreher’s 19th century creation is poised for a restoration.

American Pale Ale: Hops in Harmony

Our country’s signature flavor profile was not born in Burton, but in the hop fields of Oregon.

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Gueuze: Beguiling Blend of Nature, Time & Savoir-Faire

Try to brew it if you want—many have tried—but few beers belong to their own place more than traditional Belgian gueuze.

American Porter: An Undersung Classic Awaits Its Re-Revival

In this edition of Jeff Alworth's Style School, we look to the early days of American microbrewing, when attempts to recreate a neglected British style may not have been historically accurate—but they were something altogether new (and delicious).

Style School: Brown Ale, the Belgian Way(s)

Belgian panache and historical tricks can liven up a slice of the color spectrum often seen as decidedly unsexy.

Style School: Strong Scottish Ale

Overlooked and misunderstood, the ale a French scientist once called “the strongest and best beer made in Great Britain” deserves a closer look.