Joe Stange

Critic's List: Joe Stange's Best in 2019

Apologies in advance for some European bias. These picks span a year of travel and a trans-Atlantic move back to the States, where I now gawk like a yokel at the weird and wonderful American beer scene.

The Best 19 Beers of 2019

Our editors, writers, and blind-review panelists have tasted thousands of beers sent to our office, passed over a bar at a brewery or pub, and poured at festivals around the world. Here is the culmination of the best of those experiences.

Podcast Episode 107: The Best 19 Beers of 2019 Special Edition

What are the best beers of 2019 as named by the reviewers, critics, readers, and editors of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine? This special episode of the podcast walks through the stories behind the beers and the selections.

Anatomy of a Colonial-Era Pumpkin Ale

Popular legend holds that colonists brewed ales with pumpkins, even if the evidence is scanty. But if they did, what would they have been like? Frank Clark, food historian and brewer at Colonial Williamsburg, walks us through his highly educated guess.

Hop Harvest Hootenannies

Anywhere they pick lots of hops, they also throw a shindig. Plan your travel schedule accordingly. Don't worry: They'll have beer.

Meet Belgium’s New Lambic Brewers

Real lambic takes time. It laughs at hasty plans. Until recently there were only eight lambic brewers in the Senne Valley. Discover the two newest brewers taking on a very old tradition.

Exploring the Most Brewery Rich Region in the World

Decoction mashing and patient lagering remain the norm across Upper Franconia, as they do in nearby Czechia—the two places in the world most famed for their attractive, flavorful lagers. Our correspondent takes a deep dive into the region.

Warped Tripel Recipe

Choose your twist(s) on this Westmalle Tripel-inspired beer.

Belgian Beer: You’re Probably Doing It Wrong

Joe Stange offers 5 tips for (correctly) making Belgian-style beer.

The Ales of Apostates: When Abbey Beers Get Weird

Is nothing sacred? Certainly abbey beers aren’t. Not even in Belgium.