Josh Weikert


Ask the Pros: Brewing an Incendiary (and Award-Winning) Brown Porter

Last year was a great one for dark beers from Incendiary in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While their Schwarzbier earned its spot on our list of Best 20 Beers in 2023, this porter also nabbed gold at the World Beer Cup. So, what makes it tick?

Make Your Best Lichtenhainer

This light and quenching smoked wheat beer remains a relatively obscure platypus in the style canon. Lichtenhainer is undeniably odd yet easy to brew and lots of fun to drink.

Unloose the Spruce

Easy to forage and easy to use, spruce tips can add a range of flavors to your beers and be used in a variety of ways—and the best time to harvest them is just around the corner.

Recipe: Kleiner Hund Session IPA

Amarillo and Simcoe lead the way in this session IPA recipe from Josh Weikert’s Make Your Best series.

Ask the Pros: Medal-Winning Fruit Beer with Swamp Head

Fruit beers—they ain’t all thick smoothie sours. Out of Gainesville, Florida, Swamp Head’s Tropical Vibes is a bright, sunshiny, highly drinkable example of excellence in the form of a fruited wheat beer. We asked them what makes it tick.

Make Your Best Dry Irish Stout

This one is fast and easy—great for new brewers looking to practice and build their confidence—yet it also offers great depth of flavor and a striking appearance. Surprisingly light and refreshing, the dry stout works well in any season—or, brew it soon to have it ready for St. Pat’s.

Recipe: Hitzewelle Dunkelweizen

Great to brew or drink at any time of year, the too-often-overlooked Bavarian-style dark wheat beer offers crowd-pleasing flavors and looks impressive in the glass.

Recipe: Vier Sterne Unter Druck Pilsner

This recipe includes guidelines on fermenting a lager under pressure—and you can apply the same guidelines to your own favorite lager recipe.

Your Lager Can Take the Pressure

Fermenting under pressure to make beer faster is an old industrial trick—and it works just as well on a small scale. Here’s what to know about a method that can help you brew more lagers in less time, honing your technique along the way.

Make Your Best British-Style Strong Ale

Fresh and malty with plenty of English hop character, this is a great one to enjoy on those long winter evenings to come.