Josh Weikert

Make Your Best Oktoberfest

We know: It’s time to drink it, not brew it. Yet while you’re hoisting a few at the season’s festivities, it’s never too early to start thinking about your spring brewing schedule...

Make Your Best: British Golden Ale

This light, easygoing ale is ideal as a spring or summer beer or simply for brightening up your fall or winter.

Recipe: Jungfrau Oktoberfest

Oh, is it that time again? For those who want to take on the classic seasonal, this is a wonderful “first lager” if you’ve never brewed one. (And as for the British malt in a traditional German style … well, we won’t tell if you won’t.)

Recipe: Norwich Sunrise Golden Ale

This is a simple yet remarkably enjoyable style that novice brewers can get right the first time—yet experienced brewers can appreciate it the 100th time and beyond.

Spin Cycle: Whirlpool Hopping, Simplified

What was once an optional step for clarity has become virtually essential for packing flavor into IPAs and other hop-forward beers. Commercial brewers have specialized gear for it, while homebrewers—whether they realize it or not—also have everything they need for whirlpooling.

Recipe: Vervierfachen Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale

This big and complex yet dangerously easy-to-drink ale is relatively easy to brew well—just watch that attenuation and focus on healthy fermentation for a drying finish.

Ask the Pros: Brewing American Lager with Creature Comforts

In this Ask the Pros edition of his Make Your Best series, Josh Weikert talks to the team at Creature Comforts about their GABF medal–winning Classic City Lager and the keys to its success.

Recipe: Is It Cold in Here or Is It Just Me Altbier

For Josh Weikert, author of our Make Your Best series, altbier is the all-around perfect style and the one he brews most often at home. Here’s his own recipe.

Recipe: La Nouvelle American Pale Ale

American craft beer’s archetypal classic style, updated with some contemporary ideas.

American Pale Ale: The Comeback of the Classic

With greater awareness of its pitfalls and a few new tricks up our sleeves, the time for a resurgence in beautifully balanced American pale ale is now.