While some think of beers as being either lagers or ales, there is a third category: hybrids. Let’s examine how the beers in this category differ from each other but also how we can make recipe and/or process changes to make them the best they can be.

Fort Collins CO, Jul. 2, 2019 — I remember saying once about light hybrid styles,“No one ever tastes a cream ale and exclaims, ‘Oh my God, that’s the best beer I’ve ever had!’” Cream ales, blondes, American wheat beers, Kölsches—they can be good, for sure, but they’re never going to be life-changing. My fundamental argument was that we just don’t live in a world where someone is going to have the same reaction to the best blonde ale in the world that they’d have to the best Baltic porter in the world. Fair or not, I stand by that statement.

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