Exciting news was announced this morning by the Brewers Association. The association released its updated beer style guidelines for 2013, and they included the addition of two new styles: a smoky German style known as Adambier, and one that originated in Poland but should be familiar to most beer fans around these parts thanks in part to Choc Beer Co.: Grätzer.
The addition of the two styles brings the number of recognized styles to 142, up from 140 in 2012.
In Oklahoma, we know that Choc was one of the first — if not the first — commercial breweries in the country to attempt to recreate the nearly extinct Grätzer on a broad scale. They brewed it using oak-smoked wheat malt specially made at a German malt house. Now, you can find oak-smoked wheat at your local homebrew shop.
I chronicled Choc’s effort in this 2012 newspaper article.
Choc did such a good job with the beer that it claimed a silver medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival in the Indigenous Beer category. Now, if Choc enters the beer again, it will have its own category to compete in.
You can see all the 2013 BA style guidelines by clicking right here.
-The McNellie’s family has some pint nights scheduled tonight. In Norman, it’s Anthem and in Oklahoma City, it’s La Chouffe; haven’t been able to track down Tulsa’s just yet.
-Speaking of McNellie’s OKC, they are featuring $4 Harps, $5 Guinness, and $5 Smithwick’s all month.
-Tallgrass is bringing back it’s Pub Ale.