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Working our way through beer styles

On our Beer Menu, we have "always on tap" beers, representing our core recipes. When we start to run low on these, we make more. Then we have our "often on tap" beers; these are recipes that we repeat, but we sometimes run out, often because they take longer to make (for example: due to aging). Then there are the "below the line" beers. These are one-offs; when they're gone, they're gone! As part of learning & growing as a brewer, it is my goal to "make one of every style of beer".


Of course, beer styles are infinite in variety, so that's not truly practical. So we've set ourselves a course to make each of the styles listed in the BJCP guidelines, occasionally doing an "out of bounds" experimental beer (ex: for Christmas 2022 we made a Pecan Pie Scotch Ale, "Wee Three Kings"), but mostly just working our way through the guideline styles.


We don't really object to "weirder", more experimental beers -- in fact, We think they're kind of fun! -- but we want to try to get through "all the styles" -- mostly as a matter of craft-mastery -- so that's my main focus, with only occasional detours. To keep track of which styles we've made and not, we've compiled this list; if you notice any inaccuracies or ommissions, please let me know. The list is marked as:


strikethrough -- has been made & served.
underlined -- has been made, but was off-style (ex: Wee Three Kings, or Ghost-pepper Red).
As such, this style is still "open" to be made again.


26 (28) of 128 made as of May 15, 2024 -- 20% (22%)

  • 1 STANDARD AMERICAN BEER
  • 1A. American Light Lager
    1B. American Lager
    1C. Cream Ale
    1D. American Wheat Beer
  • 3. INTERNATIONAL LAGER
  • 2A. International Pale Lager (¡Arriba!)
    2B. International Amber Lager
    2C. International Dark Lager
  • 3. CZECH LAGER
  • 3A. Czech Pale Lager
    3B. Czech Premium Pale Lager (Les Böhm)
    3C. Czech Amber Lager
    3D. Czech Dark Lager
  • 4. PALE MALTY EUROPEAN LAGER
  • 4A. Munich Helles
    4B. Festbier
    4C. Helles Bock
  • 5. PALE BITTER EUROPEAN BEER
  • 5A. German Leichtbier
    5B. Kölsch
    5C. German Helles Exportbier
    5D. German Pils
  • 6. AMBER MALTY EUROPEAN LAGER
  • 6A. Märzen (My Favorite)
    6B. Rauchbier
    6C. Dunkles Bock
  • 7. AMBER BITTER EUROPEAN BEER
  • 7A. Vienna Lager
    7B. Altbier (CNTL)
    7C. Kellerbier
        Kellerbier: Pale Kellerbier
        Kellerbier: Amber Kellerbier (Gemütelichkeit)
  • 8. DARK EUROPEAN LAGER
  • 8A. Munich Dunkel (Slam)
    8B. Schwarzbier (Spaceballs)
  • 9. STRONG EUROPEAN BEER
  • 9A. Doppelbock
    9B. Eisbock
    9C. Baltic Porter
  • 10. GERMAN WHEAT BEER
  • 10A. Weissbier (Hugh)
    10B. Dunkles Weissbier
    10C. Weizenbock
  • 11. BRITISH BITTER
  • 11A. Ordinary Bitter
    11B. Best Bitter (Heritage Ale)
    11C. Strong Bitter
  • 12. PALE COMMONWEALTH BEER
  • 12A. British Golden Ale
    12B. Australian Sparkling Ale
    12C. English IPA (Leftenant Pepper's)
  • 13. BROWN BRITISH BEER
  • 13A. Dark Mild
    13B. British Brown Ale
    13C. English Porter
  • 14. SCOTTISH ALE
  • 14A. Scottish Light
    14B. Scottish Heavy
    14C. Scottish Export
  • 15. IRISH BEER
  • 15A. Irish Red Ale
    15B. Irish Stout
    15C. Irish Extra Stout
  • 16. DARK BRITISH BEER
  • 16A. Sweet Stout
    16B. Oatmeal Stout
    16C. Tropical Stout
    16D. Foreign Extra Stout
  • 17. STRONG BRITISH ALE
  • 17A. British Strong Ale
    17B. Old Ale
    17C. Wee Heavy (Wee Three Kings)
    17D. English Barleywine (Gentlefolk's Grandeur)
  • 18. PALE AMERICAN ALE
  • 18A. Blonde Ale (Dirty)
    18B. American Pale Ale (Jefferson)
  • 19. AMBER AND BROWN AMERICAN BEER
  • 19A. American Amber Ale
    19B. California Common (Saratoga Steam)
    19C. American Brown Ale (Nut-Brown Fem-Ale)
  • 20. AMERICAN PORTER AND STOUT
  • 20A. American Porter (Pretty Purple)
    20B. American Stout (Oh Fiegenbaum!)
    20C. Imperial Stout
  • 21. IPA
  • 21A. American IPA (Fur of the Cat)
    21B. Specialty IPA
        Specialty IPA: Belgian IPA
        Specialty IPA: Black IPA
        Specialty IPA: Brown IPA
        Specialty IPA: Red IPA
        Specialty IPA: Rye IPA
        Specialty IPA: White IPA
  • 22. STRONG AMERICAN ALE
  • 22A. Double IPA
    22B. American Strong Ale
    22C. American Barleywine
    22D. Wheatwine
  • 23. EUROPEAN SOUR ALE
  • 23A. Berliner Weisse
    23B. Flanders Red Ale
    23C. Oud Bruin
    23D. Lambic
    23E. Gueuze
    23F. Fruit Lambic
  • 24. BELGIAN ALE
  • 24A. Witbier (Last Mango in Bruges)
    24B. Belgian Pale Ale
    24C. Bière de Garde
  • 25. STRONG BELGIAN ALE
  • 25A. Belgian Blond Ale
    25B. Saison (Geoooooooorge!)
    25C. Belgian Golden Strong Ale
  • 26. TRAPPIST ALE
  • 26A. Trappist Single
    26B. Belgian Dubbel (Flanders Candi)
    26C. Belgian Tripel
    26D. Belgian Dark Strong Ale
  • 27. HISTORICAL BEER
  • Historical Beer: Gose
    Historical Beer: Kentucky Common
    Historical Beer: Lichtenhainer
    Historical Beer: London Brown Ale
    Historical Beer: Piwo Grodziskie
    Historical Beer: Pre-Prohibition Lager
    Historical Beer: Pre-Prohibition Porter
    Historical Beer: Roggenbier
    Historical Beer: Sahti
  • 28. AMERICAN WILD ALE
  • 28A. Brett Beer
    28B. Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer
    28C. Wild Specialty Beer
  • 29. FRUIT BEER
  • 29A. Fruit Beer
    29B. Fruit and Spice Beer (Winter Solstice)
    29C. Specialty Fruit Beer
  • 30. SPICED BEER
  • 30A. Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (Sassafras Tea)
    30B. Autumn Seasonal Beer
    30C. Winter Seasonal Beer
  • 31. ALTERNATIVE FERMENTABLES BEER
  • 31A. Alternative Grain Beer
    31B. Alternative Sugar Beer
  • 32. SMOKED BEER
  • 32A. Classic Style Smoked Beer
    32B. Specialty Smoked Beer
  • 33. WOOD BEER
  • 33A. Wood-Aged Beer
    33B. Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (Porter
    ~RESERVE~
    )
  • 34. SPECIALTY BEER
  • 34A. Clone Beer
    34B. Mixed-Style Beer
    34C. Experimental Beer
  • APPENDIX B: LOCAL STYLES
  • Argentine Styles
        X1. Dorada Pampeana
        X2. IPA Argenta
    Italian Styles
        X3. Italian Grape Ale
    Brazilian Styles
        X4. Catharina Sour (No Need to Argue)
    New Zealand Styles
        X5. New Zealand Pilsner