Dr. Carol Westbrook


by Dr. Carol Westbrook 02.13.2017

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Fourth Annual Beer + Oscar Pairings, in which I present my picks for Best Beer to accompany each of the films nominated for “Best Picture” by the American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. In contrast to previous years, the 2017 Oscar nominations celebrate diversity. Among this year’s […]

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by Dr. Carol Westbrook 01.12.2017

It is January 2017, and YourBeerNetwork has been live for six years. It’s time for a look back at our website, and to look ahead to what its future will be. Our world, and the world of craft beer, has changed so much in six years! Harvey Gold, our editor, brought us together in 2011, […]

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BEER CLINIC :: Craft Brews & Church Pews—Abbey Ales

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 11.02.2016

Saint Arnold, the pious prior, is the patron saint of beer and brewers. And it is right and just, because monks and ale go together like…well, like hops and barley. It is a tradition that has lasted throughout the history of our Western civilization. Although they may not have invented beer, the monks of northern Europe take […]

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BEER CLINIC :: Seeking Virtue – Craft Cider is the Next New Thing

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 08.23.2016

Are you getting bored with IPAs? Tired of sours and barrel-aged stouts? Just can’t love lagers? The Beer Doctor recommends the next new thing — a craft cider. If your first thought is, “Cider? That sticky sweet, fruit-flavored, low alcohol stuff? Uggh. I’d rather drink a wine cooler,” then think again. Think dry cider. Drier […]

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BEER CLINIC :: Best Beers in America? Really?

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 07.08.2016

The American Homebrewers’ Association 14th Annual “Best Beers in America” were recently announced in the July/August 2016 issue of Zymurgy, the AHA journal. The results were based on over 18,000 votes cast by the members of the AHA. These listings are eagerly awaited by AHA members, brewers, and craft beer lovers throughout the world. Beer lovers […]

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BEER CLINIC :: And The Oscar Goes To…

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 02.08.2016

It’s Oscar time again. On February 28, 2016, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Oscars for cinematic achievement at the eagerly-anticipated 88th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony. That means it’s also time for the eagerly-anticipated 3rd Annual Beer and Oscar Pairing, in which I recommend a beer to drink with each of […]

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BEER CLINIC :: A Bottle a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: at the Master Brewer’s Conference

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 01.24.2016

This year I was privileged to give the opening talk at the annual meeting of the MBAA, the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. My charge was to discuss the health effects of beer. My audience: the premiere brewers’ organization in the US. Present a scientific talk about beer to a group of professional brewers who know as much […]

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BEER CLINIC :: Among the Coalfields of Northeast Pennsylvania: Breaker Brewing Company

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 12.04.2015

Breaker Brewing Company, BBC, is named for the coal breaker, a large structure used to break and sort coal as it comes out of the mines. Breakers, once common features in the hills of Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA), have all but disappeared, due to the collapse of the mining industry in 1959 when a river breach […]

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BEER CLINIC :: The Elusive Gose – How Far Would You Run to Catch a Gose?

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 07.29.2015

Gose (rhymes with “Rosa”) is a very old beer style that is starting to generate interest among craft brewers, if only because it is so challenging to brew. Summer is the best time to drink these unusual beers, but gose’s can be hard to find, and some can be downright unpleasant to drink. In order […]

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BEER CLINIC :: Church Brew Works

by Dr. Carol Westbrook 05.27.2015

It was late March, early springtime, the time of year when many religions celebrate the start of a new year. It was the time for Easter and Passover. I had to face it –it was time to go to Church. I’m referring here to a church-based brewery that I haven’t visited in a long time: […]

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