As many of you know, I am an avid homebrewer. I met up with Pat earlier in the summer, and he suggested I do some threads on beer. I've tossed the idea around and decided what would benefit the community most is a continuous series of Classic Beer Style threads.
What I intend to do is to choose a style each month. I'm not going to put it up for vote, but I will choose according to season. I will choose a style from the BJCP Guidelines. If I feel a style is similar enough to another style, I'll combine them into one thread. The style thread will discuss the history of the beer, ingredients used to make it, sensory evaluation, how to serve and anything else I can think of.
In each classic style thread, I'll suggest a commercial beer that is deemed a "Commercial Example" by the BJCP. Unless you are in SC or a state with just as stupid alcohol laws, you shouldn't have a problem tracking it down. If anyone has objections with the commercial example(s), they should speak up. Just remember that it needs to be widely available to at the very least our US members. I'll try to avoid styles that do not have commercial examples, like Roggenbier and Scottish 60/-. I'll also lump English and American styles into the same category, and just explain the difference.
If anyone wants to help keep me honest, I'll be drawing most of my info from the BJCP Style Guidelines, Randy Mosher's Tasting Beer, Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer's Brewing Classic Styles, Jeff Sparrow's Wild Brews (Wild/Spontaneously fermented beer) and Brew Like a Monk (Trappist/Belgian).
Since its summer, and we have already discussed it in length, I'll start out the series with Hefeweizen and Witbier (Late Aug). I will follow that closely with Saison (Early Sept).
Let me know if you have any suggestions, objections or insight!