The Brewers Association, the Colorado-based trade group for craft brewers, has added two new beer styles to its "2013 Beer Style Guidelines," which are used in competitions such as the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup.
With the addition of Adambier and Gratzer, the guidelines now include 142 styles. Both Adambier and Gratzer are historically smoky ales, with the former thriving in and around Dortmund, Germany, and the latter brewed primarily in Poland, the association said.
The group received more than 100 suggestions from beer judges, experts, brewers and beer fans. The association also updated the American wheat category, and reorganized the text for each beer style to reflect how people use their sense of sight and smell before tasting a beer.
“These guidelines are first and foremost an educational tool, but they also help to illustrate the United States’ role as a leading beer nation,” Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association, said in a prepared statement. “The Brewers Association toasts America’s small and independent brewers, including homebrewing enthusiasts, who continue to push the evolution of style guidelines with their innovative brewing and ingredients.”
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