Charlie Papazian presents Puna Coast Black Lager, named after the black coast of Hawaii, in the article "Drinkably Dark: Exploring Black Lager" featured on page 51 of the Janurary/February 2002 edition of Zymurgy magazine. The concept of this recipe, and Charlie's article as a whole, is that all dark beers cannot be simplified as heavy and strong. This German-style schwarzbier is an example of a dark beer that is very similar to its sessionable, lighter-colored cousins. In fact, if blindfolded, the color of many well crafted schwarzbiers is often a surprise based on the preconceived notions of what a dark ale "should taste and smell like." Just like it is taught on the first day of kindergarten, you can't always judge a book by its cover. Read More


Puna Coast Black Lager

Don't expect this dark dunkelweizen to be too big or rich, this refreshing German-style wheat beer is a fruity and malty wheat-based ale, with a hint of spice. This delicious and simple recipe is featured in the book Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zainasheff and John J. Palmer, which can be found in the AHA Store. Prost! Read More


Trigo Oscuro

Saison d'Hiver is presented as a winter-inspired saison in Drew Beechum's article "A Saison for Every Season," which apeared in the May/June 2008 Zymurgy magazine.

For more seasonal-themed saisons, AHA members can access the full article in the eZymurgy online archive. Not a member? Join today!

View the Homebrew Recipes archive for past recipes posted to HomebrewersAssociation.org, as well as the Homebrewopedia for a wide selection of recipes, including past National Homebrew Competition winners.

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Saison d’Hiver

Recipe located in Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer. (Pages 160-161) This Baltic-style Porter is a big, complex, and flavorful malty, dark beer with a balanced roasty character. Sounds perfect for any occasion if you ask us, but during the cold fall months before winter it could save your life. The name for this recipe was inspired by Soviet gulags, where the inmates were commonly referred to as "zeks," so pay your respect by enjoying this beer in the most comfortable, American way possible (couch, TV, and greasy food recommended). Read More


Zek’s Porter

Eisbock is a traditional beer from Kulmbach, Germany. Known as a dark, rich and full-bodied beer, it's a very drinkable and well-liked dark lager. Read More



This Russian Imperial Stout earned Dick Van Dyke a gold medal in the 1992 National Homebrew Competition. Expect a deep rich flavor, color, and aroma. A huge malt factor balances well with lots of hops and the adjunct flavors of licorice and molasses all mingle together nicely. This strong tasty beer will be perfect to enjoy during the winter months. Cheers! Read More


Rose’s Russian Imperial Stout

Revenge is a beer best served cold, or at least drank on a cold day. Or maybe drinking well is the best revenge. Either way, you'll be covered when you brew up this schwarzbier. This bottom-fermenting beer is smooth and full bodied, with noticeable malt sweetness masked by overtones of roasted malt, imparting a bitterness akin to dark chocolate. For maximum satisfaction enjoy with a wry grin in front of an old nemesis. Read More


Big Black’s Revenge