Trend-O-Meter Says: German Beers Are In, Belgians Are Out (6/29/09)

Just when you were finally starting to get the difference between a double and triple, a farmhouse ale and a saison, American craft brewers have moved beyond Belgian-style beers into the realm of Germans. Sierra Nevada just released a new German-style wheat beer called Kellerweis that will be available year-round.

In addition, Brooklyn Brewery in New York teamed up with the brewer from the German Schneider brewery to create Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse, a malty, darker wheat beer with pronounced hop characteristics. Yeah, Belgians are still popular. But they’re not exactly the hot new thing anymore—unless you consider Redhook, a large craft brewery part owned and distributed by Anheuser-Busch InBev, to be cutting edge. It recently released a Belgian-style triple made using a “secret monastery yeast strain.” Yawn.