Complexity (Guest Commentary)

This is an opinion piece sent in by a reader. If you have a topic you’d like to discuss, send your idea to I am most interested in reader stories in which the author explains his or her “thing.” Is there a beer you’ve brewed over and over and perfected? If there a technique you’ve mastered or adapted from commercial brewing to the homebrew scale? Is there a handy gadget you’ve made or adapted from it’s original use for use in homebrewing? Is there an unusual ingredient that you use often? If you’d like to share your experience with other Beer and Wine Journal readers, send a short (500–750 words optimally) article, and a helpful picture or two. Include a picture of yourself. (Also, we haven’t had much wine content, if you enjoy home winemaking and would like to write something, please let me know.) 



Guest commenter Marco Aguado.

“Complex” is a Useless Beer Descriptor

by Marco Aguado


I’d like to discuss what I think is the most overused and unnecessary word in the world of craft brewing. The word I love to hate is “complex.”

Beer is not complex. You know what is complex? A suspension bridge, brain surgery, a commercial jet air liner — these things are complex. [Read more…]