Brew Your Own Beer Starting... Now

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there would be no American craft beer revolution without home brewers. Starting with scribes Charlie Papazian and Fred Eckhardt , and continuing with former homebrewer legends like Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada , the seeds of......

Rich and Ruddy

Maybe it’s the cooler, darker afternoons. Maybe it’s the wind, rain, and drifting foliage. One way or the other, fall makes us craft autumn beer styles—märzen, a.k.a. Oktoberfest, especially. But one oft-overlooked beer style (or collection of related styles, actually),......

Nice, Iced, and Spiced

Unlike Starbucks’ “pumpkin spice latte” coffee brew (which, as reported recently contains none of the tasty orange vegetable), craft brewed pumpkin beers are very much the product of the greatest gourd. In addition to starchy orange pumpkin flesh, which adds body and......

Wise-Up to Weizen Bock

As fall’s beer lists start to tip toward malty märzens, altbier , and (perilously) “pumpkin spice” anything, we’d like to tip you to a style that’s too often overlooked: weizen bock . A kind of strong German wheat beer, Weizen bocks deliver pleasing,......

Summer’s Best Sipper

Saisons: we’ve always loved them. Really loved them. Our editor dubbed the Belgian classic Saison Dupont the world’s best beer of the year in Men’s Journal back in 2005 . (The brewery was founded in 1950, and the saison—then its slowest seller, slated for......

Summer’s Ten Best Peach Brews

Ah, summertime… what if we could bottle it? Turns out, the best fruit beers—made with real fruit; never go for any imitation stuff—can quite literally do that very thing. Peach beers, for example, have been around for some time, especially in Belgian and sour beers which have......

Strength in Numbers

Homebrewing, finally legal in all 50 states , is one of the very best ways we can imagine turning our kitchens upside down. It smells really good, the work is super interesting, and the result, of course, is a delicious beer you made yourself. Experimentation isn’t just accepted,......

Napa Valley's biggest party starts May 30th!

BottleRock Napa Valley blends the very best in music, wine and food May 30, 31 and June 1. Superstars The Cure , Outkast , Eric Church , TV On the Radio, The Fray and more than 60 artists rock it out under beautiful Napa Valley skies. Festivalgoers mingle with vintners and rub......

The Way Back Brew Machine

OK, think back to the first good beer you ever had. No, not the first cold, cheap, keg beer in a solo cup in college, but the first really, really good craft beer—maybe it was crisp and hoppy, maybe it was Belgian, maybe it was something else entirely? Whatever it was, it changed your......

The Best Beer and Cheese Pairings Yet

We’re just going to come right out and say it. Beer, not wine, is the ultimate pairing with cheese. After all, beer comes from the same place: the humble pasture, the farm, the ancient communal gathering places of our rustic past. Think of it this way—have you ever seen goats,......


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