Fire & Spice

Craft beers have been taking a bath in Kentucky’s finest barrels. The results, in the right brewers’ hands, can be delicious. Americans have enjoyed bourbon for centuries, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that craft breweries began tinkering with bourbon-soaked barrels. The......

Rolling Out the Barrels

American craft brewers have been barrel-aging beer since the 90’s, but the practice has really been picking up steam at breweries all over the country – from the big boys like Samuel Adams to local and regional breweries like Stone Cellar in Wisconsin. But some folks still......

Brew vs. The Flu

Hanging out with friends and family this time of year can be a roll of the dice, as the nation continues to battle epidemic levels of influenza and, of course, the common cold. And while such pathogens won’t survive in beer, sharing glassware or bar food with sniffly friends could easily......

The Beer Lovers’ Bucket List

If we asked you to name one of the top destinations worldwide for beer, what would you say if we said it was in... Italia ? Yes, Italy. For beer? Veramente, signori . Among several other breweries chosen by a panel of beer experts and shared on FirstWeFeast.com (team Weekly Pint......

Cold Comfort

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror you could A) make good on that vow to drink less and hit the gym more or B) honor your devil-may-care dedication to beer by trying tons of rich, complex styles every final, fleeting day of 2014. Better yet, why not tackle both? As for the beer, start......

Foolproof Turkey Day Beer Pairings

Among other treats, the pilgrims feasted on venison, lobster, plums, and cranberries at the first Thanksgiving (wild turkey wasn’t specified, but was a staple food, so, it’s a safe bet they roasted that up, too). And beer? Maybe. They certainly sailed with beer aboard, and planted......

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,......


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