Rose-Colored Glasses

Hibiscus, the genus of mostly tropical flowering plants used for centuries as a medicine, dye, and tea drink has found its way into beer, making them as rosy as a rosé wine—and sometimes bright as berries. What, you’re not tough enough to tip back a bright pink pint? We all......

Bright, Light, and Belgian

To the novice, Belgian beers are thought to be by turns “heavy” or “rich” and “full-bodied”, but such descriptors believe the fact that Belgium’s beer tradition—in addition to many a very big brew—includes super-refreshing, lighter styles,......

Fire and 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......

Take These Six Pils and Call Us in the Morning

“Pilsner” has an old-school ring to it, but thanks to a raft of modern craft brew reinterpretations, this classic beer style—perfected across what is now Germany and the Czech Republic in the 19th century—is as fresh and vibrant as ever. What you need to know is that......

The Evolution of IPA

What was life before IPA? In the 1980s and early 1990s, India Pale Ale was an end-of-the-tap row surprise, overshadowed by fuller bodied—and often sweeter—offerings from pale ales to ambers, porters, and stouts. When BridgePort offered up its mainstay IPA in the summer of 1996,......

Your Go-To List for Brewvana During #CBC2015, Part 2

By now you’ve heard that #CBC, the SXSW of beer, is on in Portland, OR this week. It’s day three, the cold hail and rainy skies have turned blue and warm (70 by 6pm tonight!), and the generally low-key locals agree: it’s “insane.” Breweries are selling out of......

Your Go-To List for Brewvana During #CBC2015

Beer insiders have been champing at the bit for ages awaiting this year’s edition of the annual CBC, or Craft Brewers Conference, for one simple reason: it’s being held in Portland, OR, a.k.a. Brewvana, the world’s single most brewery-blessed city. Starting today over 11,000......

Grapes Into Grain, Sacred or Profane?

We've all heard the phrase "It takes a lot of good beer to make good wine," a reference to winemakers' time-honored after-work refreshment. Recently, thanks to modern craft brewers employing winemakers' ways—i.e. wood aging, wild yeasts, cork-and-wire closures—the line between beer......

Breakfast of Champions: Stout and Pancakes

A popular bumper sticker once read: “Beer: It’s not just for breakfast anymore.” Cheeky wit, sure, but a breakfast date with beer is actually something you should try. After all, many an imbiber’s morning is accompanied by a bit of stronger stuff, from vodka (Bloody......

Class in Session

The term “session beer” comes to us from the storied English tradition of consuming lower alcohol ales numerously, shall we say, in a short period of time, i.e., during a “session”. By easing back on the alcohol (though not flavor), brewers have been producing a class......


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