Wild Brew Yonder

One of the most buzzed-about events at GABF was for Beers Made By Walking , a celebration of beers made with foraged ingredients—meaning, brewers and their friends head out to the woods (or across urban environments), score some exotic ingredients, and return to the brewhouse to make......

A Decade of Delicious

These days Belgian-styled, bourbon barrel-aged American craft beers are fairly common. But when Portland, Maine based Allagash fired up its kettles as an all -Belgian style brewery in 1994, their strict approach was positively radical. What, no pale ale? No porter, ESB, American stout?......

Bitter Kingdom

What was the most anticipated award of last weekend’s annual GABF medals ceremony? Take a wild guess… that’s right: American-style India Pale Ale (I.P.A.) , which is distinct from the English-style (where it was invented) mainly in using only extra aromatic American hops,......

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......

What is the Best Beer Bar in America?

What makes a truly great beer bar? Is it a deep list, cool decor, great food? What about a knowledgeable, unpretentious staff, nice glassware, and good music? Amid America’s craft beer revolution, the art of the beer bar has risen to new heights. Every day it seems there are more and......

Wits For The Win

No more pencils, no more books—summer is officially in high gear, and with it, seasonal pours from breweries that are perfectly suited to sunny days. A classic, refreshing style that is gaining in popularity is the witbier (“white beer” in Flemish). This Belgian style is......

The Best Brews For Barbecues

Summer is in high gear in America, and that means two things: barbecues and beer. Especially tomorrow. When it comes to reasons to celebrate, the only thing that might come close to matching the American Revolution is the good beer revolution. Just think: twenty-five years ago, we had a few......

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,......

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......

Stone Fruit Fest

Apricots: Alexander the Great brought them to Greece. Shakespeare depicted them as aphrodisiacs. And more and more these days, the sweet, distinctive, and fleshy little orange tree fruit brought to the New World by English colonists is making its way into some of the best beers we’ve ever......


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