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......

Beers That Celebrate The Importance Of Place

The French word terroir —meaning the presence of discernible place based upon soil and climate in wine—is rarely applied to beer. Time to rethink it. True, beers’ ingredients can be obtained from afar, adjusted and stored at length, putting place in the corner when it comes......

Green Into Gold

Time for some beer basics. Come April, the incredible climbing bine will pop out of the soil in the beeriest corners of the globe, from Bavaria to Oregon: hops. People ask us lots of questions about these mysterious green wonders: What are hops? What are some of the best hoppy beers on the......

We’re On a Highway to Ale

What’s better than discovering a great craft brew? Discovering ten great craft brews, of course. One of the best ways to do this is to follow a beer trail, which maps out craft brew destinations in a given city, state, or region (always travel with a designated driver, of course). Here......

They Love Each Other

Rules were made to be broken, right? There’s no hard and fast logic that says wine has a lock on pairings with cheese. In fact the malty-sweet, fruity, bitter, spicy, and sometimes sour flavors in craft beers from cheese-loving regions like France, Germany, Belgium and Holland, the U.K.,......

The Old Slogan

The old slogan, “ Guinness is Good For You ,” might actually be true. Well, partly true. Though the company dropped the slogan years ago, that drinking a moderate amount of Guinness might make you healthier. The slogan was born in the 1920s after Guinness drinkers kept......

Fantasy Islands

Cold enough out there for ya? Maybe it’s time to cash in those vacation days early and head for the Hawaiian Islands, which teem with sun-starved tourists every winter. We did. And in addition to the blessed rays, we found out something delicious: it’s time to move over, Mai-Tai.......

White Wedding

Like your I.P.A.? Doesn’t almost everybody? What was once a lonely taprow oddball now sits front-and-center, where it continuously inspires beer lovers and brewers in search of new flavors and style experiments. One of the most influential of these flights of fancy was a collaboration......

Beers Take a Bow

There are now over 3,000 breweries in the U.S., which is amazing, considering there were about 44 just thirty years ago (and 1,700 in the middle of 2011). But consider this: there are 990,000 restaurants, a $680B industry. So when icons of the food world pay attention to the brewery scene,......

Sweet and Sour

These days IPAs, Saisons, and stouts are soaring in popularity, but the humble Oud Bruin ("old brown"; also known as Flanders Brown) is a style we’re falling in love with a little more every day. Maybe it’s the never-ending recession driving us to want something unpretentious. Or......


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