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......

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.,......


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