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......

New Years, New Beers

On New Year’s Eve, sales of bargain-bin bubbles go through the roof. But for the price of a cheap bottle of actual Champagne (starting around $30-40, at the least), you could get yourself the real Champagne of beers, or even two bottles (Miller High Life? Nope. But it has its moments).......

What's on tap for craft beer?

Even the shiniest beer glass can’t serve as a crystal ball but with the GABF recently concluded and 2015 on the horizon, here are some trend-lines in the world of craft beer. While IPAs continue their dominance as America’s best selling craft beer style, there’s growing......

Hoppy Heat

Founded in San Francisco more than 100 years ago, Anchor Brewing remains an innovator in the beverage industry. Fritz Maytag, the pioneer of modern craft brewing, became the instrumental force behind the company’s resurrection in 1965, and sparked the modern craft spirits movement in......

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,......


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