Fake “Pumpkin” Beers Are The Real Zombie Apocalypse

For at least a month, press releases for “spicy” pumpkin beers have been rolling in like possessed Jack O’Lanterns, touting every cliché from the “crisp, fall weather” to “falling leaves” and other pablum, a clove-laced potpourri of warm, fuzzy, barcoded back-to-school feelings. Right next to bags of industrial candy, the shelves are full by now,…
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Fall’s Four Best Beer Fests

Now that your best, beeriest summer yet is coming to a close, it’s time to detox plan for your ale-centric autumn travels, leading you and your most discerning pals to fresh horizons. So you’re actually making it all the way to Germany and Belgium? Nice work, Herr Moneybags. That’s amazing. You go! For the rest…
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The Fresh Hop Beers Are Coming

Every late summer and early fall in the Pacific Northwest, America’s cradle of hops production (second only to Germany), ripened hops’ tall, leafy trellises begin to sag with the weight of millions of flowers. On the best back roads, the air in Oregon’s Willamette (say “Will-am-ett” dammit) is redolent with the grapefruity smell of the…
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The Best Beer Gear

August is peak summer, and if you’re like us, you’re making the most of your weekends, be it fishing, camping, hiking, and yes, drinking really good beer. So we’re here with some ideas on what gear that can make all of this so much better. To pack some beers themselves to the picnic or pre-show…
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The Twelve Faces of IPA

Someone with serious hops on the brain decided today, August 4th, is National IPA Day 2016, which got us thinking: what does that mean? There are over 4,000 breweries in the U.S. now, and thus thousands of IPAs on the market that are as diverse as the zip codes they hail from. What started as…
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Why is it still hip to drink bad beer?

You’ve seen it happen. Your friend the chef, trained in all the rarest flavors of the world, plunges his or her hand into the cooler for an icy, light, industrial beer—an “authenticity grab” one might call it. At this point, you, the worldly tastemaker, have options. You A) silently cringe, wondering why on Earth someone…
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The Five Hottest Hops

Chances are you know that hops are essential to beer, especially the most dominant craft beer style, IPA. You know that during the brewing process these resinous little green flowers get boiled with the mash and affect beer’s aroma, bitterness, clarity, head-retention, and shelf-stability. For even the most casual beer drinker, hops have to be…
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Three Ways to Make Beer into BBQ

It’s almost here, America: July 4th, our annual feast of freedom, fireworks, and cold beer. Over 60% of the nation will hoist brews at a picnic or barbecue party of some kind this weekend, researchers say. That’s a lot of mustard. Beer sales, naturally, soar. So we thought it might stoke your hunger to contemplate…
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