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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The Five Best Things About Bonnaroo 2016

We just got back from Bonnaroo 2016, the 15th annual incarnation of the legendary arts and culture festival held on a rambling 600 acre farm outside of Manchester, Tennessee. Were you there, along with the other 85,000 thirsty attendees, dancing to Dead & Co., LCD Soundsytem, Ween, Tame Impala, and Pearl Jam? We were, so…
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Capture The Flag

Maybe it’s the early record heat. Maybe it’s the overheated political climate. Either way, breweries around the country are coming out with a slew of beers meant to stoke feelings for Old Glory (with a dose of irony in the aftertaste). One does not, we’ll declare, require a brightly flagged beer can to feel love…
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