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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Brew Up a Father’s Day Beer Feast

Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 19th!). If you’re like us, drinking a beer with your dad is one of the best experiences imaginable. Even better? Feasting on some great food to go with it. And lately a spate of ambitious books have arrived on the scene showing how beer and cooking not…
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Reasons for the Season

The great new beers just keep coming. We could explain that breweries continue to open at a rate of…. Oh, never mind. You get it. The nation is awash in new flavors. Many emerging styles share a sort of aromatic lushness and brightness from amped-up acidity. Lighter—but no less flavorful—beers continue to gain ground, especially…
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Boston’s Biggest Rock and Roll Beer Party

This week the beer world is abuzz with two “CBC”s: the Brewers Association’s annual CBC or craft brewers’ conference, on now in Phillie, and another “CBC” next weekend, better known as the vaunted Copenhagen Beer Celebration, which kicks off in Denmark (May 13-14) with a citywide swath of events like cheffed-out beer dinners to heavy…
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