First brewed at least 5,000 years ago, beer is one of the oldest and most universally consumed alcoholic drinks. It is usually made from cereals, most frequently malted barley, but other ingredients can be used, such as wheat, corn, or rice. In the majority of cases, hops are added to the process (originally as a preservative), although in centuries past other flavorings were used. Today, a whole host of flavored beers exist, ranging from conventional ingredients such as fruit to crazier additions including bacon, donuts, and rocky mountain oysters (aka bull testicles). The most popular beer style, however, is the easy-drinking pale lager style. It used to be thought that beer in cans was inferior quality to beer in bottles, and that there was a safety worry over the use of aluminum, but that is no longer the case. Cans are perfectly safe and sales of canned beers are growing while bottles are on the decline.

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The Essential Guide to Oktoberfest Beers

By Clay Tolbert | September 16, 2023 |

Perhaps the greatest informal dad holiday of the entire year, Oktoberfest stands as the king of the brewing calendar. Numerous beers styles are common at these events, with the ironically named Märzen the prevailing style and guiding light for offerings from breweries around the globe for this cereal celebration. Festbier and its variants have become…

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Review: Wicked Weed Strawberry Kiwi Burst and Dr. Dank Mango Wowie

By Drew Beard | September 1, 2023 |

We continue to work our way through Wicked Weed’s extensive tap list with this pair of fruited, summery offerings, one a session sour and the other a hazy India Pale Ale. Wicked Weed Strawberry Kiwi Burst – The beer pours an almost cranberry red with a fluffy, pink grapefruit-tinged head. The aroma is big and…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery Symphonic Chronic Double Dank IPA

By Christopher Null | August 25, 2023 |

With its latest release, Deschutes says you can forget about your session brews and go big. Symphonic Chronic is a hybrid of west coast and hazy IPA styles, produced as a double IPA with a mountain of hops: Citra, Chinook, CTZ, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Idaho 7. Moderately sweet with a pleasant mix of florals, applesauce,…

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Review: Harpoon Juicer, UFO Florida Citrus, and Sticky Bun Stout

By Christopher Null | August 23, 2023 |

Today we dive into three very different beers from Boston’s Harpoon. No need to prolong the prologue. Let’s dive in. Harpoon Juicer Hazy IPA – Straightforward but dead-on perfect for the style, this concoction of Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, and Azacca hops is made using a “unique brewing technique called ‘dip hopping,’ where the hops are…

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Review: Sierra Nevada Juicy Little Thing IPA

By Christopher Null | August 12, 2023 |

Sierra Nevada’s latest “Little Thing” should surprise no one, a “juicy” style IPA that works as a counterpart to its already existing Hazy Little Thing expression. They’re not dissimilar brews, the Juicy version offering a brighter tropical note that is complemented by notes of coriander, lemongrass, and more malt than you’d expect. A sprinkle of…

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Review: Firestone Walker Double DBA

By Drew Beard | August 6, 2023 |

California’s Firestone Walker Brewery was born, like so many craft breweries, in a garage. That was way, way back in 1996. The brewery didn’t even begin recording their batches until they moved to Paso Robles in 2001. 22 years and a whole lot of success later, the brewery is marking its 10,000th batch with a…

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Review: Elysian Odd Water and Hazy ’96

By Christopher Null | July 10, 2023 |

Seattle’s Elysian recently dropped two new beers — or rather, one beer and a hop-flavored sparkling water. Let’s try both. Elysian Odd Water – Pretty simple: This is just moderately sparkling water flavored with Citra and Amarillo hops. Much less overtly hoppy than other hop-flavored waters I’ve encountered, this has a refreshing, lightly fruity quality…

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Review: Firestone Walker 805

By Drew Beard | June 27, 2023 |

Chris already gave you his two cents on 805 Cerveza, a Mexican-style lager with a hint of lime from the cool dudes at Firestone Walker. Now, we’re finally getting around to the 805 flagship, simply dubbed 805. It’s a blonde ale made for the laid back California lifestyle or so the marketing goes. Marketing aside,…

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Review: Wicked Weed Appalachia Session IPA and Dr. Dank Daily Haze IPA

By Drew Beard | June 21, 2023 |

We’ve barely scratched the surface on Wicked Weed Brewing, the Asheville-based craft beer Cinderella story founded in 2012 and added to the Anheuser-Busch/InBev stable not long after, in 2017. The brewery specializes in IPAs and sours, of which there are numerous expressions in their portfolio. Today, we’re taking a look at two sessionable IPA offerings,…

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Review: Dogfish Head Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout and 120 Minute IPA

By Drew Beard | June 16, 2023 |

Since its World Wide Stout arrived in the Dogfish Head lineup back in 2019, it’s taken a few different, special edition forms, from bourbon barrel-aged to a more recent coffee-enhanced version. While those are pretty familiar stout renditions in today’s beer landscape, one World Wide Stout was quite the standout. In fall of 2020, and…

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