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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Review: Breckenridge Buddy Pass – Imperial Oatmeal Stout and Stout Finished Whiskey, Batch 2

By Robert Lublin | November 25, 2022 |

It was less than a year ago that we reviewed the first batch of this exciting collaboration between (otherwise unrelated) Breckenridge Brewery and Breckenridge Distillery in which they shared barrels used for their beer and whiskey. (As a refresher: Breckenridge Brewery brewed an Imperial Oatmeal Stout which was aged in Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon barrels. After…

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Review: Lawson’s Finest Liquids Big Hoppy

By Christopher Null | October 24, 2022 |

Vermont’s Lawson’s Finest Liquids recently released its first black IPA, Big Poppy, which is made with five hop varieties and seven malts — all of them apparently well-roasted into dankness. Black IPAs can be a curious undertaking, and this beer is no exception. Heavily blackened with notes of coffee grounds and burnt toast, it at…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery Farmstand Fresh Mango IPA

By Christopher Null | October 23, 2022 |

Bravo, Cashmere, and Mosaic hops… and fresh mango(!), all in a single IPA from Deschutes. The mango here isn’t overblown, adding a light tropicality to a straightforward burst of orange-fueled citrus, piney bitterness, and layers of modest sweetness. Increasingly bitter on the finish, the mango manages to eventually muscle its way into the picture, but…

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Review: Firestone Walker Parabolita

By Drew Beard | October 10, 2022 |

For over a decade now, Firestone Walker has offered an impressive variety of barrel-aged beers as part of its Proprietor’s Vintage Series, and all of those brews were available exclusively in glass bottles. But not anymore. For 2022, the California-based brewery has released its first-ever canned Vintage beer, Parabolita. As the name suggests, this beer…

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Review: 4 Beers/RTDs From Karbach, 2022 Releases

By Christopher Null | October 3, 2022 |

Ordering a draft beer or canned saltzer in Texas? There’s a solid chance it’s a Houston-brewed Karbach — and probably one of these. Here’s a look at a collection of Karbach’s most notable offerings as of 2022. Karbach Hopadillo IPA – A darker style IPA than we’ve become accustomed to in modern times, this beer…

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Review: Golden Road Brewing Ride On 10 Hop Hazy and West Coast IPAs

By Christopher Null | August 6, 2022 |

Two new IPAs from Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing, both canned under the brand new “Ride On” sub-label, which appears to be devoted to the peculiar culture of surfing and the VW minibus. Let’s drink. Golden Road Brewing Ride On 10 Hop Hazy IPA – Made with 10 types of hops, for Golden Road’s 10…

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Review: Shiner Tex Hex Desert Mirage, Agua Fresca, and Sea Salt & Lime

By Christopher Null | July 20, 2022 |

Our friends at Texas’s Shiner are back with three new seasonals, including the second release in the Tex Hex line (think Voodoo Ranger, but from the south). Shiner Tex Hex Desert Mirage Hazy IPA – This hazy IPA, the second in the Tex Hex series, is brewed with cactus water. I can’t say that it…

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The Top 10 Beers of 2022

By Christopher Null | July 16, 2022 |

Summer’s in full swing, and many a young man’s mind turns to beer if for no other reason than to cool down a bit. Our fourth annual Top 10 Beers of the Year list is here to help you make sense of an increasingly crowded market with a look at 10 top brews that made…

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Review: Harpoon Hometown Hat Trick

By Christopher Null | June 22, 2022 |

  It’s another sports-themed beer from Boston’s Harpoon, this one brewed in collaboration with three Massachusetts native hockey players — Matt Grzelcyk, Chris Wagner, and Charlie Coyle. It’s a pilsner that’s triple dry-hopped to make for an unusual combination of lager and IPA styles, made with Cascade, Sterling, Citra, and Mandarina Bavaria hops. A portion of…

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Review: Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

By Christopher Null | June 13, 2022 |

The second release in Stone’s Fan Favorites series is this expression, first brewed in 2011. Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA is a collaboration between Stone and Bryan Baird of Japan’s Baird’s Brewing and Toshi Ishii of Ishii Brewing in Guam. It’s a fairly simple recipe, made with Warrior, Crystal, Helga, Aramis, and…

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