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: 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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Review: Firestone Walker Kentucky Mule and Gold Rider

By Drew Beard | May 29, 2022 |

The brewing brainiacs at Firestone Walker have gotten increasingly creative with their barrel-aged Proprietor’s Vintage Series in recent years. In addition to the tried-and-true classics like Parabola and Stickee Monkee, the brewery has launched several limited edition, cocktail-inspired brews. We covered one of the first of these, Old Man Hattan, back in 2019, as well…

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Review: 10 Barrel Brewing Club Tread and Rock Hop

By Christopher Null | May 13, 2022 |

Two new brews from 10 Barrel Brewing, including our first look at the “It” beer of 2022, a Cold IPA. 10 Barrel Brewing Club Tread Mandarin IPA – IPA and orange are natural bedfellows, and here they work together fitfully, imbuing the fairly low-abv beer with a bright orange quality. It’s not particularly identifiable as…

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Review: 4 Devils Backbone IPAs, 2022 Relaunch

By Christopher Null | May 2, 2022 |

Devils Backbone, based in Roseland, Virginia, has relaunched its family of four IPAs, “with both re-released classics and new favorites with a new face.” That face includes DB’s new IPA mascot: “Buck Tradition,” which is a cartoon deer that wears sunglasses and a visor. Let’s dig in to the full lineup, which is also available…

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Review: Firestone Walker STiVo Keller Pils, Hopnosis IPA, and Cali Squeeze Beers

By Christopher Null | April 28, 2022 |

Two new brews — neither of which spent a second in a bourbon barrel, for once — from California’s Firestone Walker, plus the introduction of Cali Squeeze, which doesn’t carry Firestone branding and which is confusingly a new line of both beers (all hefeweizens) and seltzers, all made with California fruit. We only received the…

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Review: Elysian Dank Dust

By Christopher Null | April 18, 2022 |

One of my favorite beers ever is Elysian Brewing’s Space Dust — and I’m clearly not alone on that opinion of the Seattle-based operation’s flagship beer. Well, here comes a Space Dust spinoff: Dank Dust. It uses the same hops — Chinook, Citra, and Amarillo — has the same abv, and the same IBU level.…

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