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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Bend, Oregon-based 10 Barrel Brewing has plenty of refreshing beers available for summer sipping, including this pair, which are as straightforward as they come. 10 Barrel Brewing Pilsner – Crisp and clean, there’s no mistaking what you’re getting with this dry, refreshing pilsner — cracker dry, lightly malty, and touched with notes of fragrant yeast.…Read More
Two new seasonal beers from Indianapolis-based Sun King Brewery. Who’s ready? Sun King Brewery Polynesian Passion – This is a monstrous Belgian tripel, barrel-aged and spiced with tiki elements that include pineapple, orange, and coconut. You can taste all of the above on the ultra-sweet and extremely spicy palate, which runs from pineapple candy to…Read More
In this review, we dive into a new “Splash Pack” summer beer series from Wicked Weed Brewing, based in Asheville, North Carolina. The beers we sampled include its Watermelon Dragonfruit Burst Session Sour and Fresh Pressed Wheat Ale, which is brewed with mango, guava, and pineapple. Both beers are fruit-focused and — with each having…Read More
Our final look at the beers of Radeberg, Germany-based Radeberger includes these two eponymous, classic pilsners, one filtered and one not. Radeberger Pilsner – A crisp and unassuming lager, malty and fresh with plenty of cereal notes dominating. It’s as straightforward as a pilsner can get, though notes of lightly undercooked dough on the back…Read More
Three beers from Pennsylvania’s Troegs, some new to the market, some new to Drinkhacker. Let’s taste. Troegs LolliHop – A newly released double IPA dry hopped with Mosaic, Citra, and Azacca hops. Bold and juicy, this is a big and barely hazy brew that pours on the fruit and the forest floor notes. They exist…Read More
Cologne, Germany’s Radeberger makes this Kolsch, and it’s a great example of the style. Cracker crisp with a pleasant maltiness, the clean beer evokes gentle notes of sesame oil, fresh-cut grass, and just a hint of orange peel. This is a simple review but it’s a simple beer, and one that goes down with delightful…Read More
Melvin‘s latest is a mostly clear IPA that’s supposed to be “just as juicy” as a hazy IPA. On that front, it’s mission sort-of accomplished. This is nowhere near as flavorful as the best hazy IPAs on the market, coming across with a rather heavy muddiness and more of a vegetal note than a fruity,…Read More
1911 Established is the spirits project of Beak & Skiff, a five-generation family-owned and operated apple orchard in upstate New York. It was founded by George Skiff (originally an onion farmer) and has since become a destination with a full service tavern and music festivals hosted on premises. The distillery has become prolific, experimenting and…Read More
Schofferhofer Grapefruit was a pioneer in fruit-beer radler-style blends (the original was 50% hefeweizen and 50% grapefruit soda), and now the German brand is back with two line extensions, one made with pomegranate soda and the other with passion fruit. (Both maintain the 50-50 ratio of beer to soda.) Let’s try them both. Both are…Read More
Beer o’clock? You don’t have to tell us twice. With summer upon us, we’re ready to dive into our third annual Top 10 Beers of the Year list, a look back at the best brews that hit the market in the last 12-ish months. (See also our 2020 and 2019 lists.) As with all of…Read More