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: Deschutes Brewery The Dissident Peach 2021

By Christopher Null | November 20, 2021 |

Deschutes has made a number of special edition versions of its popular Dissident sour, including this one, fermented with Oregon peaches. The finished ale is aged in oak barrels much like the standard bottling. Rather tougher and hoarier than I was expecting, the peach character doesn’t really show up until late in the game, leaving…

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Review: Strainge Beast Hard Kombuchas

By Christopher Null | November 16, 2021 |

Strainge Beast is the hard kombucha spinoff of California’s Sierra Nevada, and the product is available in (at least) 6 flavored versions, at two different abvs. The standard version of the product, available in 16 oz cans, is canned at 7% abv. The newly released “light” version is just 4% abv and comes in 12…

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Review: Firestone Walker Mind Haze Citrus Cyclone, Hopical Crush, and Tiki Smash

By Rob Theakston | November 4, 2021 |

If there’s one thing (besides quality) Firestone Walker can hang their hat on, it’s the ability to thematically put together a variety twelve-pack of their offerings which make sense and are easy to enjoy from to the next without facing abrupt transitions. This time around, they’ve gone tropical with a trio of flavored IPAs. Each…

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Review: Beers of Sierra Nevada, (Core) 2021 Releases

By Christopher Null | October 24, 2021 |

Sierra Nevada is one of the most notable and long-lived craft distilleries in the country, having grown from humble beginnings in Chico, California to the third-largest independent distillery in the country. Our coverage of the brewery has been spotty over the years. With this review we delve into most of the core lineup, going all…

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Review: Founders Brewing KBS Bourbon Barrel Aged Espresso Stout and KBS Cinnamon Vanilla Cocoa

By Drew Beard | October 16, 2021 |

It’s starting to get cold out (in some parts of the country, at least), so that means the barrel-aged beer releases will soon start flowing. Founders is getting ahead of the flood this season with two new offerings under their KBS line, KBS Espresso and KBS Cinnamon Vanilla Cocoa. Espresso isn’t technically new, as it…

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Review: Red Clay Brewing Miura West Indies, Forbidden Blade, and Dark Cape

By Christopher Null | October 12, 2021 |

This new trio of “Double Master” beers mark a collaboration between Alabama-based Red Clay Brewing and California’s Miura Vineyards. The partnership isn’t the usual one of pass-it-around barrel aging, as you might expect, but rather of technique, with brewer and winemaker collaborating on ingredients to include in the creation of each beer, each of which…

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Review: Partake Peach Non-Alcoholic Gose

By Monica Uhm | October 10, 2021 |

What to do if you’re an ardent craft beer lover but can no longer indulge? For Ted Fleming, it was to create non-alcoholic beers that would sate his high standards for craft brews and retain the social buzz of imbibing in the company of friends, a common origin story for many who have embarked on…

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Review: Natural Light Sour Seltzers, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | September 12, 2021 |

Natty Light, the brand you know and love, is spreading its wings with numerous new products including, of course, a malt beverage-based seltzer, which is available in four flavors. The twist? They’re all sour — the first ever sour seltzer, per the company — so fans of the mouth-puckering stuff may find them a refreshing…

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Review: Ballast Point Calico, California Kolsch, Sculpin, and Big Gus

By Christopher Null | August 28, 2021 |

Ballast Point recently celebrated a quarter century of San Diego beermaking by releasing a mix pack of some of its greatest hits from those years, including four offerings: Calico (Amber Ale, 1996), California Kölsch (German Style Pale Ale, 1996), Sculpin (IPA, 2005), and Big Gus (IPA, 2021). You’ll get three cans of each in each…

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Review: Firestone Walker Mezca-Limón and Tequila Barrel Sunrise

By Drew Beard | August 27, 2021 |

Firestone Walker continues to churn out creative barrel-aged brews from its venerable Vintage Series with two particularly unique releases dropping earlier this summer: Mezca-Limón and Tequila Barrel Sunrise. These “cocktail beers” are designed for warm weather sipping and meant to evoke classic flavors of Mezcalita and Tequila Sunrise, respectively. As of this writing, we’re still…

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