Beer

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: 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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Review: Lawson’s Finest Liquids Hopcelot and Super Session #8

By Christopher Null | August 18, 2021 |

These two brews from Vermont’s Lawson’s Finest Liquids can be tough to find, with Hopcelot often selling out within weeks of its distribution to beer stores across the northeast. (2020 marked the first year it appeared in cans.) Another fan-favorite called Super Session #8, brewed with Mosaic hops and canned at a low abv, is…

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Review: 10 Barrel Brewing Pilsner and Real Good Summer Ale

By Christopher Null | August 13, 2021 |

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.…

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Review: Sun King Brewery Polynesian Passion and Hop Tickler

By Christopher Null | July 29, 2021 |

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…

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Review: Wicked Weed Watermelon Dragonfruit Burst Sour and Fresh Pressed Wheat Ale

By Wes Deskins | July 26, 2021 |

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…

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