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: 1911 Established Hard Cider – Shandy, Tropical and Blueberry

By Monica Uhm | July 8, 2021 |

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…

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Review: Schofferhofer Pomegranate Hefeweizen and Passion Fruit Hefeweizen

By Christopher Null | July 5, 2021 |

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…

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The Top 10 Beers of 2021

By Christopher Null | June 30, 2021 |

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…

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23 Beers From Elysian, Ranked

By Christopher Null | June 25, 2021 |

In celebration of 25 years in business, Seattle’s Elysian Brewing recently put together the mother of all mix packs: 25 “greatest hits” beers (plus a bunch of fun additions) packed in a monstrous box. I figured this was the perfect chance to take a deep dive into Elysian’s extensive offerings, some of which we’ve reviewed…

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Review: Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale, Union Jack IPA, and Pivo Pils

By Rob Theakston | June 20, 2021 |

It’s hard to believe Firestone Walker is old enough to celebrate its very own quarter-life crisis, but the sturdy little brewery from Paso Robles has managed to age quite well and grow into quite the juggernaut of an award-winning company. To celebrate its quadricentennial, FW has packaged three of its most popular offerings into a…

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Tasting the Fruited Sour Beers of Urban South Brewery – HTX

By Christopher Null | May 30, 2021 |

Urban South Brewery got its start in Louisiana in 2016. Its first satellite location outside the state got going in Houston, Texas in February 2020, offering a different collection of (230!) beers — heavy on fruited sours — than are available at the company’s home location. That started with the “Spilled” series (each featuring lots…

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Review: Schlafly IPA, Hazy Grapefruit IPA, Low Cal IPA, and West Coast IPA

By Christopher Null | May 26, 2021 |

St. Louis’s Schlafly Beer recently dropped a new variety pack called Hoptic Visions, featuring four different IPAs — one a standby, three new, experimental releases. Let’s review each of them! Schlafly IPA – This is the year-round OG, and I have to say I really like it. The approachable brew balances east and west coast…

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Review: Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee

By Monica Uhm | May 18, 2021 |

Allow me to start with the punchline. Guinness + Cold Brew Coffee = Tiramisu. Any one of those categories are divisive in their appeal. You either love them or leave them. So you are now free to pass on this review, or decide on a nice reading corner to be immersed in a scene of…

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Tasting Craft Stouts from Half Time Beverage

By Christopher Null | May 17, 2021 |

Half Time Beverage is the self-proclaimed largest online retailer of craft beer. It’s not just the operator of two stores in New York’s Hudson Valley — featuring more than 4000 beer and cider selections — it’s also an online merchant, happily shipping brews directly to the doors of the very thirsty. Sadly, Half Time Beverage…

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Review: Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion No. 18, Union Jack, and Propagator Nectaron

By Rob Theakston | May 16, 2021 |

“Fruitless” would not be an adjective best describing Firestone Walker. A count has yet to be tallied, but if I were to place a wager, Firestone would be one of the most frequently covered beer brands on this site. Last month, Drew reviewed the Firestone Walker XXIV Anniversary Ale, and in March Chris reviewed the…

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