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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Minneapolis comes correct once again. Any city which can stake claim to Mary Richards, Prince, Michael Cina, and Rod Carew gets a massive thumbs up from this fella. Expectations for these Indeed Brewing releases were high, to be held at this same level of excellence of notable residents both real and fictional. We received two…Read More
The StereoHopic Series is a new endeavor from Lagunitas, an ongoing line of special release beers that will each feature a pair of hop varietals, to see if something magical happens when these hops appear in combination. First out of the gate with Vol. 1 is a beer made with suddenly popular plus the always…Read More
Taking a break from all your favorites? Off alcohol for good? Not a problem. Grüvi is here to sort things out and provide a range of non-alcohol beerternatives. Chris reviewed a few Gruvi offerings last year; now we’re back with more of the lineup, some of which has been revamped and reformulated. A passage from…Read More
Firestone Walker‘s rendition of a hazy IPA is surprisingly sessionable at just 6.2% abv, but it’s so loaded with flavor you’d never notice. A base of Cheerios kicks things off, with a bold layer of fruit rolling in next: fresh oranges, some pineapple, and — surprisingly — a clear banana note that I never shook…Read More
As Firestone Walker says, “Of all the beers in our Proprietor’s Vintage Series, Parabola is the most notorious,” describing it correctly as a “beast of a beer,” a monster that spends a year in whiskey barrels before bottling and which always lands in the double digits of alcohol by volume. This year we’re looking at…Read More
Harpoon’s latest beer hardly breaks the new ground that some of its recent offerings have cracked wide open, but it is nonetheless a credible IPA (albeit one which is standing a sea of competition). Designed to be a bolder counterpart to its Rec. League IPA, this hazy, flavored with Cascade, Simcoe, Ekuanot, Citra, and Mosaic…Read More
Toppling Goliath is a brewery based in Decorah, Iowa, and while the outfit produces plenty of different styles, the focus seems to be heavily in the land of the IPA. That’s fine by me, of course, and today we dig into four beers from the operation, all poured from 16 oz cans. Toppling Goliath ZeeLander…Read More
When you’re in the mood for a big and boozy IPA that’s full of classic, resinous and piney hop character, Highland Brewing’s High Pines will fit the bill. The beer, which recently joined Highland’s year-round lineup, is brewed with Mosaic, Simcoe, Centennial, and Comet hops, giving the beer a distinctly West Coast character. Notes of…Read More
Two new releases from Seattle’s Elysian Brewing — one seasonal and one year-round entry. Elysian Full Contact Imperial Hazy IPA – Available year-round. Beautiful high-abv Imperial IPAs are increasingly common, but Elysian’s Full Contact, made with Centennial, Simcoe, and Strata hops, is near the top of the heap. While it’s not really hazy at all…Read More
Tree House Brewing began life in 2011 in a small barn in Brimfield, Massachusetts, initially operating at a barebones, homebrew scale with a 5-gallon Coleman cooler system. Today, the brewery has become synonymous with the wildly popular hazy, New England style of IPA and their current site in Charlton, Massachusetts can produce upwards of 50,000…Read More