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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Event Report: Slow Food Nation 2008

By Christopher Null | September 1, 2008 |

By now the “Slow Food” movement (get it?) should need no introduction. But for the uninitiated, the idea is to eat local, sustainable, organic, and unprocessed food, as much as possible. They’re big on veggies, biodiversity, and all that other good stuff. Hey, I’m all for it. Lord knows I need no more high fructose…

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Review: Chang Beer

By Christopher Null | August 23, 2008 |

You don’t have to like elephants to like Chang beer (the company claims it is the best-selling beer in its native Thailand), but it helps. Those little elephants on the label are just so darn cute you can’t help but try to snuggle them when you’re deep into your third oversize bottle. Chang is slowly…

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Jessica Simpson Drinks Beer

By Christopher Null | August 20, 2008 |

Well of course she does. Just look at her. Per the press release for Stampede Light, her “new favorite beer:” Everyone knows about Jessica Simpson’s daisy dukes body and healthy lifestyle. The all-American beauty and world-renowned entertainer has a passion for working out and making healthy food choices. But she also makes those smart choices…

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U.S. Alcohol Consumption Falling

By Christopher Null | August 6, 2008 |

What? Sales of liquor are supposed to go up during a recession or periods of other economic unrest. But the American Journal of Medicine is saying that alcohol sales are on the decline, with beer especially getting hit hard. Researchers examined 50 years of data and found several changes in alcohol intake but no change…

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Review: Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

By Christopher Null | August 3, 2008 |

Summer’s almost over (my kids go back to school in three weeks, thank God), but that doesn’t mean you won’t still find dozens of summer-themed brews on the shelves. Drink it up. It’s still plenty hot. Sierra Nevada’s Summerfest is by and large what we expect from a summer-themed beer. Not too complicated. Crisp. A…

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Beer is Back, Baby!

By Christopher Null | July 29, 2008 |

This is from a press release from Anheuser-Busch, so take its findings with a grain of salt. But the upshot seems to be true: People, particularly 30-to-49-year-olds, are drinking more beer. The annual Consumption Habits poll, released Friday through Gallup’s Web site, shows that in combined data from Gallup’s 2004 and 2005 Consumption surveys, drinkers…

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Here Comes the King Here Comes the Big Number One

By Christopher Null | July 13, 2008 |

“Anheuser-Busch reportedly has agreed to be acquired by Belgian brewer InBev for $49.9 billion.” America’s biggest brewer is now… Belgian.

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Calorie Counts for Every Booze

By Christopher Null | June 30, 2008 |

Captain Morgan has 86 calories per shot, but Seagram’s Gin has 120. Natty Lite: 95. Smirnoff Ice: 241. If you’re curious how your favorite tipple stacks up in the alcohol content, caloric content, and carbs per serving, check out the Consumer Federation of America’s Alcohol Facts table (PDF link) showing you exactly what’s what in…

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10 Drinking Achievements Before You Die

By Christopher Null | June 20, 2008 |

While we try to at least give lip service to “discriminating” drinking around here, this list of essential boozehound exploits is if nothing else lots of fun to read. Perhaps the toughest: Case In A Day – 24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I prefer to think not. You need…

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By Christopher Null | June 20, 2008 |

From the wires: Pending Strike Threatens Distribution of Coors, Miller Beers in San Francisco Distributor’s Attack on Workers’ Job Security, Retirement May Cause Service Disruptions SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Miller and Coors delivery drivers represented by Teamsters Local 278 in San Francisco, California are preparing to strike DBI Beverage Corporation, to protest…

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