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: The Non-Alcoholic Beers of Grüvi (2021)

By Rob Theakston | May 14, 2021 |

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…

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Review: Firestone Walker Mind Haze IPA

By Christopher Null | May 10, 2021 |

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…

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Review: Firestone Walker Parabola, Amburana, and Double Barrel 2021

By Christopher Null | May 7, 2021 |

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…

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Review: Harpoon Big League IPA

By Christopher Null | May 4, 2021 |

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…

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Review: Beers of Toppling Goliath, 2021 Releases

By Christopher Null | April 30, 2021 |

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…

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Review: Highland Brewing High Pines Imperial IPA

By Christopher Null | April 13, 2021 |

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…

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Review: Elysian Full Contact and Salt & Seed

By Christopher Null | April 11, 2021 |

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…

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Review: Tree House Brewing Super Treat Double IPA

By Drew Beard | April 8, 2021 |

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…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery Squeezy Rider

By Christopher Null | April 5, 2021 |

Here’s a rarity: A one-off review of a new release from Deschutes, Squeezy Rider, a west coast style IPA that joins the Squeeze-centric lineup of IPAs from the Bend, Oregon-based brewery. Built to be an approachable expression of IPA, it’s made with Cascade, Mosaic, and Galaxy hops — but focuses on Strata, which was developed by…

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Review: Hopworks Urban Brewery Stoner Fruit Apricot Sour

By Christopher Null | April 4, 2021 |

Stephen recently rounded up three IPAs from Portland’s Hopworks, but it turns out the operation also has its hand in other styles, including this sour brewed with apricots. The beer executes on its name pretty much dead on: The attack is bold with apricot and sour, vinegary notes, though the latter are filtered through a…

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