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: 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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I Want My 16 Ounces!

By Christopher Null | June 8, 2008 |

Interesting story in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal: To boost profits, some bars are turning to 14 oz. pours instead of 16 oz. when a customer orders a “pint” of beer. Numerous tricks are being employed. Some are at least somewhat justified, like including some amount of foamy head on a beer. Some are clearly…

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Review: August Schell Lakemaid Beer

By Christopher Null | May 27, 2008 |

Mention fish near my beverage and I get a little skittish: Nothing can spoil your tipple faster than the pervasive stench of fish. Yet, for Lakemaid, August Schell teams up with fishing titan Rapala to cook up a brew with the fisherman in mind. I can attest that not a single bass has come near…

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Review: Stevens Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat Beer

By Christopher Null | May 17, 2008 |

What’s better than a beer on a hot day? A beer at a nude beach, that’s what. Stevens Point’s latest seasonal release won’t get you to the beach proper, but it’ll get you close: Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat craft brew isn’t just a surprisingly refreshing beer, it’s also got a drawing of nekkid people…

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Coors Light’s “Cold Activated Bottle”

By Christopher Null | May 15, 2008 |

Sometimes a picture’s all you need. Check it out below: The bottle on the right is at room temperature. The one on the left is straight out of the fridge. See the difference? If you’ve ever added beer to the fridge alongside stuff that’s already been chilling for days, you know that feeling the outside…

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