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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805 Cerveza is Firestone Walker’s fresh spin on Mexican-style beer, a crisp lager brewed with a touch of lime — so you needn’t worry about squeezing a chunk of fruit that someone’s pawed over with their dirty fingers into your beer. Anyone worry about that? Moving on. The beer is a solid example of a…Read More
Spoiler: This is arguably East Brother‘s best beer to date. Brewed with Admiral Maltings’ Gallagher’s Best malt, black barley, chocolate malt, and midnight wheat, plus English Kent Goldings hops and English Ale yeast, this is a complex brew from the start. It explodes pretty much immediately when it hits the palate with almost an overload…Read More
Numerous alcohol companies are jumping headlong into the cannabis market, but here’s an example of somebody doing the reverse. Old Pal is a big name in the cannabis lifestyle space, and now it’s launching a beer. It’s a plain old beer: Old Pal Ale does not contain any THC or CBD; it’s as straightforward as…Read More
The end of the year sees Hershey, Pennsylvania-based Troegs trotting out its most prized beers, including a sampler pack of winter-friendly brews. We look at two of those beers here, both of which are also available individually as well. Troegs Double Blizzard – “A semi-hazy Double IPA dry-hopped with 4 pounds per barrel of Chinook…Read More
Off the sauce? A frosty non-alcoholic beer offers a potential option… at least in theory. Let’s see what Lagunitas does with the category with its cheekily-named IPNA. If you handed me this beer and didn’t tell me it was non-alcoholic, I’d say it was a pretty shoddy representation if IPA. Knowing it’s (almost) boozeless, it’s…Read More
Warfield is both a brewery and distillery in Ketchum, Idaho, with a strong focus on using local and, especially, organic ingredients. Today we look at three beers from the operation, two standard-issue varieties and one decidedly rare release. Warfield Brewery Ketchum Kolsch – A chewy, bready, but not overwhelmingly malty beer, this is how a kolsch…Read More
Guinness is no stranger to taking its stout and aging it in bourbon barrels, and for this winter it has two special editions on tap. Let’s dig in. Guinness Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels (2020) – This is not the same release as 2018’s Guinness Stout Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels, but it’s probably…Read More
Cascade Brewing, located in Portland, Oregon, is not a typical brewery. The first detail to clue you in is a look at their line-up of beers: not one IPA. Heck, not even an amber ale, stout or lager in sight. In fact, I’m hard pressed to find a single beer that neatly falls into one…Read More
Harpoon made waves in 2018 with its solid Coffee Porter collaboration with, of all brands, Dunkin’ (nee Donuts). At the tail end of 2020 it came out swinging with four more brews (well, three plus a reissue), part of a “Dunkin’ Dozen” case, all inspired by Dunkin’ stuff — and not necessarily its coffee —…Read More
Since 2008, Brooklyn Brewery has been taking its Imperial Russian Stout and aging it in bourbon barrels, then releasing the beer as Black Ops, a wildly rich and immersive brew that’s black as night, with a flavor to match. This year, as it did in 2019, Brooklyn has aged the beer in Four Roses bourbon…Read More