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10 Great Places To Drink Craft Beer In Philadelphia

A guide to one of America's most awesome beer towns
Mar 25, 2014 10:00 am

While cities like San Francisco, Denver and Portland squabble over the “best beer city in America” crown, Philadelphians sit back with a pint or six and chuckle. Superlatives are sweet and all, but anyone who’s spent a night drinking around the city, ideally with a high-tolerance tour guide, can speak to the city’s distinct craft-beer prowess. Here are 10 stops along the way.

Weekend Drinking Assignment: Spring Session IPAs

Celebrate springtime with sessionable, hoppy brews
Mar 21, 2014 2:00 pm

Brewers "tipping the scales" by breaching the 100-IBU mark isn’t really anything special these days, but sure enough, even the best and most respected brewers are cranking up the hops so high that one beer literally eliminates your palate for the foreseeable future. What do you pair with that? Absolutely nothing. Here are five brews under 5% that pump up the hops in a big way.

What's The Deal With "Nitro" Beer? Can You Really Trademark It?

Left Hand's Milk Stout Nitro raises some questions
Mar 21, 2014 10:00 am

If you've tried beer on nitro tap, you'll understand the brouhaha surrounding one brewery's struggle with trademarking a popular brew which, through mysterious technological magic, harnesses that great power into a bottle. 

Beer Geekery: 13 Things You Probably Never Knew About Hops

The more selection, the bitter. Get it? Hop joke!
Mar 20, 2014 2:00 pm

Our brew obsession has a lot to do with the wide range of incredible flavors and aromas imparted by different kinds of hops. There’s also a common misconception that all hops are bitter, which is far from true. Hop profiles are incredibly diverse, from the intense tropical and citrus fruits of Citra hops to the white wine and gooseberry flavor imparted by Nelson Sauvin. Check out a few other things you probably didn't know about the best thing to happen to beer since water.

This Cool Beer Growler Reminds Us What's Really Inside

Display your brewing pride, all Venn Diagram style
Mar 18, 2014 2:00 pm

If you're truly proud of the beer you're hauling home, consider announcing it to the world with this awesome growler from Pop Chart Lab, makers of encyclopedic infographic posters we'd gladly wallpaper our kitchens with. Maybe bathrooms, too.

Weekend Drinking Assignment: South Carolina Beers To Drink Right Now

Back from the wine & food fest with new brews!
Mar 14, 2014 2:00 pm

Food Republic took an epic trip to South Carolina for the Charleston Wine & Food Festival last weekend. While wine flowed abundantly, we had to stop and take in some of the excellent local breweries, too. Westbrook Brewing, made a lot of noise earlier this year with their excellent Mexican Cake Imperial Stout brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks and fresh habanero peppers). Here are a few other SC brews to hunt down.

Video: Spare Wine Barrel Lying Around? Hack It Into A Beer Keg!

Dive into the most productive weekend project, ever
Mar 14, 2014 11:00 am

It's important to mention off the bat that there is nothing wrong with your keg the way it is: beaten-up, dented and beautiful. But in case you'd rather stash it in one of the classiest holding tanks around for aesthetic purposes or simply need to scratch that power tool itch, the handy dudes at Build...

5 American-Made Irish Red Ales To Drink On St. Patrick's Day, And 364 Other Days

And please avoid the green beer
Mar 12, 2014 3:00 pm

Despite the way it may look in a dimly lit room, Guinness isn’t pitch-black, but actually a very dark red, so red is more of a native Irish beer color than you might have thought. Especially if you’re celebrating all day, Irish red ale is generally lower in alcohol and therefore extremely sessionable and while not widely brewed in the U.S., it’s a style worth seeking out on your quest to avoid green-colored beer. Here are five favorites.

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