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.

5 Weekend Drinking Assignments For A Lazy Sunday

Cold? Bored? Feel like polishing up your beer game?
Jan 5, 2014 1:00 pm

Yeah, we don't want to go outside right now either. If only winter mix was like spring mix. Sadly one is a blend of ice, snow and rain and one is a salad. As a result, we're hitting the craft beer section hard, kicking back and relaxing. But, you know, for educational purposes, so here are 5 suggestions from Jon Katz's Weekend Drinking Assignment to expand both palate and mind. 

Our Beer Writer Cameos In This Video About Brewing Perrier Beer

A beer experiment on film, with bubbles
Dec 18, 2013 2:00 pm

Food Republic beer writer Jon Katz was called to Brooklyn microbrewery Bitter & Esters not long ago to participate in an experiment: making beer with Perrier as the base. Not only does he admit to underage drinking on film, he learns that delicious fizzy water makes delicious fizzy beer, which happens to be our favorite kind! Check out the Société Perrier video after the jump.

Why Does My Beer Taste Awful? It Was So Expensive.

A quick lesson in savoring Brettanomyces yeast
Dec 11, 2013 3:30 pm

During a bottle share with a couple of Food Republic writers last week, it became evident that not everyone has a palate for beer brewed or "infected" with the wild yeast known as Brettanomyces. A couple of the beers in sharemaster Jon Katz's evening lineup smelled and tasted like, well, farm animal manure, according to one unenthused guest. Welcome to the magic world of wild ales, here's why you should keep tasting them.

The Sake Ninja Takes On American-Made Sake

American sake is getting stronger, for good or bad
Sep 26, 2013 4:01 pm

October is the beginning of saké-brewing season in Japan. Here in the U.S., we celebrate in our own way: with The Joy of Saké, an annual celebration of the Japanese rice brew in New York City. This year marks the 10th edition of the event, which features some 300 different premium sakés. 

Video: The Secretive World Of Sake Distilling, Exposed

'The Birth Of Sake' is documentary worth watching
Sep 9, 2013 4:00 pm

Eric Shirai was given a rare glimpse into the world of saké brewing at the Yoshida family brewery in Ishikawa, northen Japan. After spending some time there, Shirai felt compelled to make a movie about what it's like to live with a group of people, under the same roof for six straight months, making saké. Check out the trailer here.

8 Simple Steps: How To Not Be A Dick While Drinking Beer

Drink craft beer for the love of it, haters be gone
Aug 22, 2013 2:01 pm

I was shocked to read a comment left by a unsatisfied beer drinker on a favorite brewery’s Facebook page. He went so far as to call the beer “dishwater,” which is really pretty harsh and unnecessary. I’ve had this beer and it’s a good beer —  being disappointed with a release is not license to be a jerk. Whether you’re at a bar or converting a friend to craft beer-ism, it’s never okay to be disrespectful. Here are 8 ways to not be a dick when drinking beer. 

Your Weekend Beer Quiz: Know Your Hops

Time to brush up on 5 stars of bitter brew game
Jun 29, 2013 2:02 pm

Give that pretentious wine afficionado a run for his money by retaliating with some serious beer knowledge. You know enough to place a confident order for a nice, hoppy IPA, but the bartender can see right through it. You don't know squat about hops. Worry not — we've got the lowdown on 5 popular varieties right here. Now you're the quizmaster.


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