Craft beers

Passover Beer? Sampling Schmaltz Brewing's He'Brew Rejewvenator

Drink this non-kosher beer before or after Passover
Apr 14, 2014 1:00 pm

The mensches at Shmaltz Brewing Company have crafted a perfect beer for the occasion at their new brewery in Clifton Park, NY. Rejewvenator, as this annual release from their He'Brew line is called, is a combination of Belgian Dubbel ale and Doppelbock lager (known affectionately as a dubbel doppel). It’s been brewed in past years with figs, dates and grapes. This year's edition is awesome. The secret ingredient, after the jump.

The Nitro Beer Can Is Here, And Will Change The World Of Craft Brewing

Oskar Blues bets on a nitrogen-filled widget
Apr 9, 2014 2:00 pm

If you’ve ever enjoyed a Guinness or Left Hand Brewery’s Milk Stout, two of the more well-known nitro stouts on draft or bottle, here’s some really exciting news: nitro craft beer is finally coming to cans. Allow us to welcome Oskar Blues Brewery Old Chub Scotch Ale to the party!

Cracking Open Ommegang’s Game of Thrones Fire & Blood

It's not a GOT premiere without blood and/or fire
Apr 4, 2014 3:00 pm

If you’re an avid Game of Thrones fan like any number of us here at Food Republic, you’re all fired up for the new season premiering this coming Sunday, April 6. Fortunately the choice of ale is easy, as Ommegang Brewery has released its third collaboration: Fire and Blood Red Ale. We had a chance to try out the brew before the premiere. It's pretty freaking great.

5 Unexpected Places To Find Really Great Craft Beer In San Francisco

Our top secret-ish spots in a beer-crazed city
Mar 26, 2014 1:00 pm

San Francisco is a drinkers' town. In the city's Barbary Coast heyday, one block of sleazy Howard street had 21 bars. Today, the drinks have cleaned up but the city's pirate pride lingers. Great craft beer is easy to find. But the fun comes in finding a mother lode in unexpected corners, in the dusty dives and barren industrial stretches that harbor hidden treasure. Here are our favorites.

This Beer Could Be Your Life: Steve Hindy On Craft Brewers Vs. The Big Guys

Brooklyn Brewery prez has new book on craft beer
Mar 26, 2014 9:00 am
Steve Hindy photo

Steve Hindy, author and a guy who happens to be co-founder and president of Brooklyn Brewery, tracks the progression of craft brewing in his new book The Craft Beer Revolution: How A Band Of Microwbrewers Is Transforming The World's Favorite Drink. Last week, I headed to his office in Williamsburg to discuss how this David vs. Goliath story has played out as well as his place in it, and whether the big beer brands will be able to hold off this craft beer onslaught. 

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.

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.

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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