Craft beers

Sam Adams & Stone Celebrate National Homebrew Day With Winning Brews

These are the homebrews that win beer contests
May 7, 2014 3:30 pm

Today, May 7th, is the anniversary of the very first National Homebrew Day, which, unlike some food and drink holidays, is officially recognized by Congress. With so much talk about craft breweries, the importance of homebrewing can get lost in the mix. Thankfully, two popular breweries are putting these unsung heros at the forefront of their game.

Here's How to Drink Better Cerveza This Cinco De Mayo

Brews to make your spring fiesta red-hot!
May 1, 2014 2:00 pm

It may not be quite such a big fiesta in Mexico, but in America, May 5th is a serious party fueled by tequila, cervezas and mas cervezas. Bars are going to be crowded and rowdy, think St. Patrick’s Day but with less green and more sombreros. If you’re into a little more space and a little less mayhem, throw a Cinco De Mayo bottle share. I've got your tasting list covered right here.

Worth A Shot: The Boilermaker Makes A Boozy Comeback In Chicago

More than just a shot and a beer? Why, yes.
Apr 30, 2014 1:00 pm

The boilermaker — more commonly known as a shot and a beer — has long been a drink with a very specific purpose: to get the drinker inebriated quickly and without fuss. Here's a report on a recent event in Chicago that tried to update the boilermaker with craft spirits and beer, which led to some intriguing and unlikely pairings.

Passover Beer? Sampling Shmaltz 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. 

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