Craft beers

The Best Beer In The U.S. Is Now On...Drought?

Extreme dryness in California poses threat to beer
Aug 20, 2014 9:00 am

While it may have been a wet summer on the East Coast (recently drenched with more than a foot of rain) much of the West Coast has been going through severe drought, affecting breweries' production, pricing and most importantly, their beers' taste. This reality is staring down some of the best breweries in California, like Lagunitas and Bear Republic, both of which source water from the Russian River.

Weekend Drinking Assignment: This Beer's A Peach!

At the peak of peach season, 8 juicy beers abound
Aug 15, 2014 12:00 pm

There is nothing like the abundance of ripe stone fruits that flood farmers markets and grocery stores during July and August. Now that we’re in the dog days, you really want something to cool you off. Everyone knows how well peaches lend themselves to pies and other baked goods, but personally I think they’re better in beer. However you like your fuzzy fruit, one sip of these brews will make you a firm believer in peach beers. The flavors are all there, it's just a lot less messy.

WDA: Those Untappd Check-Ins Might Just Land You A Beer Writing Career

Gannett hits the reset button, adds beer coverage
Aug 8, 2014 12:30 pm

Big things are brewing in beer writing as media titan Gannett, currently the country's largest newspaper publisher, announced that their publishing and broadcast divisions will split into two separate entities. What that have to do with beer? Two full-time beer reporter positions in the prime brewery real estate of the Carolinas. I suddenly know what I want to do with my life.

Please Drink These 7 Very Hoppy IPAs

Celebrate IPA Day with special hopped-up brews
Aug 7, 2014 1:00 pm

Today is the hoppiest day of the year: National India Pale Ale (IPA) Day! I'm usually not one for Hallmark holidays, but when hopportunity knocks, I've simply got to obey. New IPAs seem to drop every week, and with nearly all 3,000 breweries in the country producing at least one, it can be difficult to discern the best of the best at your local craft beer store. I'll try to make your trip a little easier by showcasing the best new IPAs for you to try in celebration of this mighty day.

WDA: Spend a Weekend at Beer Camp with Sierra Nevada

You're never too old for camp when there's beer
Aug 1, 2014 11:30 am

Some of my fondest childhood memories come from summer camp in New England, where sports, sing-alongs and color war were the most important things in the world for two months every year.  Once those summers were behind me, I really never though I'd be in a position to go back to camp...but now there's Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp, a massive collaboration project and traveling beer festival hitting the Northeast this weekend! All about Beer Camp, after the jump. 

CANping: Your Guide To The Best Canned Beers for Camping

Stars, sky and suds for the thirsty outdoorsman
Jul 18, 2014 12:00 pm

There’s really nothing like getting in touch with nature, but whether you're glamping (glamorous camping) or just backpacking it, you shouldn’t brave the wild without awesome brews. If you’re planning on camping this summer, bring these cold ones to the mountain, forest, beach or otherwise outdoors party.

The Summer Shandy: 5 Perfect Hot Weather Thirst-Quenchers

Sip on the juiciest beer cocktails of all time
Jul 17, 2014 1:00 pm

It’s been a rainy, humid summer so far on the East Coast, so I'm wishing for several weeks of the 90-degree weather which causes me to crave one drink in particular: the shandy. It's a beer cocktail made by mixing lemonade or soda with beer. Here are five of the most refreshing shandies out there for when that summer heatwave finally hits.

Meet The Michigan Brewers Who Made It Cool To Drink Beer All Day

Founders ushers in a new chapter led by a tiny brew
Jul 9, 2014 2:00 pm

It’s pretty incredible to imagine that Founders Brewing Company, which moved to its new digs in Grand Rapids, MI, in 2008, nearly tanked. According to co-founders Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers, the company's success primarily involved making beer that no one initially thought would sell. Enter Old Dirty Bastard, KBS and the brand's breakout hit, All-Day IPA. I sat down with both partners at their brewery to hear the stories and drink the beer.

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