American Amaro: How An Old European Liqueur Became The Biggest Thing In Bartending

U.S. producers are making their own bitter versions
May 13, 2014 1:00 pm

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, American distillers’ admiration for foreign booze knows no bounds. Take for example, the case of European bitter liqueurs, which are steeped with an assortment of herbs and spices and tempered with a sweetener. Riding on the coattails of this burgeoning curiosity are a handful of American distillers devising bitter elixirs of their own. Read on.

Ninjas Vs. Unicorns: My Awkward Childhood Fantasy Played Out In Craft Beer

It's the brew world's weirdest rivalry in a bottle
Feb 7, 2014 3:30 pm

Okay, let’s get this out of the way first: I was really into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid, pretty much anything ninja. I also watched My Little Pony (and now my secret's out). Why am I telling you all this? Because it’s been my fantasy for years to see ninjas and ponies duke it out, and thankfully there’s now a series of beer helping me live out this perfectly normal fantasy. It's awesome.

Arctic Ale: The Extra Hoppy, Extra Boozy, Extra Badass Beer Of Explorers

Looking at a forgotten chapter in brewing history
Feb 5, 2014 2:00 pm

Arctic exploration in the 19th century was tough work for bands of intrepid adventurers heading to the Pole. There was freezing to death, say. Also starvation, boredom and polar bears jumping out of the water to "resolutely seize and devour whichever dog or human being was sitting closest to their jaws," as Jon Mooallem writes in Wild Ones. But really, explorers were more concerned about their beer. This beer was arctic ale. So, what exactly is arctic ale? 

Weekend Drinking Assignment: The Super Bowl Of Beers

Seattle vs. Denver, battle of the brews. Fight!
Jan 31, 2014 4:00 pm

While it’s practically a national holiday every year, Super Bowl 2014 will be particularly exciting because of the teams involved: this could very well be the first craft beer Super Bowl. Here are seven of the best brews from both cities in the category of IPA, sour, stout, barleywine, wheat, fruit beer and ballsiest beer. I know that’s not a style but hey, it’s a game of balls. 

Weekend Drinking Assignment: Stay Warm Like A Czar With Russian Imperial Stout

Dark, hoppy and strong brews for a chilly weekend
Jan 10, 2014 3:00 pm
best russian imperial stouts

It’s generally unpleasant outside and while spring may be just a mere two months away, these are the dark days of winter. You need a beer that will warm you up. Here are five Russian Imperial Stouts that you’ll likely be able to find at your local specialty store. I suggest pairing them with cheese and perhaps a cigar, as both the the dark fruit flavors and roastiness match up perfectly. Let’s toast to the perfect winter beer.

Weekend Drinking Assignment: How to Survive a Bottle Share

Taste lots of beers without ending up on the floor
Dec 6, 2013 2:00 pm

Hot on the heels of last month’s Great American Beer Festival, beer festival season is officially underway! Fall and winter is when styles start to get really interesting — sure that raspberry hefeweizen was damn refreshing, but have you tried a cherry stout? Delicious! Here's how to do a bottle share with friends — it's like having a beer festival in your living room!

An Illustrated Guide To Beer Glassware

10 types of glasses to use for different brews
Oct 22, 2013 2:00 pm

Do you know your pint glass from your snifter? Where should you pour a frothy wheat beer? We've got the answers, in illustrated form! Here's a list of the most-essential beer glasses for your home beer bar.

7 Bar Snack Recipes For Your Boozy Bash

Spicy, deep-fried or otherwise great drinking food
Oct 13, 2013 1:00 pm

These recipes are straight-up bar food of the highest caliber (the only caliber of bar food we know). We realized long ago that fried food couldn't possibly soak up booze, cause it's soaked in hot oil. But it still tastes so right, so there's some of that. Cheese is important, preferably melted. And of course, there's the ever-important "so spicy you have to drink it away" component. Check out our picks after the jump.


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