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 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.

Here's Why Bell's In New York Is Important For The Beer World

We welcome the Michigan brewery with empty mugs
Feb 20, 2014 3:30 pm

While new brands enter the New York market weekly, it’s rare to see such a complete rollout where shelves are cleared out to make room for the anticipated rush. It seemed like Midwestern favorite Bell’s out of Michigan would never surface in the Big Apple, but here we are, and people sure are excited! Here's why it's important for craft beer in New York, and which ones to snap up immediately!

5 Underground Breweries Blowing Up In 2014

Small size doesn't matter when you've got big brews
Feb 13, 2014 4:00 pm

Though small in size, these tiny operations are brewing some of the best beer around and sharing it with more people than ever before thanks to growlers, mobile canning lines and contract brewing. Here are 5 whose popularity is imminent, and the beers you should hunt down.

New York’s Blue Point Brewery Acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev

What does this next big brewery sale mean for beer?
Feb 5, 2014 4:30 pm

The beverage world is buzzing today with news that global beer conglomerate Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to buy Long Island's Blue Point Brewing for an estimated $24 million. This acquisition comes at a time when big brewing companies sales are declining while craft brewing continues to expand nationwide. Read all about it after the jump.

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? 

Back Forty Brewing Company Has Helped Change The Course Of Craft Beer In Alabama

Craft brewery has taken advantage of new laws
Feb 4, 2014 4:00 pm

In agricultural parlance, the “back forty” is the plot of land that is the most remote from the rest of the farm. Because it is often overlooked and underused, sometimes this land has the most fertile soil of the entire operation. Here is the unlikely story of the Back Forty Beer Company.

Hey, It's A Beer Robot With A Discerning Palate. It Might Make Our Jobs Obsolete!

Brewbot basically knows which beer it's "drinking"
Feb 4, 2014 2:00 pm

No, it's not Bender. But that would be cool. According to the New York Daily News, whose beer stories we take very seriously, there's a new beer aficionado in town: an electronic "tongue" made from electrodes that correctly identifies the style of beer you dunk it in 82% of the time. Can Katz even do that? 


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