Beer

Are Quart-Sized Cans Better For Beer Than Glass Growlers?

Top breweries get on board with big cans
Feb 20, 2015 11:00 am

The emergence of 32-ounce beer cans has given new meaning to the term “tallboy.” With the ability to contain not one, but two proper 16-ounce pints per can, the large-format vessels are a smart alternative to the traditional growler, a large but clunky glass jug used to take beer home from the bar or brewery. Here are a few breweries doing it very, very right. 

10 Craft Beers You Should Be Drinking Right Now, In The Dead Of Winter

Coffee stouts, pecan porters and other brews
Feb 17, 2015 2:00 pm

Stuck in the thick of winter doldrums? We’ve got just the cure. As February continues to slowly creep along, leaving most of the country struggling with snow and freezing temperatures, it’s a time of year when only the boldest beers need apply for the role of winter warmer. Here’s a collection of loud, wintry flavors, like coffee, apple brandy and pecan expressed via stouts, porters and various barrel-aged treasures. 

5 Seriously Legit Brewery And Musician Collaborations

Against Me!, the Hold Steady are in the beer game
Feb 4, 2015 12:00 pm

Every time a brewery releases a beer made in conjunction with its favorite band, it’s hard not to feel skeptical. Yet when challenged to dig into the subject, I was impressed by the wide and impressive swath of non-gimmicky alliances that surfaced. Turns out, it’s not just Hanson’s MMMhops Pale Ale vying for our attention and hard-earned cash. There are actually a handful of great beers out there made by bands and brewers.

Destination Taprooms: 5 Breweries Around America Upping Their Design Game

Creative, comfortable spaces to enjoy great brews
Jan 29, 2015 11:00 am

As the craft-beer industry continues to explode, brewers are realizing the benefits of stepping up their design game to attract new crowds of “beer tourists” to their shiny facilities. Here are five locations around the country worth checking out. 

Mushrooms Have Entered The Craft Beer Game

Savory umami, balancing with malt, can be great
Jan 21, 2015 2:00 pm

Craft beers have long been touted as great for pairing with hearty meals, but what happens when one of the most classic ingredients in American cuisine — the mushroom — becomes part of the beer itself? In a word: awesomeness. Here's what you need to know, and bottles you need to drink.

How The Extra-Special Bitter (ESB) Is Making A Comeback In The United States

The classic British beer style is back Stateside
Dec 22, 2014 2:00 pm

The ESB, or Extra-Special Bitter, a style of beer developed in England that once had a promising presence in America that’s primed for a comeback. Well, that time is pretty much now. Here are five to try. 

Is Anheuser-Busch’s Purchase Of 10 Barrel Brewing Company A Good Thing?

The beer giant acquires its third craft brewery
Nov 7, 2014 3:00 pm

The race for craft beer domination is coming from the very top of the industry and it’s making a lot of people angry. News broke Wednesday that Bend, OR's 10 Barrel Brewing Company will be Anheuser-Busch’s third craft acquisition in as many years, followed by a wave of mixed emotions from those who support the industry. As the dust settles, one thing becomes very clear: craft brewery acquisitions aren’t going to stop any time soon but they may actually be what keep craft beer in check.

First Look: 2014 Bourbon County Stout is Better Than Ever

A brew preview with Goose Island's Mike Siegel
Oct 31, 2014 2:00 pm

Black Friday is the day where people across America wait on line all night long to buy stuff at big discounts. Beer nerds didn’t have much of a reason to leave the house until Goose Island decided it was no longer acceptable for us to sit at home watching the news of how many people got trampled at outlet stores. Black Friday has become the official annual release day of the entire Bourbon County Stout lineup. But I tried the whole thing with time to spare. 

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