Beer

Mushrooms Have Entered The Craft Beer Game

Savory umami, balancing with malt, can be great
Jan 21, 2015 1:00 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 1:00 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 2:00 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 1:00 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. 

5 Bottles Ripe for Drinking: Hard Apple Cider's Moment is Now

Craft hard cider has us all juiced up for fall
Oct 22, 2014 1:00 pm

Late October is peak apple season, when the last of the apples are ripe for picking. You may already know that when given time to ferment, apples also make awesome booze. Cider has experienced a boost in popularity in recent years, thanks in part to rising enthusiasm for craft beer. Make no mistake: cider is not beer, but there’s something about the taste of boozy, warming cider that makes it the perfect drink for fall.

Hating On Fancy Beer Is Suddenly In Style

And the craft beer message boards are on fire
Oct 17, 2014 9:00 am

Hating on craft beer is totally in right now. First Thrillist tried to pick apart IPAs, then sour beers. Now, internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur David Chang is taking to GQ to defend the awesomeness that is "lawnmower beer," a custom passed down from his grandfather. As you can imagine, the craft beer message boards are lighting up.

Big Breweries Are Crafting A Deal For Beer Supremacy

Could the key ingredient be craft beer?
Oct 15, 2014 10:00 am

While the proposed Anheuser-Busch InBev acquisition of SABMiller may be the story that graces business pages for months to come, the importance of smaller craft acquisitions by both of these major brewers shouldn't be overlooked. The deal would give the resulting company an international stronghold, but wouldn't combine its U.S. breweries. Allow me to break down the specifics of the issue, then we'll segue into important recent craft acquisitions to help define this battle of big beer.

6 Companies Are Selling 50% Of The World Beer Supply. Here's How.

A family tree of the world's major beer companies
Oct 2, 2014 11:30 am

So you're out grilling, trying to preserve what's left of the nice weather this fall, and decide to crack open an ice cold beer. Did you ever stop to think where exactly it came from? The answer may actually be simpler than you think. According to Quartz, half of the world's supply of beer comes from a grand total of six brewing multinationals. A chart depicting the family trees of these six companies is surprisingly easy to follow.

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