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Boiled Alive: Turning Bees Into Mead

Sacrificing a beehive for a viking-era drink
Sep 20, 2011 10:01 am
beehive

I have a hard time explaining what happened to my bees. The short answer is, I killed them. Thousands of bees, and I killed them. I repeat this to myself in shock and wonder; wonder at the scale, so artificially vast, and the shame, as real and finite as a sting.

But the long answer is darker still: It wasn’t a massacre, it was an experiment. I was making...

Get to Know Your Hops: Centennial

Five craft beers bathed in citrus and pine
Sep 7, 2011 3:01 pm
Founders Centennial IPA

The story of Centennial hops starts in 1974. That year, U.S.D.A. researchers in Prosser, Washington crossed a grab bag of hops, including pungent Brewer’s Gold, earthy and fruity Fuggle, smooth and somewhat sweet East Kent Goldings and several other bits and bobs. But how did it evolove into a craft-brewing legend?

British Beer Meets Indian Food

In London, exotic beer pairings take center stage
Sep 6, 2011 10:09 am
Photo: 51 Buckingham Gate

British beer and Indian food may seem like an unlikely pairing, however it's exactly what you'll find at the British Beer Experience at London's Quilon Restauarant. How about some Chalky’s Bite from Cornwell with Lamb Biryani and Malabar spice?

Chef Sriram Vishwanathan Aylur is the mastermind behind Quilon,...

What's The Deal With White IPA?

Two breweries join forces to unveil a White IPA
Aug 17, 2011 5:01 pm
IPAs
Photo: Dan Thompson

Fashion codes dictate that you can wear white only from Memorial Day till Labor Day. But this summer, several brewers are demanding your beer be snow-hued too.

Last month, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery and Kansas City, Missouri’s Boulevard Brewing released the fruits of their collaborative labor, a white IPA. I’m sure you’re scratching your...

MateVeza’s Deliciously Hop-Free Beer

MateVeza Morpho: so good you won't notice it's pink
Aug 16, 2011 3:01 pm
Morpho Beer

A beer without hops is strange enough. Make it pink, and you’re asking for trouble. Unless you’re MateVeza. The company’s IPA and Black Lager are, first, excellent beers, and second, brewed with yerba mate, the South American herbal tea.

The newest release, Morpho...

Field Report: North Fork Craft Brew Fest

Pretzel necklaces and craft beer on Long Island
Aug 15, 2011 10:08 am
pretzel necklace
Photo: tabounds on Flickr

The common thread of beer festival attendees: Everyone is thirsty.

It’s not as if someone is going to stumble onto the Martha Clara Vineyard on Long Island, sans ticket, and take in the scenery without a beverage in hand. No, let there be no confusion – this is a drinking crowd.

Over 50 breweries from around the country gathered in Jamesport, NY on...

Get To Know Your Hops: Simcoe

5 beers to flaunt your knowledge of Simcoe hops
Jul 29, 2011 3:16 pm
Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA

During my early years in New York City, when I was young, drunk and prone to staying up 'til sunrise, I often found myself at a Greek diner with a phonebook-long menu — well, a phonebook circa 1982.

At that ungodly hour of the morning, focusing my eyes was impossible. All my reptilian brain craved was greasy, meaty grub to insulate my stomach and...

The Beer that Wouldn't Die

How Resurrection Ale came back from the dead
Jul 26, 2011 4:01 pm
Resurrection Ale

Here's a story about a beer that came about its name the right way. 

Resurrection Ale wasn't supposed to be the marquee beer at Baltimore's Brewer's Art. In...

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