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In Defense of Non-Alcoholic Beers

Don't knock these "brews" until you've tried them
Jul 25, 2011 9:01 am
Photo: Terwilliger911 on Flickr

Some secrets are better off shouted in an open, public forum, rather than confessed to friends in the discomfiting confinement of intimacy. This is one of them: When I'm at home, I drink non-alcoholic beer.

I am not an alcoholic; Not dieting either. And I also happen to love regular brews with their average 5% or so alcohol content and have happily drunk...

Can Italy Become A Craft Brew Power?

Taking a look at Italy's craft brewing scene
Jul 22, 2011 3:47 pm

Italy isn’t just a wine country anymore. The craft brewery scene has developed slowly but surely over the past decade, and now a growing number of great brews are becoming available outside Italy and even in the U.S. Eataly New York, and its soon-to-open outposts in D.C. and L.A., gives Americans the opportunity to try some of Italy’s newest exports.  Among...

Be Here Now: City Tavern

Pour your own pints in Culver City, California
Jul 11, 2011 5:16 pm
Beer taps

Once considered a sleepy nabe of Los Angeles, Culver City has become a dining destination of its own in the past few years as innovative chefs have begun setting up shop. Sang Yoon located his Father's Office 2 and his newest...

Can Paris Become A Beer Hot Spot?

Demory beer and one man's Parisian dreams
Jun 14, 2011 9:01 am
demory beer label

Bier braucht Heimat. The man who dreams of opening the first “real” micro-brewery in Paris takes his inspiration from this ancient piece of German beer wisdom. Roughly translated as “a beer needs a home,” the saying sums up the panoply of regional beer styles in Germany but rings empty in today’s Parisian beer landscape, dominated by foreign hordes from...

Beers To Know: Pretty Things

Blasts from the past, thanks to a crafty brewer
Jun 13, 2011 2:01 pm
photo: Bernt Rostad on Flickr

As a kid, I had a couple constant daydreams. First, I ached to be invisible. I didn’t fancy being a peeping tom; I wanted to observe human life in microscopic detail — without being called creepy. In certain respects, I’ve achieved invisibility in New York City. Here, you can strut for miles without anyone glancing your direction.

Secondly, I wanted to time...

Dinner Party Beers: Delicious Stout

Try out Stone's BBQ-Friendly Imperial Stout
Jun 7, 2011 6:01 pm

Stone's Imperial Russian Stout is a great beer, heavy as lead, and released — as a dare, apparently — in the heat of summer. Buy it now, and stash it in the fridge for a few months. It's a fireside sipper, not meant for warm-weather dining. Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout is a different story. Fire up the grill, and pour this one for dessert.

Stone's...

One Nation Under Beer

Mixing Beer and Food at SAVOR in Washington DC
Jun 7, 2011 1:01 pm

Too often when I drink beer I make a crucial, always regrettable mistake: I forget to eat. I’ll stuff my stomach with salty, bar-top pretzels chips, then happily slurp a second or, more accurately, a fifth pint. Soon the hours grow big, then small again, and I’m left grasping for another greasy slice of pizza.

This diet would be fine, even expected, if I...

Waiter, There's A Beer In My Soup

Wheat brews are tailor-made for hearty fare
Jun 3, 2011 4:01 pm
photo: Christopher Lehault on Flickr

Summer has arrived as suddenly as a face slap, bringing with it sun, humidity, and this maddening question from bartenders: “Would you like a lemon with your wheat beer?”

As always, the answer is no. Whether you’re drinking a spiced Belgian-style witbier such as Hoegaarden or Allagash White, or a cloudy, unfiltered hefeweizen hailing from Widmer Brothers or...

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