This bubbly barley beverage is a collaboration between famed microbrew Sam Adams and the planet’s oldest brewery, Germany’s revered Weihenstephan. Their goal was to create not just an innovative brew, but an entirely new style of beer. Sam Adams suds guru Jim Koch claims (in many videos) that ... Read More »
Beer reviews and education
As the mercury drops and the cold nights get longer, beer drinkers across the land reach for rich and hearty brews to warm the soul. Breweries everywhere, of course, realize this and release their cold-weather winter offerings, usually called Winter Warmers, Christmas Ales, or Winter Ales/Lagers. ... Read More »
When most people think of Thanksgiving, they think of gastronomical overload starring turkey, a plethora of side dishes, and a glass of wine or six. Beer is an appropriate drink on this food forward holiday though. In fact, legend has it that the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, in large part, because ... Read More »
The autumn air was crisp and cool as we pulled the Oldsmobile up to the cabin that night. Eerie clouds passed below the brilliant full moon while a mist began to fill the surrounding forest. A deep howl broke the dark air and sent chills down our spine.
Inside, the cabin was bright and cheery- ... Read More »
Autumn is the favorite time of year for many beer aficionados. The light, watery summer brews disappear from the shelves and are replaced by darker, more robust fall seasonal beers, including the acclaimed Oktoberfest. The first five in the beer challenge test delivered one rock star, a few really ... Read More »
Autumn is the favorite time of year for many beer aficionados. The light, watery summer brews disappear from the shelves and are replaced by darker, more robust fall seasonal beers, including the acclaimed Oktoberfest. The German brewers are known to be masters in this style but many of their American ... Read More »
We are on the doorstep of the opening of one of the world’s greatest annual events. No, we’re not talking about the semi-annual Lindsay Lohan court appearance; we’re talking about Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is an event worthy of your attendance and one that you would likely feel the urge ... Read More »
The Michelada is a wildly popular drink in Latin America. If you have ever enjoyed a cool beverage in a local bar in Mexico (a bar filled with tourists sipping frozen cocktails while wearing socks with sandals doesn’t count), you have likely seen this drink up close.
It is named for the bartender ... Read More »
The state side hefes faired admirably in Part I: The Underdog Americans, with Sierra Nevada’s Kellerweis leading the pack. The Bavarian brewmasters, however, have history and tradition on their side. Can the Americans hold off the German advancement?... Read More »
Cooking out before the game isn’t about fancy desserts or healthy vegetables. It’s about meat and lots of it. After all, this isn’t tennis or some dinner party. We chose two mouth-watering parking lot staples: Sausages and wings with trios of sauces. For this momentous occasion, we picked a ... Read More »
During the dog days of summer people crave cold, thirst-quenching beer. Those special-release Summer brews lining the shelves are tempting choices no doubt, but unfortunately the vast majority are watery and unremarkable. Belgian Wits and Hefeweizens are two tastier options, the latter being a little ... Read More »
During a trip in the beer tub time machine, I taste this strange brew that’s a complex India Pale Ale/Brown Ale hybrid and delicious- probably an 8.5/10. They look confused so I say, “Caramel and citrus flavors hit the tongue initially, followed by some hop bitterness and chocolate notes mid-sip. ... Read More »