Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru: A Sour Beer Worth Road-Tripping For

The Boston Beer Company confounds me. I do like their most famous and best-selling beer, Samuel Adams Boston Lager: It's a seminal brew in many a Masshole's drunken coming of age, mine included, and a large, unbalanced load of the Internet holds this fact against us. I can't swing a dead Yuengling around here without… » 9/29/14 1:24pm Monday 1:24pm

Hey Look, It's The Sad Cocktail Grenades You Always Wanted

Evidently these have been around for a while, but they're new to me. BuzzBallz: Regret In a Can. BuzzBallz: Liquid Cold-Sore. BuzzBallz: Convex Around the Sides, Like Your Abdomen When Fluid Accumulates In Your Peritoneal Cavity as a Result of the Liver Cirrhosis You Get From Living the Kind of Life That Involves… » 9/24/14 11:48am 9/24/14 11:48am

21st Amendment's Bitter American Does Low-Alcohol Beer Proud

Welcome to the first Drunkspin Sub-Five-Percent Friday! And maybe the last, because who knows if we'll manage the schedule properly, but the idea is to showcase a different lower-alcohol beer each week, to help shoo you into the weekend with a blueprint for maintaining a respectable 48-hour buzz. » 9/19/14 2:28pm 9/19/14 2:28pm

This Is The Best Fall Beer

You know how dickheads of a certain stripe like to accuse the rest of us decent and delicate folk of being "fake outraged" when we get offended by things like racist team names, sexist advertising, or casual child abuse? They are so certain of their wrong opinions that they cannot imagine that we honestly disagree;… » 9/18/14 12:00pm 9/18/14 12:00pm

Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA Is A Decent "September Beer" Forgery

I talk to a lot of beer geeks these days, which isn't as bad as it sounds. But, brothers and sisters, it's still not always good. A lot of these conversations quickly devolve into pissing contests over who has spent more time waiting in brewery parking lots in Vermont or who's got a bigger stash of obscure Belgian… » 9/16/14 3:42pm 9/16/14 3:42pm

Drink Sapporo With Your Sushi, Like A Reasonable Person

Even though I'm a fervent season-change denier, the lengthening of sleeves and shortening of afternoons is making it harder and harder to avoid the reality of the impending fall. But the silver lining there is that my wedding anniversary is in the fall, so now's as good a time as any to lead off a beer review by… » 9/15/14 2:22pm 9/15/14 2:22pm

Bud Light Apple-Ahhh-Rita Is Bullshit; Drink Cider Instead

A couple of summers ago, Anheuser-Busch introduced the abominable Bud Light Lime-a-Rita, sweet fake-citrus bullshit intended to capitalize on the niche market of people who have spent their entire lives not knowing what an actual lime tastes like. Those sad bastards are still none the wiser, which has emboldened AB to… » 9/10/14 4:07pm 9/10/14 4:07pm

Stop Whining About Pumpkin Beer

We the people like to complain about every damn thing in the world, and for some strange reason, we've settled on pumpkin beer as one of the things to complain about the most. The stuff sells outrageously well, and in so doing serves as a gateway beer guiding people out of the macro cooler, even if just for a couple… » 9/09/14 3:19pm 9/09/14 3:19pm

Lagunitas Sucks Is America's Finest Quart Of Beer

One of these days I'm going to write about 40s—it would be irresponsible to forever ignore one of the most iconic corners of American beer culture—but I keep putting it off, because I can't find a worthwhile angle beyond nostalgia. Most of your better brewers opt not to package their wares in 40-ounce bottles, and I'm… » 9/08/14 3:07pm 9/08/14 3:07pm

Anchor California Lager: Because Ale Makes You Fat

You're getting chubby, and that's mostly because you spend all day looking at slideshows of the "27 Fried-est Foods at the Iowa Tractor Guild's Annual Corn Jousting Festival," which makes you shake your damn head at all those crazy, fat maize warriors and their deep-fried mutton cupcakes as you smirk your way down… » 9/05/14 2:11pm 9/05/14 2:11pm

Tröegs Perpetual IPA: Always Good, Sometimes Better

Informed citizens tend to blame Budweiser for most of society's ills, and justifiably so. Between the doltish marketing, crummy beer, and thousands of lives lost every year in catastrophic avalanches of Clydesdale shit, it's tempting to call for the company's immediate disbandment, or at least exile to someplace even… » 9/04/14 12:40pm 9/04/14 12:40pm

Pabst Blue Ribbon: It's Not Just For Hipsters Anymore, And Never Was

I've only blocked a couple of people on Twitter, because the Internet has generally deemed me unworthy of harassment, but if I were a more prominent person or dealt with a more controversial subject, I would toss motherfuckers overboard by the dozen. I do not interpret the First Amendment as guaranteeing every last… » 9/03/14 2:35pm 9/03/14 2:35pm

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale: Making Delaware Relevant Since 1999

There are two big breweries within a couple miles of my house—the headquarters of both Harpoon and the Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)—but I've never been on the official tour at either place. That's stupid. I like brewery tours, and I've been to a bunch of smaller, less convenient places; I've also been to the… » 9/02/14 12:21pm 9/02/14 12:21pm

Goose Island Honker's Ale: Not Bad, For Sellouts

Goose Island has been making outstanding beer for the good and other people of Chicago since 1988. The rest of us have been able to get our hands on it for a long time, too; it was also was one of the first American craft breweries to hit the big time. This is because it was a well-run small business with a superior… » 8/29/14 12:42pm 8/29/14 12:42pm

Founders All Day: Because Session IPAs Are Perfect For Football Season

Do you ever deal with Journalist Twitter? It is possibly the very most self-important subgenre of social media, though Aggrieved-Teacher Facebook gives it a run for its money. (Not that they're in it for the money, which we believed the first 50,000 times they mentioned it this morning, which they had time to do… » 8/28/14 12:56pm 8/28/14 12:56pm

Stone Arrogant Bastard: An Obnoxious Name For An Outstanding Beer

Time Out Chicago's Amy Cavanaugh recently criticized Pig Minds Brewing for naming their new blueberry beer "PD California Style Ale." The label features a waist-down image of a cartoon lady in a skirt with her underwear around her ankles, leaving no doubt what PD stands for: This beer is designed to make women drop… » 8/26/14 12:18pm 8/26/14 12:18pm