America's Most Tasteful $2 Buzz

Most of my family’s grocery-shopping responsibility falls on my sloping, underoccupied shoulders, which is more than fair given that my wife bears the brunt of the making-sure-we-can-afford-to-eat duty. (As for the cat, it’s a cat.) Being both a grocery shopper and a professional rater of things, I can’t help but form… » 5/27/15 2:56pm Yesterday 2:56pm

Magic Hat #9 Is Well Past Its Prime

Some people like to show off. This is a boring and undisputed part of the human condition, that we have to share the planet with ostentatiously effective people who are into things like sit-ups and graduate school. Oooh, look at me, I can make weird extra muscles pop out of my stomach! Hey, check out Mrs. Ambition… » 5/26/15 3:08pm Tuesday 3:08pm

It's Time To Bring Back The Six-Pack

One foolish afternoon a long, long time ago, Drunkspin risked a lifetime banishment from the good graces of the Craft Beer Movement by suggesting that even the very finest beers—the ones with corks and waiting lists and wicked kickass dragons and/or puns on the labels—contain alcohol, which has been shown in some… » 5/21/15 12:45pm 5/21/15 12:45pm

Is Trophy Beer Getting Too Damn Expensive?

Let me begin by declaring my love for the Maine Beer Company. I’ve tried 11 of the 13 beers listed on their website, and while there are a few I might not bother with again, none are outright disappointing, and several are excellent. I’ve never had their shiniest trophy brew, a double India pale ale called Dinner,… » 5/20/15 5:36pm 5/20/15 5:36pm

A Perfect Picnic Beer For Fruit Realists

The Fruits of the Field are the very finest family of solid foodstuff, preferable even to the glorious Meats, Cheeses, and Processed Grains, and eons better than the mere Vegetables, Candies, and Gelatins. This is because fruits are generally attractive (even the meatiest among us will admit that a strawberry would… » 5/19/15 4:53pm 5/19/15 4:53pm

Bass Ale Sucks; Drink One Of These Instead

It can’t be good for any beer blogger’s soggy soul to start the week by putting the word “sucks” in a headline, so I’ll try to remedy that by sharing some happy brewski news I heard yesterday afternoon: It seems that yet another new brewery is coming to my area. Everett, Mass., a lovable if not quite lovely suburb of… » 5/18/15 5:14pm 5/18/15 5:14pm

It's Time To Get Over Being Over IPAs

Despite all the breath chumps like me expend talking about sours and pilsners and whatever else we’ve decided is cool on any given day, India pale ales are still the best-selling category of craft beer. Sometimes it’s hard to think of anything new to say about them, so we scurry around looking for something a little… » 5/14/15 3:32pm 5/14/15 3:32pm

This Should Be The Official State Beer Of Washington, D.C.

The world is a complicated place, and I’m not qualified to govern it. Which sucks, because I could use the extra income and what I imagine to be the generous travel allowance, but I’m just not cut out for the Supreme Overlord life. I cannot, for example, fold a fitted sheet or find Austria on a map. » 5/13/15 4:25pm 5/13/15 4:25pm

You Oughta Take Fruit Beers More Seriously

Do you remember the first fruit beer you had? And if so, do you remember it fondly? I do, and I do. I was a sucker for Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat for a good half-decade in my early twenties, and I still defend its honor in public. But I must admit that I haven’t had one in several years, and I fear I’d be disappointed… » 5/11/15 3:54pm 5/11/15 3:54pm

Here's The Canned Barleywine You Need 

I think we can all agree that the best way to enjoy beer is to read about it, which is why we’re so lucky to live through this golden age of beer blogs. The latest press release from the Loyal Order of Beer Blowhards, Sycophants, and Performative Contrarians indicates that we’re up to more than 3.5 million beer blogs… » 5/08/15 3:39pm 5/08/15 3:39pm

A Great New IPA From America's Most Versatile Brewery

We humans are by and large happy, lumpen beasts who require far less variety than we’re typically offered. Entire books have been written about how we thrive when superficial choices are reduced and life is simplified. But product designers and marketers need to eat, too, so they’ve tricked us into thinking we prefer… » 5/07/15 5:14pm 5/07/15 5:14pm

This Beer Tastes Like A&W Root Beer, And We're Totally Into It 

Marketers who traffic in nostalgia are playing a dirty game that prays on our collective inability to admit that most modern consumer goods are better than the items they replaced. With a few notable exceptions, such as pork and superheroes, the evolved versions of the things we eat, drink, wear, drive, watch, and… » 5/06/15 3:59pm 5/06/15 3:59pm

How To Make A Kick-Ass Sidecar

Wisconsin is the nation’s best drinking state, and not just because it’s the birthplace of both the Schlitz and Ale Asylum breweries. Cheese Curdistan is also the brandy-swillingest place in America; it’s hard to pin down accurate statistics, but each of the half-dozen sources I consulted are certain that Wisconsin… » 5/06/15 11:58am 5/06/15 11:58am

An Early Contender For Beer Of The Year

Best-of compilations are an essential year-end crutch for beer bloggers, because the calendar thoughtfully schedules them for a time when we’re too comprehensively burnt, fried, bloated, pickled, and nogged to come up with any new ideas. And readers have fun telling us how stupid they are, so everyone wins. The only… » 5/04/15 1:44pm 5/04/15 1:44pm

Even Utah Is Drowning In Great Beer

Yesterday’s Drunkspin featured a glowing beer review tucked inside a dire forecast for the future of smaller craft brewers. Drawing on some Thrillist thing, my own dumb hunches, and the history of American capitalism, I guessed that 3,500 breweries is too damn many, and that a whole lot of them are going to have to… » 4/29/15 2:14pm 4/29/15 2:14pm

A Great Beer From One Of America's Few Essential Brewers

Last week, Thrillist ran a thoughtful, well-reported piece predicting that craft beer “is about to go to war with itself.” The story is full of numbers, quotes, and research—with nary a digression about the author’s own cat, never mind mine—which means it’s ineligible for an official Loyal Order of Beer Blowhards… » 4/28/15 11:22am 4/28/15 11:22am