The Perfect Beer For All Your Thanksgiving Needs

All holidays are the best, but Thanksgiving is the extra-best, because it doesn’t offend anyone other than the killjoys who are put off by naked gluttony. There’s no religious component to fake, work around, or disagree with; the weather isn’t quite horrific yet in most parts of the country; and if you’re in the right… »11/25/15 4:31pm11/25/15 4:31pm


Guinness Is Struggling, And This Gimmicky New IPA Won't Save It

If you came of drinking age in a certain era, Guinness Draught was quite likely the first good beer you ever had. As recently as a decade ago, it was common to walk into a middle-of-the-road American bar and be confronted with a tap list featuring Shit, Shit Light, Shit Ice, Lemon-Lime Shit, Cider Shit If You’re… »11/13/15 3:23pm11/13/15 3:23pm

Hard Cider Smackdown: Woodchuck Vs. Angry Orchard Vs. Your Sense Of Shame

Try to recall the events toward the middle-end of 2000’s Castaway, when Tom Hanks is making his triumphant return to U.S. soil. Rather than that weird company party in the airport broom closet or whatever it was, imagine instead that he was treated to an all-expenses-paid trip to the grocery store after his… »11/11/15 1:32pm11/11/15 1:32pm

Stone's Goofy New Carrot-Cake Beer Is Pretty Good!

After cleaning the ceiling fans on Monday and ordering new sweatpants yesterday, just a single item remains on my 2015 to-do list, and I don’t think I’m going to get around to it. I really figured this was going to be the year I finally learned how to brew my own beer, but a lack of space and gumption—combined with a… »11/03/15 4:14pm11/03/15 4:14pm

14 Tips For Enjoying A Beer Festival's Majestic Chaos

Beer festivals have a lot going for them, what with brewski and festivity right there in the very name. What’s better than brushing your teeth (please?), strapping on your second-cleanest jeans, and stepping out to try dozens of new beers with hundreds of likeminded humans? Hell, a lot of beer fests even have taco… »11/02/15 11:53am11/02/15 11:53am

Does It Matter Who Owns Your Favorite Brewery?

The craft beer world has been showing signs of corporate adulthood for awhile now, with grownup stuff like trademark beefs, brewery expansions, and NPR sponsorships popping up as often as hop puns and pale ale variants did in the dumb-fun old days. It seems like sometime in the middle of 2013, every small beersmith in… »10/21/15 4:06pm10/21/15 4:06pm

A Hot-Pepper IPA For Tasteful Tough Guys

Earlier this week, it was announced that Anheuser-Busch InBev, the Belgo-Brazilian conglomerate that owns Budweiser, Stella Artois, and a great many other beers you hate, is trying to acquire SABMiller, the British and South African concern responsible for all the Miller, Coors, Leinenkugel (it’s true!), and suchlike… »9/18/15 4:01pm9/18/15 4:01pm

19 Fake Craft Beers Inspired By The Simpsons, Ranked

The craft beer industry is facing two significant problems. First off, they’re running out of names for their artisanal ales. Secondly, it’s an industry with a troubling dearth of gratuitous Simpsons references (full credit to Evil Genius for theirs). Combine these two predicaments, and you have one perfectly… »8/19/15 1:06pm8/19/15 1:06pm

This Hard Cider Is The Best Summertime Bourbon Mixer

On Monday, one of my favorite beer writers, Jason Notte of Marketwatch, told us to drink more fruit beer. He is a wise man, and that is generally sound advice. However! What if you’ve been drinking too much fruit beer lately? What if you’ve had the good sense to overdose on, say, 21st Amendment’s Hell or High… »7/14/15 3:40pm7/14/15 3:40pm