27 Pumpkin Beers, Ranked

There are two kinds of people: those who embrace Pumpkin-Spice-Everything Season for the miracle that it is, and the godless, gourdless heathens who reject it and live a bland, spiceless life. I fall into the former category, which means it's time to combine two of my favorite activities: drinking pumpkin beers and… » 10/24/14 3:56pm Today 3:56pm

Texas Should Declare Independence And Make This Their National Beer

Yesterday, one of my idiot friends told me that certain South Floridians have expressed interest in seceding from the rest of the state. Roughly 11 seconds of exhaustive Googling just now failed to turn up much evidence, but let's say it's true. Makes sense. The government's way up north, and apparently run by a… » 10/24/14 1:14pm Today 1:14pm

Great Divide Oatmeal Yeti Is A Neat, Sweet Beast Indeed

Big, boozy stouts tend to be expensive, and a lot of drinkers regard them as seasonal treats, so they're not among the most popular beers from a straight sales perspective. But if you brew a stout with an alcohol-by-volume percentage over eight and give it a price tag north of $7 per 22-ounce bottle, you've virtually… » 10/23/14 2:19pm Yesterday 2:19pm

Four Loko Hasn't Killed The Malt Liquor 40 Yet, But Better Drink Fast

While screwing around on Twitter Sunday afternoon, I made the stunning and repulsive discovery that Betspin impresario Jay Sanin is a habitual Four Loko drinker. At first, I thought he just posted this picture as a goof, but further investigation revealed that he is a married man with two dogs, a job, and a roof who… » 10/22/14 2:53pm Wednesday 2:53pm

All Pumpkin Everything: How Did Fall Turn Into Nutmeg Season?

The list of pumpkin-spiced items to which we are seasonally exposed grows longer every year: Since Starbucks opened the floodgates with the Pumpkin Spice Latte in 2003, we've been enticed, repulsed, and confused by similarly flavored vodka, bagels, yogurt, donuts, oatmeal, M&Ms, etc. And yes, this year they even came… » 10/17/14 2:03pm 10/17/14 2:03pm

Bell's Two-Hearted Ale Is Contrarian-Proof (Dammit)

A couple of my friends recently went to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival, and they stayed out there for at least a week afterward to tour the local breweries, which made me jealous and depressed. Jealous for the obvious reason, and depressed because it forced me to realize that I'll never pull off my book… » 10/16/14 11:29am 10/16/14 11:29am

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Is A Rye Beer Worth Fighting For (Or About)

The easiest way to upset a self-identified Beer Geek is to point out the nipple-blood that's soaked through his couple-of-Xs-too-small "Water & Barley & Hops & Yeast" t-shirt. After that, you might as well compound the problem by pointing out that lots of great beers contain all sorts of extra ingredients not found on… » 10/15/14 1:57pm 10/15/14 1:57pm

There Is No Excuse For Drinking Heineken

An editor at a more hopeful outfit recently asked me to write a few paragraphs about the best new beer of 2014. I chose an expensive saison, because that's the kind of thing I like, and he had no problem with the selection, but requested that my article explain why it would appeal "to a Bud Light drinker." I wrote… » 10/14/14 1:36pm 10/14/14 1:36pm

Oskar Blues Old Chub Does Canned Scotch Ale From Colorado Proud

If you want to be taken seriously in the American beer-geek underground, the first thing you've got to do is grow a big, nasty beard. This is a bit of a challenge for the many aspiring beer geeks who happen to be women or unscuzzy men, but rules are rules. I need to see your beard before I can hear your opinions. » 10/13/14 3:47pm 10/13/14 3:47pm

This Is The Best Imported Session Beer

Welcome once again to Drunkspin's Sub-Five-Percent Friday, wherein we recommend a low-potency beer to keep you in the mood but out of trouble. Remember, it's a long weekend, at least as far as the government is concerned, which means court's not open Monday—if you get arrested for something stupid this weekend, you… » 10/10/14 1:54pm 10/10/14 1:54pm

New Glarus Spotted Cow: Overrated Beer From An Underrated State

Wisconsin is a really cool state, and I swear I'm not being a condescending Northeast elitist about it. This isn't like when some loathsome New York City resident praises Chicago as a "nice little town." I don't mean "Wisconsin is really cool, for an upper Midwestern state that Prince isn't from," or "Wisconsin is… » 10/09/14 2:14pm 10/09/14 2:14pm

Flying Dog Raging Bitch: An Offensive Beer In Three Different Ways

The inaugural Drunkspin Daily, a review of Stone Arrogant Bastard, addressed the problem of bad beer names. Too many of them rely on awful puns, weed references, or inside jokes that make it difficult for the consumer to remember which beer's which. Is the unfiltered wheat ale the one named after the brewmaster's… » 10/08/14 2:49pm 10/08/14 2:49pm

Green Flash's Fall Seasonal Beer Is Absurd, Pointless, And Delicious

San Diego's Green Flash Brewing Company kinda goes their own way, which is a funny thing to say about a Southern California brewery built around stuffing hops into every crevice of every beer they produce—the most radical thing a West Coast beer company could do in 2014 is just settle down and make a nice, calm… » 10/07/14 1:34pm 10/07/14 1:34pm

Miller Lite Just Won Gold At The Great American Beer Festival. How?

The Brewers Association held their prom this past weekend, and in keeping with timeless prom tradition, I was left home alone while all the cooler boozers attended the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. (Incidentally, my invitation to the Spring Formal was also lost in the mail, as April 11 saw me at home with… » 10/06/14 3:01pm 10/06/14 3:01pm

This Beer Is Salty And Sour And You Will Love It To Death

Welcome back to Drunkspin's Sub-Five Friday, wherein we endeavor to ease you into the weekend armed with a recommendation for a lower-alcohol beer that will help you keep up with your day-drinking responsibilities without making a battered and bruised fool out of yourself. We'll stop running this stupid intro the… » 10/03/14 10:48am 10/03/14 10:48am

The Russians Have Stolen Our Original IPA Formula, But It's Still Tasty

India pale ale is far and away America's favorite style of craft beer (at least during the handful of months when there isn't pumpkin juice all over the goddamn place), which is why it made sense for Pabst Brewing to announce late this summer that they were resurrecting Ballantine IPA. » 10/02/14 2:06pm 10/02/14 2:06pm