A Modestly Spectacular Maine Beer Worth Standing In Line For

Lately, most beer manufacturers across both the size and quality spectrums have been inching toward the Cheesecake Factory production model, wherein they roll out endless streams of new products in a desperate attempt to stay relevant by being all buffalo-sauced things to all baked-stuffed people. » 3/03/15 1:45pm Tuesday 1:45pm

Finally, A Sierra Nevada Beer We Can Talk Shit About

Yesterday afternoon, I got a nice, simple email that nevertheless caused much undue consternation at Drunkspin Headquarters. It was from the new head of media relations (or whatever) at Victory Brewing, a mid-sized, widely distributed Pennsylvanian operation of which I am quite fond. I have publicly praised their… » 2/26/15 2:23pm 2/26/15 2:23pm

Dutch Beer Sucks. Blame The Weed. 

There is some debate within the Craft Beer Movement™ about every goddamn thing, so it makes sense that the list of contentious issues begins with the very phrase "craft beer." The Brewers Association defines "craft" as ... just kidding, fuck off, who cares. Without spelling it all out, let us just note that the main… » 2/25/15 11:22am 2/25/15 11:22am

This Is The Best Seasonal Beer

If there's one thing the self-appointed guardians of the Craft Beer Movement™ like to complain about, it's aardvarks and the noise pirates make and every single other goddamn thing up through zymurgy its very blessed self. As I've noted here before, it's entirely possible that the knitting community whines about… » 2/23/15 2:22pm 2/23/15 2:22pm

Is This Really The World's Best Beer?

The Beer Internet likes to be angry. The same could be true of many other special-interest groups, but I suspect the problem is particularly acute in the online beer world, because of our high concentration of relatively affluent white dudes who aren't comfortable having their opinions challenged. Or maybe we're all… » 2/12/15 3:07pm 2/12/15 3:07pm

The Cheap Double IPA The World Needs

Because the medium-sized city in which I live never passes up an opportunity to be a self-parody of limousine-liberal gentrification, there are three Whole Foods outlets within reasonable walking distance of my apartment. I always go to the same one, though, because it's the closest, and also the smallest. » 2/10/15 3:54pm 2/10/15 3:54pm

Orval Is The Funky, Monk-Brewed Belgian Beer You Need In Your Life

You may be aware that the Super Bowl was this past Sunday. You may be further aware that it was a crazy, awesome game that came down to the final play, an interception that hit the defensive back right in the chest, a result for which every single force under the sun has shouldered some share of the blame, excepting… » 2/05/15 4:22pm 2/05/15 4:22pm

Genesee Cream Ale Is A B-Minus Beer That Comes In An A-Plus Can

Last night my wife and I celebrated the end of another day of Boston's utter surrender in the face of back-to-back snowstorms—the trains haven't run anywhere near on time in over a week, yet this cute little do-nothing town still thinks it can somehow pull off the 2024 Olympics—by hiding out in the basement of our… » 2/04/15 4:05pm 2/04/15 4:05pm

At Least Cleveland Still Has Great Beer

The mayor of Boston went on CNN this morning to talk about a snowstorm that hadn't begun yet. That is insane. I realize part of my reaction is based on being old enough to remember when CNN trafficked in weightier matters than weather porn and celebrity gossip, and I also concede that the storm heading this way seems… » 1/26/15 4:00pm 1/26/15 4:00pm

This Awful Beer Is Great, Because Context Matters

Yesterday I fucked off work around two in the afternoon, which is to say about an hour after I finally fucked back onto work for the first time since last Thursday. I'd sincerely intended to bravely struggle through a full afternoon of hiding behind my keyboard, but then I got a text from one of my favorite recently… » 1/21/15 4:00pm 1/21/15 4:00pm

A Belgian Beer From Quebec, Perfect For The End Of The World

This marks the first year in at least the past 10 that I have not resolved to learn even the basics of a foreign language. My monolinguism is deplorable, considering that I aim to communicate for a living and have had plenty of opportunity to learn other tongues over the years. But I've never made any real progress,… » 1/15/15 1:08pm 1/15/15 1:08pm

Hating Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Is For Suckers

One of the only things I dislike about writing this column is that no matter the topic of the day—be it my wife, my cat, the sports teams I root for, or even, on a slow day for me personally, beer—one of you hamless eggers is guaranteed to find a way to tell me that my position is invalid because I've failed to… » 1/12/15 3:41pm 1/12/15 3:41pm

An Ungodly Monster Of A Stout From Colorado

Last week I told all you big, dirty motherfuckers that we were getting off the imperial stouts for a few. You know, get our heads together, our resolutions set in stone, our children's names remembered, the whole deal. Ha. Check it out: I lied. People who write about beer for half a living will do that. Today we're… » 1/09/15 2:19pm 1/09/15 2:19pm

Here's A Fine Canadian Beer That Isn't One Of The Obvious Ones

Yesterday a reader suggested that we pump out a "Canadian Beers, Ranked" post, which is a good idea long overdue. Part of the reason we haven't done one yet is good old classic American sloth, and the other part is that, regarding the macro category at least, I can't imagine ranking anything No. 1. Those wily and… » 1/08/15 3:52pm 1/08/15 3:52pm

This Is Drunkspin's Favorite Beer Of All Time

You know those brave freedom fighters who were going to finally quit watching football this year on account of all the crimes and all the punishments, the concussions and the corruption, the whole filthy package? I was one of them for a few courageous weeks, but then my favorite team finally got good again, and now lo… » 1/07/15 2:54pm 1/07/15 2:54pm