Here's Yet Another Good Beer With A Stupid Name

I never get to name anything. My wife picked Cindy Lou Who for the cat (perfect name, perfect cat, no complaints), and some editor or another overruled my attempt to call this column Drinkspin instead of Drunkspin. I lobbied for the more dignified approach, but whoever runs this show knew they could keep me… » 11/24/14 2:30pm Monday 2:30pm

This Is The Best Store-Brand Beer

My wife is very thrifty and low-maintenance, so for the first two years of our relationship, I resisted pointing out that we could buy two yachts or pay off our student loans if she'd just please switch from Advil to a generic pain reliever. It was frustrating, but she doesn't ask for much, so I figured I could grant… » 11/21/14 3:45pm 11/21/14 3:45pm

This Coffee Milk Stout Is The Pride Of New England

A couple of months ago, Business Wire reported that Pabst was on the verge of being sold to a Russian beverage company. My initial reaction was, "There's gotta be a good Putin-hipster-gulag joke in here somewhere," followed by apathy when I realized that you can't make a good joke about a society you only know as a… » 11/19/14 3:03pm 11/19/14 3:03pm

Foster's: Australian For Fraud

My 11th-grade history teacher opened the first day of class by asking us to write down everything we knew about Christopher Columbus. Of course, we all knew he came to America—or somewhere near America, anyway—in 1492, and his ships were called the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. The better students also knew… » 11/18/14 2:13pm 11/18/14 2:13pm

Sour Beer: The San Francisco Treat

Is beer food? That's a deceptively complex question. At first, you're like, "Of course beer is food, because it's made of barley and wheat and other edible plants," but then you realize that you don't chew beer, and food is something strongly associated with chewing. But wait, soup! Soup is definitely food, and who… » 11/17/14 4:30pm 11/17/14 4:30pm

Coors, The Original Trophy Beer (!?), Is Making A Comeback

'Tis the season when lazy bloggers start thinking about how to recycle a year's worth of crap into the awful-yet-beloved "Best Of" lists that allow us to expend as little energy as possible while keeping the internet fed over the holidays. I'll surely do my part with a Best Beers I Drank In 2014 item, and probably… » 11/12/14 1:34pm 11/12/14 1:34pm

Delirium Tremens: A Refreshingly Morbid Belgian Ale

Last week, Esquire published a gentle little rant decrying the rise of lower-alcohol session beer. The author's mistaken thesis is that the praise pendulum has swung too far away from the sort of mighty, boozy beers he prefers and too close to an imaginary wave of thin, watery Bud Light-alikes whose primary attribute… » 11/11/14 12:21pm 11/11/14 12:21pm

Guinness Blonde American Lager Is Pandering To You, Badly

Guinness occupies its own weird niche in the beer world. It's owned by a gigantic international corporation (London-based Diageo) and is contract brewed in dozens of factories around the world, making it only nominally Irish, and not at all crafty or artisanal. Yet the brand's flagship stout is still very good,… » 11/10/14 11:37am 11/10/14 11:37am

Does Banana Bread Belong In Your Beer?

Bananas are pretty good. I'm not sure if Deadspin has ever issued a ranking of the fruits (editor's note: duh), but they probably have, and it was probably wrong, because everyone always underestimates kiwis and pretends to be too cool for apples. But if I were ever consulted on such a project, I'd put bananas firmly… » 11/06/14 4:46pm 11/06/14 4:46pm

Most Fruit Beers Suck; This One Doesn't

For such a handsome and hopeful young man, it took me a remarkably short period of time to get a bit jaded about the Craft Beer Movement™. It's not that I don't appreciate good beer—hell, you could go so far as to say I even respect it—and I also like the fact that the overwhelming majority of America's 3,000-plus… » 11/05/14 2:44pm 11/05/14 2:44pm

Sierra Nevada Is Still The Freshest

Good afternoon, gang! How's tricks? DID YOU VOTE?! I won't buy you a beer unless you voted. Nah, just kidding, I won't buy you a beer regardless, and I also don't like to jump down non-voting throats. I cast my ballot, because I'm a paragon of virtue—plus I have a soft schedule and was already wearing pants, so, what… » 11/04/14 2:59pm 11/04/14 2:59pm

Here's The Deep-Thinking, Super-Alcoholic Beer For You

When last we Drunkspun, we were so angry at Stella Artois for sucking that we completely overlooked the fact that we don't even need the good Belgian beer around anymore. We were so busy praising all the good Belgian beer, lest we look ugly and ungracious by failing to properly appreciate their centuries of… » 10/31/14 2:44pm 10/31/14 2:44pm

Stella Artois Is A Disgrace To Belgium

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a big, trashy, sensationalist, and 100-percent accurate post titled "There Is No Excuse For Drinking Heineken," in which I argued that there are literally thousands of better-tasting ways to communicate to the world that you have a dollar more than the price of a Budweiser. I thought that… » 10/29/14 2:49pm 10/29/14 2:49pm

Evil Twin Hipster Ale Is Cool, Just Like You

Evil Twin is an interesting operation. In the unlikely event you have any free New York Times articles left on the 28th of a pretty newsy month, you can learn nearly everything I know about that operation here. A quick summary: It's a contract-brewing company run out of Brooklyn by a Danish guy who doesn't get along… » 10/28/14 3:03pm 10/28/14 3:03pm

Just How Boozy Should Your Beer Be?

The very convenient truth about beer is that, if used as directed, it will often get you drunk. Thank god. There are so many great things that don't get you drunk: socks, coffee, shuffleboard, you name it; if its name isn't "alcohol," it doesn't get you drunk no matter how otherwise excellent it may be. » 10/27/14 3:02pm 10/27/14 3:02pm

Darren Rovell Is Bad At Beer, Too

ESPN business reporter, kale enthusiast (see above), and staff snitch Darren Rovell likes to tweet about beer sometimes. I don't know if he gets paid for these tweets (I bet he gets paid for these tweets), but regardless, he recently declared Cigar City of Tampa, Fla., to be America's finest brewery. This is not a… » 10/27/14 1:57pm 10/27/14 1:57pm

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 10/24/14 3:56pm