A Lot Of Extreme Beer Sucks, But This One Is Great

Last weekend I skipped the Beer Advocate Extreme Beer Festival, even though it was five miles from my home and tickets didn't cost any more than what I blow on beer any given day off anyway. I regret not going. It would have been fun, and it would have made me better at my ridiculous how-is-this-an-actual-job? job,… » 3/27/15 11:51am Friday 11:51am

Local Beer Is Great, But Fresh Beer Is Better

I'm lukewarm on most traditional holidays, the ones that require shopping and showering and dancing around maypoles and/or respectful disbelief in the supernatural; some of these holidays come with ham and presents, but even then the risks can outweigh the rewards. I still consider myself a joyous, festive,… » 3/25/15 11:42am Wednesday 11:42am

What Would You Pick If You Had To Drink The Same Three Beers Forever?

Yesterday afternoon some kindly internet stranger asked me what local beers I recommend he stock up on during his next trip to my home state. I refused to answer him on the grounds that Massachusetts is no mere "state"—we are a proud commonwealth of men and women united by loyalty to our official bird (either a… » 3/24/15 2:22pm Tuesday 2:22pm

Pliny The Elder And Blind Pig: Trophy Beers Within Everyone's Grasp

First off, let me introduce myself: My name is Mike, and I have been given the dubious honor of being named Drunkspin's West Coast Beer Correspondent, which means that every now and then you'll see some writing on a beer that Will Gordon either can't get up in Massachusetts, or can't, like, get up in Massachusetts.… » 3/24/15 11:36am Tuesday 11:36am

Commercial Shandies Are For Suckers. Drink This Beer Instead.

Beer is very useful. In just the past few days I have relied on beer to help me relate to my fellow man, to make college basketball interesting, and to wean me off my Tylenol PM addiction. Beer can also be used to liven up an otherwise limp pot of whatever-bean chili, to repair a dicey relationship with your mail… » 3/23/15 11:40am 3/23/15 11:40am

This Is The Best Beer From Boston's Other Brewing Behemoth

You know how the adage that you should always "just be yourself" is nothing but soft-headed, recklessly empowering drivel unless all concerned parties understand the unspoken addendum of "I mean, unless you're a dick—in that case, be someone else"? The blogatorial version is that one ought to "write what you know,"… » 3/20/15 2:49pm 3/20/15 2:49pm

Red Stripe: Rightfully Beloved In Kingston And Cambridge Alike

If you live in the Northeastern United States, you need to move, because tomorrow's the first day of spring, and it's going to snow. Believe me, I'm just as tired of whining about the weather as you are of listening to me whine about the weather, but it's been so relentlessly abominable that I can't bring myself to… » 3/19/15 2:17pm 3/19/15 2:17pm

March Madness Beer Brackets Are Stupid, So Here's The Winner Of Ours!

Have you guys filled out all your brackets? I'm a bit behind this year. I've taken care of "Vegan Pizza Toppings," "Aunts Who Have Disappointed Me," "Bands I've Never Heard Of," and "Dudes Named Gary," and today I hope to get to "NCAA Men's Basketball," but I doubt I'm going to find time to complete Thrillist's "What… » 3/18/15 3:44pm 3/18/15 3:44pm

16 American Stouts, Ranked

Last Friday afternoon, I had the nerve to step away from my desk for as long as it takes to microwave a Hot Pocket and contemplate my sins, and Deadspin took advantage of those three unchaperoned minutes to damn near burn the place to the ground by running a piece with the title "Stouts Are The Best Beers." This was… » 3/17/15 12:59pm 3/17/15 12:59pm

The Perfect Beer-Soda For Wealthy Teens And Belgian Fetishists

Remember Palcohol, the booze powder that had all our blogs in a bunch last spring before it faded away into some kind of regulatory purgatory for just long enough to let us get all fired up about Ebola, bad weather, Bud Light Mixxtails, and all the other dire threats to our collective future as pertains to survival… » 3/16/15 3:31pm 3/16/15 3:31pm

Forget Guinness: Here's A Real Irish Beer For Saint Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day really snuck up on us this year, huh? By "us," I really mean "me," but I bet you're not as far along in your holiday knitting as you'd like, either. Depending on where you live, this could be due to this year's endless winter—which, bad news, will also be next year's endless winter, because that's… » 3/13/15 3:40pm 3/13/15 3:40pm

This Is Probably The Worst Beer In The World

From 1973 until 2011, Carlsberg Lager marketed itself as "Probably the best beer in the world." That bald-assed lie made it the shame of Copenhagen, and it led all discerning citizens of the beer-drinking world to question if any Dane could ever be trusted under any circumstance. Of course, sales were always fine,… » 3/12/15 4:28pm 3/12/15 4:28pm

Alpine Beer Is Run By Greedy Sell-Outs, Thank God

Last night I played a justifiably obscure game called "sober darts in the basement of an American Legion post." I do not recommend the experience. Darts is a game best played at least slightly buzzed, and ideally quite drunk. But every now and then I have to force myself through a dry Tuesday night, because while… » 3/11/15 3:57pm 3/11/15 3:57pm

A Huge New Double IPA For Joyful Perverts

Saturday evening, I went to a 10-year-old buddy's ice-hockey game. It turns out they don't serve beer at youth hockey games in this uptight town; you can't even get a little something extra added to your snack-bar hot chocolate. When you ostentatiously drop a $5 bill in the tip jar before placing your order for "One… » 3/10/15 2:47pm 3/10/15 2:47pm

This Beer's Quality Depends On The Freshness Of The Corpse 

Friends, pay no mind to your calendars, with their equinoxes and solstices and pictures of dogs dressed for various atmospheric conditions. Disregard their months and days and stubborn refusal to learn where the apostrophe goes in Presidents' Day. None of that matters in determining just what time of year it is.… » 3/09/15 2:36pm 3/09/15 2:36pm

Stouts Are The Best Beers

I love stouts. It could be 120 degrees in the dead of summer, and I'll still opt for one every time. Ice-cold water or a refreshing iced tea? Hell, no. Light, tasty pilsner? Thanks, but I'll pass. A black-as-used-motor-oil-and-just-as-thick Russian Imperial? Ah, yes, that'll hit the spot. » 3/06/15 2:27pm 3/06/15 2:27pm

Five Boozy Hot-Drink Recipes To Enjoy During This Neverending Winter

It's snowing again. That's true of the place where I live, and probably of the place where you live, because apparently, Mother Nature and Father Time have colluded to ensure that this winter will never end, ever. As if all this snow weren't enough, we'll spend the next seven or so years hearing about how the… » 3/06/15 1:17pm 3/06/15 1:17pm

The Best Beer Is From Oklahoma (Naturally)

On Friday night, I had the distinctly fat and drunk pleasure of attending Drink Craft Beer's Boston Cheese and Beer Fest. The pleasure was provided by the obvious means—one of the cheeses had cumin seeds right inside it! the beers were mostly good and occasionally excellent!—and also via some less obvious routes. » 3/05/15 2:21pm 3/05/15 2:21pm

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 3/03/15 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