Here's A Strong Ale That Tastes Like Cookies And Weed

Now that I've got a gift guide out of the way and a best-of list mostly under control, it's time to shift focus to the final installment of the lazy blogger's year-end trilogy: the resolutions post. I haven't made much progress on that one yet, but I do know that "Stop caring about dumb names and marketing plans"… » 12/22/14 3:59pm Today 3:59pm

How To Make Eggnog, The Festive Holiday Booze-Shake

In the abstract, the notion that some people don't want to drink eggnog makes sense: diabetics, say, or the lactose-intolerant or egg-allergic, or those principled self-denying oddballs who prefer not to replace their entire body mass gradually with dietary fat and cholesterol until they resemble nothing so much as… » 12/20/14 1:51pm Saturday 1:51pm

A Great Beer For People With Fake Christmas Trees

When you're a kid or an idiot, you lack the experience and imagination necessary to realize that there's more than one way to skin a cat or detail a hot dog. That's why so many young folk and dumb folk get so exercised when they see someone skinning a cat tail-first or putting ketchup on a hot dog. » 12/19/14 2:20pm Friday 2:20pm

The Drunkspin 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Are you wondering what to get the beloved boozebags in your life? I bet you're not, right? You're just going to give them all bottles of randomly selected $30 brown liquor, or maybe those stupid little chocolates stuffed with a quarter-squirt of skanky schnapps, or the first gin-and-martini-glasses boxed set you see… » 12/19/14 1:40pm Friday 1:40pm

Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Generous Party Host

One of the best things you can give to a friend who has invited you into his or her home for the holidays is something good to drink. But telling you to buy a bottle of booze would make for a pretty boring, if practical, Gift Guide. (If you do buy a bottle of booze, be a love and wrap it nicely?) » 12/19/14 9:59am Friday 9:59am

Behold Drunkspin's 2014 Bastard Of The Year

As we wind down the most successful year in Drunkspin's long and storied history of being your no. 1 source for under-informed beer reviews and gratuitous Yuengling hatred, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and, at the same time, apologize for violating your trust. » 12/18/14 2:51pm Thursday 2:51pm

Anchor Christmas Ale 2014: Great Tradition, Mediocre Year

My family is woefully short on Christmas traditions. This is largely due to our being a small unit consisting of zero children or Christians, the two things that seem to make this particular holiday go 'round. But we like kids and Christs just fine, and everybody likes days off in the middle of the week, so we're… » 12/17/14 1:27pm Wednesday 1:27pm

Beer For Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner: A Crohn's Disease Tasting Menu

I should probably start by announcing that I'm not a doctor. So if you're reading this, and you (like me) have Crohn's disease, and you're looking for some sort of guide for how to deal with your illness or how to incorporate more adventure into your diet, please keep in mind that in this case, you'd be taking advice… » 12/17/14 12:01pm Wednesday 12:01pm

Blue Moon's Winter Beer Is A Fine Gateway Drug, As Usual

For all the inroads American craft beer has made in the past decade, the 10 best-selling domestic brewskis are all still owned by either Anheuser-Busch InBev or SABMiller. The two-headed, yellow-fizz-pissing monster achieves this market dominance through the traditional means of aggressive advertising, efficient… » 12/15/14 2:31pm 12/15/14 2:31pm

Dan Patrick's Session Beer For Bros Will Fill Up Your Passion Bucket

Last year Red Hook teamed up with television and radio personality Dan Patrick to produce Audible Ale, which they proudly trumpet as "the ultimate craft beer for watching sports." What confers this ultamism? The marketing material suggests it's derived primarily from Audible's "crushable" status, which in the… » 12/12/14 1:47pm 12/12/14 1:47pm

More Proof That Anheuser-Busch Hates You, Me, And Nature's Finest Fruit

Apples are the best fruit, because in addition to being delicious, they are also versatile. Apples can be juiced, pied, carameled, candied, fermented, distilled, cidered, crisped, jacked, brown bettied!, eaten plain without a fuss like you're some kind of goddamn health monster determined to live forever, jellied,… » 12/10/14 3:13pm 12/10/14 3:13pm

Dogfish 120 Minute IPA Is America's Classiest One-Beer Buzz

I've been drinking irresponsibly lately, by which I mean all of the usual things, but also that I've been forgetting to use the stupid notebook in which I differentiate between beers with "strong grapefruit character" and those that merely display "pronounced citrus notes." I draw little trees next to the piney ones;… » 12/09/14 2:34pm 12/09/14 2:34pm

Here's An Underrated IPA From A Properly Rated State

New Hampshire is often overlooked by my fellow Massachusettsian beer-drinkers and life-lovers, and this is a shame. All we tend to know about the Granite (or Marble?) State is that there's no sales tax but high property tax (or perhaps vice versa), and it's got either a nice, long coastline or, if that's actually… » 12/08/14 3:44pm 12/08/14 3:44pm

This Kansas City Beer Bravely Triumphs Over Its Hippie-Trash Name

My wife and I got stuck in traffic on the way back from Western Massachusetts Sunday afternoon, which almost prevented us from seeing kickoff of the Patriots' 21-26 victory over those lucky (and terrifyingly good) Packers. But rather than risk missing the beginning of the game—or the whole game, or our unconceived… » 12/04/14 3:49pm 12/04/14 3:49pm

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 11/24/14 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