Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale: Making Delaware Relevant Since 1999

There are two big breweries within a couple miles of my house—the headquarters of both Harpoon and the Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)—but I've never been on the official tour at either place. That's stupid. I like brewery tours, and I've been to a bunch of smaller, less convenient places; I've also been to the… » 9/02/14 12:21pm Yesterday 12:21pm

Goose Island Honker's Ale: Not Bad, For Sellouts

Goose Island has been making outstanding beer for the good and other people of Chicago since 1988. The rest of us have been able to get our hands on it for a long time, too; it was also was one of the first American craft breweries to hit the big time. This is because it was a well-run small business with a superior… » 8/29/14 12:42pm Friday 12:42pm

Founders All Day: Because Session IPAs Are Perfect For Football Season

Do you ever deal with Journalist Twitter? It is possibly the very most self-important subgenre of social media, though Aggrieved-Teacher Facebook gives it a run for its money. (Not that they're in it for the money, which we believed the first 50,000 times they mentioned it this morning, which they had time to do… » 8/28/14 12:56pm Thursday 12:56pm

Stone Arrogant Bastard: An Obnoxious Name For An Outstanding Beer

Time Out Chicago's Amy Cavanaugh recently criticized Pig Minds Brewing for naming their new blueberry beer "PD California Style Ale." The label features a waist-down image of a cartoon lady in a skirt with her underwear around her ankles, leaving no doubt what PD stands for: This beer is designed to make women drop… » 8/26/14 12:18pm 8/26/14 12:18pm

Eggnog Flavoring Goes Critical, Demolishes New Jersey Food Lab

Maybe you were thinking that eggnog gets its flavor from nutmeg and cinnamon and sugar and booze. Maybe you were thinking that if anything about this rich, sweet beverage were harmful, surely it'd be the raw egg and the cream, and the occasionally gastrointestinally hazardous combination of alcohol and those… » 8/05/14 3:18pm 8/05/14 3:18pm

18 Underrated Beers

Last week we published a list of 18 Overrated Beers, featuring the irresponsible and unsubstantiated claim that there exist—right here on this very earth!—people unwilling to trade the middle seven years of their lives for a case of Yuengling. We did this because last week, at least, we were trolls and haters, who… » 8/05/14 9:59am 8/05/14 9:59am

Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp 12-Pack, Ranked

Last week, I said that the current number of breweries in the United States—we're up to a bit more than 3,000—is unsustainable, and I was probably wrong. As long as these fledgling operations keep a modest focus on their home markets, there's no reason we can't have a German-style system that supports nano breweries… » 8/01/14 11:25am 8/01/14 11:25am

Bartender Unwittingly Serves "Flaming Lithuanian"

Keep an eye on the balding fellow, leftmost among the guys in white shirts at the start of the video. Look at that poor bastard. Dude's tired and depressed from a long day of middle-managing a Lithuanian bioinformatics firm or whatever, just minding his own business, trying to have a drink and a good time, trying to… » 7/29/14 1:03pm 7/29/14 1:03pm

18 Overrated Beers

I take very seriously my role as the Lone Listicler, keeping my own counsel and avoiding the corrupting influences of scuttlebutt and daylight to provide the Beer Internet with its only fair and accurate source of rankings, slander, and bullshit. But I was nervous about this compilation of overrated beers, so I broke… » 7/28/14 9:46am 7/28/14 9:46am

Crowd-Funded Brewery Campaigns Are Bullshit

Crowd-funding is a great hustle. Remember a couple weeks ago when some dude threatened not to make potato salad unless we bought him a solid-gold pony with diamonds for eyes, and we actually went for it? Of course, many professional bloviators saw this as the exact moment when society’s collective handbasket… » 7/23/14 10:52am 7/23/14 10:52am

American IPAs, Ranked

The British invented India pale ale in the 18th century, but despite having been born in one foreign country and named for another, IPA has evolved into a distinctly American art form. Excellent IPAs are now made all over the world, but America's unrivaled dedication to hops and bombast have effectively made this… » 6/30/14 10:13am 6/30/14 10:13am

Citrus-Beer Smackdown: Bud Lite Lime Vs. Coors Light Summer Brew

These are boom times for the better-than-Bud beer-drinker. Last year, sales of craft beer—which I will never try to define, but which all warring factions of whiners and definers seem to agree means, at a bare minimum, "beer made in a less industrial fashion by smaller, independent, more quality-conscious… » 6/20/14 2:15pm 6/20/14 2:15pm

How To Make A Caipirinha, Brazil's Weird-Ass National Cocktail

I'm fired up for the World Cup, and you should be, too, even if you, like me, don't know shit about soccer. Or make that especially if you don't know shit about soccer. The beauty of The Most Popular Game on Earth™, at least for the open-minded neophyte, is that it's so breathtakingly easy to follow: a basic scoring… » 6/13/14 2:32pm 6/13/14 2:32pm

The World Cup Of Beer

Beer is one of the oldest hallmarks of civilization; parts of the 'Code of Hammurabi' regulated the production of beer, and the Sumerian pantheon featured Ninkasi, a goddess dedicated to that golden beverage. The world's oldest continuing food-production regulation is the Reinheitsgebot, promulgated in 1516 by William… » 6/12/14 7:05pm 6/12/14 7:05pm

Is New Hampshire Really The Drunkest State In The Union?

The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has released its 2014 report on alcohol consumption in the United States, with figures for per capita alcohol consumption updated through 2012. Converting various boozes to pure ethanol volumes, the researchers estimated that the country as a whole drank… » 6/11/14 12:17pm 6/11/14 12:17pm

Map: Do You Live Near More Bars, Or More Grocery Stores?

Over on Flowing Data, Nathan Yau has put together a new series of maps comparing whether bars or grocery stores are more common in different parts of the country. This is not new territory—Floating Sheep made the original bar/grocery map back in 2010—but there are some nice additions here. Specifically, Yau's data is… » 5/29/14 2:52pm 5/29/14 2:52pm