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  • Weekend Beer Events 4/19

    Beer Events - April 18, 2014

    Break out the boat shoes, beer glasses, and cornhole -- it's finally time for "beer-b-q's," cornhole tournaments, and outdoor drinking. All of our favorite things, naturally.

    This weekend is jampacked with beer dinners, drink specials (some of them may or maybe not related to one particularly buzzy holiday this weekend, and it ain't Easter) outdoor beer festivals, and spring beers. What are you waiting for? The weekend's best beer events:


  • Craft Beer Goes Worldwide and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - April 18, 2014

  • Available Now: Summer Wheat, Grapefruit Honey Ale, And More

    Beer News Mashup - April 17, 2014

    Looking for hoppy, bright, and citrusy beers to make for the upcoming warm-weather months? Good news! Our spring and summer releases are now available in our store! Back in stock are some of our most popular flavors: Bruxelles Blonde, Jalapeno Saison, Grapefruit Honey Ale, and Summer Wheat, all available in Kit and Mix. And we've got one more surprise up our sleeves -- a limited-edition Beer Making Mix.


  • Make Some Beer Book Outtakes: The Bruery

    Beer News Mashup - April 16, 2014

    Our new book, Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg (out May 13th and available for pre-order now) came out of a labor of love -- a globe-trotting adventure to visit the most interesting breweries out there. One of our first stops: The Bruery, in Orange County California.

    We sat down with Ben Weiss, who helms the marketing and sales team and was one of the first employees to be hired by The Bruery's founder Patrick Rue. Weiss gave us an idea of where The Bruery started, the Southern California brewing community, and how LA restaurants work for large format beers. Click ahead to check out an outtake of our interview with Weiss.


  • 2 O'Clock Tastings: Brooklyn Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 15, 2014

    Brooklyn Brewery needs little introduction; if you've been to a bar east of the Mississippi the last decade, chances are you've seen a Brooklyn Brewery beer on draft or in bottles. Brooklyn Brewery is sold in 25 states, is the 11th-largest craft brewery in the U.S., and is the 18th-largest brewery in the U.S. The brewery is distributed in 20 countries, so it's safe to say that Brooklyn Brewery has taken its borough sensibilities worldwide.

    We're deeply indebted to Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy to sharing his Chocolate Stout recipe with us for our upcoming book, Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg. (It's an unforgettable beer to make!) As we reminisced about Hindy (whose own book, Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World's Favorite Drink, will be released on April 22), we wanted to try a mix of their perennial beers alongside their more unique offerings we tend to forget about. What we found: Brooklyn Brewery's offerings showcased a wide range of ingredients, styles, and tastes. Our notes on five of Brooklyn Brewery's beers:


  • Pre-Order Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg

    Beer News Mashup - April 14, 2014

    In 2011, we published our first book about beer. Three years, countless tested beer recipes, and dozens of globe-trotting beer-fueled trips later, we wrote our second book, Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg -- available now for pre-order.

    We took a tour of the world’s most innovative and storied breweries and returned with 33 stovetop-ready recipes, including recipes inspired by and colleccted from Evil Twin, Ranger Creek, and Brooklyn Brewery. Loaded with stories from the brewers, food recipes, and tips for beer tasting tours, Make Some Beer is the perfect companion for anyone looking to launch or expand their beer-making repertoire.

    Pre-order your copy of Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The book will be on sale May 13, 2014.


  • Belgium Seeks to Protect Beer Culture and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - April 11, 2014

    • Belgium Applies for UNESCO Protection for 'Beer Culture [NPR]
    • American Craft Beer Goes International [The Denver Post]
    • Spiegelau's New Stout Glass (We're Drooling) [WIRED]
    • The Newest Three-Figures Beer Everyone's Going Crazy Over [Orange County Register]
    • Man's NCAA Bracket Wins Him Free Beer for Life []

  • Weekend Beer Events 4/12

    Beer Events - April 11, 2014

    This week is jam-packed with beer, food, and fun, both on the large and small scale. Whether it's an anniversary party of a storied craft brewery, an intimate beer pairing dinner with the brewmasters themselves, or fun in the sun with a brew in hand, there's more than enough ways to drink a great craft beer this weekend.

    We've had beer and food pairings on the brain, which makes these two beer dinners all the more envious; and we're always down to drink a hoppy beer in warmer weather. This weekend's best picks for great craft beer:


  • The 3 C's of Pairing Beer with Food: Contrast

    Cooking with Beer - April 10, 2014

    We've had food and beer pairings on the brain, and it's the perfect season to start experimenting. While we delve further into the three C's of pairing food (the first being complement), now we'll tackle contrast.

    When contrasting a beer with a particular food, you’re looking for opposing flavors and aromas. These are flavors that are, in essence, opposites. Take the flavors of sweet and sour -- on their own, sweet and sour can both be overwhelming. Sour can pucker and create imbalance in certain tastes, whereas sweet, oftentimes overbearing and cloying, covers up more subtle flavors. But together, they balance each other out and create a new unique taste experience. As the old saying goes, opposites attract. And when they do, they add up to a complete and delicious pairing.


  • Recipe: Spent Grain Macarons

    Spent Grain Chef - April 9, 2014

    Oh yes, we went there -- while experimenting with our baked goods, and our Spent Grain Flour, we accomplished the biggest baking feat of all: the macaron. Because while such a delicate little pastry may be comprised of just a few ingredients, the recipe is a challenge -- less experienced bakers beware.

    Nevertheless, a macaron, when done right, will delight your tastebuds. When made with spent grain flour, the nuttiness of the spent grain balances out the rich buttercream filling. The final result? A creamy, delectable pastry that is well worth the time and effort.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Deep Ellum Brewing Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 8, 2014

    Written in Dallas' Deep Ellumb Brewing Co.'s "beerfesto:" "To never waste your time with gimmicks [and] to let our beer do the talking." Perhaps that mantra best explains the Texan brewery, which makes a serious commitment to make craft beer to a higher standard.

    Deep Ellum is the first brewery to open in Dallas in a generation; the previous brewery, the Dallas Brewing Co., opened in 1889. Talk about tall shoes to fill for one big, thirsty city. Deep Ellum's brewpub taps plenty of year-round classics, such as the Double Brown Stout and the (controversial) Dallas Blonde ale. That doesn't meant the brewery doesn't also experiment with some of the more trending beer styles, like a big rye IPA, a barleywine, and a barrel-aged Belgian.


  • 10 Ways to Cook with Beer This Spring

    Spent Grain Chef, Cooking with Beer - April 7, 2014

    The season of hearty beer-infused recipes may be over (finally, for us East Coasters battling a seemingly never-ending Polar Vortex), but that doesn't mean you should stop adding beer to your meals. In fact, the floral and citrus notes in many beers make them ideal for spring cooking.


  • The New Health Benefit of Beer and Barbecue and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - April 4, 2014

    • The Best-Selling Craft Breweries of 2013 [USA Today]
    • Samuel Adams Made the Best April Fool's Beer [Huffington Post]
    • Could Beer Make Barbecues Healthier? [Economist]
    • Brewers Fight Back on FDA Proposal on Spent Grain [FOX News]
    • All About the HBO / Brewery Ommegang Partnership [Businessweek]

  • Weekend Beer Events 4/5

    Beer Events - April 4, 2014

    What's on tap for the weekend? So much beer, so little time. The spring beer festivals just keep coming, from Sacramento, to Atlanta, to Dallas.

    There's plenty of big beer festivals happening this weekend, but also one beer dinner that's guaranteed to knock your socks off -- if you happen to live in Denver, of course. Still, we'll find any good reason to get outside, enjoy the warming weather, and take in an epic smattering of beer.


  • The 3 C’s Of Pairing Beer With Food: Complement

    Cooking with Beer - April 3, 2014

    We love good food almost as much as we love good beer. And we especially love good beer paired with good food. Fortunately, beer is a fantastic accompaniment to all sorts of foods. In fact, beer is often more versatile for pairing with food than wine!

    When pairing beer with food, there are a few important things to keep in mind. The first, and most important, is the intensity of both the beer and the food. As with any beverage pairing, you want to make sure that neither the beer nor the food overpowers the other. For instance, you wouldn’t want to pair an intense and bitter Double IPA with something delicate and subtle, like raw fish.


  • America's Love Affair With Hops in 7 Beers

    Beer List - April 2, 2014

    It's near impossible for a week to go by without some sort of superfluous holiday to get everyone in a tizzy. But the next one in the calendar is of actual significance to beer lovers: National Beer Day.

    On March 23, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act, one of the first steps in ending Prohibition, which went into effect on April 7th of that year. National Beer Day is now celebrated every April 7th, remembering the date that that brewing, selling, and drinking beer became legal again. Even though the Cullen-Harrison Act only legalized beer below 4.0% ABV, it nonetheless was an important moment in the history of American beer (it's even been said that people lined up outside of breweries in Milwaukee on the night of April 6th to celebrate).

    More than 80 years after that historic bill was signed and American beer returned, what exactly are we celebrating when we celebrate National Beer Day? What is it that defines American brewing? Despite the huge variety of breweries and styles in America today, we came to the conclusion that American brewing is exemplified by a willingness to experiment and push boundaries, taking historic styles and reimagining them, often highlighting the unique ingredients that go into each style.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Founders Brewing Co.

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 1, 2014

    Can you feel the excitement in the air? Not just because today's the day that Brewery Ommegang releases its highly anticipated fourth Game of Thrones beer. Today is also the day that Founders Brewing Co., a cult favorite among craft beer geeks, releases its Kentucky Breakfast Stout nationwide -- making stout and barrel-aged geeks very, very happy. When Ratebeer calls it "the best in America," you pay attention -- and drink up.

    Despite the brewery's near cult-status, it wasn't always this way. Founders' founders, Mike Stevens an Dave Engbers, were on the verge of bankruptcy while making, what they say, were "unremarkable" beers. That's when the duo sat up, started brewing the flavor-packed, complex brews that are Founders' signature. Soon enough, Founders became recognized on the national and international brewing scene, with accolades from Ratebeer, Beer Advocate, and the World Beer Cup.


  • Recipe: Spent Grain Grapefruit Bars

    Spent Grain Chef - March 30, 2014

    Give us anything citrus and we're instantly dreaming of spring. Ice-cold lemonade, margaritas doused with lime, and even better, Grapefruit Honey Ale. So what better way to use up the grapefruits we used in making a batch of Grapefruit Honey Ale than to make a variation of a lemon bar?


  • A 'Walking Dead' Beer Made with Brains and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - March 28, 2014

    • Yes, This Brewed-with-Brains Beer is Really Happening [New York Daily News]
    • And So Is This 'Star Trek' Klingon Beer [Los Angeles Times]
    • The Strangest Beer Ad Features Marilyn Monroe, Tupac, and Kurt Cobain [TIME]
    • Colorado Governor Installs Beer Taps at Mansion, Officially Coolest Governor Ever[USA Today]
    • Graphic Design Legend Critiques Beer Design [The New York Times]

  • Weekend Beer Events 3/29

    Beer Events - March 26, 2014

    You'll never believe it, but it's spring outside. And now that we're ready to come out of hibernation (ish), breweries are ready to welcome us with open arms -- and great beer events to force us to come back into the world. (It's been a long winter, OK?)

    Perhaps that's why three of our weekend picks involve more physical activity than we've been willing to force ourselves into all winter -- a 26 mile bike ride, a run down a 30-foot ski jump, or an intense 1-hour yoga session, take your pick. At the end of it, you'll still be able to drink a great beer. Also on tap this week: a stout-only beer festival to satisfy the last of our dark beer cravings, and an educational seminar on Oregon craft beers. All in all, it's a great weekend to get out of the house and drink some beer.


  • Recipe: Spent Grain Mexican Wedding Cookies

    Spent Grain Chef - March 26, 2014

    Mexican wedding cookies, how we love you. You're little pillows of sugar, butter, and nuts that are ever so festive (and easy to eat by the dozen). We love that you're perfect for fancy occasions, and you're perfect for keeping on a platter to pop in our mouths for an afternoon treat. We simply can't get enough of you.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Ommegang Game of Thrones Series

    2 O'Clock Tastings - March 25, 2014

    With the enormous success of HBO's fantasy epic, Game of Thrones, a beer-and-TV-show partnership could have easily ended up in the hands of an unsympathetic conglomerate. To our great fortune and excitement, Brewery Ommegang has taken the helm of crafting four beers based on our favorite fantasy show.

    Brewery Ommegang quenched our thirst for all things GoT with the first two brews, Iron Throne and Take the Black Stout. Then, Ommegang made our dreams come true by announcing the release of the third GoT Beer, Fire and Blood -- and announcing that there will be a fourth beer out in the fall. According to a release, the Fire and Blood Red Ale has the right balance of malts and hops, ending with notes of raisins, prunes, and kick of ancho chili peppers. (As if we couldn't get any more fired up for GoT to return to airwaves.) To get pumped for the April 1 Game of Thrones premiere, and the release of Fire and Blood, we reviewed the first two Ommegang-GoT brews.


  • 5 Best Saisons for Spring

    Beer List - March 24, 2014

    Besides bocks, no other beer screams the start of spring as much as a saison. We mean, the word "saison" in French literally means "season." And the history behind the saison explains why we crave saisons as the weather warms up: during the 19th century, farmers brewed using the leftover grains from the fall harvest. As Serious Drinks explains, it was a win-win-win situation for all: farmers were able to use up leftover grains (and keep busy during the non-growing months), livestock got to eat the spent grain feed, and seasonal workers got to drink during the hot summer months to stay hydrated. And back then, saisons only clocked in at about 3.5% ABV, making it a sessionable, hydrating beer during warm weather. And sure it may not be summer yet (will winter ever end at this point?), but this is the beer we crave as the temperatures rise.


  • New Craft Beer Sales Stats and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - March 21, 2014

    • Whoa, Huge Craft Beer Sales in 2013! [NPR]
    • An Inside Look into Craft Beer Collectors [Fusion]
    • The Phenomenon of Founders' Kentucky Breakfast Stout [M Live]
    • Craft Beer Gets a Documentary, Has Officially Made It [Brewbound]
    • You'll Never Guess How Much Anheuser-Busch Spent on Lobbying Politicians [Fool]

  • Weekend Beer Events 3/22

    Beer Events - March 20, 2014

    Spring is coming, and we're finally ready to come out of hibernation to drink some beer. Frieks, collaboration beers, spring beers, oh my!.

    One of our most favorite places kick off beer week this weekend: Colorado. Good thing it starts off with a bang, with an unbelievably drool-worthy beer festval. Meanwhile, beer festivals coast to coast feature the best, and unusual, of beer and food pairings. There's no better way ring in warm weather than with a beer in hand.


  • Recipe: Spent Grain & Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

    Spent Grain Chef - March 19, 2014

    It's no secret that we love cookies. Or peanut butter cookies. And we like them even better when our peanut butter cookies come with a dollop of chocolate in the middle. So that's why we're updating our childhood favorite cookie, the peanut butter kiss cookie, with some spent grain.

    The touch of Spent Grain Flour, using dried spent grain, adds an even nuttier punch to the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. So grab those chocolate kisses (and a few extra, for snacking on while baking) and a beer (like maybe our Oatmeal Stout) for a day of spent grain and baking fun.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Brewery Ommegang

    2 O'Clock Tastings - March 18, 2014

    We're revisiting an old classic (a brewery we've sampled before) that we hadn't drank a lot of recently -- Brewery Ommegang. After all, who doesn't like a good ol' Belgian ale to get them going into spring?

    Brewery Ommegang's roots are decidedly Belgian, especially after being bought by Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat. We tried again two staples we already know for a fresh take on them, the Abbey Ale and the Three Philosophers Quadrupel, as well as the Wild at Heart American wild ale. The result? More of the same, quality beers we've grown to know and love from Ommegang, with some surprising new twists.


  • 5 Bocks We Love for National Bock Beer Day

    Beer List - March 17, 2014

    Try saying "bock beer" ten times fast and you'll be ready for a sip of a refreshing German bock. March 20 marks National Bock Beer Day, and we never say no to pick up a German brew -- especially when they're the perfect beer to kick off spring with.

    And no, it's no coincidence that National Bock Beer Day falls the day before the official start of spring. As Beer Advocate notes, the origins of bocks can be traced back to a pagan influence, which stated that "the beer was only to be brewed during the sign of the Capricorn goat ... Basically, this beer was a symbol of better times to come and moving away from winter." One of the first brewers of bock beers, Elias Pilcher, introduced the "maibock" as a beer to be brewed in the winter, and aged to be released in the spring months. In short, bock is the beer that bridges the gap between heavy winter brews and bright, spring beers.


  • New Brewery Regulations for Michigan Breweries and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - March 14, 2014

    • New Michigan Law Doubles Microbreweries' Production [MLive]
    • Snafus at Cigar City's Hunahpus Day [Tampa Bay Times]
    • North Carolina Aims to Be Biggest Brewing State in U.S. (With Stone On Board) [Brewbound]
    • And the Newest Craft Beer Scene is ... Hong Kong [Wall Street Journal]
    • Smart Kegerator Tracks How Much Your Friends Drink (We Want) [The Next Web]

  • Weekend Beer Events 3/15

    Beer Events - March 13, 2014

    There's very obviously one big beer event going on this weekend: St. Patrick's Day. Of course, those celebrations may include a lot of tasteless green beer and drunken revelry, so we'll steer clear of those stumblings and instead celebrate with a great craft beer.


  • Recipe: Irish Coffee Stout

    Cooking with Beer - March 12, 2014

    Nothing more that we love than a good Irish coffee, especially when St. Patrick's Day gives us an excuse to drink all the whiskey and coffee concoctions we want. And then we got to thinking - what if we added a classically Irish beer to it?


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Austin Beerworks

    2 O'Clock Tastings - March 11, 2014

    Another day, another beer tasting from a city currently much warmer than ours: we took a trip in our tastebuds to a place with warmer temperatures, and excellent beer. Austin Beerworks is just a sampling of the great beer coming out of Texas.

    Austin Beerworks, which began brewing in 2011, is the only brewery in Austin to produce canned-only beer, following its neighbors to the north, like Oskar Blues. Not only are the cans better for the environment, but they also protect Austin Beerworks' four beer styles cool and tasty. (And you know, it does get pretty hot in Austin.) These four brewers are dedicated to making great beer, and making Austin into a great beer destination -- mission accomplished. .


  • 5 Best Beers for St. Patrick's Day

    Beer List - March 10, 2014

    We don't really need to give you much of an explanation as to why we love St. Patrick's Day, right? It's a day to not only wear green, kiss the Irish, and be rowdy, but to drink all things Irish. And while we'll never say no to a shot of Irish whiskey, we'd rather pick up an Irish dry stout or red ale.


  • Samuel Adams Brews for Marathon Bombing Survivors and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - March 7, 2014

  • Weekend Beer Events 3/8

    Beer Events - March 6, 2014

    As the weather finally begins to warm up, breweries are back at it to close out winter with a bang. Whether decked in your mountain gear or finest dress, you'll find more than enough reason to drink some great beer this weekend.

    This weekend's events include all-out pub crawls, country-fied carnivals, ski slope-adjacent festivals, and fancy-pants galas -- whatever suits your fancy. Let Brooklyn Brewery, Founder's Brewing Company, DC Brau Brewing Company and dozens more breweries pour on the fun:


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Telegraph Brewing Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - March 4, 2014

    Santa Barbara, California is easily one of the growing drink destinations in the country -- and we're not even talking about the wine. While Santa Barbara benefits from a rich wine-growing and culinar history, its beer scene is also making headwaves among Californian beer lovers, with Telegraph Brewing Company leading the way.

    Brewer Brian Thompson started on Wall Street and made the switch to beer in 2006, after quitting his job in New York City and moving to California. After making beer at home for more than 20 years, Thompson put the brewery together while the recession surged on. The result: California-centric beers that easily fit into the region's style and traditions. Telegraph Brewing Company's brews are uniquely West Coast, while still following in the traditions of European brewers before them. You won't find overly hoppy brews from Telegraph, but you will taste inventive, modern takes on Belgian, British, and Czech beer styles.


  • Hop of the Month: Whitbread Golding

    Hop of the Month - March 3, 2014

    After covering many of the German hop varieties, we're now moving to a hop variety grown across the pond -- the U.K. Although Whitbread carries the Golding name, it's been said that its characteristics align more closely to the Fuggle variety -- and it's not even genetically the same as the East Kent Golding variety. Whitbread Golding is often used in conjunction with other Golding variety hops in commercial brews.


  • New Beer-Barrel Aged Bourbon and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - February 28, 2014

    • Sixpoint Goes Across the Pond [Grubstreet]
    • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beer, or Beer Barrel-Aged Bourbon? [Paste Magazine]
    • Homegrown Hops Making Waves [Michigan Radio]
    • The Bruery to Double Its Production [Brewbound]
    • Deep Ellum Brewing Keeps with Controversial Slogan [Eater]

  • Weekend Beer Events 3/1

    Beer Events - February 27, 2014

    There's only a few ways to beat the winter blues by the end of February -- and the best way includes a whole lot of beer. Fortunately, our favorite breweries know exactly how to cheer us up, with drool-inducing beer paired dinners, heartwarming beer festival fun, and all the beer we could possibly dream of. The end of winter suddenly seems a little more bearable now. (And if you're in New York City, we'll be drinking and talking beer with our friends at Brewery Ommegang, Barrier Brewing, and Whole Foods -- come join us!)


  • 5 Spicy Beers to Keep You Warm

    Beer List - February 24, 2014

    Late February rings with notes of winter and whispers of spring. The last blasts of cold run down your spine as you contemplate--light winter coat? Heavy spring jacket? It's time to turn up the heat with these spicy brews.

    These beers range from the mildly hot to, scorching-so-hot, brewers had to where gas masks and gloves as protection against the fumes. They are all sure to give you a kick, add a pep to your step and warm you out of that winter slump. Want a spicy brew to make at home? You can crank up the heat with a Jalapeno Saison -- make it as spicy as you want.


  • New 'Millennial' Beer and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - February 21, 2014

  • Weekend Beer Events 2/21

    Beer Events - February 20, 2014

    It's all any one is talking about in the beer community: NYC Beer Week, hosted by the New York City Brewers Guild, has us busy for the next week with tastings, festivals, beer dinners, and meet and greets with some of our favorite brewmasters and breweries. It's one beer-filled week for the Big Apple -- and we couldn't be more excited to experience it all.


  • Recipe: Coffee & Donut Stout Float

    Cooking with Beer - February 19, 2014

    Three ingredients, one exceedingly delicious recipe. You'll never find an easier, or sweeter, recipe than making a float with your favorite stout.

    We're not the only ones to have the same idea. Chris Cuzme, brewmaster at 508 Gastrobrewery, and Clay Gordon, chocolate critic and founder of The Chocolate Life, will be making a stout float for their "ChocoBrewvana" dinner during NYC Beer Week, a feast of chocolate and beer (because what better pairing is there besides chocolate and beer?). Using the Coffee & Donut Stout, made in collaboration with Erica and Stephen's EST Brewing Company and on tap at 508 Gastrobrewery, this float will be one potent chocolate and beer pairing.

    And whatever you do, in this very simple step-by-step, don't add the beer second. You'll be sopping up a foamy, beer-y mess -- and you'll want to be enjoying every last sip of that spilled beer. We can imagine whipping this up in the summer, alongside a Chocolate Maple Porter Fudge Pop; but most likely, we'll be mixing these up come St. Patrick's Day.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Alesmith Brewing Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - February 18, 2014

    When Ratebeer rates a brewery as the no. 1 brewery in the United States (no. 3 worldwide), you sit up and take notice.

    But for AleSmith Brewing Company, an artisanal brewing company born out of the San Diego craft beer boom in the '90s, it's hardly a new accolade. AleSmith has been consistently ranked on Ratebeer's list of best breweries in the world for years, and was awarded the title of Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival.

    What is that AleSmith does so well, according to the general beer population's consensus? The brewery focuses on Belgian and British brewing styles, which has lent itself to classic year-round brews as well as innovative single releases. Barrel-aging is the norm for AleSmith; just recently, AleSmith has aged its Grand Cru in red wine barrels, and its Wee Heavy in bourbon barrels. Take just its Speedway Stout, a classic AleSmith beer found year-round: first, AleSmith released its bourbon-barrel aged stout, the Brewer's Reserve Speedway Stout. (The beer was called the best beer in the world by Ratebeer.) Then, AleSmith bottled the Vietnamese Speedway Stout, made with a blend of four Vietnamese coffees. Then, the brewery released the 2013 barrel-aged Speedway Stout to the very thirsty public. Then, the brewery announced that its latest collaboration beer, to be launched in March, would be made with Mostra Coffee's Blue Jamaican coffee beans, to brew a single varietal Speedway Stout. (Coffee nerdery meets beer nerdery!) It's how AleSmith continues to improve on the perfect.


  • 5 Barleywines for National Drink Wine Day

    Beer List - February 17, 2014

    Wine’s been around for 8,000 years, so it’s no surprise that there’s a day to commemorate the ancient beverage. Of course, beer’s been around even longer, for likely 11,500 years, so we're slightly biased in believing that 3,500 years gives it some leverage. And despite the fact that September 28 is already officially slated as National Drink Beer Day, the last thing we want to do is turn our back on the oldest fermented beverage in history. So we’ve compiled a list of five great barleywines everyone should sip this Tuesday, on National Drink Wine Day. Hey, they have "wine" in their title. It's only slightly cheating -- but what can we say, we really do love our beer.


  • Ratebeer's Best Brewery in the World and More Beer News

    Beer News Mashup - February 14, 2014

    • Who is the Best Brewer In the World? [Ratebeer]
    • The Booming Growth of Sierra Nevada [Forbes]
    • You Need a Canadian Passport to Get a Beer in Sochi [NBC News]
    • Beer Production Slows, but Craft Beer Grows [USA Today]
    • Utah Brewery to Send 'Live and Let Live' Pale Ale to Vladimir Putin [Salt Lake City Tribune]

  • Weekend Beer Events 2/15

    Beer Events - February 13, 2014

    A very romantic holiday, plus a three day holiday weekend, lends to all sorts of great beer events happening this weekend. And because we're in a loving, romantic loving, here's what we're loving this weekend: Smoked beers. Cask ales. Strong ales. Brewers willing to get silly in the name of beer festivals. Open doors at breweries all over the state of Oregon. It's a great weekend to be in love (with beer), obviously.


  • Spicy Beer Shrimp Pasta

    Cooking with Beer - February 12, 2014

    Put us in a room with shrimp, soy sauce, and Sriracha, and we will eat the entire room. Add beer to that mix, and we're done for. So we found no reason not to combine our favorite ingredients in a sweet n' spicy shrimp pasta.

    The key to this recipe is to not go overboard on the sugar or beer -- too much of either, and the sauce will turn syrupy-sweet. Soy sauce is the key to balancing out the sweetness of the brown sugar and malts of the beer. Once you throw in the red pepper flakes and Sriracha, you'll get the desired harmony of sweet and spicy. We used a wheat penne pasta, but we think a spicy shrimp would go well with an angel hair, fettucine, or even spent grain pasta.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Finch’s Beer Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - February 11, 2014

    Armed with a persistent passion for the craft scene and years of marketing and design experience from owning his own creative agency, Ben Finch first conceptualized Finch’s in 2009. Ben eventually got his father, Paul Finch, to get on board with the growing project.

    The Chicago brewery went into production two years later in April 2011. Environmentally friendly and keen on using quality ingredients, Finch’s is a fast-growing addition to Chicago’s expanding craft scene. Together with co-owner Richard Grant, co-owner and experienced brewmaster, Ben and Paul Finch are excited to contribute to the growing craft scene.
    We review three of Finch's limited bottles, no longer on shelves but we believe do a stand-up job of showing the world what Finch's is all about..


  • 5 Beer and Chocolate Pairings

    Beer List - February 10, 2014

    There's always a million reasons to grab a craft beer above all else, but Valentine's Day is usually synonymous with the beverages that we usually push to the back of the shelf: bubbly champagne, bold red wines, strong cocktails. But we firmly believe that beer should get its due on Valentine's Day, as it pairs with everyone's favorite part of the holiday: chocolate.

    Beer and chocolate go hand in hand every day (re: our Chocolate Maple Porter), but especially on Valentine's Day; both the beverage and the food fall all over the taste spectrum. Whether roasty and smooth, puckering and butter, dark or bright, chocolate and beer use a surprisingly similar vocabulary when tasting -- which makes pairings all the more fun.

    There's no guaranteed right or wrong answers when pairing beer with chocolate, but there is a general road map to successful pairings. Ultimately, the best way to find what you like best is to try it all. After all, what better excuse do you have than to drink great beer and savor decadent chocolates than Valentine's Day?


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