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A sensible rebuttal to "Stop Liking What I Don't Like"

Back in May, Slate published an article decrying the trend in craft beers to be overly hoppy (at least according to the tastes of the author). The next day, a rebuttal was crafted (pun intended) and posted the the Bear Flavored beer blog. The main point of contention in the counterpoint article is that more hops does not always mean more bitterness. Additionally, even if some beers were highly bitter, then why complain if some people enjoy them?
posted by surazal on Jan 3, 2016 - 111 comments

I’m in control of my actions basically all of the time

Two years ago today I last got shithoused. It was the closing night of the Lincoln Lodge, a fantastic comedy venue in Chicago in the back of a now-closed diner. They’ve since moved, but after that show, I thought I should take a breather from drinking... I’ve learned a lot in two years, so I thought I’d share that with you, in case you’d like to take a break from the booze cruise.
Andy Boyle writes about lessons learned from two years without alcohol.
posted by spinda on Jan 3, 2016 - 76 comments

Ballantine: An elegant IPA for a more civilized age

How Pabst Brought a 136-Year-Old Beer Back From the Dead
posted by Drinky Die on Dec 21, 2015 - 52 comments

“Beer doesn’t care what color you are": Annie Johnson, brewmaster

Annie Johnson can replicate beer from taste. “I have a real knack for tasting something and breaking it down,” she says. “If I like it, I can immediately go home and make it.” But it's her own original experiments with beer that bring amazing creations to the table: her light American lager, Mow the Damn Lawn, earned her the title of Homebrewer of the Year in 2013. She's not your average beer geek, and has things to say about strange additives (Reddit AMA), race and craft beer, and her favorite tools. She is BrewMaster-in-residence at PicoBrew. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Dec 8, 2015 - 31 comments

4:51 and 4 bottles of beer

The Beer Mile recorded lowered to 4:51.9. Lewis Kent has retaken the Beer Mile (a mile/four laps run with a 355ml beer downed before every lap) record with a run of 4:51.9. (previously record by James Nielsen.)
posted by skynxnex on Nov 28, 2015 - 32 comments

sugary liquid + yeast + time = beer

The Kitchn's Beer School: Emma Christensen's thorough but friendly 20-lesson / 5-weekend course in 1-gallon homebrewing. [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Nov 19, 2015 - 46 comments

the pause that refereshes

In Heaven There Is No Beer, That's why we drink it here...
posted by jonmc on Oct 25, 2015 - 9 comments

Megabeer is almost here

SABMiller may have rejected Anheuser-Busch InBev's latest offer, but some analysts think an eventual merger is inevitable. [more inside]
posted by dis_integration on Oct 7, 2015 - 45 comments

Dick Cantwell’s Beer Is Immortal

Elysian, Anheuser-Busch, and the Fight for the Soul of Seattle’s Beer He was the sole nay vote in Elysian Brewing’s sale to Anheuser-Busch. Now the brewer’s legacy is at the center of the battle for the soul of Seattle beer. [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave on Sep 28, 2015 - 29 comments

"Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride."

If cuisine drives (or helps) you decide your travel plans, USA Today's list of food favorites covers Best Farmers Market, Best Food Trail, Best Food Factory Tour, Best Al Fresco Dining Neighborhood and Best Local Food Scene. All those lists are pretty self-explanatory, except for the food trails, which aren't even fully described in the more verbose slideshow of the top 10. And of course there are more than 10 food trails in the US (not to mention abroad), so let's dive in. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 23, 2015 - 13 comments

Pie And Beer Day!

July 24th is the date when the Mormon settlers first arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. Commemorated as Pioneer Day, it's a day off work that is tied to a specific belief system. But non-Mormons in Utah also want to observe the holiday, and so July 24th became Pie And Beer Day. The Salt Lake Tribune article provides more background.
posted by hippybear on Jul 24, 2015 - 37 comments

Sour Power

An Introduction to Sour Beers + 5 to Get You Started - Billy Broas, Primer Magazine: "Sour beers are hot right now, but they’re anything but a new concept. They’ve been brewed in Belgium for hundreds of years." [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 12, 2015 - 59 comments

Twelve Dollars

Whether it’s a barbecue or a bonfire, there’s nothing quite like a cold one when it’s hot outside. Here are 11 delicious craft brews to check out this season.
posted by griphus on Jul 10, 2015 - 168 comments

I saw that he was thirsty.

David Achter de Molen, lead singer of John Coffey, drinks a beer. [more inside]
posted by jimmythefish on Jun 20, 2015 - 13 comments

Suds and Studs

Instagrammer louiebaton photographs beer and Lego. [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Apr 2, 2015 - 3 comments

They're emulating our beer culture now, and it's kind of awkward. 🍺

How the West Coast-Style IPA Conquered the World - by Erin Mosbaugh, First We Feast:
"While many notable beers emerged from this scene—Ballast Point Sculpin, Alesmith IPA—few had the influence of Green Flash's flagship West Coast IPA. By trademarking the term in 2011 and emblazoning it across bottles in giant letters, the brewery effectively codified the regionality of the style and made it instantly recognizable to drinkers across the country (and beyond). Eagle Rock Brewery's Jeremy Raub explains, 'Green Flash West Coast IPA was a really over-the-top double IPA, which was the brewery's way to say, 'This is how we do it on the West Coast.' It was just over 8% ABV, resinous, and hoppy. It had more malt body, and it was 'dank,' as people like to call it."
[more inside] posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Mar 22, 2015 - 95 comments

The growing pains of U.S. soccer’s dominant supporter’s group

In less than a decade, the Outlaws have become become the biggest and most influential force in U.S. national team fan culture, and it’s experiencing some growing pains. What began as a small idea started by three affable friends in Nebraska has become a movement with more than 34,000 people paying $25 per year to join the club. [more inside]
posted by josher71 on Mar 13, 2015 - 32 comments

A Time Traveler's Guide to Beer

In the May 1975 issue of Oui magazine, Robert Christgau and Carola Dibbell reviewed four dozen American beers, plus eleven imports.
posted by Iridic on Feb 13, 2015 - 92 comments

Number 3: Just an Asshole - 19 Types of Beer Snobs

19 Types of Beer Snobs - by Matt Lynch, Thrillist [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Feb 6, 2015 - 86 comments

"Let them sip their pumpkin peach ale."

Budweiser's Superbowl commercial Brewed The Hard Way proclaimed itself "PROUD TO BE A MACRO BEER". Carla Jean Lauter, writing at The Beer Babe: Why the pro-macro beer Budweiser ad is so dangerous.
Instead of changing the conversation with horses and puppies, it’s stared directly into the camera and declared itself. These are their terms. This is Budweisers’ manifesto – and despite the details that make it hypocritical, it’s a very powerful ad, and craft brewers are going to be feeling the repercussions for a while.
[more inside] posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Feb 2, 2015 - 284 comments

remembering past experiences to inform us on our present. 🍺

The Beginner's Guide to Tasting Beer [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 20, 2015 - 35 comments

Wasted

How the craft-beer movement abandoned Jim Koch (and his beloved Sam Adams)
posted by box on Jan 5, 2015 - 181 comments

20 Best New Beers of 2014

"Here’s an understatement for you: 2014 was a great year for beer. Seriously, it’s hard to put into words just how awesome American craft beer was this year. IPAs got sessionable, then they got fresh-hopped, breweries collaborated like hip hop moguls, older (let’s call them classic?) breweries reinvented themselves with ambitious experiments while young breweries helped push the envelope of style and taste…there were hundreds, probably thousands of new beers hitting the shelves and taps all year long, challenging our palates and expectations day after day. It’s an exciting time to be alive."
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Dec 14, 2014 - 111 comments

There's a tear in my beer because of bad legislation in Ontario, dear

A 2000 report leaked to the Toronto Star details how the Harris government struck a sweetheart deal to ensure major brewers a stranglehold on Ontario beer retail. Long suspected but never before proven, the report details how the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) was forced to submit to a subsidiary role in beer retail in the province; the then-LCBO head has confirmed that Harris forced the deal onto the province. Martin Cohn reports in the Toronto Star.
posted by Shepherd on Dec 9, 2014 - 57 comments

Ceteris Paribus

Physicists Explain Why Coffee Is More Prone to Spills Than Beer.
posted by stinkfoot on Nov 18, 2014 - 50 comments

The Pumpkin Menace

Trick or Treat? Anchor Brewing's Bob Brewer on pumpkin beers and why Anchor hasn't produced one.
Pumpkins, by themselves have very little – if any – real flavor that will survive brewing and fermentation. It’s sort of the “tofu” of the squash world in that it tastes like what you put on or into it. The flavor that everyone associates with pumpkins is pumpkin pie. What we are tasting in a pumpkin pie is actually the huge load of sugar dumped into it along with the allspice, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, ginger and other spices.
[more inside] posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Oct 30, 2014 - 85 comments

The bitterer the betterer.

As a taster, it’s important to know that compared with sour or salty, bitterness is slow to affect our palates. The first two are very simple chemical phenomena and require only the simplest of cellular mechanisms to fire off their signals to the brain. Bitterness, like sweetness and umami, requires an intermediate molecule, something called a G-coupled protein. It takes a little longer to do its thing, and this time dimension of tasting is something that you always need to pay attention to.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Oct 19, 2014 - 47 comments

The only reason to not work Oktoberfest: being pregnant or a broken leg

This Beer Maid Will Work Oktoberfest Until She Dies
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Oct 12, 2014 - 16 comments

Seasons change, time passes by, as the weeks become the months...

Time Magazine's Seasonal Beer Guide shows you when some breweries release various seasonal beers.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Oct 6, 2014 - 35 comments

How to become your own Brewmaster, even in a smallish kitchen

How To Home Brew Beer in Your Kitchen, from Drink [Craft] Beer:
Brewing beer in your home can be as simple, or as complicated, as you want to make it. Here, we’re going to present the simple way. There is a lot of science you can get into, but we’re going to skip a lot of that as there are a lot of people who can tell you about it a lot better than we can. And they have books out (John Palmer’s How to Brew (online), and Charlie Papazian’s The Complete Joy of Homebrewing). We’d recommend reading these books at some point. You’ll learn a lot about why everything happens, how brewing really works and just a lot more in-depth information. If you want to make this a serious hobby, those are two can’t miss books.

In this article, though, we’re going to run through step-by-step how to brew in a small kitchen setting. We know many of you live in apartments (we do), and we’ve heard too many people say they can’t brew because of this. You can! We know this, because we do it. We’ll show you how to go about brewing your first batch. Plus, we’re including pictures to really show you how it’s done. So, let’s get brewing!
[more inside] posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 17, 2014 - 64 comments

"How could I pass by a beer advertised with a fossil?"

"Tasting notes: As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I'm accustomed to IPAs so hoppy that they attempt to kick your teeth out on the first sip, and keep on fighting for the rest of the drink. In contrast, the Icky IPA is refreshingly crisp with a sly nudge of hops underlain with a tongue-twist of citrus. This is a pale ale to sip and savour, not a masochistic endurance contest with barely-concealed whimpering winces. Apparently I'm not the only one who appreciates the relative gentleness of this IPA: the Icky is their best-selling beer." [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 8, 2014 - 45 comments

Six beers you should always have in your fridge for killer pairings

"With a well-picked sixer by your side, there's hardly a dish out there that can't be made better." Serious Eats gives you six beers you should always have in your fridge for killer pairings. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 6, 2014 - 39 comments

Mississippi fullfilling its proud tradition

US states, ranked by beer.
posted by MartinWisse on Aug 26, 2014 - 66 comments

I got 99 beers and a bud ain't one

Award winning Texas brewery Austin Beerworks has announced a revolutionary new packaging option for their Peacemaker Anytime Ale - the 99 pack. It's real, and only $99.
posted by dirtdirt on Aug 25, 2014 - 33 comments

Budweiser is a better beer than you think

Today, there are new brewers in London diving straight in at the deep end, creating beers with wild yeasts, aggressive hops and whisky barrel ageing. Some of them are exceptional. Many are indifferent, and some are plain bad. Some of these cocky rebels could learn a thing or two from the bland brands they rail against: just as Picasso proved he was a master of painting human figures before he evolved into his unique abstract style, any new brewer should prove they can brew a fault-free, balanced lager or pale ale before they earn the right to tackle the hard stuff.
Pete Brown: in defence of bland lagers.
posted by MartinWisse on Aug 21, 2014 - 139 comments

"But really, if you can make tea, then you can make beer."

Meet craft brewers, home brewing enthusiasts, bartenders in "Craft Beer – A Hopumentary", which focuses on California. [YT] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 15, 2014 - 32 comments

The King of Beer

Meet the Beer Bottle Dictator: For years, one man has approved virtually every beer label design in the United States. Among brewers, he’s a tyrant. A legend. A pedantic pain in the ass. Brewers and legal experts speak of him in hushed tones, with equal parts irritation and reverence. "He’s the king of beer. His will is law," said one lawyer who works with him regularly. The lawyer asked to remain anonymous, for fear of crossing the beer specialist. "There’s one dude in the government who gets to control a multibillion-dollar industry with almost no supervision." And he goes by the name "Battle."
posted by Cash4Lead on Aug 12, 2014 - 79 comments

The Interstate Limburger War of 1935

"Burkhard challenged Miller to a 'Cheese Duel': Burkhard and Miller would sit at a table, and if Burkhard could cut a piece of Limburger cheese and Miller not wretch, Miller would be forbidden from complaining about Wisconsin and her cheese ever again." [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Aug 11, 2014 - 44 comments

The Best Beer in Baseball

The Washington Post compares beers available at various ballparks, based on locality, quality and uniqueness.
posted by frimble on Aug 9, 2014 - 23 comments

100 American Craft Beers Every Beer-Lover Should Drink (Paste Magazine)

"Is this a definitive list of beers everyone should try? Dear Lord, no. If you truly love beer, you should try them all. Even the bad ones. At least once. But this list will get you started."
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 7, 2014 - 133 comments

"Good ale, raw onions, and no ladies”

"When anything had to be changed or repaired, it appeared to pain him physically. For twenty years the bar sagged in the middle like a plough mule’s back. A carpenter warned him repeatedly that it was about to collapse; finally, in 1933, he told the carpenter to go ahead and prop it up. While the work was in progress he sat at a table in the back room with his head in his hands and got so upset he could not eat for several days." A history of McSorley's Old Ale House from the 1940 issue of The New Yorker.
posted by gauche on Aug 4, 2014 - 33 comments

Too many brewers hopped on the craft bandwagon

The highway, however, is getting mighty crowded. Hundreds of different beers debut weekly, creating a scrum of session IPAs, spiced witbiers, and barrel-aged stouts scuffling for shelf space. For consumers, the situation is doubly confusing. How can you pick a pint on a 100-brew tap list? Moreover, beer shops are chockablock with pale this and imperial that, each one boasting a different hop pun.
America has too many craft brewers.
posted by MartinWisse on Aug 1, 2014 - 241 comments

The Not So United States of Infographics

One of the more ubiquitous formats for "infographics" these days is the U.S.A. Map Comparing Individual States and promoting interstate rivalries. After all, wherever you live in the U.S. of A., you need bragging rights for something, right?

Recently, Business Insider featured "27 Maps That Explain America" including ones that compared each state's percentage of residents with passports, most overrepresented job in every state, percentage of each state's population with a 4-year degree, number of billionaires in each state, number of Starbucks locations in each state, states' stances on climate change (judged by Think Progress), fast food consumption and exercise frequency (detail in a weird format here and here), and cavities per capita.

But Business Insider is certainly not the only site 'mapping the states'... [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Aug 1, 2014 - 29 comments

A dance between math and intuition: Beer pricing

When you go out to a bar or restaurant, have you ever wondered why your beer costs what it does? Here's your chance to find out. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 14, 2014 - 19 comments

"Let's go get 'em, boys," he said, arming himself with a fungo bat....

The 1974 Cleveland Indians baseball team "were a smorgasbord of mediocre and forgettable talent playing in an open-air mausoleum" where 85% of the seats at home games went unsold. So the Indians tried to drum up business with a "10-Cent Beer Night" promotion. What could possibly go wrong? The final tally, 40 years ago this evening: 25,134 fans in attendance. 60,000 Genesee beers at 10¢ each. 50 cops. 19 streakers. 7 emergency room injuries. 9 arrests. 2 bare moons. 2 bouncing breasts and 1 sportswriter, punched in the jaw. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 4, 2014 - 28 comments

The Brewstorian

"With over 200 breweries, Oregon is often considered the craft beer capital of America. Beer geeks and casual drinkers across the country can also thank the state’s farmers for their brews: hops, the essential ingredient that gives beer its bitter flavor, is a rare crop throughout the U.S. but not in Oregon. Last year, Oregon State University established the Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives (OHBA), the first archive in the U.S., dedicated to preserving and telling the intertwined story of hop and beer production and the craft brewing movement. They're posting materials from their collection to Tumblr, Flickr and Zotero.
posted by zarq on May 20, 2014 - 31 comments

America's last commuter train for grown-ups just rode into the sunset

"The last commuter train in the US with a built-in bar has just departed, one last time before it's being taken out of service, possibly forever.". [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar on May 9, 2014 - 25 comments

Let's go Let's go Let's go Let's Let's Go

Hey Pass Me A Beer II [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on May 3, 2014 - 12 comments

Sub-5

James Nielsen has run the world's first verified sub-5 minute beer mile.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Apr 28, 2014 - 50 comments

Apparently, "Whatever" happens one time out of five

Last month, Beverage Industry published their 2014 US Beer Category Report, and Dylan Matthews at Vox.com has compiled the numbers into their favorite thing: charts! There's a few interesting details, but the biggest one is that not only is Bud Light one out of every five beers purchased in America, but sells more than all import, craft, cider and malt beverage sales combined.
posted by Punkey on Apr 16, 2014 - 72 comments

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