[1] Best overall beer in America: Heady Topper (photo © Alchemist Brewery). [2] Best IPA: Brouwerij West Picnic Lightning IPA (photo © Tavour). [3] Best lager: Notch Session Pils Czech Pale Lager (photo © Notch Brewing). [4] Best pilsner: Allagash Truepenny Pilsner (photo © Crystal City Wine).   October 27th is American Beer Day. There […]

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It’s American Craft Beer Week, celebrating the more than 6,600 U.S. independent craft brewers*. If you needed an excuse to explore new beers, the second full week in May is it! When you’re shopping for craft beer, book for the Independent Craft Brewer Seal (on all photos). The seal indicates that the beer was brewed […]

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We’re enjoying the first week of Dry January with Clausthaler Grapefruit Non-Alcoholic Beer. It marries the refreshing flavors of a lager beer and fresh grapefruit juice. Don’t like grapefruit? This NA* brand that includes Claustahler Original, Clausthaler Dry-Hopped (tastes like an IPA), and Santa Clausthaler, a holiday delight. If you’ve tried other NA brands and […]

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We always plan ahead for non-alcoholic drinks that are also fun. Last year, we discovered Santa Clausthaler Nonalcoholic Beer, a seasonal brew from Germany’s Clausthaler, the world’s largest brewer of non-alcoholic beer. It’s purely coincidental that the brewery was able to insert “Santa” in front of its name to have a perfectly-named holiday beer. Pick […]

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Following on the heels of eating good food, the second-best part of our job is the thrill of discovery. Experiencing new categories or sub-categories of food and drink makes it a good day. Take wheat beer, for example. It’s a lighter style on the opposite spectrum of what we personally prefer (IPA, Porter, Stout). But […]

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Green beer has a reputation as cheap stuff, served in pitchers. After all, why color a good beer green? Well: Green food color is flavorless and odorless. So you can color any beer—even fine craft brews—if you want to. For some St. Patrick’s Day fun, that’s just what we’re going to have with, with our […]

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[1] How about some beer in your chocolate (photo © Theo Chocolate).   For the person who likes both dark chocolate and beer, here’s a novel gift: The Beer Confection Collection from Theo Chocolates. https://theochocolate.com/beer/ The artisan chocolatier, which uses only Fair Trade and Organic ingredients, has crafted chocolate confections specifically crafted to highlight the […]

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Hops are one of the four components of beer, along with malted barley, yeast and water. They are used primarily as bittering, flavoring, and stability agents. In addition to bitterness, they impart floral, fruity, or citrus flavors and aromas, based on the particular strain and the terroir*. Without hops, beer would be a sticky-sweet fermented […]

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