The only thing that could possibly be better than a cold beer on a hot day is if the beer can had an animated label. Trevor Carmick is behind the genius Tumblr, Beer Labels In Motion, where he showcases his beer label GIFs.
Want to amaze your friends with some obscure beer factoids the next time you're out drinking? Of course you do. Here's a cheat sheet of beer facts — some random, some scientific, some downright bizarre — that will raise eyebrows around the table and earn you another round.
There are beers that you will savor slowly over a long afternoon and there are beers that are so delicious and smooth that you find yourself at the bottom of the glass before you've even left the kitchen. This fruit-bomb of a saison from gypsy brewery Stillwater Artisanal Ales is one of the latter. Definitely buy a six-pack.
Who: Farm Boy Farms What: A hops and grain farm. Where: Pittsboro, North Carolina
Pittsboro, North Carolina isn't known for its beer. It's a sleepy Southern town: small shops line the road to the county courthouse at the center of town, and the roads leading out of town quickly turn to farmland. But one of those farms is brewing up something big.
When it gets hot and muggy, I generally lose my appetite for substantial meals, instead reaching for crisp salads, fruit — and ice cream, of course. It wasn't till last week that beer-flavored ice cream even crossed my radar, but apparently it's a big thing this summer! Have you tried it?
Definitely not an IPA, but also not quite a porter. Somewhere in between those two rests the black IPA — and this imperialized version from Uinta Brewing Co. is one of the best I've had to date. It's creamy and roasty, but also bouncing off the wall with hops. With this in your glass, you'd best be ready for some flavor.
You hold coffee cuppings to learn about different coffee beans, so why not a hop cupping to learn about beer hops? Hops are responsible for the bitterness in beer, but they also add very delicate flavors and aromas — like fresh apricots, pine resin, passion fruit, black tea, and lemon peel. Each hop is unique, and learning them all is a challenge that beer buffs accept with glee. Here's how you can shortcut your own hop education and get ahead of the curve.
If there's anything better than sharing beers with friends, it's making beer with friends! For my recent All-American Beer Bottling Party, I invited a bunch of friends over for what is arguably the most fun part of the brewing process: bottling the beer. This is the moment when all the hard work of making the beer and waiting for it to ferment finally comes to fruition — and at the end of the day you have beer. Real beer! Bottled and (nearly) ready to drink. Here's how!
Welcome to the fourth in our new series of Gatherings from The Kitchn! In the past few months, you've seen Faith's cozy Italian Polenta Party, Anjali's Book Club Brunch, and just last month, Cambria's Spring Vegetarian Dinner Party for Six. This week, I'll be sharing photos and inspiration from my recent All-American Beer Bottling Party — a very casual get-together with several of my friends to bottle a big batch of homebrew.
Over the next few days, I'll be showing you how my low-key party came together — from the IPA Campari Spritzers that set the mood to my ultimate stress-saving decision to buy a pie for dessert instead of making it myself. I'll also be showing you how you, too, can bottle beer at home! Ready? Let's jump in!