The newest trend in beers is not so much old-school as truly, seriously ancient. That's Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione in the photo above. And the guy next to him? A biomolecular archaeologist who is helping Sam recreate a Danish beer based on analysis of residue from a 3500-year-old birch bark drinking vessel. How crazy is that?! I want some.
A beer that's fit for our Easter table! Indeed, this rustic Belgian-style ale is specially crafted to match both the season and its celebrations. It's snappy and tart, fresh and light, and it's the perfect match for everything from glazed ham to Peeps.
Item:The Spiegelau IPA Glass Price: $24.90 for a set of two Overall Impression: A fun splurge for hopheads and beer geeks
You know a beer has made the big time when it gets its very own glass. There are slender pilsner glasses, snifters for your quads and barleywines, and now a specially-designed glass to maximize the hop-tastic experience of drinking your favorite IPA. Pint glasses and beer steins are so yesterday, people.
Forget the beer for a second — let's talk about the very cool, very well-designed beer labels that adorn many of our favorite beers. Sometimes it seems like breweries put as much work into creating a beautiful label as they do into the beer itself! Do you ever save these bottles for their labels?
Jazz and beer, who can ask for anything more? Brewed in partnership with the Brother Thelonious Institute of Jazz (a donation is made to the institute with every bottle sold), this smooth and nutty-sweet Belgian-style abbey ale just thing for riding out these last snowy days of winter.
There is no denying the satisfaction inherent in popping the cap off a beer at the end of a long day and swigging straight from the bottle. But. Pouring that frosty cold beer into a pint glass has its own rewards. Perhaps you've been turned off to this notion after hearing a beer geek friend expound one too many times on the subject, but give me a chance to persuade you. If you love craft beer, pour it in a glass.
With all the amazing one-off beers that Dogfish Head constantly churns out, I sometimes forget about their stable of year-round workhorses. This was my first time trying their Burton Baton, an oak-aged imperial IPA, and hooo boy! Workhorse it may be, but this is definitely one prize stallion of a beer.
Have you yearned for the kind of neighborhood bar that has an entire line-up of terrific craft brews, but can't quite see yourself quitting your day job to open one yourself? I'll raise my hand here, for sure. Here's an idea: start a brewpub co-op. This is a real thing and it's picking up popularity in many major cities.
Bless Narragansett for brewing a traditional Helles Bock for the traditional welcoming of spring! Granted, spring might still feel rather far off for most of us (despite the groundhog's prediction), but this honey-hued and honey-scented lager will help make those warmer days feel just a tad bit closer.