It comes in a can, but honey, you're going to want to pour this one into a glass. No way you want to miss the breathtaking sight of that pillowy cap of meringue-like foam or the spice cake aromas that come with it. Breathe in deeply, friends, and take a sip.
There must be something in the genetic makeup of beer brewers that requires them to constantly test the limits and push the boundaries of their craft. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the unofficial competition between some brewers to brew the biggest, baddest, most alcoholic extreme beer ever, the most recent winner clocking in at 65% ABV. I'm all for innovation, but do you think these brewers getting a little too extreme?
Fresh hops are temperamental things. Hops growers have about 24 hours to get them from the field to the drying kiln before they start showing signs of spoiling. But if you can instead get them into a batch of beer within that 24-hour window...well, then you get a seasonal treat above all others. Hops harvest around the country is almost over, which means special brewery releases of fresh-hopped beers will be hitting store shelves any day now.
I had two thoughts when I picked up this cider from a local brewer: "This could be awesome" and "This could taste like alcoholized black cherry soda." Either way, I figured this would be a win-win situation.
There's a new way for the hop-obsessed among us to get even closer to their beer: beer-based shampoo and body wash. Yes, you heard that correctly. Bröö is a company down in North Carolina providing "Craft Beer Body & Hair Care." Before you laugh, listen to how these products came to be.
Too much beer is hardly a bad problem to have, but there are times when, yes, you open a bottle and realize you can't finish it. This often happens to me when I open large 750 mL bottles of specialty (and quite often very alcoholic) beers. Unless I open it with friends, it's just too much for one sitting. I used to worry that the leftover would go to waste, but now I just save it for later.
A recent post on Guys Drinking Beer has me thinking about corn. In my beer. Corn is an adjunct grain (ie, something other than the traditional barley) that has gained an unfavorable reputation for its use in big-name macrobrews like Bud Light and Coors. But is there a place for it in the craft brewing world?
Want to hang onto summer just a little longer? Pick up a bottle or two of this ale from New Belgium Brewing's Lips of Faith series and find yourself a spot on the porch. Its soft fruity flavors and candy-like malts are just the thing for living these last sunny days to their fullest.
We're not talking "lighter" in the sense of Bud Light, but lighter in the sense of making heavy bottles of craft beer easier to stow in a backpack and carry with you on a long camping trip. Pat's Backcountry Beverages is making it happen, people.
Maybe I've just been hitting the California IPA's a little too hard this summer, but I've found myself suddenly feeling worn out from all the hops. My palate needs a break from the constant battering of perfumey, piney, lemon pithy, and grapefruity flavors. And this has got me thinking: what's next? Is there something new on the horizon?