What happens when you give a rich and malty red ale a West Coast spin? Yup, that's right. You get this hop-heavy beer with a chewy caramel center from Port Brewing Company. Living up to its name, this one definitely has some bite.
We're familiar with the big name British beers like Samuel Smith, Speckled Hen, and Boddingtons, of course, but these represent only a sliver of England's beer scene. Ever heard of Badger Golden Champion? Or Crouch Vale Essex Boys? Me neither. But by the sounds of it, these are beers worth jumping the pond to find.
The idea of a white IPA brewed with wheat is an intriguing one. After all, we've done black IPAs, dry-hopped IPAs, double and imperial IPAs, so why not a white IPA? It was only after picking up the bottle that I saw it was a joint project from two of my favorite breweries, Green Flash and Founders. I could hardly wait to get it home.
Is there a craft beerfest in your near future? These events bring in breweries from nearby and far away, giving you a chance to sample your way through a wide range of beers in the span of an afternoon. Fun times! Here are a few tips for making the most of your experience.
How could I say no to a sweet and fruity Belgian tripel brewed with, as the description states, "a Southeast Asian twist"? The twist in this case was a dose of rice in the brew's grain bill to lighten the body and some thai basil for spicy fresh flavor. Nope, there was no saying no to this one.
Quick beer-brewing lesson: most beer is made from barley. Barley contains gluten. Therefore, most beer is not gluten-free. This is why I am absolutely fascinated by this new process by which the Craft Brew Alliance and Widmer Brothers Brewing in Oregon have made a barley-based gluten-free beer. It's science meets craft brewing in the best possible way.
If only they made scratch-and-sniff computer screens, you'd be able to smell the heady hop aroma coming out of this glass. It's pretty intense. Almost as intense as the beer itself: to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of their groundbreaking Ruination IPA, Stone Brewing Co. crammed a total of five pounds of hops into every barrel of their celebration ale. That, my friends, is a lot of hops.
You can't find a much better True American Story than the rise of the craft beer industry in the last several decades. From the bare handful of breweries that survived the Prohibition era, there are now over 1,700 thriving craft breweries across the country. Raise a glass and give a shout-out to your favorite local brewery and their beers this Independence Day. Here are 15 we especially enjoy.
Lazy summer afternoons call for lazy summer brews — the kind you can sip for hours while laying in a hammock and still feel pleasantly buzzed. This Every Day IPA, a new low-alcohol session ale from Founders Brewing Company, is just such a beer.
The goal of any small business is to grow into a bigger business. But when your whole image is based on being small and crafty, this can pose a quite a pickle. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Sam Adams were small craft breweries once, but are they still? What about increasingly popular breweries like New Belgium, Dogfish Head, and Rogue?