The Best Non-Alcoholic Beer, Wine, and Spirits for Sipping and CelebratingTools
These will instantly improve your mocktail game.
Aug 8, 2023
This Unique $6 Drinking Glass Is My Favorite Kitchen Purchase and I Use It Every Single DayTools
I love how it elevates my morning iced coffee.
Jun 15, 2023
The Unique Beverage Bottle Holder That Will Free Up So Much Space in Your FridgeTools
It creates storage out of thin air!
Mar 24, 2023
8 Space-Saving Fridge Organizers That Will Neatly Corral All Your Bottles and CansTools
Convenience store fridges don't get to keep all the conveniences.
Mar 17, 2023
25 Best Gifts for Wine and Beer Lovers
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Including pint glasses that can be customized with a pet's sweet mug.
Nov 11, 2022
How to Check How Much Alcohol Is in Your HomebrewKitchen
Today’s topic: Learn how to check the alcohol in your beerThe Kitchn’s Beer School: 20 lessons, 7 assignments to brew your first 1-gallon batch of beer. There’s one thing we haven’t talked very much about so far: the alcohol in your beer. Hop aromas and malt flavors are fantastic and all, but let’s be honest here — the buzz that we get from a good beer is also part of why we do this!
Oct 5, 2022
These Tulip Glasses Will Replace Half the Glasses on Your Bar Cart
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Make some room on your bar cart.
Sep 21, 2022
This Study Revealed the Most Popular Beer in Each State and the Results Will Surprise YouGroceries
Can you guess which one is America's favorite?
Oct 28, 2021
This 2-Minute, 2-Ingredient Dessert Is All I’m Making for St. Patrick’s DayRecipes
This year, order takeout and make this almost-instant treat.
Mar 16, 2021
If You Like Guinness, You Should Try These 5 Beers TooGroceries
Some stouts pour like motor oil and drink like a meal—and sometimes that’s exactly what you want when you’re sampling one-offs and specialty brews for an evening. But sometimes you don’t want your beer to fill you up for the evening, and that’s why Guinness has so many fans around the world: despite its dense and creamy appearance, it’s actually light and refreshing.
Feb 15, 2021
What’s the Difference? Ale vs. Lager BeersSkills
While almost all beers are made from the same base ingredients, they aren't all the same. Here's what you need to know about the differences between these two classic beer styles.
Jan 26, 2021
5-Ingredient Beer Bread Is the Perfect Intro to Bread Baking (No Yeast Needed!)Recipes
With its crunchy golden crust and tender, springy crumb, beer bread is exactly what hearty soups, stews, and chilis need this winter.
Jan 8, 2021
The 18 Best Beers to Crack Open in 2020 and Beyond
Kitchn Essentials, Bar Edition
Why, yes, we have an election night suggestion for you...
Nov 2, 2020
Aldi Just Leaked Info on Dozens of New Items That Will Hit Stores in SeptemberGroceries
Bring on the pretzel breadsticks, pumpkin swirl cheesecake, and frozen grilled cheese and tomato soup!
Aug 25, 2020
Trader Joe’s Just Leaked Info on 4 Wacky New Beers Coming Out SoonGroceries
Three words: Cookie Butter Beer!
Jul 2, 2020
Our Quick Guide to 7 Common Beer StylesSkills
From lagers to stouts.
Jul 1, 2020
A Timeline for Brewing Beer at HomeSkills
Today’s Topic: A quick overview of the next 5 weeks, from brew day to pouring the first glass.The Kitchn’s Beer School: 20 lessons, 7 assignments to brew your first 1-gallon batch of beer.Sign up & see all the assignments! The Kitchn’s Beer School Brewing a batch of beer is not an overnight affair (unfortunately!). From brew day to cracking open your first bottle, you need to allow a minimum of five weeks.
Jun 2, 2020
Recipe: Slow Cooker Sausages with Peppers and OnionsRecipes
When I think of my travels in Germany, I think of beers, brats, and mustard, and it’s still that satisfying trinity that I crave when the weather starts to cool down. Throwing everything into a slow cooker means I can come back to tender sausages that have been gently braising in beer, with a pile of sweet peppers and onions coated in grainy mustard right on top.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Chunky Pork and Apple StewRecipes
When the temperature drops in January, what we really want is food that fills us up and nourishes at the same time. So start your day with a hearty smoothie, but finish it with a wholesome stew. This is one of a series of stews designed to make you feel good in every possible way. Brimming with veggies and spices, each of these wholesome stews will support and reward your best New Year’s intentions.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Margaritas Made with BeerRecipes
Margarita purists may need to sit down and take a few deep breaths before reading this post.We know, this is an unconventional recipe for margaritas. But we promise it’s good — and, it turns out, the idea is not really that uncommon.Epicurious and Rachael Ray both have recipes for margaritas made with beer, and ours is very similar — a mixture of tequila, beer, and frozen limeade. We refer to these as Markaritas, named after the friend who created them.
Jan 29, 2020
My Staple Summer Cocktail Recipe: Campari & IPA SpritzerRecipes
Two years ago I stumbled onto the description of an intriguing summer cocktail: a shot of Campari topped with IPA, served with ice and a twist of lemon. One bitter sip was all it took; I was hooked on what has since become my favorite simple summer apéritif. Have you tried it?
Jan 29, 2020
Beyond Budweiser: 7 Beers of SummerSkills
There’s something supremely satisfying about an ice-cold brew on a hot summer day. It’s crisp, refreshing, and lower in alcohol than most wines and cocktails, which means you can indulge in a midday pint without succumbing to a midday nap immediately after (unless you want to). While you can, of course, drink whatever you like, there are certain brews that are best-suited for the season.
Dec 17, 2019
The Very Best Way to (Quickly!) Chill Wine and Beer
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There's almost no waiting and ZERO need for special equipment.
Dec 7, 2019
Copycat Recipe: Chocolate-Dipped Beer MarshmallowsRecipes
Yes, you read that right. Chocolate-dipped. Beer marshmallows. Oh, and they have a little crushed pretzel for a garnish. Want one?You probably saw the images of those beer-and-pretzel marshmallows from Chicago chocolatier Truffle Truffle making rounds in the blogosphere a few weeks ago. We saw them and immediately got to scheming how we could make some for ourselves.
Jun 9, 2019
How to Bottle Beer at HomeRecipes
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!
Jun 8, 2019
Beyond Brats: Four Slow Cooker Recipes That Feature BeerRecipes
Beer is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, after water and tea. Beer is refreshing in every season, and the crisp ales and seasonal brews of fall are no exception. Even in my local Harlem grocery store, the beer selection is superb this time of year, the shelves lined with dark IPAs, pumpkin ales, and new ciders.
Jun 4, 2019
Do You Ever Save Empty Beer Bottles with Cool Labels?Kitchen
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?The next question, of course, is what do you actually do with the bottles that you keep?
Jun 4, 2019
Beer Fridge: 5 Best Beers for a PartyGroceries
You love beer. I love beer. But do you know if your guests love beer? If you’re facing a big crowd with lots of different tastes, here are five great brews to have in the fridge. • Sam Adams Lager• Sierra Nevada Pale Ale• Rogue Dead Guy Ale• Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA• Oskar Blues Ten Fiddy Imperial Stout The idea here is to hit a range of tastes.
Jun 4, 2019
Beer Pairings: Best Beers to Drink with Spicy Foods Beer SessionsSkills
There are two ways to go when you want to pair beer with a spicy plate of jerk chicken or chili-spiked seafood. You can cool the burn or you can kick it even higher. Whichever way you go, we have a few suggestions.To tame the heat, you want a beer that balances out the spicy flavors in the dish. Beers that emphasize malts over hops do this job nicely. Light lagers are great – there’s a reason why most Mexican beers are lagers, after all!
Jun 4, 2019
IBUs and Degrees Plato: How to Read a Beer LabelSkills
Most of the information on a beer label is pretty self-explanatory. You’ve got the name of the beer and the brewery, the alcohol content, and sometimes a description or list of ingredients. But what about those other things? The IBUs? Or that number with a degree symbol? Here’s a quick rundown!We’ve noticed a direct correspondence between the level of craft brew and the amount of information on the label or their website.
Jun 4, 2019
What’s the Deal with Bottle-Conditioned Beers? Beer SessionsSkills
Advertising a beer as “bottle-conditioned” might sound like a clever marketing ploy – after all, couldn’t every beer sold in a bottle technically be thought of as bottle-conditioned? Well, it turns out that this particular feature is more than just fancy words!Bottle-conditioning simply means that the beer is sealed into the bottle with a little yeast and extra sugar. The yeast consumes the sugar and carbonates the beer within a few weeks.
Jun 4, 2019
The Real Truth About Skunked BeerSkills
Skunked beer is the bogey man of the beer world. New beer drinkers are told to never ever let refrigerated beer get warm – and definitely don’t cool it again! – or suffer off-putting and skunky flavored consequences. Let’s put this myth to rest right now, shall we?The truth is that moderate temperature exchanges will not affect the flavor of your beer, like taking un-opened bottles from the fridge to the counter and back again.
Jun 4, 2019
Beer Guide: What is Lambic Beer?Skills
If we had to describe lambic beers in one word, we’d probably go with “funky.” Yes, funky! This beer has a little something extra over those other beers, making every bottle unique and incredibly fun to drink…Most commercial beers are made with carefully selected strains of yeast, but brewers of lambic beers leave things up to chance. Belgian lambic beers are left in open vats where wild yeast and bacterias are allowed to take up residence.
Jun 4, 2019
Good Question: What Can I Cook with Pale Ale?Skills
The other day we had a question about beer cheese soup; now here’s one on cooking with pale ale. In our most recent Open Thread, reggiesoang asks:Is there any dish that could be cooked with pale ale? Brown ale is usually the choice for cooking, but since I have a lot of pale ale left that needs to be used (or drank), I wonder if I can use pale ale the same way I use brown ale in like BBQ sauce or chili (best time for a nice pot of chili). Help!
Jun 4, 2019
Beer Pairings: Pilsner Urquell and Spicy LinguiniRecipes
So you know we’ve been getting into beer recently, and we’ve even started using it more in our actual cooking. We’d also like to start getting a better handle on how to go about pairing the beers we love with the foods we cook. When we were invited to try a menu designed by Chef Michael Symon to pair specifically with Pilsner Urquell, we jumped at the chance!Pilsners are pale lager-style beers that are golden in color with a very hoppy flavor profile.
Jun 4, 2019
Brewing with Adjuncts: Does Corn Belong in Craft Beers?People
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?The purpose of corn in a beer recipe is to lighten up the body and the flavor of the beer. It also adds a touch of sweetness (think: cornflakes).
May 30, 2019
For Beer (And A Lot More): Hydro Flask Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel GrowlerTools
Item: 64 oz Wide Mouth Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Growler Price: $49.99 Overall Impression: This is a fantastic product for keeping beer and other beverages cold — and hotter foods hot — for hours. Works like a charm. Love. Love. Love. I love this growler. I love it for keeping my beer carbonated and chilled all the way to the party. I love it for keeping my big batch of soup hot for the potluck. I even love it for keeping my milk cozy at it turns into yogurt. I just love it.
May 30, 2019
Recipe: Easy MicheladaRecipes
It's the perfect thing to drink alongside your favorite game-day apps.
May 29, 2019
Oxbow Beer Brewer Tim Adams Shares His Favorite Summer BeerPeople
When it comes to summer drinking, the key is to find a beverage that’s cold, refreshing, and not too alcoholic. Wine spritzers are always a favorite, but this year we’re stockpiling farmhouse beers. What’s farmhouse beer, you might ask? We’re so glad you did. Farmhouse beers originally hail from France and Belgium, where they were made with leftover crops and natural yeast in the winter and then enjoyed by farm workers in the summer.
May 24, 2019
Drinking in Lebanon: Don’t Forget the Nuts!People
I just returned from my first trip to Lebanon, where I spent a week eating and drinking all over the country. Whether in a restaurant or someone’s home, no matter where I stopped for a drink, I was always offered a bowl or two of mixed nuts. This, I learned, was no coincidence.“If you go somewhere in Lebanon for a drink and they don’t give you nuts, you should leave,” 961 Beer’s Mazen Hajjar advised during my visit to the microbrewery.
May 24, 2019
5 Tips for Discovering Great Beer While TravelingPeople
Some people choose vacation destinations based on how many acres of white sandy beaches they can see from their cabana. My husband, Dan, and I have somewhat different priorities—we structure our travels around finding beer we can’t drink at home. (As well as sandwiches, baseball, and national parks, but that’s for another story.) Over the years, we’ve honed our methods for finding the best beer on our travels. And on our recent road trip through the Southeastern U.S.
May 24, 2019
Does Wearing Lederhosen Make Drinking Beer More Fun?People
We looked to Instagram to find out.
May 24, 2019
This Is How I’m Drinking Less AlcoholPeople
It’s been a month since I decided to cut back my alcohol intake, and I owe you an update. Unlike those around me, who were eliminating alcohol completely for Dry January, my strategy was less rigid. The plan was to consider each opportunity to imbibe and make a conscious decision as to whether or not I truly wanted a drink. Not surprisingly, my “make a decision in the moment” approach wasn’t as measurable — or as effective.
May 24, 2019
How To Chill Drinks Fast (& Keep Them Cold) This WeekendSkills
Keep these easy hacks in mind all summer long.
May 20, 2019
Grill Recipe: Blackened Beer-Brined Chicken BreastsRecipes
Grilling is a beautiful thing. You can grill something (perhaps accidentally) until it’s so blackened and beyond edible-looking that you think it won’t be fit for anyone but the dog. But when you tentatively slice off a piece, it turns out to be absolutely perfect. This recipe for beer-brined chicken is a case in point. I didn’t originally intend for “blackened” to be anywhere near this recipe.
May 3, 2019
Barritts Ginger Beer for Those Dark and Stormy CocktailsSkills
We loved Nora’s post earlier today about the Dark and Stormy, largely because we’ve been drinking these quite a bit this summer.We lucked out and found the authentic ingredients — Gosling’s rum and Barritts ginger beer — conveniently stocked together in our local liquor store. But just in case some of you are thinking about Dark and Stormies for the first time this weekend, here’s a photo of that retro Barritts can you’ll be looking for.
May 3, 2019
Brewing Beer at Home: The Wort and First Fermentation Beer SessionsSkills
This past weekend, we got out all our shiny new beer brewing equipment and went to work. In this first phase, we boiled the wort, added the yeast, and got our very first batch of beer fermenting happily. Our evening of brewing definitely had a few bumps, however!1. Warm Up the Extract – These are cans of pre-hopped malt extract – basically, super-concentrated beer! We need to mix the extract with hot water to get the right concentration.
May 2, 2019
Brewing Beer at Home: Siphoning and 2nd Fermentation Beer SessionsSkills
A week after brewing our first batch of beer, it was time to transfer it from the primary fermentation bucket into a clean carboy. We’ve never actually siphoned anything before, so this was quite an adventure!1. The End Goal – It’s not completely necessary to transfer the beer into another container at this point. Some sources say that the beer can start to develop off-flavors from the dead yeast or evaporate too much due to the bigger surface area.
May 2, 2019
Brewing Beer at Home: Bottling the Homebrew Beer SessionsSkills
We’ve brewed the beer, let it ferment, and now we’re finally ready to get it into bottles. We’re so close to having homebrew we can almost taste it! And in fact, we did sneak a little taste – for purely scientific reasons, of course. Take a look!1. Fermented Homebrew – This beer has now been fermenting for three weeks – one week in the primary fermenter and two weeks in the secondary.
May 2, 2019
Porter vs. Stout: What’s the Difference? Beer SessionsSkills
Can you tell whether this photo is of a porter or a stout? We can’t! These are both dark beers with a similar range of malty, roasted, and bittersweet flavors. They also both have a reputation for being fairly heavy and for making us feel quite toasty while sipping them. So is there any difference at all between a porter and a stout?This mystery has bothered us for quite some time, so we dove into research and discovered some interesting facts!
May 2, 2019
Beer Review: Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Beer SessionsSkills
This beer is absolutely unlike anything else we’ve ever tasted. In fact, when we first tried it a few years ago, we hated it! But now that our taste in beer has grown up a bit, we decided to give this spicy, fruity beer another shot.Beer Details – Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company in Downington, Pennsylvania. This is a Belgian-style tripel ale, meaning that it is brewed with triple the amount of malts typical of Belgian ales. (9.
May 2, 2019
Tale of Two Beers: 2007 and 2009 Widdershins Barleywine Beer SessionsSkills
A few weeks ago, we got very lucky. Not only did we manage to snag a bottle of the 2009 Widdershins Barleywine, newly released from Left Hand Brewing Company, but we also stumbled across an old bottle of the 2007 Widdershins lurking at the back of a shelf. A vertical tasting was most definitely in order!The idea of aging beers is a relatively new concept to us and a lot of other folks.
May 2, 2019
Cooking with Beer: Best Brews for Winter Stews Beer SessionsPeople
Yes, Guinness is definitely traditional for stews, and with good reason! Its roasted, malty flavors enhance those already present in the stew and take it to whole ‘nother level of awesomeness. But Guinness is definitely not the only beer that can be used, nor is it ideal for all stews. Here are a few more to try!For beef stews, we really like using porters.
May 2, 2019
Quick and Dirty Guide to Lager Beers Beer SessionsSkills
When we’re standing in front of a wall of beer at the store, we often have trouble remembering our dopplebocks from our imperial stouts and our pilsners from our pale ales. As much for our benefit as for yours, we wanted to do a few round-ups of common beer styles for handy reference. First up: lagers!Lagers are on one branch of the beer family tree, with ales on the other. Lager beers are made with a particular kind of yeast that ferments at cooler temperatures than ale yeast.
May 2, 2019
Beer Review: Sam Adams Noble Pils Beer SessionsSkills
For years, the Sam Adams spring seasonal has been a white ale – a very tasty white ale, we might add. This year, the brewery decided to change things up on us and they’ve put a Czech-style pilsner in their spring spot instead. Say what?! Let’s see how this “Noble Pils” stacks up, shall we?Beer Details: Noble Pils from Sam Adams/Boston Beer Company in Boston, Massachusetts.
May 2, 2019
Quick and Dirty Guide to Belgian Beer Styles Beer SessionsSkills
For such a geographically small country, Belgium sports quite an impressive number of beer styles – and delicious ones at that! Belgian beers are primarily ales (as opposed to lagers) with a heavy emphasis on malts and a lot of fruity yeast flavors. What’s your favorite style?
May 2, 2019
Beer Labeling: What Does “Imperial” Mean? Beer SessionsSkills
Browse through the beer section of any well-stocked store and you’ll notice the word “imperial” showing up in front of many of your favorite beers: imperial stout, imperial pale ale, imperial pilsner and who knows what else. That word might actually mean something different than you think!The term “imperial” was used in the 1800’s for beer (usually stout) that was brewed in England but then shipped to Russia – specifically the imperial court of Russia!
May 2, 2019
Beer with Dinner: The Basics of Pairing Beer and Food Beer SessionsSkills
We’re probably going to catch some heat for saying this, but we find it infinitely easier to pair food with beer than with wine. Between the roasted malts and the herbal hops, craft brews have so many nuances of flavor that it seems like there’s gotta be something in there that you can match to your dinner. Here’s where to start!The very first rule of pairing beer and food is that anything goes. Seriously!
May 2, 2019
Past Its Prime: Does Beer Ever Expire? Beer SessionsSkills
Will a beer left sealed in the bottle ever expire? The short answer is yes. But the longer answer is that it depends. Confused? You’re not alone.The life of a beer doesn’t end once it’s finished fermenting and is sealed into bottles. Like wine, beer continues to age and change over time. They’re at their peak of freshness and flavor the first few months after bottling, but then things slowly decline.
May 2, 2019
Beer Review: Founders Breakfast Stout Beer SessionsSkills
When we reviewed their Dirty Bastard Ale a few months back, several of you professed your love for another one of Founders offerings: their seasonally-available Breakfast Stout. Well, it’s now out in stores and we finally had a chance to try it. Hoo boy, you really weren’t kidding about this beer!Beer Details: Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout, 8.
May 2, 2019
Sorgham to Cider: 5 Gluten-Free Beers and Beer Alternatives Beer SessionsGroceries
Since gluten-forming proteins are found in wheat, barley, and rye, that pretty much takes beer off the menu for people with gluten intolerance. We can’t let that happen! Here’s a round-up of gluten-free beers to check out. Any others to recommend?• Green’s Gluten Free Beers – Green’s specializes in Belgian-style ales, most often brewed with de-glutenized barley malt. Look for their Discovery (strong ale), Endeavor (dubbel), and Quest (strong pale ale).
May 2, 2019
For the Freshest Beer: Buy a GrowlerGroceries
Have you ever bought a growler of beer? These half-gallon glass jugs are a fun way to bring home fresh beer straight from the brewery, and since they can be brought back for refills again and again, they’re eco-friendly too. Here’s how it works:Brewpubs and breweries sell the jugs for a flat price and fill them up straight from the tap, usually for somewhere between $6-15. After it’s emptied, the growler can be brought back to the same brewery for a refill.
May 2, 2019
What’s the Difference? Pale Ales, IPAs, & Double IPAs Beer SessionsSkills
If you like your beers bitter, hoppy, and crisp, the family of pale ales is the place to go. Curious what makes a pale ale pale? Or an India pale ale distinct? You have questions, and we have answers.You can think of these beers as a spectrum with more mild pale ales on one end and aggressively-hopped double IPAs on the other. There is a lot of variation within the spectrum and an exception to every rule, of course, but you can follow this as a general rule of thumb.
May 2, 2019
Beer Review: IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company Beer SessionsSkills
This beer has become our talisman for warmer weather. It’s everything we love about summery IPAs: namely, a hop-tastic brew with a sturdy backbone of toasted malts. We’re convinced that as long as we sip it, winter will continue its fade into distant memory. Think it will work?Beer Details: India Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA (IPA, 6.2% ABV)Appearance: This ale pours a very clearn golden-honey color.
May 2, 2019
Beer Brewing for Apartment Dwellers: Brooklyn Brew Shop’s Smaller, More Accessible 1-Gallon Beer KitSkills
I’ve been mighty curious about these one-gallon homebrew kits from Brooklyn Brew Shop. They’re designed for apartment dwellers (check!) who don’t have a lot of space for brewing equipment (double check!) but who still want to brew great beer (triple check!). Talk about microbrewing!Nearly everything you need for a one-gallon jug of homebrew is included in the package: grains, hops, yeast, sanitizing powder, siphon canes and hoses, and the jug itself.
May 2, 2019