I've come to crave sour beers like one does the endorphin rush from a hot sauce bottle adorned with skulls and crossbones. So I gathered a group of beer pros together to try out nearly 50 different recently released sour beers. Here are the 20 best bottles we tried.
I begged, borrowed, stole, and traded beer with weird strangers on the internet for 3 years until I had a pretty respectable collection. Dogfish Head sent along the 2010 and 2011 batches, plus a sneak-peek taste of the 2013 vintage. It was on: a vertical tasting of damn-near every Dogfish Head World Wide Stout that was ever made.
Over the years craft breweries have reached beyond the classic winter warmer to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year—here are some of our favorite non-traditional holiday beers.
New York's beer industry is looking better and better; the Empire State is home to a few great craft breweries, both well-established and brand new. Here are 8 great New York beers to seek out as soon as you can.
One of the buzziest breweries to open in New England this past year operates in an unlikely place—a strip mall in Hampton, NH, a beach town that swells with macro lager-drinking tourists in the summer months.
These five pumpkin beers are definitely worth seeking out this fall.
This year's Oktoberfest selections from American craft breweries seem to be trending a bit toward the traditional—a respect for the Reinheitsgebot and German ingredients popped up in almost all of them. These 5 beers may be brewed in the US, but they're just the thing to pair with traditional German fare as you ring in the autumn.
Raspberry jam in a glass isn't a thing I knew I was looking for in beer, but with the first whiff of Founders Brewing's latest specialty release, I realized what I was missing all this time.
If you like your beers fruity, resiny, piney, and crisply bitter, these hop-driven session beers are the ones to seek out for your summer satisfaction.
The White IPA's DNA is a blend of the spicy, spritzy Belgian Wit and the hop-forward India Pale Ale. If beer participated in online dating profiles, this would be a simple match. "I love citrus, spice, and am particularly into refreshment on a summer day," said the Witbier. "Get out—those are my favorite things!" replied the IPA.
These six beers are designed to refresh.
What sets this style apart from a witbier are the adjuncts. Coriander and salt are added during (or after) the boil in order to create a fuller mouthfeel and added complexity. (This tradition may have arisen from salty springs that provided early brewers their water.) Typically brewed below 5.0% ABV, these session beers are ideal to crack open on a warm spring day.
The Oklahoma operation has only been in existence for about a half a year, but their name and their beers seem to be on the lips of every other beer geek a half country away. I recommend just about anything you can get your hands on from Prairie Artisan Ales.
New Jersey is not all fists pumps and Real Housewives. Thanks to public demand, recent legislation has eased up on microbreweries, brewpubs, and growler sales to allow beer options in New Jersey to improve significantly. Want a taste of the new New Jersey beer scene? Check out these 5 brews.
Brooklyn Brewery introduced their lager in 1988, and this past weekend, they debuted their a special doppelbock version to celebrate the brewery's 25th anniversary. This bottle-conditioned beer clocks in around 9% ABV, and will be available with labels from four different Brooklyn artists from now until May.
The folks at Dogfish Head are constantly experimenting, but they haven't released a new year-round beer since 2007. This month, Sam Calagione and his team are offering up a new core beer that brings together beer and wine in one 12-ounce bottle. Sixty-One is the brewery's classic 60 Minute IPA with one addition: syrah grape must from California. We gave this wine-beer hybrid a try.
These Irish Red Ales would be a great addition to any St. Patty's Day party—just don't try to add green food coloring.
The famed San Marcos, CA brewery released a different small batch beer every month of 2012. They produced about 100 cases of each classic-rock inspired brew, and released 350 of the bottles in the brewery tasting room for on-site consumption only. The remaining bottles of each beer were saved for the Ultimate Box Set—no bottles were ever released individually for distribution or sale.
Opening a brewery in Oregon seems like a proverbial bringing-sand-to-the-desert gambit. However, Oregonians' thirst for quality beer seems to know no bounds, and thriving new breweries spring up every year. Here are three born less than two years ago they're buzzing about in Portlandia and beyond.
Big stouts are a staple in the American craft brewing scene. These robust, flavorful, high alcohol beers are typically released in the winter months, and each year sees a growing number of variations on the style. Some hit the mark, others...don't. Here we've pulled together 5 of the best new stouts from across the country.