I'll drink a stout any day of the year, but it's impossible to argue with dark beer in winter. Considering stresses that can accompany December, you're forgiven for reaching for stouts with a bit more nerve-soothing booze than usual. Enter imperial stout, or as I like to describe it to Irish stout loyalists: "three Guinnesses in one glass."
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The American rum industry is making a comeback, with craft distillers in the forefront. And these three white rums are definitely worth lugging to the beach.
With over 300 events in a ten day span, we hardly scratched the surface of everything on offer during SF Beer Week. But at just about every stop we made, it seemed clear the brewers had gone out of their way to tap their stores for the unique, the rare, the strong, and sometimes the strange. Check out the slideshow for 8 of our most memorable sips from SF Beer Week.
Amber ale is pale ale's easy drinking yet slightly beefier big brother. These beers have a fuller body with a rich caramel malt profile. We tried thirteen of California's amber ales—do you have a favorite?
Yuseff Cherney, the head brewer at Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, tells us a little about the founding of the company, the scene in San Diego, and how he goes about developing recipes for his award-winning brews.