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Heavyweight Beer: 9 Stellar Barleywines from the U.S.

Barleywines, even in a field of brews with ever-increasing ABVs, are among the biggest of the bunch. They're characterized by their strength, depth, and complexity. Barleywines fall into two categories: English and American. The original English interpretations place a greater emphasis on rich malt and can be darker and fruitier. American barleywines dial up the hop intensity but the best still maintain balance. The significant malt character in a proper American barleywine, often equal to or greater than the hop presence, is what distinguishes it from an imperial IPA. More

Serious Beer: Aged Brews at Portland's CellarFest

Each year around this time, Bailey's Taproom in Portland, Oregon hauls a dizzying array of vintage ales from its basement and presents them to the public in the form of CellarFest. The 2011 edition occurred this past Saturday, and featured noteworthy examples both of cellar achievers and cellar nightmares. More

A Pint With: Dave Yarrington, Smuttynose Brewing

For many of us on the East Coast, Smuttynose beer is a standby. Dave Yarrington and his crew make dependably delicious beers in a number of different styles. I'm thrilled to welcome Dave to Serious Eats—he's got some wise things to say about craft beer and some exciting news about some possible new large-format beer releases! More

A Pint With: Scott Vaccaro, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company

If you live in the New York area, you may have spotted Captain Lawrence beers on tap at restaurants around town. We highly recommend you give them a try—next thing you know it, you may find yourself on the Metro-North train at an ungodly hour making your way the brewery for a special limited-edition beer release. We caught up with Captain Lawrence's owner and head brewer Scott Vaccaro for the latest in our brewmaster interview series. More

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