Gallery: Top 15 Beer Posts of 2011

15. How to Keg Your Beer
15. How to Keg Your Beer

If you're sick of washing homebrew bottles, it's time to look into kegging your beer. Here are our tips and tricks for getting your keg setup working properly. Check out the post »

14. Beer History: The 'Other' Sour Beers
14. Beer History: The 'Other' Sour Beers

Some say sour is the new hoppy—but how many beer lovers branch out beyond Belgian-style sours? Here's a look into two tart beer styles from Germany, Leipziger Gose and Berliner Weisse. Read more »

13. How to Grow Hops at Home
13. How to Grow Hops at Home

Growing fresh hops at home is a fun way to get hands-on with your homebrewing ingredients. You can buy rhizomes and get started in the spring. Here are our instructions »

12. Ten New Pumpkin Beers
12. Ten New Pumpkin Beers

We tried a few new releases of this seasonal favorite style, including Flying Dog's The Fear, New Belgium/Elysian Lips of Faith Kick, and The Great Pumpkin from Heavy Seas. Here's how they rated »

11. How to Build a Mash Tun
11. How to Build a Mash Tun

The mash tun is an essential tool for all-grain brewing—it's where the magic happens. If you're ready to move away from extract, follow our instructions and get building »

10. Drinking The Bottom Shelf: Bud Light Lime
10. Drinking The Bottom Shelf: Bud Light Lime

It turns out that not all cheap beer tastes the same if you add a lime—our Bottom Shelf columnist Will Gordon investigates, and gives prepackaged Bud Light Lime a try. Check out the post »

9. The Best Beers to Drink with Pizza
9. The Best Beers to Drink with Pizza

How do you find the perfect pizza beer? Well, you try a lot of them. Here are our Cicerone's top picks, from tart Flanders Reds to rich dubbels to refreshing pilsners. Read more »

8. My 8 Favorite Christmas Beers
8. My 8 Favorite Christmas Beers

Here are Serious Beer columnist Jonathan Moxey's top picks in subtly spiced Christmas beers, including brews from Belgium, California, and Pennsylvania. Did your favorites make the cut? Check out the list here »

7. Drinking the Bottom Shelf: Cheap Light Beer
7. Drinking the Bottom Shelf: Cheap Light Beer

How do Natty Light, Keystone Light, and Busch Light compare? Bottom Shelfer Will Gordon tastes them all in an attempt to find a good cheap light beer. Read the results »

6. Serious Beer: American Pale Ales
6. Serious Beer: American Pale Ales

With their blast of piney and citrusy freshness, we can't help but love American-style Pale Ales, especially Daisy Cutter from Half Acre, the Red Chair from Deschutes, Odell's 5 Barrel, and Founders Pale Ale. Check out our reviews of 17 pale ales here »

5. Samuel Adams Utopias: Beer Worth $150?
5. Samuel Adams Utopias: Beer Worth $150?

It may be closer to a cognac or scotch than what you'd normally think of as beer—it's 27% alcohol, and not at all carbonated. But what does it taste like? And would you shell out $150 for it? Read our report here »

4. Drinking the Bottom Shelf: Trader Joe's Beer
4. Drinking the Bottom Shelf: Trader Joe's Beer

On the other side of the price spectrum, Name Tag Lager sells for $2.99 a sixpack, and Simpler Times Lager and La Playa Mexican Lager go for $3.99. The Simpler Times is decent, the Name Tag is a steal, and the La Playa Mexican Lager is a pretty ambitious, serious beer for the price. Have you tried them? Check out Will Gordon's report »

3. Pumpkin Beer History: Colonial Necessity to Seasonal Treat
3. Pumpkin Beer History: Colonial Necessity to Seasonal Treat

Back when malt wasn't all that easily available, colonists made do with what they could find, and pumpkin was a native plant that could take the place of barley in beer. Read more about pumpkin beer's long history here »

2. Drinking Nationally: Beer Cocktails
2. Drinking Nationally: Beer Cocktails

Beer adds fantastic flavor to cocktails—whether it's a roasty, coffeelike stout or a splash of tangy IPA. There's no denying these beer-based mixed drinks have become a national trend. Here are a few of our favorite beer cocktails from Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, New York, San Diego, and Philadelphia. Check out the post »

1. Homebrewing: How to Pick the Right Beer Recipe
1. Homebrewing: How to Pick the Right Beer Recipe

There are endless homebrew recipes online, but tons of them are awful. Here's how to filter the good from the bad and choose a beer recipe that will help you make delicious homebrew. Read more »