The fermentation and distilling processes that keep humanity lubricated share a lot. But they actually start and end differently, which is why you don’t often see brewers adding whiskey to their lineup, or dual beer and winemaking operations. A quick alcohol refresher course tells us that ethyl alcohol, the type of alcohol that we drink, […]
My new day job comes with many perks, such as a paycheck and free coffee. The money is probably my favorite part, because I’m a crass jerk with no soul or trust fund, but I really do appreciate the coffee, too. It’s not just a couple of vacuum pumps of hours-old, gas-station grade Deluxe Tuscan […]
Most of us divide our beer-drinking careers into two eras: the benighted past and the enlightened present. Everyone’s journey was different, but we’ve all arrived at our personalized version of the same destination, a very happy place where we know what we like and generally have the means to acquire it.
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when someone asks you about Jane Austen? Perhaps it’s a high school memory of being forced to read ”Pride and Prejudice” aloud while the rest of the class carved obscenities into their desks. Maybe you were an English major and Austen’s name brings to mind riveting conversations about […]
Certain optimistic political types and their yes-men in Congress may deny the notion that our climate and ecosystem have become unstable and increasingly vulnerable. But for the rest of us, it’s no secret that climate change is real. (Just scroll through Bernie Sanders’ Twitter account.) Of course, with any issue there are going to be […]
The explosion of craft beer has in large part been because of the meteoric rise in popularity of IPA. This hop-forward beer has become so famous that, for many people, it’s the only craft beer style they’ve ever had. And because IPA has become so popular, beer drinkers across the country have started coming into […]
Here’s one science lesson worth the flop sweat and trembling limbs we used to get when we were asked to balance an equation or memorize terms like Avogadro’s Number and phalanges. Why is this particular lesson worthwhile? ‘Cause it’s about beer.
There is nothing about this that doesn’t sound Sci-Fi astounding. First, the flat and seemingly lifeless expanse of the Atacama desert, 600 miles of graveyard-quiet emptiness rising from Peru’s southern border into Northern Chile.
A “gypsy brewer” sounds like some itinerant magical beer producer—and just a heads up, no matter how many TLC show titles contain it, the term “gypsy” is actually considered offensive. So we’re only using the term here because, for reasons that’ll become obvious (if not excusable), it’s come to be a specific term in the […]