Kathleen Willcox

Craft Brewers Explained to Us Why Water Is Actually Beer’s Most Important Ingredient

Craft Brewers Explained to Us Why Water Is Actually Beer’s Most Important Ingredient

Beer, like our bodies, is mostly water. “Water is the most important ingredient in beer,” says Max Unverferth, one of the three brewers at the mobile beer outfit Nowhere in Particular. In fact, it’s so important, the differences in the water in different locations will affect — sometimes deeply — the taste of the beer. And though […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Africa’s Beer Culture

Everything You Need to Know About Africa’s Beer Culture

Wine, palm oil, cocoa, and coffee are among the agricultural products Americans consume from Africa. But pity the American beer geek and craft brewer bereft of the ancient, heterogeneous, and gloriously innovative source of wisdom and knowledge that has suffused African beer culture for centuries. According to the Western paradigm, the basic building blocks of […]

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Beer, Sex, and Gods: Meet the Deities That Inspired These Brews

Beer, Sex, and Gods: Meet the Deities That Inspired These Brews

It may seem hard to believe, but back in the day, religion, baby making, and booze were a holy triumvirate. It’s tough for our brains to grasp, structured as they are by a Judeo-Christian and then a post-Enlightenment scientific worldview. We’re trained from toddlerhood to compartmentalize the state, religion, and sexual reproduction into silos that are never […]

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The Most Influential Bars in America

The Most Influential Bars in America

Think of the mind-boggling influence that bad friend in middle school had over you. Think of the mesmerizing power that celebrities pushing products on Instagram have on tweens. Ponder the ridiculous fashion trends that seem to arrive from nowhere and temporarily hypnotize us all into believing we are making bizarre, expensive product choices independently. The world of food […]

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