Wine tasting notes can seem like they come from a Mad Libs generator. Everything from specific flowers and fruits to descriptors like ”zippy” are meant to help drinkers understand the flavors in a glass of their favorite wine. But behind the tasting analogies and loving descriptions of wine as living art, there’s science. All the […]
Among all the hazy New England IPAs, trendy sours, and special releases out there, one year-round beer has captured the hearts and minds of beer lovers: Heady Topper from The Alchemist. This is a unicorn beer with limited distribution, and it’s on nearly every craft beer drinker’s bucket list. Here’s what you need to know […]
This summer, the Brewers Association, the largest representative body for craft beer, unveiled its “Certified Independent Craft” seal. Created to adorn labels, cans, and taproom doors, the moniker tells consumers which breweries qualify as independent and craft according to Brewers Association guidelines. Now the first labeled cans are on beer shelves, and the logo has […]
The number of individual beer items at U.S. retailers is declining for the first time in five years, according to a MillerCoors blog post cited in the Mark Brown industry newsletter. A research group found that beer options decreased 3.4 percent from the end of 2016 to August 2017. Most of that is coming from […]
Updated on 2017-09-19
Sixpoint wants you to say goodbye to waiting in line for hot new beer releases. The brewery announced today that it built an app that lets people buy limited release, small-batch beers straight from the brewery. Once the beers are ordered through the app, you choose a pick up time and there you have it: […]
The current craft brewing craze is fueled by IPAs and flash-in-the-pan trends. But for 22 years, Allagash White, a Belgian White beer, has been defining a segment of the industry and proving that there’s more to American beer than hops and high alcohol. The first beer produced at Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, Maine in […]
Gin and vodka are two very distinct spirits. Most obviously, one is associated with pine and herbal flavors, while the other is often positioned as an odorless, tasteless entity. Yet the two are frequent substitutes for each other in cocktails such as the Martini or Vodka/Gin and Tonic. It’s easy to think of gin as essentially a flavored vodka, but […]
On September 7, AB InBev’s “The High End” division — infamous among craft beer fans for buying up beloved independent breweries — announced it had laid off 90 percent of its sales force. The news quickly spawned stories with opinionated quotes and sarcastic Twitter posts about the 380 or so people now out of work.
Pumpkin beer is divisive. Mocked by many but purchased by millions, the category perplexes retailers, brewers, and consumers alternatively delighted and overwhelmed by all-pumpkin everything. In the spirit of giving the people what they do (and do not) want, we gathered 28 pumpkin beers and ciders to create the one and only ranking you need.