Happy 2019! Now that the ball has dropped, the confetti cleared, and the flutes of Champagne (or brut IPA) have been polished off, let’s get real — really real — and talk about New Year’s resolutions. Statistically, most of us give up on our #goals for the year ahead fairly quickly. Our resolutions tend to be […]
Michael Oxton is not afraid of hard work. He and his Night Shift Brewing co-founders, Rob Burns and Mike O’Mara, fervently pursued their homebrewing hobby at night for five years, while living in a shared apartment and working desk jobs. In 2012, they debuted Night Shift in Everett, Mass.
Unlike your politically outspoken uncle, beer is a welcome guest at every Thanksgiving gathering. It complements whatever you’re serving, be it fowl, tofurkey, or beef (in the form of family infighting). No one is more thankful for beer than brewers themselves. It’s their love, their livelihood, their language.
Chris Cuzme has two life goals: to make beer and play music. ”I’ll never, ever be or feel like a complete person if I’m not doing both at the very least,” he says, sitting at a communal table in the taproom of Fifth Hammer Brewing Company in Long Island City, Queens. Cuzme, the brewer and […]
“I grew up on Mister Softee, and have fond memories of chasing down the truck come summer,” Bryan Brushmiller, the brewmaster and owner of Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin, Md., says. Many of us have similar childhood memories, but only Brushmiller was inspired to make sour beer-infused soft-serve ice cream. J.R.E.A.M., Burley Oak’s line of […]
Hoof Hearted Brewing Company, in Marengo, Ohio, got its name from a fart joke. ”Like many of the world’s most successful businesses,” Trevor Williams, the head brewer and an owner, says with a laugh. (Hint: say the name out loud.) The company’s brand identity is appealingly irreverent, sometimes crass, and ultimately hilarious. Nostalgic beer names and labels […]
What do you call a bar in a garage? If you’re Steve Pominski, that’s an easy answer: a ”barrage.” In 2009, Pominski, then a homebrewer, built a 16-foot mahogany bar outfitted with two taps in his garage to better sample batches and track progress while he assiduously refined his recipes. Soon, ”The Barrage,” as it […]
Craft beer reached another unprecedented milestone in 2017. For the first time, according to newly released figures from the Brewers Association, the total number of breweries in operation in the U.S. passed 6,000. Though the exact number has yet to be revealed, that’s at least 700 more breweries than we had in 2016, and more […]
Beer was the answer for An Bui. In 1997, he decided to ditch the extensive wine list at Mekong, his family’s struggling Vietnamese restaurant in a Richmond, Virginia strip mall, for a small selection of Belgian ales. The brews drew customers to Mekong, so Bui expanded, first adding a single-tap kegerator, and then quickly upgrading to […]