Pilsners dominate Americans’ perceptions of Czech beer, but the Central European country has a dark, beery secret. The second most popular brew in the Czech Republic is near-black tmavé pivo, or “dark beer,” a brewing style that actually predates pilsner — and upstages it in some Czech taverns. At Prague’s oldest brewery, U Fleků, founded in […]
The past two years have been good to hard-drinking disciples. Pope Francis famously declared wine a necessity in 2016, and former Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 90th birthday with a beer and bretzels in August, 2017. Only one beer in recorded history received an actual blessing from the pope.
“Do your best, and next time, do better.” Such is the motto of Deschutes Brewery, a brewery deeply rooted in its home and community of Bend, Oregon. As the eighth-largest independent brewing company in the country, and 15th-largest brewing company overall, it comes as no surprise that the brewery is constantly working to improve. Aside from its […]
Updated on 2018-02-15
The James Beard Foundation has announced the semifinalists for the 2018 James Beard Awards. These groups of semifinalists for the annual ”Oscars of the food world” signify the short list of potential nominees for best restaurant, best chef, and other outstanding food and drink professionals in the United States.
This week saw another ripple in the Big Beer versus Independent Beer debate. On Monday, Stone Brewing released an announcement and video detailing a lawsuit Stone filed against MillerCoors regarding its Keystone brand. According to Stone, MillerCoors co-opted the Stone Brewing brand by rolling out a recent rebranding of Keystone in which the industrial light […]
Updated on 2018-02-14
Hold my seltzer. Temescal Brewing, an Oakland-based craft brewery with a delightful sense of humor (and a trendy sense of taste), has canned a special treat for San Francisco Beer Week: La Fizz. The La Croix-inspired “sparkling ale” is a 3.8 percent ABV, easy-drinking ale made with fresh ruby red grapefruit zest, reports Eater San […]
India Pale Ale, or IPA, is inarguably the most sought-after style of craft beer in the country. It’s also the most misunderstood. For many, hearing ”IPA” causes a knee-jerk reaction that sends them running for the hills, or for a glass of wine. The acronym is often associated with ”hoppy,” and therefore bracingly bitter, offensively […]
It’s winter, which means it’s cuffing season for singles, stout season for beer nerds, and chocolate season* for everyone. *Note: Chocolate season is real! Per the Guardian, it “kicks off before Halloween, taking in Christmas, Valentine’s and Mother’s days, and ends just after Easter (give or take a bit of abstention for Lent).” Commercially driven or no […]
Winter travel season is upon us. As seats in economy cabins continue to shrink, many airlines have introduced a new category, premium economy, to domestic and international routes. Premium economy fares are about 15 to 20 percent more expensive than basic economy, but they also offer extra legroom, free drinks — and the perks don’t […]