There’s a Czech Beer Brewers Are Obsessed With, And It’s Not Pilsner

There’s a Czech Beer Brewers Are Obsessed With, And It’s Not Pilsner

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 […]

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These 17th Century Monks Went on a 40-Day, Beer-Only Lenten Fast… With the Pope’s Approval

These 17th Century Monks Went on a 40-Day, Beer-Only Lenten Fast… With the Pope’s Approval

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.

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10 Things You Should Know About Deschutes Brewery

10 Things You Should Know About Deschutes Brewery

“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 […]

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Hop Take: Craft Beer Sues Big Beer, Craft Wine Wants in on the Drama

Hop Take: Craft Beer Sues Big Beer, Craft Wine Wants in on the Drama

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 […]

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An Oakland Brewery Just Released A La Croix-Inspired Ale

An Oakland Brewery Just Released A La Croix-Inspired Ale

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 […]

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Nine Great Chocolate Stouts You Can Buy Right Now, Ranked

Nine Great Chocolate Stouts You Can Buy Right Now, Ranked

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 […]

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Is Premium Economy Worth It for the Drinks? (LOL, Not On United)

Is Premium Economy Worth It for the Drinks? (LOL, Not On United)

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 […]

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