IPA

Bubbly, Bone-Dry Brut IPAs Are Suddenly All Anyone Can Talk About

Bubbly, Bone-Dry Brut IPAs Are Suddenly All Anyone Can Talk About

“There’s no mistaking that we are living in the heyday of IPA,” Dick Cantwell, brewer and author of ”Brewing Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale,” says. He’s absolutely correct. The Brewers Association ranks IPAs just behind American lagers and light lagers in nationwide popularity. Beer styles within the category span all-out hop […]

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The Oral History of Heady Topper

The Oral History of Heady Topper

Craft beers like The Alchemist’s Heady Topper don’t come along too often. Almost as soon as the Vermont-born beer hit shelves, the subtly cloudy, astoundingly complex, and deliciously juicy 8 percent ABV double IPA outgrew its now-iconic, black-on-silver 16-ounce can. It transformed into a full-fledged cultural phenomenon, complete with haters, cult devotees, and a whole […]

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We Asked 10 Brewers: What’s Your Favorite Cheese to Pair With Your Beer?

We Asked 10 Brewers: What’s Your Favorite Cheese to Pair With Your Beer?

We’re never gonna tell you not to eat cheese with your wine. That we can solemnly swear. However, if you’re a beer drinker, beer and cheese pairings are very much worth your time. Think about it — beer is grain-based and effervescent, so putting it with cheese can be an easier, more balanced path to […]

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For Ohio Brewer Trevor Williams, ‘LaCroix Is Life’

For Ohio Brewer Trevor Williams, ‘LaCroix Is Life’

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 […]

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A Craft Brewery Can Sell Out Without Being Bought

A Craft Brewery Can Sell Out Without Being Bought

“Make fun stuff happen, hang out with cool people.” That’s how Sam Richardson, co-founder of Brooklyn’s Other Half Brewing, described his business to me in an interview a year ago. We had been talking about the influence of YouTube beer reviewers (Brew Tubers, as I cleverly called them). The conversation eventually turned to review sites […]

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WTF is DDH? It Depends on Whom You Ask.

WTF is DDH? It Depends on Whom You Ask.

As with so many things pertaining to beer, particularly those of the IPA variety, ”DDH” is more complicated than it looks. The acronym, which stands for “double dry-hopped,” is increasingly adopted by trend-driven (and trend-setting) brewers putting out hoppy, aromatic IPAs and DIPAs. In fact, many New England IPAs, a particularly sticky category, are sold in […]

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New England IPA’s Secret Ingredient Is Instagram

New England IPA’s Secret Ingredient Is Instagram

In an interview with the U.K.’s Morning Advertiser last year, Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, author, and all-around beer industry celebrity, dismissed the New England-style IPA, or New England IPA (NEIPA), as “a fad.” Oliver also called it “the first beer style based around Instagram culture and based around social media,” with its draw […]

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