In November 2018, Goose Island Brewery threw a curveball: In the anticipated release of its annual Bourbon County Brand series, it replaced one variant with Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine. It was the first time the series included something other than a stout since 2013. The risk paid off.
It’s officially #stoutseason. For some, that may mean simply shifting gears from session IPAs to darker brews. For others, it entails a crowded calendar of special events celebrating the release of sticky, sludgy, boozy barrel-aged beers. These coveted creations cost double, and sometimes even 10 times the amount of an ordinary stout. The elevated price […]
At a commercial break during the finale of ”The Bachelor” (don’t judge), Progressive, the insurance company, aired an advertisement about a group therapy meeting called the “Dad Support Group.” Most so-called dad jokes are pretty toothless, but one line caught my attention. It was delivered by a bespectacled blonde woman wearing a collared shirt under […]
Craft beer is revolutionary. The industry has created international movements and launched more than 6,000 breweries across the United States. Unfortunately, its success has enabled certain enthusiasts to take what is an inarguably wonderful thing and turn it into grounds on which to proselytize and ruin everyone else’s good time. Here are some of the […]
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 […]
Jugs of beer are universal, surely; but growlers hold a special place in American history (and hearts). In the early 20th century, growlers spoke to star-spangled industry, delivered to laborers alongside lunch pails. Resourceful urbanites whose thirst outpaced their free time purchased beer by the bucket as early as the late 1800s and as late […]
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 […]
Yes, there are obvious American beer travel destinations, like Denver, Portland, and even Asheville. And there are bucket-list beercations abroad, like Belgium and Germany. But for the beer lover looking to delve a little deeper into craft beer culture, an array of less obvious cities are becoming prime destinations for beer travel.
Anyone can sneak a few brown-bagged bottles into her luggage and transform even the dodgiest motel room into a private pub. (Other people do this, right?) But for those seeking slightly more elevated experiences, several American breweries offer overnight accommodations, either at or adjacent to production facilities. Boutique hotels are also getting in on the […]