Beer is sacred. It’s been central to social and spiritual celebrations for millennia. Some historians even attribute beer to the basis of civilization. Much of what we know about beer’s ancient history traces back to the Hymn to Ninkasi, a 5,000-year-old ode to brewing etched into clay tablets found in modern-day Iraq. The Hymn to […]
In September 2012, the White House published a presidential first: a recipe for White House beer. White House Honey Brown Ale, and later White House Honey Porter and White House Honey Blonde, were the first beers ever brewed on site, courtesy of Sam Kass, White House assistant chef, and President Barack Obama.
Pumpkin beer is a seasonally ubiquitous enigma. “A lot of people just say that term and think it’s one thing, but you have so many different factors going on,” Ryan Daley, Master Cicerone, educator for the High End and host of the ”Thinking Beer” video series by Anheuser-Busch, says.
Cream ales are one of beer’s biggest misnomers. The name confuses consumers, frustrates bartenders, and occasionally leads to mansplaining. One challenge in defining this style is that different brewers set different rules for cream ales. Historical accounts and modern interpretations vary wildly. Compared to macro lagers, cream ales tend to be a little more bitter.
Denise Marlere runs a thriving brewing business from her home. Her husband, Nicholas, is a butcher. This may sound like a hipster couple in the Hudson Valley, but our duo lives in Bridgewater, England, in the 1300s. Our story ends in 1401, when Denise dies and leaves her brewing supplies and business to her servant, Rose. […]
Miller Lite was not the world’s first light beer, as many believe, but it was the first successful light beer. Its considerable market share — it’s currently the nation’s third-best-selling beer — was kickstarted by a 1970s advertising campaign that targeted blue-collar men. This might come as a surprise to modern consumers.
You might think it’s all PBR and irony, but Pabst Brewing, based in Los Angeles, is the fifth-largest brewer in the U.S. Established in 1844 in Milwaukee and best known for its Pabst Blue Ribbon brand (the aforementioned “PBR”), the brewery currently claims 30 brands to its name. But Pabst’s 174-ish-year history — and its […]
A trip to New York is filled with myriad expectations and to-dos. There are museums and galleries to visit in Manhattan, and culture and architecture to check out in Harlem, and dumplings to eat in Queens. But if you’re here for the beer, Brooklyn’s got you. And by that, we mean both the borough, which […]
As beer blogger Jay Brooks of the Brookstone Beer Bulletin once wrote, it’s amazing how often people ignore history. Here’s a tidbit that’s been under our noses for decades: Jack Daniel’s, famed Tennessee whiskey maker, was also, briefly, a Tennessee brewer. The brewery was admittedly short-lived.