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 […]
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.
When it comes to restorative boozy beverages enjoyed on cold winter nights, hot toddies have enjoyed their reign for years. And while they may very well remain on top for decades to come, a relatively unknown but increasingly popular alternative is brewing in Portland, Oregon. Every winter, Cascade Brewing releases a limited-edition, seasonal brew called […]
‘Tis the season, and that means Christmas beer. The seasonal style has a long history in brewing cultures worldwide, from France’s bière de Noel, to Germany’s weihnacht, to contemporary American iterations from Elysian, Anchorage, and many others. The Beer Judge Certification Program sets out certain guidelines for what characterizes a Christmas beer.
Among the more optimistic advertising slogans (”I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke,” ”Diamonds are Forever”) lies Miller High Life’s ”The Champagne of Beers” assertion. It’s so bold it reads almost as a dare, like when a celebrity self-identifies as down-to-earth in an interview aboard a private plane. Miller’s Champagne dreams, however, are surprisingly […]
As anyone who has ever watched any sports broadcast can attest, nothing is more American than beer. Served ice-cold on a hot summer day. In tandem with baseball, perhaps, or maybe church. Better still — over Memorial Day weekend, or beneath fireworks on the goddamn Fourth of July. The root of our beer-soaked nationalism is […]
On the patio of a brewery founded in 1318, I discovered what Kölsch beer is all about, and it’s not fancy hops, new recipes, or top-fermenting yeast. It’s also when I realized the way we think about Kölsch in America is all wrong. O.K., so top-fermenting yeast is part of it. But this light-bodied German […]
Here’s a theoretical question for you to roll around the old noodle: If you vividly remember a weird movie trailer, or a Simpsons joke, or a funny commercial from childhood, but are completely unable to find a trace of it on YouTube, did it ever truly air? Perhaps not.
Want to go to Dartmouth? Good for you. That’ll cost you just $69,474 a year. That price tag might seem insanely high and definitely includes a cost category vaguely labeled “miscellaneous,” but think of what you’re getting: it’s an Ivy League school, probably a great first step toward a super-corrupt political career, and—wait for it—the […]