Beer is a four-season sport, but certain brews are best suited to summer months. Crisp lagers quench your thirst, sours and IPAs cut through the heat, and pale ales are as bright and beautiful as a summer Friday. For our annual ranking of the year’s best summer beers, VinePair polled a panel of industry experts.
Call them juicy, call them hazy, call them crazy, New England-style IPAs are here to stay(zy). The cloudy, tropically hoppy, bitter-banishing ales that subverted the IPA style and then created a new one, with their sexy exterior and easy-drinking interior, are now a national obsession.
Heralded as the next big thing for more than three years now, sours occupy a divisive corner of the beer world. According to the internet, it’s women who love them. No, wait, it’s gender-nonspecific hipsters. Or maybe everyone loves sour beers, we just don’t know how to talk about them. In truth, anyone who appreciates tangy flavors and a […]
Those who frequent Irish pubs might argue there is no wrong time to drink a Guinness. Still, few beer styles are as perfectly suited to the depths of winter as stouts, the style Guinness made famous, and their cousins, porters. These two dark, malty styles are often grouped together and, in some circumstances, brewers use […]
Barrels aren’t just for whiskey and wine anymore. There are nearly 7,000 barrel-aged beers listed on BeerAdvocate —a major influx since the early 2000s when a few craft labels like Firestone Walker and New Belgium introduced their barrel-aged options. Today, breweries are experimenting with old bourbon, wine, tequila, rum, and Scotch barrels, imparting unusual flavor […]
Getting into a rut is easy when you’re not challenging yourself. And what could be less challenging than months of staying home, overeating, and mumbling to your family? That’s why winter is known as “The Coward’s Season.” But as we shamble into spring — or something resembling un-winter in the Northeast, anyway — it is […]
The number of craft breweries in the U.S. has increased more then 75 percent since 2012 . And we’re not complaining. But it does make it hard to decide what to buy when you hit the store or bar. You don’t want to waste your money on something that tastes like Budweiser. So we asked Lisa […]
Let’s start with the bad news: Beer is not, in fact, the breakfast of champions, for the simple and devastating reason that life is not a sassy T-shirt slogan. But that doesn’t mean beer is exclusively for the ne’er-do-well’s breakfast table. Plenty of occasional-do-wells have also been known to partake of an a.m.
It seems like I hear less tongue-wringing over the inevitable kablammo’ing of the alleged craft beer bubble than I used to. This might mean we’ve decided the beer business is healthier than we’d thought, or it might just mean I’ve been eavesdropping on a more optimistic crowd.