”Champagne is just wine,” physicist Roberto Zenit said. “What makes it special is the carbonation.” It’s true: We love our bubbles. In 2017, the world guzzled 544 million bottles ($913 million) of Prosecco, 307 million bottles ($5.6 billion) of Champagne, and approximately 550 billion bottles ($661 billion) of beer. Although fermentation naturally imparts some carbonation […]
It’s in vogue to produce and consume things that are natural, wild, and untreated by modern industrial methods. That goes for food, wine, and, increasingly, beer. There are many breweries in the U.S. producing unpasteurized beer. But what is it exactly? Here’s everything you need to know before drinking unpasteurized beer. What is it? An […]
German-style lagers have ruled a large portion of the beer market for centuries — from the Reinheitsgebot in the 1500s, to American macrobrew lagers, to Mexican lagers, to the American craft pilsners of today. Lagers made with cold-fermenting yeast are unmistakably German- influenced. But the yeast that makes German beer distinct is actually not from Germany.
Head pounding, lights flashing, can’t think straight. It’s the day after drinking and it feels like your brain is punishing you for once again having a few drinks too many. But there’s one surefire solution (other than hair of the dog): Grab the coconut water. Your head is pounding because alcohol is a diuretic.
Regardless of your feelings about bats, you owe them a thank you. Without bats, there would be no tequila. Just as you fuel your night on the agave spirit, bats fuel their night on agave nectar. The wild bat population in Mexico is directly linked to the agave crop that produces tequila, which can only […]
When considering the flavors in craft beer, it’s easy to be enamored by the hops. Hops are hyped, worshipped, and are even included in the names and label designs of many craft beers. But there’s another ingredient that you should pay attention to: yeast. Without yeast, there would be no beer (or alcohol, for that matter). During […]
When thinking about cocktails and salt, it’s easy for the mind to wander to a Margarita and its iconic salted rim. But to silo salt to the mix of lime and tequila is to miss out on the vast potential of salty cocktails. Agave shines and lime juice simply tastes better when there’s salt involved, […]
It’s Friday night and your friends are coming over but you forgot to put wine in the fridge before you left for work. At this moment in time, it is a gross room temperature. You rush to put a bottle of rosé in the freezer, hoping it’ll chill in the two hours before they arrive.
Today’s craft beer drinkers are used to seeing obscure ingredients on their beer labels. There’s POG, Syrah grape must, habanero, you name it. It’s enough to make you wonder where the line is between beer and beer-like product. But brewers have been putting non-traditional ingredients into beer for more than a century. Case in point: […]