At its most basic, beer is simply the malt, water, yeast, and hops. Everything else is just extra added on to the base. And while hops get much of the credit for flavor, they’re not necessarily the most important ingredient. I asked 15 brewers what the most underrated ingredient in beer is. Here are their responses. […]
Industrial, high-strung beers are out and farm fresh is in. Which sounds great in theory, but a shift in preference also means getting used to a few new things. Namely, sediment in beer. Cloudy beers like New England-style IPAs and unfiltered ales often have a solid layer at the bottom of the beer that makes the beer […]
Every foodie worth her coral pink Himalayan sea salt will tell you that merely dining at restaurants that serve organic, fair trade, hand-gathered-and-butchered fare on locally sourced wooden tables with recycled tablecloths dyed with beet juice just isn’t enough. Shopping at the farmer’s market?
As the United States’ craft beer industry continues to boom (the number of operating breweries jumped 16.6 percent in 2016), brewing is an increasingly promising employment sector. Last year, craft brewers provided almost 129,000 jobs, up 6 percent from the year before. In response to all this growth, two- and four-year colleges across the country have […]
Why do I have to pay a corkage fee at a restaurant if I bring my own wine and why does it vary so much? If you have a special bottle at home that you’d rather drink with your meal instead of ordering a bottle off the list, then you’re going to have to pay […]
Beer, like our bodies, is mostly water. “Water is the most important ingredient in beer,” says Max Unverferth, one of the three brewers at the mobile beer outfit Nowhere in Particular. In fact, it’s so important, the differences in the water in different locations will affect — sometimes deeply — the taste of the beer. And though […]
The fermentation and distilling processes that keep humanity lubricated share a lot. But they actually start and end differently, which is why you don’t often see brewers adding whiskey to their lineup, or dual beer and winemaking operations. A quick alcohol refresher course tells us that ethyl alcohol, the type of alcohol that we drink, […]
My new day job comes with many perks, such as a paycheck and free coffee. The money is probably my favorite part, because I’m a crass jerk with no soul or trust fund, but I really do appreciate the coffee, too. It’s not just a couple of vacuum pumps of hours-old, gas-station grade Deluxe Tuscan […]
Most of us divide our beer-drinking careers into two eras: the benighted past and the enlightened present. Everyone’s journey was different, but we’ve all arrived at our personalized version of the same destination, a very happy place where we know what we like and generally have the means to acquire it.