The beer industry is no stranger to shortcuts. Money-conscious brewers rely on adjuncts like corn and rice, and enhance hop flavor with liquid hop extract. Now a sacred cow in craft beer — barrel-aged beer — is up for some corner cutting. The Scottish brewery Innis & Gunn made an announcement on October 17 that […]
Bars are usually places to consume alcohol, not contemplate sobriety. Yet at the Up & Up, a swank cocktail bar in Manhattan’s West Village, that’s exactly what bar manager Chaim Dauermann and I were doing. When I asked him what he, a career bartender, would never drink again, he responded, “All of them, because I don’t […]
If you order a run-of-the-mill bottle of beer in America, you can count on getting 12 fluid ounces. In Germany, beer is bottled in 11.2 or 16.9 ounces. Go over to England, and you’re likely to find cans that are 440 milliliters, or around 14.8 ounces. What gives? Why are beers in the land of […]
The fight for independence in beer is raging stronger than ever in certain circles, but craft breweries may have hit an impasse. UBS, a wealth management firm, recently released a study on U.S. alcohol consumers that found that 45 percent of drinkers don’t care if the beer they drink is from an independent brewery. The […]
It’s a weekday at 11:30 a.m. at the Blue Hill restaurant in Manhattan, and a group of alcohol writers are milling around with cocktails in their hands. The drinks are an off-yellow mix of Meyer lemon, honey, and a base product called Seedlip, and they’re all mixed and shaken by a bartender. Cocktails at 11:30 a.m. […]
Few places love American bourbon barrels as much as Scotland. Deep in the Scottish countryside, stacks of used American whiskey barrels tower above buildings. Eventually, those barrels will be reworked and transformed, and the barrels that once helped American whiskey become bourbon will be born again as Scotch barrels. By law, Scotch must be barrel-aged […]
Elysian Brewing Company’s Dayglow can is iconic. Eye-stopping hydraulic greens and yellows, lasers, and a tiger — you know which beer it is right when you see it. Recently, Elysian put Dayglow into cans and brought the label with it. So we figured now is as good a time as ever to look back on the […]
For many people, craft beer means IPA. That makes sense. The style has dominated tap lists and the press about beer essentially since craft beer went mainstream. Which makes you wonder: When will all the hype around IPA finally stop? I asked 15 brewers to find out. “Blight? Plague of locusts?
Less than a week after an annual Gallup poll found that beer is the preferred alcoholic beverage for 40 percent of American drinkers, Wall Street downgraded the stock of Boston Beer Company and Constellation Brands because people aren’t drinking enough beer.