‘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.
Whether you’re surreptitiously polishing off a gingerbread man while standing over the sink in a dark kitchen, or sharing a platter of homemade goodies with loved ones at your holiday table, cookie season has arrived. You can pair yours with wines like Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon. Or you can highlight fudgy, buttery, or fruity notes with […]
Holiday shopping can be stressful. Holiday shopping for your parents and your in-laws can be beyond stressful. They have more experience and more refined tastes, and they absolutely must be impressed. Enter these 12 gifts. Whether the parental figures in your life favor brown spirits, Champagne, or dinner parties, these presents are sure to leave everyone […]
Big brewing company versus small craft label is a well-known story by now. Even craft brewery versus craft brewery is getting played out. But small craft brewery versus a tag team of the largest brewing company in the world, Maker’s Mark, and the small-business-loving city of Portland, Oregon? That’s something we haven’t heard before.
With the holidays upon us, the need for last-minute grocery reinforcements and for a stiff drink, consumed alone while staring blankly at no one, tend to increase in tandem. Enter Whole Foods. Not only does this chain of supermarkets cater to health nuts and people who say “ancient grains” a lot, it’s also a surprisingly […]
Finding the perfect gift for the beer lover in your life can be challenging — especially if you yourself are not a total beer geek. The trick is straddling the three-way conundrum of things that a beer lover will enjoy, things that a beer lover doesn’t already have, and things that a beer lover will […]
The power of Christmas cinema cannot be ignored. It delivers nostalgia, corny tag lines, questionable plot development, cliches, and escapism, all wrapped up into an hour and a half of cushy delight. Nothing cools flaring family tempers like a movie everyone has seen too many times. You know what else Christmas movies do? They contain within their […]
The big holiday weekend that we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. To top it all off, Christmas Day and the commencement of Hanukkah fall on the same day. No matter what you’re celebrating, this weekend is going to be huge. Friends, family, and loved ones are certain to be gathered around, with endless […]
Let’s just face it — it’s not the holiday season without family to drive you absolutely crazy. It’s the only time of the year when we have to put our Miss America smiles on as we welcome our crazy Aunt Sharon inside (even though internally we’re screaming at how petty her backhanded compliments are). Our […]