“It almost seems stereotypical, a bunch of guys who like heavy metal and beer,” Tony Bellis, co-founder of the Kings County Brewers Collective (KCBC) in Brooklyn, tells me. Bellis and his co-founders, Pete Lengyel and Zack Kinney, just finished a brew day for the second run of their schwarzbier, Morbid Hour.
London’s toughest door admits fewer than 40 people a night. The bar itself is hiding in plain sight in one of the city’s most thronged tourist hubs. Welcome to the Yeoman Warders Club, also known as The Keys. The members-only establishment is situated in the Tower of London, the historic fortress and No. 1 paid tourist attraction […]
Contrary to what the hop heads may have you believe, the most popular beer style in the U.S. is, overwhelmingly, lager. Any craft beer industry vet or trendsetter will likely admit to their secret love of light lagers. Whether the light lager style is craft beer’s next big thing is up for debate. But the undeniable […]
It was a long winter in NYC. On a surprisingly sunny Sunday afternoon in early March, however, a few days after a nor’easter hit, Brooklyn’s Vanderbilt Avenue was teeming with life. Traffic filled the two-lane thoroughfare, and residents seemed eager to make the most out of the first spring-like day of the year.
Blessed with 22 breweries and counting, Fort Collins, Col0. is known as the “Napa Valley of Beer.” Chief among its assets is New Belgium Brewing. Founded in 1991, New Belgium currently operates state-of-the-art, eco-friendly facilities in both Fort Collins and Asheville, N.C., and will debut a brewery on the ground floor of Denver’s Source Hotel […]
Assist, inspire, and encourage are the three words used to describe the goals of the Pink Boots Society (PBS). Based in Warrenton, Ore., this major beer organization has one paid employee. All of its 1,800 members in 76 chapters across eight countries are women or women-identifying beer professionals. The Pink Boots Society connects female members […]
Craft beers like The Alchemist’s Heady Topper don’t come along too often. Almost as soon as the Vermont-born beer hit shelves, the subtly cloudy, astoundingly complex, and deliciously juicy 8 percent ABV double IPA outgrew its now-iconic, black-on-silver 16-ounce can. It transformed into a full-fledged cultural phenomenon, complete with haters, cult devotees, and a whole […]
The beer industry needs change. There was the sexual misconduct allegation from Melvin Brewing that went public in March. Then came misogynistic tweets from a Stone Brewing employee who, on the brewery’s Arrogrant Bastard Twitter account, made light of sexual consent (“Only wussies do the ‘ask permission’ part.”) Plus, as Dave Infante points out in […]
Named for the Sumerian goddess of fermentation, Ninkasi Brewing makes beer from the heart. Helmed by the humble Jamie Floyd, who had been brewing up small batches of beer at a local restaurant in the early 2000s, and Nikos Ridge, who returned to his (and the brewery’s) hometown of Eugene, Ore. after a brief NYC […]