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There’s a Czech Beer Brewers Are Obsessed With, And It’s Not Pilsner

There’s a Czech Beer Brewers Are Obsessed With, And It’s Not Pilsner

Pilsners dominate Americans’ perceptions of Czech beer, but the Central European country has a dark, beery secret. The second most popular brew in the Czech Republic is near-black tmavé pivo, or “dark beer,” a brewing style that actually predates pilsner — and upstages it in some Czech taverns. At Prague’s oldest brewery, U Fleků, founded in […]

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The Insider’s Guide to San Diego’s Behemoth Brewery Scene

The Insider’s Guide to San Diego’s Behemoth Brewery Scene

Beer is everywhere in San Diego. Anyone who wants to experience the full breadth and depth of the city’s brewing scene faces a behemoth challenge. Not only is San Diego county geographically large (more than 4,500 square miles), and spread out across a wide variety of landscapes, but the sheer number of breweries to explore […]

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Barrage Brewing’s Steve Pominski Adores Cantillon’s Iris, And Yoo-hoo

Barrage Brewing’s Steve Pominski Adores Cantillon’s Iris, And Yoo-hoo

What do you call a bar in a garage? If you’re Steve Pominski, that’s an easy answer: a ”barrage.” In 2009, Pominski, then a homebrewer, built a 16-foot mahogany bar outfitted with two taps in his garage to better sample batches and track progress while he assiduously refined his recipes. Soon, ”The Barrage,” as it […]

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A Brooklyn Distiller and His Two-Headed Monster Are Turning Craft Beer into Whiskey

A Brooklyn Distiller and His Two-Headed Monster Are Turning Craft Beer into Whiskey

Dave Kyrejko loves beer. He also loves whiskey and science. And that’s where the monster comes in. “Yep, it’s the two-headed monster,” Kyrejko tells me. “That’s the official name.” We’re standing inside Interboro Spirits and Ales, an airy warehouse-turned-craft-brewery in an industrial stretch of East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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I Homebrewed Strawberry Four Loko and Lived to Tell the Tale

I Homebrewed Strawberry Four Loko and Lived to Tell the Tale

Among the annals of bad decision enablers, like reality TV and front-facing cameras, Four Loko is the stuff of millennial legend. Since its 2005 inception, caffeine- and energy-laced Four Loko ruined countless people’s nights. Then, shortly before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned caffeine in alcoholic beverages in 2010, OG Four Loko disappeared. Gone […]

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