India pale ales, or IPAs, currently account for 27 percent of all off-premise craft beer sales, which means IPA market share has tripled since 2008. That stat shocked me, because while I recognize that IPAs are by far the most popular craft style, I would not have guessed that the category was still actively extending […]
Beer taxonomy is a messy field, because reasonable bon vivants like you and I tend to be too busy drinking to get bogged down with splitting word-hairs, so we leave such matters to the pedants, who can’t even agree on what basic terms such as “craft” and “session” mean.
Except for maybe Santa Claus and Donald Trump, most of us are actually trying to get some sleep this holiday season. But it’s not always easy. Despite the implicit “joy” of the holidays, there’s often a bit more stress than usual this time of year, whether it’s end-of-the-year job-stress, New Year’s date anxiety, or the […]
With pumpkin spice season behind us, we craft beer drinkers can once again turn our full attention to the hoppy beers that brought most of us here in the first place. In a few short weeks, the malty nutmeg will be returning in the slightly more distinguished form of winter warmers, and shortly thereafter the […]
Ah, the IPA. Hoppy, bitter, intense – like a soulful rabbit. As is the case with wheat beers, opinions of this great beer category are usually pretty polarized. You either love that hop bite, or you scrunch up your nose in disgust. Look, it’s understandable that an onslaught of hop drama can be too much […]
It happens one day (or has it already?): someone at a party walks up to you, microbrew in hand, and starts expounding on the virtues of hops. A friend—maybe someone you trusted—chimes in. Suddenly you’re in the crossfires of a hops-off, listening as once familiar faces throw out strange names like Cascade, Fuggle, Nugget, and […]
In college, taking shots was a method of consuming alcohol cheaply and efficiently. But taking a shot can actually be an endeavor that’s both tasty and tasteful. Instead of downing shots of cheap vodka blindly, take a minute, choose correctly, sniff, and savor. Here are four after dinner shots you should try. After a dinner […]
There are no two more prominent styles of beers that beer geeks and brewers – both home and professional – obsess over more than Pale Ale and India Pale Ale – better known as IPA – but what’s the actual difference between these two hoppy beers, and how did both become so popular in the […]