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 […]
Hoof Hearted Brewing Company, in Marengo, Ohio, got its name from a fart joke. ”Like many of the world’s most successful businesses,” Trevor Williams, the head brewer and an owner, says with a laugh. (Hint: say the name out loud.) The company’s brand identity is appealingly irreverent, sometimes crass, and ultimately hilarious. Nostalgic beer names and labels […]
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 […]
With Thanksgiving on the horizon, America’s collective watch is set to pie o’clock. Fortunately, for those of us who like to drink our way to dessert, there are excellent beer pairings for each and every pie on the Thanksgiving table. (More of a wine-and-pie person? No problem.) Whether you favor creamy pumpkin, classic apple, or […]
A good pilsner is a deceptively impressive feat. It’s clear with very fine carbonation, always crisp, always refreshing. The style, which started in Bavaria, is time-honored and protected dating back to the definition of the style, Pilsner Urquell, that was first brewed in 1842. But the new American craft pilsner is an entirely different — […]
Here at VinePair we rely on our readers to keep us honest. Last week, a loyal, handsome and thoughtful reader named Ken emailed the following to VinePair headquarters: Come on now, what’s the real difference between ale, lager, stout, bock, dunkel, pilsner, saison, IPA, APA, EIEIO, etc., etc.? Are you guys just screwing with us (I’m […]
Only a couple of shopping days left until Football Christmas, which means it’s time to discuss Super Bowl beers.
There’s an ongoing debate on how to pair food and beer. Some argue that cheap, watery beer goes best with food, and while we don’t exactly agree with this point per se, there’s an underlying truth to the fact that beers with neutrality (unsurprisingly) taste well with a wide variety of flavor profiles. Why? Because softer, […]