Rich and Ruddy: The best brown ales, epitomizing fall.

POSTED ON October 23rd  - POSTED IN Blog
Maybe it’s the cooler, darker afternoons. Maybe it’s the wind, rain, and drifting foliage. One way or the other, fall makes us craft autumn beer styles—märzen, a.k.a. Oktoberfest, especially. But one oft-overlooked beer style (or collection of related styles, actually), is the humble brown ale. Derived from English, German, and Belgian origins, the tawny colored […]

Pairing: Big cheese & beer

POSTED ON October 15th  - POSTED IN Blog
You can do better than cheddar: At your next beer and cheese pairing, forgo subtlety and try stinky, aged and crazy-flavorful wedges with beers that rise to the challenge. Cave-aged Gruyere + saison Gruyere is a Swiss cheese, but a nap in a cave takes it beyond the holey slice you know with more must, […]

IPAs are going to get hoppier!

POSTED ON October 8th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized
Brewers are always tinkering with new ways to get the most out of hops. It’s particularly noticeable this time of year, when breweries source just-picked “wet” or “fresh” hops from the annual hop harvest; they’re able to extract more oil, which boosts a beer’s hop flavor and aroma. These are called fresh hop IPAs, and […]

Brooks on Beer: The ancient origins of beer — and straws

POSTED ON August 26th  - POSTED IN Blog
The exact origins of beer will forever be a mystery. Our earliest relatives, back in the Paleolithic period, were hunters and gatherers. They foraged for food and scavenged or hunted meat. It wasn’t until the Neolithic period, some 10,000 or so years ago, that people began to realize they didn’t necessarily have to search for their food […]

10 Must-Try American-Made Lagers

POSTED ON August 11th  - POSTED IN Blog
Lagers outsell ales in the US by a landslide, but most folks are still a bit hazy on exactly what makes a lager, well, a lager. We are currently in a golden age of American-made lagers—and your local shop is packed full of delicious options—but let’s back up a bit and give you a little […]


POSTED ON July 30th  - POSTED IN Blog
Four new public hop varieties—Cashmere, Tahoma, Triple Pearl and Yakima Gold—were presented by the Hop Growers of America, the nonprofit association that represents U.S. hop growers. Tahoma, also released by WSU, is a daughter of the Glacier variety and is described as “Cascade-like,” with notes of citrus, cedar, pine, floral, pepper and green melon. Triple […]

USA Vs. Belgium: If The World Cup Were Played In Beer

POSTED ON June 30th  - POSTED IN Blog
The Americans have the spunk, the vigor and a willingness to try anything. The Belgians have the art, the creativity and the tradition of world-class success. We’re not just talking about their looming World Cup matchup here. We’re also talking about beer. The topic of beer and the World Cup is now bubbling around in […]

On Tap: Germany vs. United States – Who has the better beer?

POSTED ON June 25th  - POSTED IN Blog
Tomorrow’s the day. For those of you who follow the World Cup, you know what I’m talking about. For those of you who don’t, let me explain: Germany vs. United States. A win or a tie for Team USA will see us out of the “Group of Death” and into the knockout phase amongst the […]

Glassware 101

POSTED ON June 9th  - POSTED IN Blog
What beer goes in what glass, and does it really make a difference, anyway? Our Cliff’s Notes version of Glassware 101 gives you the lowdown on the nine glasses you need in your collection.

The Roots of American Craft Brewing

POSTED ON May 20th  - POSTED IN Blog
Beer. It’s deeply rooted in this country’s framework. This beverage contributes 1.6 percent to our gross domestic product, and historically has been enjoyed by both presidents and pilgrims alike. From the end of Prohibition through the 1970s, the U.S. was mostly known for mass produced American Lager. Though light and refreshing, some saw these beers […]