Beer

Poring Over the Perfect Pour

How to Pour the Perfect Beer

Chances are you've been pouring your beer wrong. Here's how to do it right in three simple steps.

Battle of the Brands

What’s in a Name? A Tale of Two NYC Brewers

There are over 3,000 craft brewing companies in the United States. How can a budding brewer stand out? We caught up with the Bronx Brewery's Chris Gallant and Dyckman Beer Company's Juan Camillo after New York Beer Week to find the solution, from naming to branding to brewing.

Beer Week
Sour Power

The Best American Wild Ales

Wild ales are full bodied, can be incredibly complex, and for beer snobs and those looking for a liquid thrill, they're the holy grail of brewing.

Beer Week
May the Best Brew Win

Two Years of Malted Madness Beer Tournaments

A look back at GP's two blind taste test tournaments, one between 64 of the best beers in the country, one between 34 (32 and a play-in) of macro beers from around the world.

Beer Week
Judging Beer by Its Cover

The Most Iconic Craft Beer Labels, and Their Stories

Who designs your favorite craft beer labels and cans? What inspires them, and how do they translate great beer into expressive, convincing art? To find out, we asked brewers, artists, experts and designers at several major breweries.

Beer Week
Shout Out to President Carter

The Ultimate Home Brewer’s Guide to Gear

Whether you're just starting out as an extract brewer or trying your hand at all-grain brewing, here are the kits you need for your next home brew.

Beer Week
In Craft We Trust

The State of American Craft Beer

Craft beer faces a whole new set of hurdles in 2015. Where are we headed as a nation of brewers and drinkers?

Beer Week
Keeping Beer Weird

10 Best Alternative Beer Festivals

Alternative beer festivals are a little like beer cocktails: they can seem a little tacky to some, but they're worth trying. Here are 10 of America's best.

Beer Week
Learn from those that Brew Before You

How to Start Your Own Brewery

Studying the operations of Fort Point Beer Co., which opened last year and is making waves in one of the most competitive beer markets in the US.

Beer Week
Worldly Brews from the Scottish Craft Scene

The Best Microbrews in Scotland

Finding the best craft brews in Scotland with the help of Glasgow's DryGate Brewery.

The Scotland Issue
New Hops, Fine Water and Malt, and a Big Wave of Creativity

The Rise of Scottish Craft Beer

Scottish craft beer is in its infancy. But its brewers are pushing new boundaries, using complex hops from around the world to launch a glut of creativity.

The Scotland Issue
The Original Barrel Aged Beer

Tasting the Full 2014 Bourbon County Stout Line

If you heard Goose Island Beer Co. was coming into town with their upcoming Black Friday release of their Bourbon County Stout lineup, which features some of the most coveted beers brewed in the US, you’d expect a little fanfare. But when Mike Siegel, innovations manager for Goose Island, carried the lineup in for tasting, it was at room temperature and accompanied by little plastic cups, the sort any corner store would carry.

Get Your Glass In Order

The GP Guide to Beer Glassware

From the Archives: There are serious benefits to matching your glass to your beer. Here's our guide to the different types of glasses and the brews you should sip out of them.

It's Time for a Mischief Night in Craft Beer

The Pumpkin Beer Problem

Back in 2011 The Atlantic reported on "The Divisive Pumpkin Ale", alleging that the style had become synonymous with increasingly stale and overdone flavors. This is still the (very subjective) argument for people who loathe the stuff. But more and more brewers and beer enthusiasts argue beyond taste: they say that some pumpkin beer practices are bad for consumers and craft beer in general.

Opinion
Update your food pyramid

Cream of the Crop: The Best American Fruit Beers

Fruit beers have long been the redheaded stepchildren of the beer world. But now American brewers are using more complex bases -- stouts, brown ales, rye ales and barleywines among others -- and taking cues from the Belgians, those oldest of fruit beer brewers, to harness the nation’s harvest, from pumpkins to pluots. These are the best fruit beers of their labor.

Buying Guide
Everyone Loves the Hefe

The Best American Wheat Beers

If you associate wheat beer with Blue Moon and a slice of orange, this is your primer to the world of American brewers doing something more with their wheat malt. They’re adding aromatic hops. They’re open fermenting. They're cultivating a beer that’s front-palate friendly with a full finish. These ten are perfect examples.

Summer Preview 2015
Pat's Backcountry Beverages Supplies Passable Camp Beer and Excellent Soda

For Happy Hour in the Backcountry, Just Add Water

Leave it to an Alaskan to invent a new way to drink alcohol outdoors. Pat Tatera, the founder of Pat’s Backcountry Beverages, developed a system for carrying concentrated forms of both alcohol and soda into the wild for hikers to make their own carbonated beverages in minutes with the help of stream water and small carbonation pouches.

Two Biologists teach Montreal how good craft brews can be

Dieu du Ciel and the Science of Good Beer

A little over two decades ago, Stephane Ostiguy and Jean-Francois Gravel met while studying science at McGill University. Neither got their degrees -- but they do make some of the best beer in the world at Dieu du Ciel, Montreal's best craft brewery.

Get Your Glass in Order

The Craft Beer Drinker’s Guide to Glassware

There are serious benefits to matching your glass to your beer. Here's our guide to the different types of glasses and the brews you should sip out of them.

Buying Guide
Founder of KelSo Beer Co. and Barrel-Aging Pioneer

30 Minutes With Kelly Taylor

We interview Kelly Taylor, owner and operator of KelSo Beer Co., who recently made beer history by becoming the first American brewer to age beer in Jameson's coveted whiskey barrels.

Q&A
Drowning in Beer

On the Scene: The American Craft Beer Festival

Only in its seventh year, the American Craft Beer Festival is already the largest beer festival on the East Coast. Unlike the West Coast-dominated Great American Beer Festival, the American Craft Beer Festival isn’t a competition; brewers aren’t asked to pay for their booth space, and they are reimbursed for the beer they serve at the festival. This allows more smaller breweries to attend, and it also makes the festival something of a celebration of beer for beer’s sake.

Founder of Oskar Blues

Beers and Bikes with Dale Katechis

GP correspondent Will McGough goes for a bike ride with beer pioneer Dale Katechis and ends up with a bloody elbow and an appreciation for the canned beer movement.

Summer Preview
The Revolution is Here

Tested: Northern Brewer One Gallon Homebrew Kit

If you haven't yet joined the home brew revolution, you're missing out on a lot of fun. We test out one starting point, the one gallon home brew kit from Northern Brewer.

A Visit to Tel Aviv's Beer Bazaar

Holy Water: 6 Best Israeli Microbrews

Not far from where Jesus converted water to wine, Israeli craft brewers are trying their hand at beer. GP editor Jeremy Berger tippled quite a few and came away with a good set of recommendations.

Buying Guide
Two days of boozy exploration

Bringing Strange Beer to the Masses at the Extreme Beer Festival

Good weird beers tend to be the rare finds of the beer world, ones that get secreted away to age in dark cellars or traded with like-minded drinkers for other legendary brews. But every year craft fans get a chance to pay admission to a free-for-all zoo of the wildest ones, captured and served at the raucous drunken atmosphere of the Extreme Beer Festival in Boston, Mass.

A Champion is Crowned

Mass-Market Beer Tournament: The Final Four

The winners of their respective divisions -- Sam Adams, Guinness, Natural Light and Steel Reserve -- match up in the Final Four of the Mass Market Beer Tournament, and we crown a champion.

Malted Madness
Just buy whichever's cheapest

Mass-Market Beer Tournament: The Light Division

The battle of the lights: Bud, Corona, Natural, Busch, Coors, Keystone, Michelob, Miller. Who will come out on top -- and will we even be able to taste the difference?

Malted Madness
In Search of the best ugly gems

Defining the Dive Bar

Dive bars face a tug-of-war: they're either worshiped or ostracized. This must stop. Dive bars are just like any other bar -- plus or minus a few roaches and/or bathroom stall sex stories -- in that "good" or "bad" depends on who's asking. Whatever your cup of tea, we contest simply that "dive" not be used to describe a place that sucks: it should be a place that sucks with vigor, or with style, or with crassness. Here are the sordid watering holes that our staff believes, in their slightly perverse estimations, capture the true spirit of the dive bar.

Malted Madness
The Weirdos Come Out to Play

Mass-Market Beer Tournament: The Special Division

The top selling malt liquors, ciders and flavored beers in America meet in an NCAA tournament of blind taste tests to find the best in the business. We're talking about both Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita and Lime-A-Rita; we're talking about Bud Light Lime; we're talking about Colt 45, Steel Reserve, Angry Orchard and Woodchuck. We're talking about a fiasco.

Malted Madness
Libations the world over

Drinking With The Locals

We explore drinking culture from around the world to bring you the best five customs and oddities we could find -- from beer-chugging Prime Ministers, to drinking and driving (don't do it), to the biggest party in Iceland and more.

Malted Madness
Round One of Malted Madness 2014

Mass-Market Beer Tournament: Domestic Division

We kick off the Mass Market Beer Tournament with the Domestic Division. It's a blind tasting fight to the finish (and a Final Four berth) between Budweiser, Sam Adams, Yuengling, PBR, Miller High Life, Blue Moon, Coors Banquet and PBR.

Malted Madness
Wait...Yuengling's not an Import?

A Case for the Large Craft Brewery

Put a Heady Topper next to a Busch. One of the beers is craft, and the other is not. Why? When does a beer stop being craft? Who wrote the current definition, and why did they define craft like they did? Part of the answer, it turns out, involves two breweries you know.

Malted Madness
34 Beers. 5 Rounds. 1 Winner.

Introducing the Mass-Market Beer Tournament

We got down from our high horse, if only for a second, to judge the best of the generic, watery and cheap mass market beers. How exactly? It has to do with seeding a total of 34 beers into four divisions and holding an NCAA-style tournament of blind tastings in order to declare a winner. Read on for all the details and a preview of next week's madness.

Malted Madness
We Test 10 Huge Imperial IPAs

Doubling Down on IPAs

Over the past 20 years, the way to make a double IPA (otherwise known as DIPA or “imperial IPA”) hasn't really changed: roughly double the ingredients that would go into a normal IPA and you get a double IPA. As the weather changes, more and more stores begin cellaring their heavy winter stouts and replacing them with these hop- and malt-forward beasts. For those looking to expand their palates, doubles offer the citrus hop and bready malt flavors of regular IPAs, but amplified, and with plenty more complexity to spare. We tasted ten of our favorites.

Buying Guide
Cream of the Cropless

Tasting Notes: Gluten-Free Beer Shootout

A fair amount of people in this country drink gluten-free by necessity, and that's not even counting those who do it by choice. But when you tinker with malt, one of the four main ingredients in beer and the one that activates the autoimmune response in those with celiac disease, does the resulting product still taste like beer? And if so, how does it hold up against more traditional counterparts? To find out, we put ten gluten-free beers to a blind taste test.

Buying Guide
Think Globally, Drink Locally

On the Joys of Tropical Beer

One of the sublime joys of a tropical vacation is the beer. I’m not talking about anything you can find at your corner liquor store in Manhattan (Kansas or New York), or even those Mexican imports with the clever TV ads. I’m talking about the ones that come in brown bottles with peeling labels and caps that you knock off on the edge of a table, beers with names like Belikin, Polar, Banks, Sands, Sol, Belashi, Kalik or Three Coins.

The Belize Issue
Smokeshows

Smoked Beer: Our Favorite Winter Oddity

Because their flavor profiles range from hearty to downright bacon-filled savoriness, Rauchbiers -- especially smoked porters -- are the perfect winter beer, sipped alone or paired with charred meats. Crack one of these five in your living room in front of a roaring fire; if you don't have a fireplace, it won't be hard to imagine one.

60, 61, 75, 90, 120, Floor

Tasting the Dogfish Head Minute IPAs (All of Them)

Though Dogfish Head currently produces 33 beers, 65 percent of their sales come from their five "continuously hopped" IPAs -- the 60, Sixty-One, 75, 90 and 120 Minute. We tasted them all, in numerical order, and learned much more about Dogfish Head, and craft beer in general, than we expected.

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