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Every once in a while, a beer comes along that pushes boundaries and make you think about everything you thought you knew about beer.
We spoke to Will Oldham, also known by the stage name Bonnie “Prince” Billy, who has released more than 20 studio albums and several beer collaborations.
The first sip of Spruce Tip Sculpin is a leap of faith: Are you about to drink something pleasant or will it taste like a Christmas tree?
Bitter IPA meets confectioners’ sugar, butter, and cardamom to balance out its flavors into a rich, sweet glaze that sits atop extra-crunchy shortbread bars.
This year, we've interviewed people from the world of music, entertainment, food, and even politics about nearly every topic you could imagine.
Sour ale meets lebkuchen, a traditional German cookie with lots of strong spices and cakey texture, adding the perfect balance of acidity and bitterness.
It’s so damn cold that companies are worried about beer bottles exploding.
The 26-year-old Port-au-Prince native is fusing roots music from his home country with electronic beats and hip-hop. We caught up with him in the midst of a whirlwind year for a beer.
It’s full of fruit and it might actually explode.
These russet potatoes bake up crunchy on the outside and fluffy inside, served with a sauce of reduced abbey dubbel, sour cream, mustard, and maple syrup.
The Finnish actor, who did a terrifying turn as a white nationalist in Spike Lee's Oscar-nominated film, talks saunas, beer, and his passion for fly fishing.
Frank Turner talks about his latest album, "Be More Kind," and brewing his own beer with England’s Signature Brewing Company.
Curious about that yeasty sediment in your bottle? Here’s everything you need to know about bottle-conditioned beer.
Oh, the places we went! From far-flung destinations like Honduras to stateside classics like Detroit, here are the journeys that stayed with us.
Mike Brandt, the brewer and winemaker at Garden Grove Brewing & Urban Winery in Richmond, Virginia, is passionate about fermentation in all forms.
Tom Krell breaks between tour stops to muse about posthumanism, Nihilism, and drug-induced revelations while not drinking a beer.
A year of beer-drinking has all led to this moment.
Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative is helping breweries make the switch to refillable bottles, but it's not an easy switch.
Not sure which brew to pair with your dan dan noodles? We asked Amelie Kang of New York’s Málà Project.
PayItFurloughed is helping make life more bearable during the government shutdown.
The first entirely Black-owned craft beer bar in the historic neighborhood, Harlem Hops aims to teach the local community about how great beer can be.
The intense flavor of imperial or chocolate stout is a natural fit for these biscotti, packed with lots of cocoa powder, pistachios, and dried cherries
You’ll find Mira Mariah’s work inked on celebrity skin and the label of an upcoming barrel-aged sour from Wicked Weed.
Over beers, we spoke to the Democratic Socialist and soon-to-be New York State Senator about fundamental rights and young people running for office.
We spoke to Hop Along about the recording of Bark Your Head Off, Dog, the origins of the Hop Along IPA, and what it felt like to be signed by Saddle Creek.
British post-punk trio Shopping is a small band that tackles big ideas—such as identity, desire and politics—with expansive and complex music.
A manager at a Chicago steakhouse, Phil Stubstad went from brewing in his garage to creating 1,000-gallon batches for nearly a dozen restaurants.
"I joke around more than ever, now that I don’t play the game, that you need beer to watch a baseball game," says the third baseman-turned-brewery owner.
Flowers of Vietnam used to be a Coney Island hot dog stand. Today it is one of Detroit's most talked-about restaurants.
"No American wants to liquidate their savings because a government can't do its job," says one brewer struggling to pay his employees.
In some six packs of Pumpkin Ale, there is a bottle of White Pumpkin Ale. Only one thousand of these elusive beers were produced.
Dark, strong, and a classic example of a Russian imperial stout, the boozy Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery only gets better with age.
The Brooklyn brewery's imperial porter has a lot to love, especially if you enjoy rich coffee.
The light bitterness and amber color of a red ale was the inspiration for these shortbread wedges.
We spoke with drummer Tim Very about the band's longevity and the process behind making Manchester Orchestra's own golden lager.
Recent changes to Oklahoma’s restrictive beer laws have kicked off a craft brew boom in Tulsa.
"I used to love beer, and touring was a nice experience to try out different local IPAs."
The latest major entry in the Brut IPA category is a well-balanced beer from Colorado's New Belgium.
Everything about Upland Brewing Co.'s Teddy Bear Kisses feels big, a result of being aged on Fair Trade cacao.
For a beer to be called sexual, it’d better deliver, and Foothills Brewing's Sexual Chocolate sure does.
Brewers across the country got on haze train in 2018, proving the New England-style IPAs trend is still going strong.
The end of 2018 is nigh and we’ve got all of your celebration needs covered right here.
From Metallica to Run the Jewels, here are some of the most high-profile beer-and-band collaborations to hit shelves recently.
A recent study predicted barley yield could decline 3 to 17 percent, which could increase prices drastically, but beer industry pros aren't too concerned.
Craft beer and running have both exploded in popularity, inevitably leading to the beer marathon. But does drinking do anything good for your finish time?
Grace Perry used beer to channel the masculine side of her identity, until her body decided it could no longer tolerate beer.
The tang of sour beer balances the intense sweetness of pecan pie. Also, this version is all about the pecans—with just enough filling to bind them together.
What exactly makes a kosher beer kosher, and should you care when picking up your Hanukkah booze? We asked the experts.
“I think, honestly—and we don’t like to admit this as wine guys—but beer is a more versatile food pairing than wine," says Kyle Tarczynski, sommelier at RPM Steak.
Escarpment Labs is more than just a yeast bank. It allowed a plethora of new beer styles to flourish in Canada.
We met up with Dawes to discuss their evolution as songwriters and why Ken Kesey would make an excellent drinking buddy.
The founder of the wildly innovative New York City brewery recently released a new book 'Where to Drink Beer'.
We sat down with Edward Lee to talk cooking with beer, pairing booze with Asian food, and beer’s place on a fine dining menu.
“Having a brewing background is way more valuable than having a distilling background,” says one distillery owner. “Fermentation is complicated."
We spoke to the owner of Paulie Gee’s about beers, pies, and why you should skip the PBR with your slice and give sours a try.
Let the senator drink whatever she wants.
The term "IPA" gets slapped onto cans containing some very different beers—and these differences seem wider now than ever before.
The former hotel innovation has become an eyesore filled with overpriced convenience store staples.
The annual release of Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Christmas Ale is cause for celebration.
Age gates are stupid and, it turns out, totally unnecessary.
Just as one would never expect a wine bar to serve Chianti in a coffee mug, you’ll never catch a Brick Store bartender pouring your pilsner into a pint glass.
Guitarist and synth player Scott “Monty” Munro talked to us about the best Canadian brews, drinking in Berlin, and trying to sound like Tears for Fears.
Germany is a country steeped in beer—and stubborn traditions. When the American brewers behind Berlin's Vagabund opened, they faced a steep challenge.
The blonde ale in the filling of these spiral-shaped rugelach mimics the brightness in the blueberry jam and plays up a pleasant bitterness in the poppy seeds.
Despite being easy to drink in theory, Harpoon's UFO White won’t have you reaching for another sip.
On the menu is chicken paprikash with beer grain spaetzle, chips featuring beer brine and malt vinegar, and whipped chocolate mousse made with malted rye.
Many people, even in Britain, think of cask ale as warm, brown, and flat. That's not entirely fair, but all cliché comes from a place of truth.
The practice of fermenting, storing, and aging beer in concrete vessels dates back to the 19th century.
Breweries across the country are now building out additional locations that focus exclusively on wilds and sours.
Few breweries hang its hat on a porter, and even fewer craft the style to be a flagship offering.
The bitterness of pale ale contrasts the sweetness of squash, which soaks up the beer like a sponge before it gets drizzled with pale ale honey.
"The dark beer that I crave is lighter, simpler, and to be honest, a little out of fashion," says Bon Appétit's associate web editor Alex Delany.
Brewers pushed the limits of this style with deliciously complex barrel-aged releases.
The LG HomeBrew, a beer brewing machine unveiled at this year’s CES, takes all the work out of beer.
While many breweries continue to open in the middle of tourist-packed towns, others are finding their own voice outside the noise.
Beers like Kona's Big Wave Golden Ale offer a taste of island life to mainlanders.
De Halve Maan brewery has been making beer since 1856, and today that beer runs under the streets of Bruges.
"We wanted to brew the most authentic, best tasting, American version of German-style beers."
Whether you’re a certified haze bro or a hop-hesitant drinker, it’s hard to deny that this past year once again saw a dizzying array of IPAs.
The Foals frontman talks about writing lyrics in pubs, “breaking America” as a British band, and the departure of longtime bassist Walter Gervers.
“Do you think people will be bummed that we don’t drink beer?”
While Sam Walker been the bassist for fearsome art-metal ensemble Daughters for over a decade, his day job is in the production room of Revival Brewing.
A surprisingly crisp and effortlessly drinkable IPA has arrived, but will it stick around?
Ogden, Utah was once considered too rough for even Al Capone. But that began to change when Roosters opened up on the city's rundown main drag.
Mitten Brewing swears nothing bad has happened yet, "but people will see things, feel a presence, or have a presence that follows them home.”
"I was never going to give anybody the opportunity to discount me," says the teacher-turned-brewer and champion of women and people of color in the beer industry.
Bertha Jimenez of Rise Products wants to upcycle spent grain to build a greener future.
At 18.0% ABV, Fruit-Full Fort is a sipper and a prime candidate for aging.
Cans of Day Quencher disappear more quickly than they should, despite its sessionable ABV.
Wine is fine and brandy is dandy, but we decided to up the ante on the holiday season by incorporating our beverage of choice into delicious cookies.
Who needs Champagne and candlelit dinner when you can crack open a cold beer with someone you love from the comfort of your couch?
Austin's oldest European-style brewer dusts off its seasonal festbier each fall, just in time for an all-day party.
Crux Fermentation Project’s 2018 iteration of Better Off Red is a Pacific Northwest spin on Flanders red, the iconic Belgian sour.
Ballast Point Brewing Company's Sour Wench is a gorgeous Berliner weisse packed with a bounty of West Coast blackberries
This seasonal dark ale from Oregon's Pelican Brewing fails to impress.
In so many coffee beers, there’s either too much or not enough coffee flavor, but Hi-Wire Brewing gets it just right with Strongman Coffee Milk Stout.
Dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops, Alesong's 2018 iteration of its Touch of Brett series is a funky wild ale bursting with tropical fruit and spice aromas.
A trailblazer that unintentionally helped kick off the hazy IPA trend, Sip of Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids is a whale worth chasing.
By co-opting the likeness of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for its New England-style double IPA, Mikkeller has shown that this beer is bound for glory.
“From the Land of Sky Blue Waters comes the water best for brewing.”
Bon Appetit's Alex Delany and Cheese Sex Death’s Erika Kubick help take your cheese plate game to the next level.
Jewish people have a long relationship with beer that can be traced back to Babylonia.
AleSmith's Oktoberfest needs something to separate it from the pack of faintly German-style lagers appearing across shelves and tap lists each fall.
For better or worse, Shiner jumps on the hazy train with an unmemorable IPA.
A small Great American Beer Festival dynasty has sprouted up in Texas Hill Country.
Full Sail’s Sesión Negra, its version of a Mexican restaurant staple, combines toasty sweet malt aroma and flavor with noble hops.
There’s a reason we don’t equate beer with romance in the way we do Champagne or red wine.
It is not easy to stand out in a sea of pumpkin-themed beers.
Having only released its first full-length album back in April, it's impressive that psych-rock outfit landed a slot at Lollapalooza
Don’t be ashamed to reach for a ho-hum American lager, especially if it’s this fully capable expression of the style.
Weighing in at 4.5% ABV, Firestone Walker’s Easy Jack IPA boasts the complexity and flavor of a much stronger beer.
Single-hop beers feature only one type of hop in the recipe, giving drinkers and brewers an education in the unique flavors and aromas of a specific hop.
The annual release of Tuborg Brewery’s Julebryg, or Christmas brew, is cause for a massive, boozy party.
On Black Friday, the nation will get to sample the sought-after barrel-aged variants.
At Great Basin Brewing in Reno, Nevada, Ichthyosaur IPA—a.k.a “Icky”—has been on tap since the doors opened in 1993, and little about it has changed.
The band's tenth album, 'Critical Equation,' was released in April and is one of their most sonically satisfying records to date.
Apple cider delivery service Cider in Love wants to reignite America's thirst for hard cider, shipping small-batch bottles straight from producers.
Southeast Asia loves beer—but craft beer is another story where macro lagers have long reigned and local laws stand in the way. Beervana wants to change that.
"Well, on Earth I mostly drink human blood, to be honest with you," Berserker Blothar, GWAR's horned howler, admits.
Located in an old lobster fishing port in Quebec’s Gaspésie region, Microbrasserie Pit Caribou is a place where land, sea, and air collide in the form of beer.
When Serbia's first craft brewery opened five years ago, it faced a tough market and drinkers unaccustomed to creative beers. Now, things are slowly changing.
Retro soul icon Lee Fields hopped a bus to New York City at the age of 17 with $20 in his pocket and dreams of pursuing a music career.
Turns out, many beers share the very traits that make wine an attractive flavor booster.
U.S. brewing companies both big and small are betting on CBD, but its long-term legal status remains a question mark.
Aaron Goldfarb knows, "The dirty little secret in the industry is that brewers are often completely happy drinking light, industrial lagers like Banquet."
Room for beer or room for milk? Choose wisely.
Smoking damages a person's ability to smell and taste, and some of that damage may not be reversible.
With more consumers abstaining from or unable to drink alcohol, new breweries are catering to the booze-less drinker.
Thanks to the rise of the gluten-free trend, people who can't tolerate gluten have more options than ever—except when it comes to beer at bars.
Vale la Pena Brewery is non-profit dedicated to fighting recidivism by employing non-incarcerated convicts and released inmates from Rome’s Rebibbia prison.
Traditionally a byproduct of stronger ales, low-alcohol small beer was common until the late 19th century. The Small Beer Brew Co. wants to bring it back.
At age 19, Werner Callebaut was on track to join the esteemed family chocolate business. Instead he became Belgium’s top beer and chocolate pairing expert.
Some of the funkiest ales on the East Coast are hidden down an alley in what used to be one of Philly’s most neglected neighborhoods.
David Favela's goal is to empower the Latinx community at large through a growing movement across the country called “gentefication.”
Native American-owned breweries like Seven Clans, Bow and Arrow, and Indian Joe aim to revive indigenous traditions and quash stereotypes.
The only thing more predictable than pumpkin beer season is people complaining about it.
Chef Dale Talde served a whole-hog feast paired with a bar-full of beer in New York City.
Right before the 2018 midterm elections, the brewery hauled 2,500 signed beer cans to Congress to petition to make Election Day a Federal Holiday.
Festive and insanely easy, these cider cocktails are the perfect way to take things up a notch at your next Halloween gathering.
In Montreal, beer enthusiasts line up to get their hands on the latest shipment from Microbrasserie Auval, a cult brewery making dry beers with fruit and honey.
Less is more when it comes to epic beer cocktails, whether it’s the classic Black and Tan or a new entry, the Fuzzduster.
"For my money, nothing beats adequate nightmare-fueled sleep, a gallon of water in the morning, a cold shower, ten tacos, and a liter of Hefeweizen."
The corporate giants of the brewing world may be able to weather the storm, but small businesses are already feeling the squeeze.
An IPA that can appeal to the non-IPA crowd may be the perfect beer if you want to sell 4.2 million pints.
Located on an island only 650 miles from the North Pole, Svalbard Bryggeri has been cranking out cold ones since 2015.
The Fort Worth, Texas brewer makes an unorthodox idea work even for ramen skeptics.
Craft brewers are competing for eyeballs with better and better labels. Here are some of the best beer can designs we’ve encountered in our reviews.
Brewers are increasingly experimenting with cultivating wild yeasts that bring dynamic flavors and a sense of place to their beers.
NFL cities around the country are not only filled with passionate fans, but with plenty of great beer, too.
Like a mammoth version of your favorite beer can chicken, this recipe uses a “tall boy” to act as the pillar for a Thanksgiving bird.
Bone dry and classy as hell, these Champagne-style bubbles are the perfect way to up the ante this holiday.
We’re throwing a big, imaginary beer party and you are invited.
When you need to turn out 2,000 margaritas a day, cocktail shakers just aren’t going to cut it.
From juicy IPAs to an insanely smooth porter, these beers were so good we had no choice but to give them a perfect score.
Most non-alcoholic beer is joyless. Drink other things.
October's resident life expert and Local Natives' frontman Kelcey Ayer drops some holiday drinking knowledge.
Piva Beer Spa takes its cue from the beer spas of Prague, with wooden tubs filled with beer and wooden beds filled with hay.
With picks for everyone from homebrew newbs to craft geeks, our gift guide will help you find the perfect present for beer fans.
Located just outside Portland, Oregon, Fido’s is the first tap house where customers can not only play with but also adopt rescue dogs while enjoying a cold one.
Quidi Vidi Brewing Company turns these 20,000-year-old icebergs into a crisp, clean pilsner called Iceberg Beer.
No one's got time to curate a flight of craft beers when the turkey's in the oven, so we took the next logical step and put beer in our Thanksgiving recipes.
Hopped sparkling water has found a home in breweries, taprooms and even cocktails.
Micheladas for summer? Too easy. But beer cocktails for winter are a whole new ballgame.
Possibly the closest you can get to stepping inside someone’s head is by visiting BiXi Beer.
With a ban on alcohol ads and a country unaccustomed to craft beer, the couple behind Gara Guzu set out to bring their brews to a new generation of drinkers.
Brut IPAs are exceptionally dry thanks to a tongue-twisting enzyme called amyloglucosidase, which was also responsible for the world's first "diet" beer.
Despite having limited access to ingredients, the Hermit Kingdom is nevertheless awash in beer—with plenty of North Korean propaganda on the side.
Hip hop and beer have a long history together. But hip hop and craft beer? Not so much.
Thanks to innovative techniques, non-alcoholic beer can even taste great.
It's not the only soda giant taking cues from the non-alcoholic beer market.
Since the beginning of Taiwan's craft beer boom, Taihu has built its business on progressive policies and a pride in local ingredients.
Brut IPAs have been taking the beer world by storm. Now, sparkling, dry cider is crowding into stores.
Birra artiginale (that’s Italian for craft beer) has arrived in Italy and taken over the neighborhood.
The three young Japanese-Brazilian women behind Japas Cervejaria pay homage to their heritage with innovative beers infused with wasabi and more.
Aaron Goldfarb goes gonzo to track down IHOP’s new beer, and what he finds is not what he expected.
Until about a decade ago, if you were to ask for a beer at any bar in Seville, Cruzcampo would probably be the only option.
When Jordan Gardenhire opened Baja Brewing Company in 2007, there were zero craft breweries in Los Cabos.
"I don’t want to say wasteland, because it’s not that bad."
The best way to try the craft beers of the Philippines is in Metro Manila's Makati City for a Pob crawl—an island-hopping taste of Filipino food and drink.
Alaska is a big state filled with even bigger beers, if you know where to look.
The breweries in and around Charm City are playing a big part in downtown Baltimore’s comeback.
For any beer connoisseur, a pilgrimage to Pilsner Urquell is less a journey, more an obligatory ritual.
When it comes to restaurants, bars and breweries in Detroit, the city is in the middle of a renaissance.
Beer meets art in Houston, where local craft breweries are a vital part of the local scene through their decor, label design, and proximity to public art.
Spend the day drinking your way through the brewing epicenter of Richmond, Virginia.
The Lithuanian craft beer industry has been reeling from recent laws banning alcohol ads and installing a beer curfew, but Vilnius' beer scene is still booming.
As the home of the Great American Beer Festival, the Mile High City has endless ways to enjoy beers.
Formerly the largest brewery in Texas, Pearl's Brewhouse has slowly transformed into a bustling hub of restaurants, bars, a hotel, and more.
Meet the man behind Omnipollo's one-of-a-kind beer labels.