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  • The Top 50 Best Craft Breweries In America of 2014

    In 2013 the craft beer industry saw another year of unprecedented growth with sales up an astounding 9.6 percent. Craft beer is more than just a passing trend and with nearly 3,000 craft breweries across America producing thousands of different variations the Brewers Association,  the largest organization of brewers in the United States, released their annual list of the top 50 craft breweries ranked by their 2013 beer sales volume. How did your favorite craft brewery fare?

  • THE 15 MOST UNDERRATED CANNED BEERS, AS PICKED BY SERIOUS BEER NERDS [Link]

    Just because you want a fine craft beer doesn’t mean you need to reach for a bottle. More and more microbreweries are jumping on the aluminum can bandwagon and putting good beer in cheap cans. Thrillist put together a list of these 15 underrated canned beers for the next time you don’t want to drink from a bottle, but you don’t want to drink Schlitz or Hamms, either. Not that there’s anything wrong with Schlitz or Hamms, of course, but sometimes it’s nice to try something a little different.

  • Milton Glasier Has Some Critiques for Modern Craft Beer Labels

    World renowned graphic designer, Milton Glasier has a few critiques for the world of craft beer. Glasier, responsible for designing the Brooklyn Brewery, DC Comics and infamous I ♥ NY logo has a tried and true recipe for success when designing for the masses while portraying a grass roots aesthetic. The 84-year old design legend thinks the secret sauce to a good craft beer logo is in seeming like you don’t know what you’re doing. Come across “quirkily amateurish”. Glasier told the NY Times “The one thing you don’t want to look like is Budweiser,” Glaser says. “This creates a paradox: How do you deliberately create the illusion of not knowing what you’re doing when you actually do?” Glasier’s full list of critiques can be seen on NY Times.

  • FROM BEER BATHS TO WHITE-WATER RAFTING: 12 BREWERIES THAT GO WAY BEYOND JUST TOURS [Link]

    Looking to travel to different craft breweries around the world? They’re all interesting at first, but soon enough, you’ll get sick of the same old tour again and again. Good thing Thrillist has put together this list of 12 breweries that offer more than just the standard walking tour. These tours have you creating your own beer, watching movies, rafting, and even bathing in the sudsy nectar of the gods.

  • Klingon Beer? Make It So

    The Federation of Beer, a Canadian company who produces Vulcan Ale, the first official Star Trek beer, exlcusively in the Great White North has announced their second brew, which will be available here in the States. Warnog, a drink imbibed by those relief map faced Klingons on TV’s The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, will be released as a “Roggen Dunkel” style ale, brewed by Indiana’s Tin Man Brewing Company. A press release from the Federation of Beer describes the beer: “Warnog’s aroma is predominantly mild banana and clove produced by the German wheat yeast, supported by subtle sweet malt character from the use of Munich malt. The flavor draws heavily from the blending of the rye malt and traditional clove character, creating a very rich and unique flavor. The inclusion of wheat and caramel malts help to round out the mouthfeel of this beer, making this Dunkelweizen hearty enough to be called a Klingon Warnog.” The aforementioned flavors are a bit different than most would ascribe to a Klingon’s palate, but it makes sense that Earthlings would like things a bit lighter. At least they didn’t try to make the highly intoxicating Bloodwine. Yet. 

  • Win A Bud Light March Madness Mini Hoop Table [Giveaway + 5 Photos]

    Your bracket is set and there is a good chance it’s already busted, thanks Dayton!  Bud Light wants to make sure that one lucky RSVLTS reader is prepared for their Final Four party in the most epic way possible. They’re letting is give away the following Bud Might Mini Hoops table so you can challenge friends to various games that involve accurately tossing ping pong balls in 35 seconds or less for years to come.

  • Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews That Improve over Time

    Patrick Dawson explains how exactly a cellar quality beer is distinguished and told apart from your everyday beer. Beer, like wine is made from a wide variety of ingredients some which age better than others. This book will let you know which beers could stand the test of time and what to look for when tasting vintage beers, and the fascinating science behind the aging process. Also included is a comprehensive buying guide to help you select already-aged beers to add to your collection. Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews That Improve over Time $11  

  • Here’s a Chart You’ll Want to Drink to

    Nothing quite like kicking back with a Sam Adams after a hard day’s work?  Think again.  Using 10 years worth of beer reviews (from Beer Advocate), Beerviz has created three sets of interactive charts–for lovers of light, medium, and dark respectively–to help you expand your beer-drinking horizons. The easy-to-use Beerviz graphics allow users to compare beers according to taste, aroma, and appearance.  If you know of one beer you like, there’s a similar beer out there that you might like even more.  Each beer has its own scouting report, complete with “style,” “ABV,” and “Average Rating.”  Casual and coed drinkers beware: you won’t find data or comparisons for Natty Light or Coors.  The infographic is targeted towards serious enjoyers of high-end hops. Here’s to finding the perfect brew for you!

  • Anna Kendrick: Behind the Scenes of the Mega Huge Game Day Ad Newcastle Almost Made [Video]

    For the past week, Newcastle has been releasing videos about the Super Bowl ad they would have made if they had the advertising budget to make a Super Bowl ad. They don’t, so the videos have been descriptions of how awesome the ad would have been, storyboards of the unmade ad, and even a focus group reaction to the ad that never was. Now Newcastle has released a behind the scenes video with the ad’s star Anna Kendrick, who complains about there not being an ad in which to star and not even being allowed to say the words “Super Bowl.” She also pretends not to be hot, winning us over even more. Kudos to Newcastle for using the Internet to make a viral campaign that will pay off for them way more than blowing all their cash on 30 seconds during the big game. Check out all the ads at IfWeMadeIt.com.

  • Value Of Dollar In Burgers And Beers [Infographic]

    Lonely Planet’s “How To Land a Jumbo Jet” contains all sorts of useful information presented through 56 infographics. By far, the most useful of these is the visual guide below which illustrates the value of the US dollar in burgers and beers around the world. It’s a tad disheartening. I’ve been watching lots of “Lilyhammer” on Netflix and Norway looks like a great place to visit, but 10 bucks for a fast-food burger?? Guess I’ll just go to the Philippines instead and drink 70 cent beer. 

  • If Domestic Beer Commercials Were Honest [Video]

    I’ve got no problem with cheap domestic beer. I often choose to drink Schaefer, PBR, Schlitz, and others of their ilk, but this honest beer commercial from Random at Best is still pretty damn funny and accurate. I could go on and on about how much I enjoy the taste of Genesee Cream Ale (and I really do) but what it mostly comes down to is this: it costs $7 for a 12 pack and it gets me drunk. And now I’ve gone and made myself thirsty. Anyone want to grab a beer? Maybe something domestic?

  • The Bountiful Breweries of the United States of America

    The most comprehensive survey of beer-making ever, this beautiful 60” x 40” wall map features over 2,500 breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs from across the United States.  Perfect for hanging on the wall of your bar, den, or mancave, this cartographic masterpiece plots those celebrated locales known for plying this great nation with its lifeblood—delicious, thirst-quenching beer.  Includes insets for brewing hotbeds (Denver, the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes), as well as a design that pays homage to the mapmaking of yore–a giant, multi-colored paean to the noble brewers of America.

  • Remember That Sweet Air Hockey Beer Pong Table? Here’s How to DIY

    If you can remember that far back, a few weeks ago, the internet spiked with the innovative brilliance of a few bros who created an air hockey beer pong table. A new game, with new skills which will ultimately lead to bromantic intoxication. The skilled toolmen responsible for this revolutionary creation, built an imgur with a step by step process to help you achieve table themed drinking game glory. “All in all took about 200 bucks and 2 weekends to make, including the 50 dollar 4″ drill head and 80 for the table. It helps make the jersey hurt less.” Check their page for the full breakdown.   

  • You Can Now Earn a College Degree in “Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation”

    Because, why not? The United College of Hipsters- just kidding- Blue Ridge Community College in North Carolina has implemented a course aimed at students hoping to earn a degree in “Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation” through the applied science program. The craft beer industry is rapidly expanding and worth more than $10 billion dollars according to the Colorado-based Brewers Association and  with around 400 new breweries opening in 2012. BRCC will give students a chance to make alcoholic beverages at the professional level. The college anticipates the state government will step in an approve funding before it launches this fall. With the industry exploding at the seams and demand for skilled brewers and distillers growing with it, a program that trains students in mechatronics and the practical skills of fermenting wine, brewing beer and distilling liquor. For more info on the story click here

  • Sam Adams Create a Cigar Seasoned with Beer, Men Everywhere Shed Single Tear

    Drink beer? Smoke cigars? That’s all we need to know. Up until now you needed two hands to combine both activities. That’s no longer an issue, because Samuel Adams and Ted’s Cigars have created a cigar that’s seasoned with beer. Named “Utopias,” after the beer, you can buy one of the cigars for $13, and a box of 25 for $275. The cigars will only be available during the months of November and December, which makes them an ideal holiday gift for beer fans, cigar lovers, and anyone in between. Utopias is a beer like no other; the 2013 version is a combination of different brews finished in port and single-use bourbon casks. It’s also blended with Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk, a Belgian-style ale aged for up to two years in Hungarian oak tuns, and weighs in at an incredible 28 percent ABV. If you’re looking to try the pairing, you better hurry. Ted Cigars x Samuel Adams Utopia Cigars

  • 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Ale

    A beer inspired by FDR himself by 21st Amendment brewery, Fireside Chat is a seasonal brew with a kick. Rich, dark, English-style ale and then we improvise with spices FC is available through October through December in six pack cans and on draft. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s fireside chats, which often began with the words, Good evening, friends are what this brew is all about. A warm and welcoming deep ruby brown ale with a pleasant finish. 7.9% by volume

  • Atwater Voodoo Vator [Craft Beer Review]

    The doppelbock is a hard beer to do well—part of the reason you don’t see much imitation outside of Germany. Atwater Brewing is pretty spot-on with Voodoo Vator, a doppelbock that manages to be smooth, not too sweet (typically a problem for high-gravity lagers), and pretty good at hiding the substantial 9.5% alcohol content. The taste is heavy on pumpernickel and chocolate, and toffee comes across pretty strong in the aftertaste. Overall, a solid beer from a great Detroit brewery.

  • 29 Little Known Facts About Beer [Infographic]

    Hey everyone, it’s Friday! Why not celebrate with a beer? And thanks to these facts, you don’t have to feel bad about drinking. Did you know a bottle of beer creates protective levels of antioxidants that can prevent heart disease? It’s on an infographic, so it must be true. And ladies, apparently drinking 2-3 beers a day will you make you smarter and increase your cognitive functioning skills. Makes sense, as I’ve often noticed that it takes a few beers before a woman is smart enough to realize how clever and handsome I am. Now go get a beer, for your health!

  • Beers of the World Map

    You might be familiar with Budweiser and Guinness, the popular beer brands of the USA and Ireland, respectively. What about the countries of India, Egypt, or Australia? Did you know a popular beer brand in the UK is “Bass”? Or that the beer brand most associated with China is known as “Boxing Cat”? This intricate infographic by Great Clubs features the most popular beer brands from around the world.

  • It’s the Worlds Strongest Beer and it Contains 67.5% Alcohol

    It’s called Snake Venom and it’s the world’s strongest beer. Last year it’s predecessor was created, appropriately named “Armageddon” and this year the alcohol percentage was pumped up 2.5% coming in at a cringingly strong %67.5 with a “hoppy, malty and very pleasant” taste. A warning also comes along with the beverage—only one full bottle should be consumed at a time. Those interested can also buy a bottle online for around US$81.

  • Fantastical Fictive Beer from Your Favorite Movies, Books and TV Shows (Infographic)

    This insanely detailed infographic, by Pop Chart Labs on fictional beers from around pop culture features selection of 74 beers from some of the greatest movies, books, and TV shows. The poster isn’t only accurate, but incredibly nostalgic bringing back memories from the days when a less creepy and more rotund Drew Carey used to swig back Buzz Beer in Cleveland or the days when Dave Cheppelle wasn’t crazy and used to do renditions of Samuel Jackson’s Mother F*cking Beer, It’ll get you drunk.

  • Heineken Sub Home Tabletop Beer Cooler

    Heineken has announced their newest beer delivery system innovation and it looks pretty damn cool. The SUB holds 2 liters of beer at a time in a canister called a Torp (keep backups your fridge!) then “superchills” it for an unmatched draft experience. And you can mail order Torps in many different brands of beer, not just Heineken. The device will be available first in France and Italy, but you can keep up with release info on The SUB website. This will undoubtedly be a mancave essential as soon as we can get our hands on one in America.

  • If Beer Ads Were Honest [Video]

    Is it sad that despite all of the negative things about beer in this “honest ad” from Cracked, it still made me want to drink? I guess it doesn’t matter what a beer commercial has to say, as long as they actually show a beer, I’m sold!

  • 5 Halloween Party Beverages

    Halloween is quickly approaching and with the explosion of seasonal fall beers, there will almost be too many to choose from. The big winner this season is pumpkin. Pumpkin spiced everything, and beer is no different with countless breweries coming out of the woodwork to feature their pumpkin seasonal. Spiked apple is another heavy hitter this season, with some big breweries releasing a delicious take on a fall favorite. Here are five beverages to bring or have at your next Halloween Party. Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Marzen A great Oktoberfest alternative. Much different from traditional renditions, with heavy accents on sweetness and spices. The hops are plentiful, but not overwhelming adding a toasted flavor to very hearty brew.   Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin This 9.0% pumpkin flavored batch gives off a buttery aroma, followed by a pumpkin, malts and nutmeg taste with heavy hints of spices. A full body that is flavorful without being to filling considering the amount of flavor and alcohol content.   Gritty McDuffs Halloween Ale A self described ‘Extra Special Bitter, because there is more of everything that goes into a regular bitter is added. Pours a cloudy dark amber color with very little head on cask and a nice more »

  • This 19 Year Old ‘Hair of the Dog’ Beer Costs $2,000

    Wine that costs over $1,000? Yeah, maybe, but a beer? What has the world come to? Portland-based Hair of the Dog Brewery is releasing “Dave” is a strong, dark beer with 29% alcohol content that has been aged for 19 years. The $2,000 price tag was implemented by Alan Sprints, Dave’s creator, it was designed to make people look at beer in a higher standard. With the emergence of craft breweries, beer has taken on a higher brow identity, almost snobbish in a sense (I blame the hipsters), but what “Dave” is doing is probably the first of many, the same way big contract baseball did in the 90′s, opening up the market to pay big money for brews. The myth that some beers don’t age like wine is actually false, the more mass produced beers go bad after time, but craft brews with better quality ingredients and flavor age well, bringing out certain flavors while mellowing others. I guess the sales of “Dave” Speak for themselves. Dave’s price has went up steadily over the last decade and a half, from US$80 in 1998 to US$2,000 this year, the brewery released 12 bottles of Dave last month, they sold out within a few hours.

  • Beer Fridges In Europe Open Only For Canadians

    Canadian beer company Molson has installed beer fridges all across Europe, offering free beers to passersby. The only catch? You must be Canadian for it to open. That’s right, it scans your passport and will only open if the passport can be verified as Canadian. Luckily, our northern neighbors are so damn polite, they’ll be sure to empty out the fridges and hand out beers all over Europe then apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace

    In 1988 a large Japanese brewery developed a cross blend right square in the middle of the British “Brewer’s Gold” and the Czech “Saaz” varieties. The blend exuted a vibrant lemony scent. After that the brewmaster over at Brooklyn Brewery stumbled across this hop and thought enough of it to recreate the Sorachi Ace. The taste and blend was unique enough for the bigger breweries to bypass it, but the benevolent brewers over at BK decided the Ace deserved it’s moment to shine and added it to their Brewmaster’s Reserve special draft beer program last year. Ace is a crackling dry, hoppy unfiltered golden farmhouse ale, made with the very rare Sorachi Ace (it’s a real thing) hops grown in a single farm in Washhington. Fermented with a special Belgian ale strain then, yes, even more Sorachi Ace Hops post- fermentation. After the fermentation process, the aroma left is that of a lemon zest/ grass with a clean malt base. Brooklyn brewery calls it “Sunshine in a bottle.” Alcohol by Volume: 7.6% Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace

  • What Your Style of Beer Says About You (Infographic)

    Designer, Steve Adams decided to use his knowledge on beer to make a personality chart. A beer defining personality chart. In this fun natured infographic, Steve takes 16 different types of  beers to hone in on each personality. the results are surprisingly accurate. Oh seasonal pumpkin ale, how you haunt my favorite bars with your spicey fall scent. I hate you, but I really love you, but don’t tell IPA I told you that.

  • The Magnificent Magnitude of Beer (Infographic)

    You’ve probably ween Pop Chart Lab’s now infamous design of beer branches in the past and up until now has been the ultimate inforgraphic on beer. Well they just raised the bar. Adding beer categories like vegetable beer (yes, pumpkin beer) and unblended, PCL looks the chart asa ever growing with the constant expansion of the craft beer world going into hyperdrive since their last beer infographic was published in 2010. Buy the 60″ x 40″ print here. $90  

  • Chill A Beer In 30 Seconds With Spin Chill (Video)

    Is there anything worse than drinking warm beer? Famine, nuclear holocaust, that monkey virus from Outbreak…they don’t even compare! But now, thanks to the Nobel prize worthy geniuses at Spin Chill, those nauseating times where you were forced to down a warm beer will be but a faint memory. They realized that spinning a beer in ice is a 20 times faster method of cooling than just tossing the beer in a cooler and playing the waiting game. Initially they developed special drill bits to hold cans or bottles, but what if you’re thirsty for a cold beer but you left your drill in the pants you had on yesterday? Enter the Beerouette, a self-contained device that does the spinnning for you and fits in your pocket when you’re walking around the party. Watch the video to see the products in action.

  • Schofferhofer Grapefruit Beer

    Schofferhofer Grapefruit has strong wheat and grain scent of a good hefeweizen, but the grapefruit isn’t overbearing. A refreshing blend of beer and a carbonated drink makes the hefeweizen a refreshing beer for any occasion. The distinct orange/pink color makes it known that you’re drinking a hefeweizen with a kick, but not the bitter kick you’d think from a grapefruit. A sweet blend of beer and fruitiness great for a seasonal angle.  The grapefruit mix is a combination of the tangy, refreshing wheat beer, mixed with natural, sun-ripened grapefruit. As beer has always been refined by adding other nuances of flavor, this product creates a refreshing, already-mixed blend of exotic grapefruit flavor and the full-bodied taste of Schöfferhofer wheat beer – a perfect, lighter drink for the end of summer and beginning of fall.

  • The 25 Best Beers This Fall

    Autumn is here, so take those summertime beers for beach quaffing out of the fridge and get something new. Wait, you’re not sure what to try this season? Good thing Thrillist put together a list of 25 essential beers to taste this fall. New Belgium Brewing’s Coconut Curry Hefeweizen is sounding pretty good about now. TGIF

  • The American Craft Beer Cookbook

    John Holl is an expert when it comes to all things beer. He writes about beer, he judges beer competitions, and he hosts a beer radio show. Some speculate he even breathes beer utilizing some sort of gill system. Now he has compiled 155 of his favorite recipes from brew pubs and fellow beer lovers that not only pair well with your favorite brew, but many also feature beer as an ingredient. There’s typical pub fare, such as Scotch Eggs and burgers, but also many recipes you may not expect, like Chopped Reuben Salad, Chocolate Jefferson Stout Cupcakes, and Beer Floats (trust us, they’re delicious!). Also, each recipe has a suggested list of beer pairings to accommodate different tastes or to help you out if your local craft beer selection isn’t too vast. Buy The American Craft Beer Cookbook for $13.30.

  • The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks (Book)

    This is the book that will have you sounding like Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting the next time you’re at a bar and some long haired beer snob tries to take you to school on beer knowledge. Joshua M Bernstein has written ‘The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks’, which consists of 12 great beer-tasting classes that will turn you “from a novice to an expert”.  Structured around a series of easy-to-follow classes, his course hops from lagers and pilsners to hazy wheat beers, Belgian-style abbey and Trappist ales, aromatic pale ales and bitter IPAs, roasty stouts, barrel-aged brews, belly-warming barley wines, and mouth-puckering sour ales. The Complete Beer Course $15

 
 
 
 
 
 

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