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  • Be A Beer Expert [Infographic]

    So you’ve decided to venture away from your macrobrew safe beers you’ve been drinking since your college days, but when you get to the store and see all the choices, you suddenly realize you have no idea what any of the words mean. Bock? Dunkel? So you ask an employee for help. No problem! They just need to know if you like your beer hoppy or malty. Huh? Don’t be scared. We’re here to help. Check out this infographic and you’ll be prepared to find something you’ll like even more than Milwaukee’s Best. Wait, is that even possible? Most definitely.

  • Miller Lite’s Retro Can Design Is Winning Over A New Generation

    Late last year, Miller Lite was in trouble. A huge hit when introduced in 1975 as the first mainstream light beer, the brand had seen sales steadily decline since Bud Light overtook its market share in 1994. But then salvation came in the form of the most over-hyped movie in history, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. To tie in with the film’s release, Miller Lite announced a limited, 3-month return to the classic white can of the 1970s. Macrobreweries began to take note of the importance of nostalgia with the success of Pabst Blue Ribbon in the early 2000s. A brand that was near extinction in 2001, PBR managed to turn around by capitalizing on the brand’s historic nature and blue collar simplicity. Millennials latched on to the brew and transformed PBR into the hipster beer of choice despite the almost total lack of marketing. With the return to the classic 1970s can, Miller Lite now had a chance to drop its blue design, adopted in 2001, which made it look like a Bud Light knockoff, and reinvent itself as a classic brand. Did it work? Incredibly so! Sales immediately jumped for the brand, causing Miller Lite to keep the more »

  • Here’s What We Did With Our All Access Pass to Whatever, USA (60 HQ Photos)

    For the past three days we’ve been running around a small town in Colorado that’s been taken over by the biggest beer brand in the world. Coined as Whatever, USA, the small town of Crested Butte, CO was turned on it’s head when their quaint main street was taken over and skinned out in what can only be known as “Bud Light blue” from here on out. The street and light poles were painted BL blue, the sun flared off aluminum blue bottles in every direction for a mile and everywhere you looked, another random street event was diverting your attention. Every bar on the street was open for business, serving free Bud Lights from sun up to sun set. The food at every restaurant, on the house. A literal playground for a lucky 500 adults and their plus-ones who entered and won a contest based off of a ten second answer to a random question in a video booth. If you think that’s a recipe for disaster, that there’s no way 1,000 twenty-somethings, encouraged to drink free beer from dawn till dusk could end well you’d be wrong.  Those marketing genius’ in their “Bud Light Blue” tower at the Anheuser Busch headquarters in more »

  • New Belgium Brewing Enters The Political Arena

    New Belgium Brewing, which grew from a Fort Collins, Colorado basement operation in 1991 to the third-largest craft brewery in the country, filed last month to start the New Belgium Federal PAC. Political action committees are not unheard of in the world of beer, both Anheuser-Busch and Coors have their own PACs, but New Belgium will be the first microbrewery to do so. And their reasons aren’t as obvious as you’d think. Obviously, there will be issues that directly affect microbrewers that the PAC will tackle. For instance, the PAC will fight for The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (or Small Brew), which would cut the excise tax on beer produced by brewers making less than 6 million barrels a year and currently faces opposition from the nation’s large brewers. But beer-related causes aren’t the only focus. New Belgium Federal PAC will also get involved with environmental policy. Many microbrewers pride themselves on being a part of their local community and using locally-sourced products and New Belgium is no different. With that in mind, water conservation, water quality, sustainable agriculture, and smart transportation are on the agenda. As a company that’s already so involved in the Fort Collins more »

  • Beer In A 99-Pack? Yes, Please!

    Austin Beerworks wanted to get the word out about their Peacemaker Anytime Ale. Since it’s so light that and refreshing that you can drink it anytime (I get it!), you and your friends will probably go through more than a few. Would a 12-pack suffice? Pfft! A 24-pack? What are you a temperance advocate? Austin Beerworks decided a beer like this required something never attempted by man—a 99-pack, proving yet again that everything is bigger in Texas. Unfortunately, the 99-packs will only be available in Austin in limited quantities. Can you hear our cries from Hoboken? They’ll retail for the low price of $99 and will the first 20 will hit stores tomorrow. But thanks to Internet buzz and the unquenchable thirst of Texans in the summertime, more are on the way. If you’re lucky enough to be in Austin (or are looking for a great excuse for a road trip), you can find out where you can purchase a 99-pack of Anytime Ale by checking out Austin Beerworks on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Have We Reached Peak PBR? [Link]

    In the early 2000s, Pabst Blue Ribbon, a longtime favorite beer of cantankerous, day-drinking, old men, began its meteoric rise as the unofficial beer of hipsterdom. But what was once sold in $1 cans and served in ironic coozies has since become a mainstream beer, no different than giants like Budweiser and Miller. Has PBR lost its hip street cred?

  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DRINKING SAISON [Link]

    Saisons are seasonal beers made in the fall and winter and stored away until the spring and summer when farmers needed them most to quench their thirst after a long day of navigating agricultural-subsidy paperwork. The available variety of this unfiltered Belgian beer can be a tad overwhelming to the uneducated imbiber, so take a look at this primer, complete with 7 suggestions, and get drinking.

  • The Comprehensive Guide to Every Brewery in the United States

    With more and more breweries emerging in the U.S. per year it’s no surprise why it’s so intruiging to see where the majority of them are popping up. At the end of 2013 there were 2,822 breweries in the United States, including 2,768 craft breweries subdivided into 1,237 brewpubs, 1,412microbreweries and 119 regional craft breweries. Pop-Chart Labs has created their second installment of breweries across the U.S. updated and redesigned onto a monster print taht measures in at over seven square feet with over 1,400 breweries from craft to macro and everything in between.

  • Sing “O Canada,” Get Beer [Video]

    A while back, Canadian beer giant Molson made the news when they placed fridges full of beer across Europe that could only be opened with a Canadian passport. Now the fridges have found their way back home to the Great White North but those crafty Canadians have still found a way to ensure only fellow Canucks will be able to open them. This time the refrigerators can only be opened by thirsty folks who can sing “O Canada,” a song known only to Canadians and hockey spectators. Wait, will it work for the French version? Won’t someone think of the Quebecois?

  • Newcastle Imagines A British Controlled USA With “If We Won” [Video]

    Newcastle, whose brilliant online Super Bowl campaign about how good their commercial would have been if they could afford it, is working on what will probably be another great series of ads. “If We Won” imagines a world where Britain won the Revolutionary War with Stephen Merchant, of HBO’s uncomfortably funny (and unfortunately cancelled) “Hello Ladies,” explaining the benefits of being a part of the British Empire. Watch the first video below, then keep up with the series at If We Won.

  • Find these Beers Hidden in Paris and the French Countryside

    Two years ago, Smithsonian writer Alastair Bland hid bottles of beer and hard cider throughout southern France and invited readers to find them with just one request: leave a beer in its place for a future scavenger to find. Bland then expanded his “Find the Beer” game to the United States, hiding beers in California and the Pacific Northwest. Recently, he found himself back in southern France and decided to see what beers readers have left behind in his hiding spots. He also decided to hide some more around France.

  • Top 10 Most Expensive Beers [Infographics]

    Are you a beer drinker who enviously watches scotch and wine connoisseurs spend big bucks on their drink of choice? Chin up, for there’s plenty of expensive brews out there for you to blow money on, too! Whether they’re brewed with barley that’s been in space or water from an iceberg or jammed into a taxidermied critter, these 10 beers will cost you considerably more than a case of your favorite macrobrew. But remember, just because they’re expensive doesn’t mean they’re good. Case in point: a PBR is on the list…

  • An Awesome Device For Keeping Your Beer Cold This Summer

    Don’t get us wrong, we love Imperial Stouts and Geuze and other beers best served at warmer temps, but when summer hits, there is nothing better than a freezing cold light macrobrew. The makers of Kirin Ichiban, which is basically Bud with a cool looking dragon on the bottle, realized this and in 2012 they developed a machine that produced a whipped, frozen, slushie-like foam to insulate your beer and keep it extra cold. The super cold beers were a hit in Japan and a battery-powered home version of the device was soon developed. Now you can order your own from Japan Trend Shop for $69 (plus $47 shipping to the US). With an El Nino summer coming our way, the price just may be worth it.

  • Sam Adams Summer & Porch Rocker

    There are two beers you need to know about this summer. So you’re outside swiggin back a few and realize there’s a big wold of beer out there, and sometimes a straight up Budweiser is just what the doctor ordered, but for the days when you’re not working in the coal mines, try a refreshing summer brew that makes you enjoy the weather before those inevitable heatwaves cometh and taketh away the life of the season. Sam summer is a golden yellow with a lace-leaving tall white head. The al is an American Wheat, brewed with malted wheat, lemon zest and grains of paradise, a rare African spice. 5.30% ABV which will leave you buzzed without feeling few after a few. Sam Adams Porch Rocker is a fruity beer, laced with hints of lemon and spritz. Picture a reshreshing blend of beer and lemonade with a carbonated splash.  4.50% ABV. The quintessential beer for 90 degrees +.  

  • 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.