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  • COUNTING CALORIES IN 50 POPULAR BEERS [Infographic]

    Looking to lose weight? Well if you eat food AND drink beer, you might have some trouble unless you introduce exercise (gasp!) into your daily routine. Apparently beers, even those advertised as being low calorie, are calorically dense. And interestingly enough, Michelob Ultra and Natural Light both seem to be your best bet when it comes to ABV and calories. It just depends on what stigma you’d rather have applied to you. I’ll just keep drinking high-calorie stouts and porters and do a few jumping jacks between pints.

  • Horny Goat Brewing Perfects Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter

    Porters, those deliciously dark beers that are often overlooked by new imbibers, have often enticed us with flavored offerings. It began with vanilla and chocolate, which are both delicious, but in recent years, brewers have become more adventurous with their flavors, reaching the apex of beer flavor fusions with the introduction of chocolate peanut butter. I’ve had chocolate peanut butter porters before, such as Liquid Bliss from Georgia’s Terrapin Beer Company, and thoroughly enjoyed them, but it wasn’t until I got a hold of Horny Goat Brewing Company’s Horny Goat Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter that I realized just how great the concoction could be. I had never heard of Wisconsin’s Horny Goat Brewing Company and at $11 a 4-pack, it was a bit more expensive than the $12 per 6-pack I was used to paying for Liquid Bliss. But variety is the spice of life and I was feeling muy caliente! As soon as I popped open the bottle, I was hit with a strong aroma of peanut butter and a less intense chocolate accent. It smelled like dessert and absolutely nothing like beer. If this was a blind taste test, I would have thought there was a peanut butter more »

  • Pancake Day: Which Beer Makes The Best Batter? [Link]

    Apparently the day preceding Ash Wednesday is known as Pancake Day, which just happens to be tomorrow. We weren’t aware, but we’re not going to fight it because pancakes are delicious. But what would make them more delicious? How about beer? Sure, it’s worth a shot! Beer makes pancakes light and flavorful, but with so many types to choose from, which beer should you go with? Find out with this guide from The Guardian comparing pancakes made with an amber, pale, blond, milk stout, and bitter.

  • Here Are the Parent Companies Who Actually Make Your Precious Craft Beer

    Contrary to popular belief, your precious, meticulously brewed craft beverages aren’t brewed in the basement of some mad scientist, in fact some of the most popular craft breweries are, in fact just a subsidiary of one of the few large macro breweries of the U.S. VinePair has created a map highlighting the location and parent company of some of the more popular “craft” breweries around the U.S. VinePair noted, “This map is not an effort to wade into the debate of what is and isn’t a craft beer — a debate which was recently amplified by Anheuser-Busch InBev’s marketing department during the Super Bowl, and an inflammatory profile of Jim Koch, the man who created Sam Adams. It’s also not a judgement of quality. Some of the beers on this map are great. Some aren’t. Either way, we believe you should drink what you like. We also believe you should know who made that beer though, which is why we created the map.”

  • We’ve Gone Gaga For Blood Orange Gose

    I am a huge fan of sour beers. After all, what could be better than something that tastes like Warheads AND gets us buzzed? That’s why I was so excited last year when I heard that Anderson Valley Brewing Company released The Kimmie, The Yink, & The Holy Gose. For you beer newbs, Gose (pronounced “Go-zuh”) is a tart and salty German wheat beer. Anywho, I went searching for the AVBC Gose around New York and New Jersey and came up with…nada. Then late last hear I heard about a Blood Orange Gose from the brewer and decided not to get my hopes up. Imagine my surprise when all of a sudden I was greeted with a stack of cases of AVBC Blood Orange Gose in Jersyey City earlier this week. Without a second thought, I paid $10.99 for a six-pack and ran home, with all the excitement of Charlie after unwrapping his golden ticket to the chocolate factory (but slightly less song and dance). Gose’s are usually quite salty and incredibly tart. Don’t get me wrong, they’re delicious, but certainly not for everyone. That’s why AVBC decided to make a much more approachable Gose with the addition of blood more »

  • Hot Beer, Anyone? [Link]

    Believe it or not, there was once a time when people didn’t care how blue the mountains were on the label, and would actually drink their beer hot. As more and more craft breweries resurrect long-lost beers, there has been a noticeable absence of the warm ales of yore. And since it’s currently colder than a witch’s tit in a brass bra, now is the perfect time to consider bringing back those warm brews. But before you pour your Schlitz in a mug and throw it in the microwave, check out the history of this long lost libation.

  • The Non-Beer Snob’s Guide to Ordering at a Craft Beer Bar [Link]

    With the craft beer revolution charging ahead at full speed, we now have more brews to choose from than every before. But sometimes, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to drink, especially if you usually just reach for something from Budweiser or Miller. And when if you don’t know what you want, a craft beer bar can seem like an unwelcoming place. With that in mind, here are some tips for choosing a beer and enjoying yourself even if you’re not a beer snob.

  • Brew Your Very Own Presidential Honey Beer With This White House Recipe

    Before the big game, President Obama sat down with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and talked politics, football (obviously) and beer, white house home brewed beer actually. In fact Obama’s home brew is the first brewed White House beer since George Washington brewed his own in the late 1700s. We decided to do a little recon work around this and in 2012, Obama’s team actually released two recipes he himself brews in the White House Kitchen. The first is a full flavored honey ale made with tons of malt, even biscuit malt and home made White House honey and the second is a Honey Porter Ale a darker, fuller beer the POTUS could kick back and relax with. We managed to find the recipes at WhiteHouse.gov, so take a look and feel free to try our your own Presidential honey brew.

  • Don’t Bogart Oskar Blues’ Pinner IPA

    It’s no secret that the folks at Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery enjoy their state’s liberal attitudes toward cannabis. Hell, they’ve even promoted the fact that an empty can of Dale’s Pale Ale can be used as a smoking device. But with their latest brew, Oskar Blues’ love of marijuana is more evident than ever. Named after the slang term for tiny joints, Pinner Throwback IPA is actually Oskar Blues’ lowest ABV offering at 4.9%. So it’s on the weaker side, like a pinner. And once you pop the top, you are greeted with a very familiar aroma that reminds you just how closely related hops and cannabis are. If that’s not enough for you, to really make their point, the cans are stamped with “Can I Be Blunt?” above the logo. The not-so-subtle brew is already available in Colorado and North Carolina where Oskar Blues breweries are located. All 41 states where Oskar Blues is available will begin selling Pinner beginning March 1. Remember, don’t bogart that can. Chug, chug, pass.

  • Beer Pairings for Girl Scout Cookies [Link]

    It’s just about that time of year when Girl Scouts accost us in front of grocery stores and force us to break our New Year’s resolutions and buy way too many cookies. We all know we’re going to buy them, so we might as well make the best of it and enhance the already delicious cookies great beers. But with so many beers and cookies to choose from, where do you begin? Craft Beer and Brewing asked the experts to ensure we get the most out of our cookie indulging.

  • This Beer Will Help You Reach Your Creative Peak

    Do you notice that you’re better able to think up solutions to problems while imbibing beer? Probably not, because research has shown the “creative peak” to occur at a blood alcohol concentration of .075–a level that can be hard to gauge. Less alcohol and you may be overthinking too much while any more and might just be stupid drunk. To help drinkers reach their full potential, creative agency CP+B Copenhagen teamed with Rocket Brewing to create the Problem Solver. A 7.1% ABV India Pale Ale, the Problem Solver includes a scale on the side of the bottle that tells you how much to drink based on your bodyweight to reach the sweet spot of .075 BAC. Unfortunately, the brew is only available in Copenhagen, so until then we’ll just have to keep drinking ourselves stupid in a neverending quest for our creative peak. Bottoms up!

  • Dogfish Head Made Scrapple Beer And People Are Actually Drinking It

    Are you from Delaware or Pennsylvania or South Jersey? If not, you may not be familiar with scrapple. It’s a sort of mystery loaf made from boiling down whatever pig parts are around until a mush develops. The mush is cooked up as a loaf then sliced and fried with breakfast. It’s not terrible, but it’s definitely an acquired taste. And it’s not something anyone would use to brew beer. Until now. As proof that craft brewing has gone too far and brewers are running out of ideas, Delaware’s Dogfish Head has developed Beer for Breakfast, a draft beer exclusive to their brewpub. The breakfast brew is made with 25 pounds of scrapple, maple syrup, barley smoked over applewood, lactose (milk sugar), and coffee. Beer for Breakfast was released December 5 to great acclaim. Due to the amount of work it takes to brew the beer, Dogfish Head has no intentions of ever bottling it, so if you want to try some, you better head to Delaware. But hurry, those Delware creeps can’t get enough of the stuff and its going fast. Source: Dogfish Head

  • The Lowdown On Hops [Infographic]

    For the most part, beer is made up of water, malt, hops, and yeast. Water, malt, and yeast are used for plenty of other things, too, so we’re all pretty familiar with them. But what exactly are hops? Why and how are they so important to making delicious brews? Let Scottish brewery BrewDog teach you all about the flavorful flowers with this informative infographic.

  • Budweiser’s Classic Bottles Look Great In The RSVLTS Beer Fridge

    Ahh the vintage beer craze. Just when you thought it was going to peak with Miller Lite’s 1970s-era cans Budweiser decided to jump on board with their limited edition #HolidayBuds campaign. We were lucky enough to receive a classic inspired wooden crate, which were released across America this week, and we must tip our hat to the King of Beers, because they actually did a great job not only with the crates, which were handmade by a North Carolina shop called Vintage Editions, but also with the bottle labels which are exact replicas from Budweiser’s past, 1918 (beginning of Prohibition), 1933 (end of Prohibition) or 1976 (the brand’s 100th anniversary).

  • Guinness Enters The Luxury Market With New Signature Series

    Guinness, purveyor of the famous dry stout popular all over the world, is trying something a little different this holiday season. The brand, synonymous with workingmen for the last 200 years, is now entering the luxury market with a new Signature Series. The first in this new line, an amber ale, is now available. The 1759 is an amber ale made from a combination of traditional beer malt and fine peated whisky malt and uses the same Guinness yeast that has been used for over 125 years. The classy, black matte bottle is available in the 25.4 oz (750 ml) size familiar to luxury beer lovers and is packaged in a black velvet-lined box. Inspired by a 200 year old recipe, this special beer is limited to just 90,000 bottles. That may sound like a lot, but not when you consider that’s about as much stout as the company produces in an hour. At $34.99 a bottle, it’s priced above even what many premium beer drinkers are used to, but as a one-shot it’s worth the plunge. We sampled a bottle at RSVLTS HQ, chilled and served in a stemless champagne flute as Guinness suggests. If you’re expecting a hoppy more »

  • Cooking With Beer: 10 Beer-Based Recipes [Infographic]

    Beer is great. It tastes good…you can drink it…it can get you drunk…what’s there not to love? But it’s important that you eat food, too—especially when you’re drinking. If only you could eat your beer. Turn that alcoholic frown upside down, because beer can be used in all sorts of food! With soup, bread, entree, and cookie recipes, you can have beer infused with every course. And cooking it means the alcohol goes away so you can drink plenty of beer while you eat without worrying about overdoing it. Now would someone be nice enough to make us some beer and cheddar soup on this cold and rainy day?

  • The uKeg Pressurized Growler

    Rejoice you craft beer loving, home brew enthusiasts, you can now enjoy Trevor from 3C’s freshest batch of squash spice ale without the time taking the freshness away from it’s flavor. GrowlerWerks uKeg has created the world’s first growler that keeps your beer fresh as long as you need, fits in your refrigerator, and can be taken with you where ever you go.  The uKeg comes with an advanced regulator keeps oxygen out, carbonation in, and automatically regulates pressure, selector Dial so you can choose your desired carbonation level, from zero or “Off” up to 20 psi, a dispenser Tap that easily pours beer anytime, without needing to remove the cap, and has a taplock to prevent dispensing, sight Glass – shows the contents of the uKeg and how much is left. Keep track of more than one type of beer and a CO2 Cartridge with a 8g food-grade CO2 cartridges are low cost (less than $1 ea.) and readily available online, at stores, or your filling station. Lasts for 1 growler fill.

  • The 50 Best Craft Beers Every Man Must Try [Link]

    Fall is here and with a new season comes a great time to start trying some new beers—especially because you’ll be stocking up for the winter sooner than you think. But nowadays, when you walk into your local beermonger you are surrounded by thousands of microbrews with punny names that don’t help you figure out the flavor in the slightest. Fear not! For GQ has enlisted the help of 10 different beer experts to guide you through the best craft beers in 10 different categories. Now go and sample a few (or 50).

  • Which Kind Of Beer Should You Drink? [Infographic]

    You’re an adult now and instead of a fridge full of Keystone Ice, you’ve got a variety of stouts, pale ales, saisons, lagers, and plenty others to choose from. It can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help. Take a deep breath, follow along on this flowchart, and you’ll find yourself imbibing a delicious brew in no time. And if you don’t have the time to navigate this flowchart, you can always go with this simpler version: Are you thirsty? If so, drink whatever you grab first. If not, quit wasting our time.

  • What Country Drinks the Most Beer? [Interactive Infographic]

    When you think of beer consumption around the globe three countries immediately come to mind. Ireland, obviously, you probably picture a green hilly prarie as far as the eye can see with a old wooden pub packed with grizzled men drinking Guinness and bare knuckle boxing their feelings out or you might think of the U.K., a corner pub on a London cobblestone street, where men chant the songs of their soccer team over a New Castle and bare knuckle box their feelings out. Or maybe you think of Germany, an Oktoberfest style beirgarten where picnic tables fill a warehouse style bar and men and women in lederhosen bare knuckle box their feelings out. Well this interactive chart may surprise you, because none of those country’s reign supreme according to Global Beer Consumption by Country and Beerocracy, an interactive map which ranks just that out of the top 50 beer-drinking countries. According to Beerocracy, the U.K., Ireland and Germany don’t even break the top 2, the U.K. doesn’t break the top 20 and ireland doesn’t even break the top 5. Come on. Step up your game Irish. Although the U.S. did beat out the U.K. which gives us Yanks something to brag about. more »

  • 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?

 

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