By Matt Scheller
Italy — a country of romantic landscapes, culinary delight, lush vineyards, and enrapturing music.
This cherished description of the Italian culture indeed sounds accurate. But wait, it isn’t…! Read more…
Why Glass is Probably Here to Stay
by Brittanie Sterner
From human skulls to wine skins and Dixie cups, humanity has always managed to hold its alcohol in a container and make possible the “getting it into our mouths” part. Read more…
A shoobies guide to beer at the shore.
by Will Pumphrey
Maybe it’s because I’m spoiled, living in the blue-collar beer mecca of the United States. Great craft beer is so accessible to me. Sometime back in 2011, I’d somehow become the worst kind of beer geek. A beer snob. It was a poignant email from Cameron Saunders to a former colleague of mine about rare beers that read, “There is beauty to be found in a Blue Point Toasted Lager.” That opened my eyes to enjoying the beers that are more readily available, and not just the “one offs,” etc. Read more…
Beer makes everything better, but then again, Philadelphians already know that–and so did the founders of the city and the country.
If you were to ask the average craft beer fan what they knew about the Brewers Association, you probably wouldn’t get much back. It’s an association, after all, for brewers—what does it have to do with beer drinkers? The answer may be more obvious than people think, but for the most part, they don’t have to think about it.
My past and present collided in September 2012, when my father and I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience. I grew up watching the Indiana Jones franchise with him and now had the opportunity to enjoy the original film in a new format thanks to director Steven Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt.
One of the more grotesque, though unsurprising set of numbers I learned recently is that more than three fourths of all spirits made in the United States is owned by round about, oh, four or five liquor companies. I’m one of many drinking enthusiasts who wouldn’t have guessed that the facts line up as such; if we don’t have options on the bar rail right now, there is at least the illusion of them. But what the craft beer scene has made so splendidly obvious over the past twenty years or so is that illusions, when it comes to delicious alcoholic beverages, need not be entertained.
My, how quickly the years full of beer pass. The season turns from wheat drinking to winter warmers and in the blink of an eye, it is gift giving time. But not to stress, our brew-loving elves have done the leg work, compiling a list of some of the best beer-centric gifts of the year. Enjoy our 4th annual holiday gift guide and have a safe and happy holiday!
Ah, the Christmas holidays…at this darkest time of the year, no beer goes better with the season than a crisp, golden lager. Wait, what? If you usually associate darker or perhaps spicier beers with winter, you’re not alone, but the world’s most successful beer specifically brewed as a Christmas beer is now rarely associated with the holidays—one Stella Artois. Let’s back up briefly.