They sneak into our bottle shops in the dead of night, revealed under fluorescent light to an unwelcome and premature soundtrack of soft-rock renditions of Jingle Bells and Silent Night. They're coming: Christmas beers, spiced to the hilt with nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.
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Shopping for Thanksgiving ingredients is terrible. Luckily, shopping for awesome Thanksgiving beer is really easy. For a full night of tasty pairings, you just need three different bottles. Ready to stock up?
As the weather chills, and what you eat becomes more indulgent, so can what you drink. These beers can bring out harmonies in food flavors, tame spice, cut through richness, and cleanse your palate, all matching the intensity of anything on your plate.
Halloween candy is just fine, but come fall, I crave creamy, chocolatey oatmeal stout. I asked our crew of beer experts—all Certified Cicerones—about the best of the bunch.
These days, you can find beer pairings for everything from cheeses to Mexican food and beyond. But what about pairing beer with, well, more beer? No, I'm not about flights, I'm talking about blending: one of the easiest and most versatile two-ingredient cocktails you'll ever meet. Here are four fall-friendly combinations to get you started.
A simple, two-ingredient cocktail made by blending strong, hoppy IPA and bright citrusy wheat beer.
Toasty, malty, and a little nutty, brown ale is a natural partner for hard cider. Combined in this simple two-ingredient cocktail, they produce a mouth-coating caramel richness cut with a sharp rinse of tart cider.
Tart and fruity Flanders red ale and dark, creamy stout make a rich and satisfying two-ingredient cocktail with notes of caramel, chocolate, citrus, and berry.
Sweet, rich pumpkin ale combines with deeply smoky Rauchbier for a savory, funky two-ingredient beer cocktail that's perfect for fall.
Toasty, malty, nutty: they're just the kind of flavors you want in autumn, the ones you need to accompany roasted parsnips and squash, a crisp-skinned chicken or a comforting bowl of chili. Luckily for all of us, these flavors are found in abundance in the freshly released amber-colored Märzenbiers that make the rounds each Oktoberfest season.
Inspired by a campfire hamburger tradition, this unusual take on meatloaf is loaded with onions, garlic, pickles, and mushrooms, then topped with a rich beer-cheese sauce.
Instead of getting charred and snappy like they would on the grill, these German-style garlic sausages wind up with a nice, evenly browned surface thanks to a hot oven and baste in beer, olive oil and red wine vinegar. An accompaniment of quick-pickled peppers and onions ups the ante -- and offers an excuse to use end-of-season produce.
Roasted in the oven and basted with beer, these German-style pork sausages turn out juicy, tender, and lightly browned all over. Quick-pickled peppers and onions, meanwhile, add a flavorful, bright counterpoint.
Many beers are best fresh, and the freshest beer you're gonna find is the one your local brewery is making. We ask our crew of experts about their favorite breweries that don't require a road trip.
It's one thing to drink a beer brewed with Cascade hops, but to grab a Cascade cone straight from the bine, rub it between your palms, and breathe in the fresh aromas is something else entirely.
Hate pumpkin beer? Here are a few delicious alternatives.
A good pilsner is one of our favorite party beers: it's refreshing and easy-drinking, but still offers enough interesting flavor to please serious beer nerds. But which sixpack should you buy?
Our favorite saisons and bières de garde: some old world and some new, some truly small batch and some more widely available, all perfect beers for your table.
The best Chinese restaurant may not have the best beer list, so you might be stuck between the choice of Tsingtao or Tsingtao. But if you're able to bring your own bottles...or you're prepping these dishes at home yourself, you get to consider how to really punch up your meal with a well-chosen beer.
It all started with Sierra Nevada. But where should you go from there on your American Pale Ale tasting journey? The best APAs on the market, according to our crew of Certified Cicerones.