'Brewing' on Serious Eats

3 Ways to Brew Better Coffee at Home for Under $500

Home coffee setups don't have to be cafe-caliber to make a big change in your daily routine. In this fifth of a series, we'll explore three easy ways to make huge improvements in what you taste—and how you think about brewing—each and every day. If you're looking for the perfect extravagant gift, to yourself or someone else, consider some of the following high-ticket items to class up your coffee with the highest quality. More

A Pint With: Scott Vaccaro, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company

If you live in the New York area, you may have spotted Captain Lawrence beers on tap at restaurants around town. We highly recommend you give them a try—next thing you know it, you may find yourself on the Metro-North train at an ungodly hour making your way the brewery for a special limited-edition beer release. We caught up with Captain Lawrence's owner and head brewer Scott Vaccaro for the latest in our brewmaster interview series. More

Serious Beer: Seasonal Fresh-Hop Beers

Once a year when hops are ready to be pulled from the vine, some brewers celebrate the season by heading out to local farms to harvest hops fresh. Once gathered, the hops need to be added to the brewing kettle as quickly as possible—the delicate flowers spoil rapidly, especially if exposed to heat. More

Celebrate Mead Day Tomorrow

Honor the ancient honey wine tomorrow with meadmakers across the country celebrating at registered sites. First described in the ancient Rigveda hymns, later in Beowulf, and beloved by ancient Celtic and Germanic tribes across centuries, mead has even inspired its own comprehensive book: The Compleat Meadmaker. Bees everywhere would want you to get your mead on.... More

Photo of the Day: Brewing in a Pumpkin

Following in the tradition of crafty potheads, some industrious folk brewed beer inside a hollowed-out pumpkin, and documented the process on a Flickr set. The beer had "a raw squash flavor up front and strong hop aftertaste. No bacterial contamination as far as we could tell."... More

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