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5 Refreshing Beers for Warm Weather Drinking

Drinks Jonathan Moxey 15 comments

Last week we covered some fine examples of recently released hoppy session lagers and ales. This week we're adding 5 favorites that rely more on yeast and malt and don't lean quite as heavily on the hops. Though some are a little above 5% ABV, we'd still consider them easy-drinking. More

Heavyweight Beer: 9 Stellar Barleywines from the U.S.

Drinks Jonathan Moxey 9 comments

Barleywines, even in a field of brews with ever-increasing ABVs, are among the biggest of the bunch. They're characterized by their strength, depth, and complexity. Barleywines fall into two categories: English and American. The original English interpretations place a greater emphasis on rich malt and can be darker and fruitier. American barleywines dial up the hop intensity but the best still maintain balance. The significant malt character in a proper American barleywine, often equal to or greater than the hop presence, is what distinguishes it from an imperial IPA. More

Behind the Scenes at Elysian's New Brewery in Seattle, WA

Drinks Paul David Gibson 3 comments

As demand for craft beer continues to grow, Seattle's Elysian Brewing has expanded by opening a 35,000 square foot production facility in south Seattle. I had the opportunity to stop by the new space, located in Georgetown, on the day they were brewing their first batch. More

Serious Beer: Aged Brews at Portland's CellarFest

Drinks Jim Bonomo 7 comments

Each year around this time, Bailey's Taproom in Portland, Oregon hauls a dizzying array of vintage ales from its basement and presents them to the public in the form of CellarFest. The 2011 edition occurred this past Saturday, and featured noteworthy examples both of cellar achievers and cellar nightmares. More

A Pint With: Samuel Adams' Jim Koch

Drinks Liz Clayton 13 comments

Serious Eats sat down with Samuel Adams' founder and brewer Jim Koch to talkabout their new collaboration beer, their place in the craft brewing scene, and much more. More

Brewers and Rare Beers Shine at NYC Brewer's Choice

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[Photographs: Christopher Lehault and Maggie Hoffman] Here's what makes a beer event truly great: 1. Delicious beer that you can't necessarily buy at your local store. 2. A chance to interact with the knowledgeable folks behind the beers. The... More

News from Sixpoint Craft Ales: Mad Scientists, Spelt Wine, and Crisp Lagers

New York Maggie Hoffman 7 comments

Shane Welch of Sixpoint Craft Ales has quite a bit to be excited about. They've got a spicy pumpkin beer for fall, a new series of experimental beers, and also an upcoming line of Sixpoint lagers! We checked in with Shane to get the scoop. More

A Pint With: Dave Yarrington, Smuttynose Brewing

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 7 comments

For many of us on the East Coast, Smuttynose beer is a standby. Dave Yarrington and his crew make dependably delicious beers in a number of different styles. I'm thrilled to welcome Dave to Serious Eats—he's got some wise things to say about craft beer and some exciting news about some possible new large-format beer releases! More

Snapshots from New York Brewfest 2010

New York Maggie Hoffman 11 comments

'Tis the season for beer festivals: this weekend New Yorkers celebrated the 4th Annual New York Brewfest. It was a gorgeous day on Governors Island, and attendees had a blast sampling beer, meeting brewers, listening to music, lazing around in the grass, attending beer-related seminars, and then sampling more beer. More

A Pint With: David Flaherty, Terroir/Hearth

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 7 comments

Ever wonder who decides what beers go on the menu at your favorite restaurant or watering hole? We did too, and then we met David Flaherty and found out all about it. (We also found out about his first time...drinking craft beer, that is.) More

A Pint With: Scott Vaccaro, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 1 comment

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: IPA from Oregon

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 18 comments

IPAs from Oregon lean more toward mandarin orange and grapefruit flavors than lemon, more fruity than dry, and more resiny than malty. We tasted nineteen of them to give you our reviews. More

Serious Beer: California IPA

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 30 comments

Don't let anyone tell you there's a "West Coast" beer style—California does India Pale Ale its own way. We tasted 30 IPAs (yes, 30!) from Cali so we could recommend the best and the brightest. More

Serious Beer: Imperial Porters

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 9 comments

We tasted eight Imperial Porters brewed by American craft breweries and found quite a few delicious examples of this potent style. More

Celebrating Sixpoint's Fifth Anniversary

New York Katie Quinn 1 comment

Sixpoint Craft Ales growler at the Fifth Anniversary Celebration. [Photographs: Katie Quinn] The beer flowed freely at the fifth anniversary celebration of Sixpoint Craft Ales, held last night at Roberta's in Bushwick. There's no question that locally brewed Sixpoint... More

Tasting Craft Beers at the First Williamsburg Cask Ale Festival

New York Maggie Hoffman 4 comments

[Photograph: Maggie Hoffman] Beer lovers gathered last night for the first evening of the three-day Williamsburg Cask Ale Festival, coordinated by Alex Hall of The Gotham Imbiber with Ray Deter of d.b.a. It was a chance to taste some... More

Serious Beer: A Taster Tray at Deschutes Brewery & Public House, Portland, Oregon

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 17 comments

Of course, the best way to get a sense of the brewery is to do some tasting, and taster trays are a pretty great deal: for $6.50, you get six four-ounce tasting glasses. You can choose Deschutes' flagship brews or almost any of the cask pours and special seasonal beers that are available. More

Serious Beer: Winter Warmers and Christmas Beers

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 36 comments

'Tis the season for warming beers—for velvety barrel-aged stouts and serious brews from Belgium. Over the last few weeks, we've also been sampling winter warmers and other winter seasonals: beers released specifically for Christmas and for sipping over the cold months ahead. More

A Pint With: Shane Welch, Founder of Sixpoint Craft Ales in New York City

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 3 comments

Shane Welch founded Sixpoint Craft Ales in 2004 and has been brewing some of our favorite beers ever since. We chatted with Welch about his sources of inspiration, the beers he loves, his place in the craft brewing scene, and the ups and downs of running a small brewery in New York City. More

Serious Beer: American Brown Ales

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 13 comments

We tasted ten brown ales—from bright, hoppy ones to the sweet and pruney. Whether you're looking for something bitter to see you through the World Series or a more warming, chocolately beer on a rainy night, we have favorites for both. More

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