Barleywine and Stilton. Stout and oysters. Märzen and bratwurst. Certain beer and food pairings have long been considered classic matches. But do they really work every time? Can these oft-repeated pairings keep up with the pace of beer's evolution?
Whether you're stuck in an amber ale rut or a little tired of IPA, consider this your checklist: 20 styles of beer you really should try to broaden your beer horizons—and specific bottles to seek out.
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.
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?
The key to getting into cider is to seek out the type that's right for you.
Hate pumpkin beer? Here are a few delicious alternatives.
If you're like me, there's no friggin' chance you're going to run to the bottle shop to get the perfect beer for that dinner you just thought up. Don't think for a minute, though, that I'm left beerless and unsatisfied when it comes to supper sippin'. My fridge is prepared for everything, and yours can be too.
First: You don't have to be a Viking to drink mead. You also shouldn't be afraid of the fact that mead is made from honey, and you don't have to relegate the drink to the dessert hour.
The beer that's best with burgers probably isn't going to do much for your grilled lobster tails or jerk chicken. If you want a beer that's going to make every element of your grilled feast taste even better, you've got some decisions to make. I'm here to help.
Bright, herbal, and generously spiced Middle Eastern dishes are wonderful with beer—if you choose the right bottles. Read this guide before you stock up.
Do you know your Tettnanger from your Fuggle? Can you taste the difference between Citra hops and Simcoe? This guide will introduce you to essential hops from around the world.
I know what you're thinking. "Here's how to pair beer with Mexican food: insert lime into Pacifico. Drink." I won't tell you not to drink your Coronas, Pacificos, and Tecates, but other beers can offer some serious south-of-the-border beer pairing satisfaction. Just like a well-made sauce can improve a dish, a well-paired beer can make any meal just a bit more awesome.
Are American beer lovers more than just a bunch of IBU-chasing hopheads? Today's guide looks into a wide range of American beer styles, from adjunct lagers to Imperial porters.
The often-told history of British beer styles is filled with myths and half-truths. Here's the real story on milds and bitters, IPAs and porters, plus a few more essential British brews.
Belgium is my version of Guns 'n' Roses' Paradise City, where the grass is green and the beers are plenty. Here's my guide to a few of the different styles you'll find in the Belgian section of your local beer shop.
Most beer is made from just four main ingredients: grain, hops, yeast, and water. But when you consider the diversity of products available within each of these categories, it's easy to understand where beer gets its depth. There's a whole slew of grains in many colors and treatments, scores of hop varieties grown in different climates, and countless strains of yeast with different characteristics depending on fermentation conditions. Manipulation of water chemistry even gives the brewer freedom to screw around with his H2O! What's in your beer? Let's get into it a bit...
Our quick and handy guide to a few of the German beer styles you'll likely run into at your local shop.
Anyone who has ever been to a college keg party has seen a draft beer system in action. One chilled keg + one party pump = one red Solo cup filled with beer. But your favorite bars and restaurants don't keep perma-drunk frat boys in the keg coolers to give the party tap a few pumps every 20 minutes. The draft systems used to get beer to you from the keg at these places are more complicated than you might think.
Good or bad, the three-tier system almost definitely played a role in getting that six-pack to your fridge.
Whether the holidays make you think of sugar plums and snowmen or overly opinionated family members and a roast burning in the oven, there's one thing that seems to draw folks together like nothing else this time of year: booze. Here's our guide to the best beer options for several possible holiday feasts.
I begged, borrowed, stole, and traded beer with weird strangers on the internet for 3 years until I had a pretty respectable collection. Dogfish Head sent along the 2010 and 2011 batches, plus a sneak-peek taste of the 2013 vintage. It was on: a vertical tasting of damn-near every Dogfish Head World Wide Stout that was ever made.
The story behind the names of 5 beer styles you'll see all over your local beer store.
There's no one beverage that's going to perfectly match every item on your plate and you won't want a separate glass for your turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts. But the beer you choose to serve is still important—as with any good celebration, you've gotta have good hooch.
Smoked beers are truly awesome with food.
If you're headed to Vermont for a visit, here's our guide to the best beers to drink when you arrive.
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