A ton of interesting small breweries have opened in Washington in the last 3 or 4 years. Here are a few of them to seek out on your next trip west.
We attended the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, DC last week and kept an ear to the ground (and a mouth to the glass). What will the next year or so hold for the craft beer community? Here are six trends we couldn't help but notice.
Opening a brewery in Oregon seems like a proverbial bringing-sand-to-the-desert gambit. However, Oregonians' thirst for quality beer seems to know no bounds, and thriving new breweries spring up every year. Here are three born less than two years ago they're buzzing about in Portlandia and beyond.
These 3 California breweries are too new to be household names but have gained a devoted local following. Spoiler alert: their beers live up to the buzz. And if you haven't heard the buzz yet, you will.
I'll drink a stout any day of the year, but it's impossible to argue with dark beer in winter. Considering stresses that can accompany December, you're forgiven for reaching for stouts with a bit more nerve-soothing booze than usual. Enter imperial stout, or as I like to describe it to Irish stout loyalists: "three Guinnesses in one glass."
It can be a little risky, from a brewing perspective, to add any foreign bodies to a beer. Cranberries present special issues, Sand Creek Brewery's Todd Kreuger told me, because cranberries are very low pH and can stall a beer's fermentation. Lots of healthy yeast is necessary for cranberry beer to not be an underattenuated, sticky-sweet disaster. But each of these cranberry beers would make a fun addition to your Thanksgiving meal.
In addition to being a fine excuse to drink German lager, in the beer world, October is hophead Christmas. Every year more and more breweries produce "wet hopped" beers using hops that have not been dried in a kiln to preserve them. (You'll also hear the terms "fresh hopped" and "harvest," which—with the exception of some semantic beer geek controversy—are generally considered synonymous.) When tasted fresh, these beers pack an extra-special hop punch and are coveted by many.
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