Enjoy summer beers while you can

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer for students and parents, teachers, many vacationers and vacation spots, and, sadly, summer beers. The onslaught of “Octoberfests” and pumpkin ales that mark autumn brewing has already begun, so let’s hold off and enjoy one final weekend of lighter summer brews before the colors of our beers start to match the turning leaves. Continue reading

The smashing rise of hard cider

Walk into any restaurant or pub with a decent array of taps, or any liquor store, and you’ll see something that wouldn’t have been there 5 years ago: hard cider. Johnny Appleseed would be thrilled.

Today’s ciders can be sweet, sharp, dry, and even hoppy. They can be highly-carbonated or barely-carbonated, and appear with all sorts of extra flavors like cinnamon, ginger, pear (called “perry”), raspberry, and a variety of other flavors. Continue reading