A look at the ‘super-alcoholic’ beer market

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Look closely at the shelves of any better beer store and you’ll notice some monsters lurking. No, I don’t mean skunky beers or the latest fruit-flavored offerings posting as craft beers but brewed by the big boys, I’m talking about beers that fall into the “wine and above” level of strength.

These monsters, and I’ll define them as beers above 10 percent ABV for the sake of this column, are breeding and rising from the depths like Godzilla and his foes. They can also be destructive to drivers who take them too lightly. These beers are best when shared with friends and loved ones, not so much for chugging at the bar and getting behind the wheel. Continue reading

Style profile: Stouts, powerful and pungent, aren’t for the faint of heart

Black as midnight in the Irish countryside on a moonless, cloudy night while you’re wearing sunglasses, stouts are to beer what a fine French roast coffee is to tea. Dark, powerful and pungent, the aroma and appearance of stouts often belie a smooth drinkability that typically puts at least one stout near the top of any beer connoisseur’s favorite brews list. Continue reading