Intriguing discoveries at the ACBF

The “East Coast’s largest celebration of craft beer” happened last weekend in Boston, when more than 140 breweries came to the 2014 American Craft Beer Fest (ACBF) to share their wares with thousands of thirsty beer geeks. It was a festival of fun, a mountain of malts, a harvest of hops, and a litany of… Continue reading Intriguing discoveries at the ACBF

Spring/summer is here, time for beer

Ah, spring in New England is a thing of wonder: full of promise, renewal, dandelions, and new seasonal brews! I’ll admit right up front that I’m not a huge fan of the fruit and wheat beers that dominate in the spring and summer (Sam’s Summer might be my least favorite of their seasonals), but I’ll… Continue reading Spring/summer is here, time for beer

To Satisfy Beer Geeks, Trading is on the Rise

There are now more than 2,700 breweries in the United States (probably 2,800 by now, given the almost daily brewery opening). We could easily pass the all-time mark of 3,286 (from 1870) this year or next, given that there are more than 1,700 breweries in planning. Since breweries are popping up like dandelions in the… Continue reading To Satisfy Beer Geeks, Trading is on the Rise

Judging homebrews isn’t as easy as it sounds

The judging sheet, our “calibration beer”, and a sheet of beer faults. Judging a homebrew is a fascinating experience. It’s fun, challenging, and ultimately quite rewarding. It allows one to really get into the nitty gritty of beer, a process that ultimately makes one a more aware and adept beer drinker. This past weekend I… Continue reading Judging homebrews isn’t as easy as it sounds

Contract brewing: good for the brewer, good for the brewery

Go to any liquor store with a decent beer selection and you’ll find enough “bombers” (22-ounce bottles) to start a war. This proliferation of beers is due, at least in part, to the rise of contract brewing, or brewing your beer at someone else’s brewery. This relationship is mutually beneficial — it helps the physical… Continue reading Contract brewing: good for the brewer, good for the brewery

Green Beer is Local Beer

Many of us have been unfortunate enough to try a green beer on Saint Patrick’s Day, but why dye a beer green when you can make it truly green by drinking something more sustainable? Read on to find out more about how to make your St. Patty’s Day beer even greener than the meadows of… Continue reading Green Beer is Local Beer

Yuengling returns to Massachusetts

The Yuenglings are coming! The Yuenglings are coming! Or so goes the refrain for fans of the much-beloved Pennsylvania brewery. For the first time in 20 years, Yuengling will be available in Massachusetts, starting on March 3. Yuengling, America’s oldest and now largest brewery (a position they trade regularly with Boston Beer, the makers of Sam Adams),… Continue reading Yuengling returns to Massachusetts

Skip the Roses and Reach for Beer this Valentine’s Day

You may have heard rumors that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Rose growers and makers of chocolate, greeting cards, teddy bears, sexy underthings, and wine all love this time of year.  The day may be a favorite of those who are into such things, but what about the beer geek on your list? If your beer… Continue reading Skip the Roses and Reach for Beer this Valentine’s Day

Style Profile: How we came to lager heads

Light lagers are the beer America is known for: yellow, highly carbonated, served as cold as possible, and almost flavorless. Amazingly, or sadly, American lagers are the best selling beers in the world. Easy drinking and inoffensive, these beers are not “bad,” as many a beer snob will opine. They’re simply bland and mediocre. Despite… Continue reading Style Profile: How we came to lager heads