Thanks to taxes and regulations, Americans reflexively divide alcoholic drinks into three categories: beer, wine and liquor. But, if we take an open-minded look at how these products are made, how they’re consumed and how they taste, something becomes obvious. While fermented beverages and distilled spirits are truly distinct, beer and wine are more alike... View Article
Appreciation - Full Pints - Live Beer May 1, 2008 - Marnie Olds
This feature couldn’t have been written 25 years ago. The idea that beer should be taken seriously as a partner for fine food—that beer might be wine’s peer when we search for a compatible beverage for the table—would have provoked dismissive chuckles from wine aficionados, and it wouldn’t have occurred to beer people at all.
Appreciation - Full Pints - Live Beer - Packaging/Serving March 1, 2008 - Brittany Lyke
Like wine, many beers’ underlying aromas and tastes are both influenced and complemented by the vessel in which they are served. This goes beyond visual appeal—although a well-poured beer in a sparkling glass certainly sharpens your anticipation of that first sip. The shape and construction of the glass are meant to enhance aroma and flavor,... View Article
Appreciation - Culture - Full Pints January 1, 2008 - Rick Lyke
There is a deep-seated human instinct, most commonly found in the male of the species, fueling a powerful desire. It may not be as pronounced as those that cause us to hunt for food, shelter or a mate, but it is a yearning that can simmer for years until it is unleashed in a rush... View Article