by Dave Gausepohl
A few years back, the state of Ohio banned a 12-pack carton of Bud Light that featured Suds Mackenzie riding in a sleigh and wearing a red hat trimmed in white. The reasoning was that this Santa-like image might influence children. Immediately, I began to acquire any type of beer item designed to celebrate Christmas.
by Julie Johnson Bradford
For nine out of ten people, beer is mainstream lager—a single, pale yellow beverage. It is pleasantly thirst-quenching, predictable, universally available, and a very safe choice if you’re traveling in countries with dodgy water supplies. But, in all honesty, it’s not very exciting.
by Steve Holle
Fresh barley undergoes a process called malting, in which the kernel is steeped in water and allowed to partially germinate. This softens the kernel and develops the natural enzymes that will break down the raw starch in the grain into sugar. This process is stopped by heating the barley malt in a kiln.
by Steve Holle
Someone unfamiliar with craft beer might ask, “Is there really a difference between beer from a craft brewery and beer from one of the ‘national’ brewers like Anheuser Busch, Coors, or Miller? What’s all the fuss about? Beer is beer, right?”
by Pete Johnson
What better authority on holiday spirit could there possibly be than Charles Dickens? With A Christmas Carol, a short piece dashed off in a matter of weeks, so they say, he forever changed how we think about the holiday season. Sowing the seeds of good will and good cheer that are so much a part... View Article
by Roger Protz
If you appreciate fine beer and you plan to tour Europe, then the Czech Republic will be high on your list of places to visit. You had better hurry, though, for the entire European brewing tradition is under threat at the hands of global brewers.