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Ask a Sommelier: Gateway Reds for White Wine Drinkers

Do you know someone who always orders white wine, never red? For those looking for refreshing and bright wine that doesn't feel heavy, red wine can be a turnoff. But while a big, oaky Cabernet Sauvignon might not be up their alley, there are plenty of red wines that these folks might like. We asked …

Essential Beers for Summer

As summer days get longer, our thoughts naturally turn to the return of our favorite seasonal brews from craft breweries around the country. There's no strict rule about what a summer seasonal can be: some are light and golden, while others are rich and creamy. All are designed to refresh, and only …

Ask a Cicerone: What's the Best Way to Learn About Beer?

<b>Editor's Note:</b> Ask a <i>what</i>? A Certified Cicerone®. That is, a beer expert who has passed a particular certification exam administered by the Craft Beer Institute. You can think of them as beer sommeliers.<p>Does your New Year's resolution involve becoming a beer expert? Do you have a plan of attack? We …

5 Brewing Terms Every Beer Drinker Should Know

Wading into the waters of beer geekery can be a bit more confusing than you might expect. Whether it's the lady in the Three Floyds shirt at the bar outlining the benefits of Triskel over Strisselspalt, or the bearded dude at the homebrew shop playing devil's advocate in a debate about dough-in …

A Beginner's Guide to American Beer Styles

<i>American beer</i>. Whatever that phrase means to you, it probably doesn't mean the same thing to the guy sitting on the barstool next to you. Or to the guy on a barstool in Portland, Oregon. Or in Munich. Or in Copenhagen.<p>Maybe that's what makes American beer great. It is so many different things to so …

DRAFT’s 14 highest-rated beers of 2013

It’s New Years Eve, the last chance to pop open beer in 2013 (but don’t worry, beer will probably still be around in the uncertain question mark that …

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How to Describe Beer Like a Pro

Toffee, musty, earthy and even bubble gum - here's a guide on how to describe beer like a pro with tips and tricks on a whole range of beer …

Beer

Understanding the Weizenbock style

Sorting through the evolution and chronology of beer styles can be an interesting, if somewhat muddled, trip. Seldom do things travel along an …

Beer

What is Milk Stout?

The lineup of beer styles available today is quite impressive, but the lines between them are often blurry. The difference between porters and stouts …

Craft beer in Ireland: 10 pubs and microbreweries to explore

Guinness sales may be down but Ireland's craft beer scene is blossoming. We pick some of the best brewpubs for sampling the new ales<p>Oscar Wilde called work "the curse of the drinking classes". But in his native Ireland these days, it seems their main chore is finding a drinking establishment that's …