Matthew Hurst

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Jon Stewart Is Going Out on Top

The Daily Show host is stepping down from his Comedy Central perch after 16 years, at a time when he and the late-night institution are better than ever.<p>When Jon Stewart goes off the air later this year, it won’t play out as a gauzy farewell tour, a heartwarming farewell to a late-night host whose …

Hello, World! Flipboard Launches on the Web

We smile when we think of 2015 as the year of our <i>Web</i> launch, but it’s here: a beautiful version of Flipboard for the desktop and a major new frontier …

Ann Coulter Is Right to Fear the World Cup

America's growing coalition of soccer fans looks a lot like the coalition that got Obama elected.<p>Last week, Ann Coulter penned a column explaining why soccer is un-American. First, it’s collectivist. (“Individual achievement is not a big factor…blame is dispersed.”) Second, it’s effeminate. (“It’s …

What are some of your favorite food pairings with beer?

What are some of your favorite food pairings with beer?<p>Nom nom glug glug glug.

Apparently there are at least 2 beers using the “Duff beer” brand, one made in Mexico and one brewed in Germany

Apparently there are at least 2 beers using the “Duff beer” brand, one made in Mexico and one brewed in Germany. And following a recent court decision, both brands are available for sale in German stores.

Here’s what a Princeton Beer Suit looked like when worn in it’s heydey, from the archives at FIT’s museum

Here’s what a Princeton Beer Suit looked like when worn in it’s heydey, from the archives at FIT’s museum.

Retro infographic from Popular Science in 1933 shows how beer is brewed at large breweries

Retro infographic from Popular Science in 1933 shows how beer is brewed at large breweries. Probably helpful following the repeal of the prohibition…

If you’ve watched New Girl as often as me, you may have noticed the cast members regularly drinking Heisler beers

If you’ve watched New Girl as often as me, you may have noticed the cast members regularly drinking Heisler beers. Since I’ve never seen the beer on stores shelves, I searched for “Hessler” online (the label is hard to read on TV). Turns out Heisler is not a real beer brand (contrary to some forum threads), but instead is the created by the TV/Film team at Independent Studio Services (ISS), and is one of several beer styles they’ve designed.<p>Among the fake/prop beers used by the Hollywood …

Probably the most famous beer on TV is Duff, the parody beer that is Homer’s  favorite on The Simpsons (which is the longest running seri…

Probably the most famous beer on TV is Duff, the parody beer that is Homer’s favorite on The Simpsons (which is the longest running series on TV). Duff beer satirizes corporate beer marketing in every aspect, everything from Duffman to Brewery Tours to Duff Gardens to corporate competitors brands like Fudd. And like most popular TV shows almost everything is merchandized, but while you can buy a Duff beverage at the end of the Simpsons ride in Universal Studios (it’s an energy drink), Matt …

When I first started blogging/tweeting beer reviews, I was worried I might be a beer snob

When I first started blogging/tweeting beer reviews, I was worried I might be a beer snob. Fortunately I’ve found a community of beer geeks like me!<p><b>Am I a Beer Snob? (a Flowchart)</b>

Remember: Beer loves you no matter what you look like

Remember: Beer loves you no matter what you look like.<p>Happy Valentine’s Day from the Brew Noob blog!

Around the same time as Cystal Pepsi (and shortly before Coors created Zima), Miller hopped into the “clear” beverage craze with their ow…

Around the same time as Cystal Pepsi (and shortly before Coors created Zima), Miller hopped into the “clear” beverage craze with their own Miller Clear Beer. The beer was test marketed in 1993 in only three cities (Austin, Minneapolis, and Richmond), but was advertised enough to be mentioned in the New York Times, who gave bartenders advice on how they should introduce the beverage to patrons.<p>It’s hard to tell in this photo, but the beer didn’t really live up to the “clear” name with it’s …

Celebrate National Beer Day & Session Beer Day

We all know that no excuse is needed to celebrate the glory that is beer, but there are a few key dates during which we should raise an extra pint. This coming Sunday happens to be one of those days as we gear up to celebrate both National Beer Day and Session Beer Day.<p>On April 7th, 1933, Prohibition ended and there was much rejoicing. While there were still restrictions on the ABV allowances, this opened the door for the American craft beer revolution to take hold and grow to what it is today.</b> …

There are 14 surprising facts about Beer in this infographic

There are 14 surprising facts about Beer in this infographic. Love the sections on the health benefits of drinking beer (in moderation of course)…

Stone Brewing Company recently announced a collaboration with Two Brothers Brewing and Aleman on a new beer inspired by “It’s Always Sunn…

Stone Brewing Company recently announced a collaboration with Two Brothers Brewing and Aleman on a new beer inspired by “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” dubbed “Dayman”. Named after a song created by Charlie (in collaboration himself with Dennis) about Dayman, the fictional “master of karate and friendship” on the show:<p>Like it’s creative namesake, Dayman is a inventive brew of Coffee and IPA, and is set to be released in March 2013. Hopefully it will be much better than the other “microbrew” …

TV week, day 3: Game of Thrones beers

Fans of the Game of Thrones series may have noticed the characters seem to be more of wine drinkers, but that hasn’t stopped HBO from producing a series of 4 GoT themed beers. Partnering with Brewery Ommegang (the upstate NY brewer), their first beer, “Iron Throne Blonde Ale”, is expected to be released this spring to coincide with the season premiere of the TV show in late March.<p><i>Read more about beers inspired by TV shows during TV Week on BrewNoob blog.</i>

For the record, some of the biggest beer lovers I know are Journalists…

For the record, some of the biggest beer lovers I know are Journalists…<p><b>Unemployed Reporter Porter</b><p>Jon Campbell, who briefly made Hartford a more interesting place with his presence and reporting for the <i>Advocate</i>, has entered the homebrew game with his signature Unemployed Reporter Porter (pictured).<p>“Porter style beers were first popularized in the nineteenth century by merchant sailors and manual dock laborers,” the label reads. “Unemployed Reporter is crafted in the same tradition, honoring a …

Best Valentine’s Day gift ever = a bouquet of beers!

Best Valentine’s Day gift ever = a bouquet of beers!

Beer 101: An Introduction to Beer Distribution

How does beer get from the brewery to your glass? The bearers of your beer are distributors…<p>This week I was privileged to be given an inside look at how a distributor…

The GoT beer is finally out: here’s what we wrote about it earlier this year

The GoT beer is finally out: here’s what we wrote about it earlier this year.

Pinterest goes to battle over Amazon domain play

Here's one that can't come as a surprise to the legal team at Amazon.com: Pinterest is fighting Amazon's bid to win the contract to control the .pin generic top-level-domain, or gTLD.<p>Among the reasons for Pinterest's objections: Domain names on .pin -- clothes.pin, say, or whatever Amazon has in …

Google Translate Will Now Work Without the Internet on Your Android Phone

Google Translate for Android will now offer downloadable offline language packs. So now when you're staring at a weird sign in a country where you …

The Ancient Origins Of Autocorrect

The iPhone's funniest feature owes a lot to Microsoft. Here's what autocorrect looked like in 1993.<p>From the <i>Times</i> review: