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Why I Drink ESBs

Last year, a few months before my daughter was born, my wife, Amy, and I met up with our friend Peter and his wife, also named Amy, in Asheville, North Carolina. Though my Amy was seven months pregnant, she agreed to come along on what was already predetermined to be four days of drinking beer. Lots …

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Dogfish Head's Master Brewer Shares His 5 Favorite Beers Right Now

By: Lee Breslouer

@leebreslouer

Welcome to Tapped, Thrillist's new feature in which we ask our favorite folks in the beer industry to name their five favorite beers of the moment. This week, we hit up Sam Calagione, founder/owner of Dogfish Head, who took a break from preparing for the March opening …

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Learn How To Enjoy A Craft Beer (And Make Your Own) From A Craft Brewer

Oh how the dreams of young people have changed in 15 years. Back in 2001, two young Gen Xers might have looked at one another between Southpark episodes and declared, “We should open our own bar!” Odds are, nothing would ever come of it, because running a bar is hard work, and often a total money …

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Ballantine Beer billboard illustration, 1957 William George

Ballantine Beer billboard illustration, 1957 William George

8 Best Sweet Beers for Valentine's Day -- Or Any Day

Chocolate comes in more than a heart-shaped box.

Typically, wine is the adult beverage of choice on Valentine’s Day. But the craft beer world is increasingly coming up with good alternatives.

While the bitterness of an especially hoppy beer might not be ideally suited (unless, of course, you were …

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9 Margaritas to Drink With Your Friends on Valentine's Day

Host a friends-only Valentine’s Day party to remember with pitchers full of sweet-tart margaritas. From classic lime to rosy red pomegranate, here are the best recipes for a very classy but romance-free night of icy booze.

1. Cucumber Margarita

The only thing more refreshing than a margarita is one …

Valentine's Day

Did Boston Beer Co Inc Ruin Craft Beer?

The craft beer industry has never looked healthier. The industry trade group Brewers Association says there are more than 4,100 breweries in …

Beer

Best Bars in America

With star bartenders, expert cocktails and cool designs, these destination bars make key nightlife stops in cities around the country.

Restaurants

Beer Man: Craftsmanship creates balanced Fort Collins barleywine

Beer Man is a weekly profile of beers from across the country and around the world.

This week: Fort Collins Barley Wine

Fort Collins Brewery, Fort Collins, Colo.

http://fortcollinsbrewery.com

Fort Collins just released its American-Style Barley Wine, part of the limited-edition Savor Series, and for …

Beer

15 Surprising Health Benefits Of Drinking Alcohol in Moderation

“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Do you feel like everyone’s telling you to let go …

Alcohol

8 Rare Beers Our iOS Developer Wants You to Know About

When our product team, who is largely based outside of New York, visits our Manhattan office they have their priorities: Schedule UX meetings, get to know new team members, and drink beer. Really good beer.

This week, the team started planning several weeks in advance of their arrival with a "#beer" …

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Why the World Needs More Crowlers—Wait, What’s a Crowler?

“What the hell is a Crowler?”

That’s what went through my head after my friend in California said that he was going to send me a couple Crowlers from his local brewery about a year ago. At the time, I considered myself pretty well-versed in all things craft beer. I assumed that he was talking about …

Food

Craft beer company doesn't want Peyton drinking Bud

So, Peyton Manning, you just won the Super Bowl. What are you going to do next?

" . . . I'm going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight."

As you can …

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Japanese beer giant Asahi seeks to swallow Peroni and Grolsch - Feb. 11, 2016

Meet the guy who invents new beers for Anheuser-Busch

The Japanese beer giant Asahi is seeking some European flavor to add more fizz to its sales.

The brewer is in exclusive talks over a $2.9 billion deal to buy a bunch of businesses from SABMiller (SBMRF) that include the storied beer brands Peroni …

Drinking

Slovenian town goes ahead with beer fountain plan

A small Slovenian town is pressing ahead with plans to build a fountain which spouts beer instead of water, despite opposition from some councillors.

The project in Zalec, which is known for its hop plantations, is being described as the first beer fountain in Europe, and has made headlines in …

Beer

Beer-tracking app Untappd gets barcode scanning, hails an Uber

The app is looking to make its brand of social drinking even better.

If you're a dedicated beer geek, chances are you're using the app Untappd to track your libations. For the unfamiliar, the mobile software allows you to log and rate beers while following what and where your friends are drinking. …

Barcodes

5 Beer Cocktails for Your Super Bowl Party

We all know that beer is a non-negotiable for football viewing, especially when it comes to the Super Bowl. If “BL ‘nums” aren’t quite your thing and you’re looking to step up your party’s beverage selection this year, then give one of these five thirst-quenching beer cocktails a try. I mean, …

Beer

CDC Sets Off Firestorm by Warning Women About Alcohol

A seemingly well-meaning warning from the federal government about the risks of drinking and pregnancy has set off a firestorm of outrage.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention simply meant to caution women who may plan to get pregnant, or who might accidentally get pregnant, about drinking …

Drinking

Scientists have an interesting theory about how beer helped ancient humans build civilizations

REUTERS/Michael DalderNot only is beer a delicious frothy mixture of alcoholic goodness, but some scientists think it may have played a pivotal role …

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Snake stuck in beer can gets nursed back to health and released

Lucky for this snake, its last breaths will not be taken anywhere near a Bud Light.

Five months ago, Redditor chandalowe discovered a California Whipsnake stuck inside of a beer can. Noticing that the snake was unable to remove itself and had been cut by the can's edges, chandalowe decided to take …

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Craft Beer Trends That Need To Stop

By: Lee Breslouer

@leebreslouer

If you love someone, you're allowed to criticize them. But not too much -- look at what happened when your dad criticized your mom. He was replaced by a guy named Rick. You'll never be our real dad, Rick!

We love beer, and we'll never give up on beer. But sometimes, …

Trends

Now on Tap 'Stone Enjoy By 2.14.16 Unfiltered Ipa' @ Tap and Mallet @Stone Brewing @BeerBoardTV

Suntory's new line of Yamazaki whisky has critics ecstatic as new bottles go for £200 each

The last batch of whiskys scored 97.5 out of 100 in The Whisky Bible

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Why Big Alcohol Is Upset With Kroger Supermarkets

New shelving plan is ruffling feathers.

Kroger is shaking up the way it shelves alcohol, and the booze industry isn’t happy about it.

The major grocery store chain plans to hire a private distributor to oversee how it distributes shelf space to alcohol brands, according to The Wall Street Journal. …

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These Are the 20 Best Beers in the World

From California to Belgium to Denmark

In honor of International Beer Day, August 7, the beer-rating and -review site RateBeer.com has curated a list of the top beers in the world.

The 20 beers were selected for their world-class recognition — some are accessible, some are obscure — and their elegant …

Drinking

9 Step DIY To Your Own Barbeque With Just A Beer Can

WARNING: Cutting aluminum cans will give the metal very sharp edges. Sharp edges cut skin. You may want to use gloves to mitigate any risk. Hot coals …

DIY

Turn Leftover Beer (or Any Beer) Into a Tasty Toffee Sauce

I know you guys would never have any of this “leftover beer” lying about, but say you have a guest who just can’t finish that big bottle they started …

Drinking

German ‘Reinheitsgebot’ Beer Purity Law Set to Celebrate 500 Year Anniversary | FWx

American beer geeks love to talk about how big brewing has become in the States over the past couple of decades. Meanwhile, the Germans are like, “Coole Geschichte, Bru” while drinking lager out of a stein that holds more liquid than all the glassware in your house combined.

If you need a reminder …

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One of the world's largest beer brewers is seeing growth in a surprising area

While American customers know SABMiller best for beverages like Keystone and Coors Light, sales of MillerCoor’s beers in the US are on the decline. However, international soda consumption — especially in Africa — is helping drive growth for the beverage company.

SABMiller beat analyst predictions in …

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