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2016 Breckenridge Denver Comic Con beer name, release party announced

The poster for the Denver Comic Con beer Snape-ricot release party. (<i>Provided by Breckenridge Brewing</i>)<p>The 2016 Denver Comic Con beer will have a …

Beer

The Wine Squirrel smart decanter keeps opened wine fresh for weeks

As of late, the smart alcohol industry has been absolutely booming. From smart kegerators designed to brew your own beer to tabletop wine dispensers …

Drinking

Watch and Learn How to Brew Wheat Beer From Scratch

'Quite enjoyable'<p>Home-brewing beer has become wildly popular in recent years, but many amateur brewers are using prepackaged kits or store-bought …

Drinking

The First Sip: 20 Best Beers For Summer

<b>Style:</b> Double IPA<b><br>ABV:</b> 9%<b><br>Location:</b> San Diego, CA<p>Here’s an already delicious and fresh IPA that just got a citrusy summer kick with tangerine. It’s a …

Alcohol

How beer could help with weight loss

When it comes to health benefits and alcohol, antioxidant-rich red wine is usually the drink drawing all the praise.<p>But beer — carbs and calories notwithstanding — also has its upsides, with studies showing the beverage can help prevent kidney stones, strengthen bones, and aid your digestive system.<p>…

Drinking

James Squire and the power of the gateway beer

Gateway beers don’t share any of the stigma of other gateway things; for craft brewers, ‘gateway’ is one of the most celebrated terms in all of the …

Australia

Homers, whalez and shelf turds: the new beer dictionary

Did you know that DRAFT maintains a dictionary of beer-related words? <b>It’s true!</b> But the way we talk about beer is constantly changing, and just as …

Drinking

Gluten-free beer may not be ‘real beer,’ but Glutenberg’s comes close

Special to The Globe and Mail<p>It looks like this summer might be less sad for the gluten-averse: Montreal’s Glutenberg, a brewer whose gluten-free beers are better-tasting than most, is coming to Ontario. Though the company makes more than 20 beers, it’s only its Blonde Ale, made with millet and …

Gluten-Free

You have to see this Las Vegas home made out of beer bottles

You may have heard the phrase 'what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,' and it couldn't be more true about this home. With mermaids, a pirate's bridge …

American West

Beer or popcorn? Mankato Brewery’s Boomchickapop Popcorn Ale offers both

A beer made from air-popped popcorn is a sweet, springy Belgian farmhouse saison.

Popcorn

How to Get a Decent Night's Sleep After a Night of Drinking

Heavy drinking can give you a hangover, sure, but part of the reason you feel so sluggish and worn out after a night of drinking is because you get …

Sleep

New Hampshire Man Wears 'This Guy Needs a Beer' Shirt in DUI Mugshot

When seasons change so do menus. And in anticipation of warmer months hitting the Hub, we checked out Boston eateries as they re-introduce outdoor …

Beer

Best Craft Beer IPAs That Go Beyond Bitter

Given the absurd number of India pale ales that have come out of the craft beer explosion, it’s essential for both your taste buds and your wallet to …

Drinking

How Your World Works Podcast: 4 Things You May Not Know About Brewing Craft Beer

The long, strange journey that takes grain, yeast, water and hops​ and turns it into a cold pint.<p><i>To hear more from our craft brewers, check out the</i> <i>newest episode of the</i> How Your World Works <i>podcast, available now on iTunes.</i><p>We're not sure when "craft beer" became a part of our vocabulary, but it's a …

Podcasting

How Beer Can Help Your Weight Loss

When it comes to health benefits and alcohol, antioxidant-rich red wine is usually the drink drawing all the praise. But beer — carbs and calories …

Drinking

Beer Buzz: Rahr's Regulator is big, dark and malty

The Regulator<p><b>THE BREWERY:</b> Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., Fort Worth<p><b>STYLE:</b> Doppelbock; a German style that translates to "double bock." These are …

Drinking

SkyGarten Philly's Highest Beer Garden Atop Logan Square

<b>SkyGarten</b> will take 3,000 square feet inside and outside area, offering four draft lines, along with canned German beers and local crafts beers. The …

Beer

Beer of the Week: Champion Shower Beer

At long last, spring has arrived in Washington. Buds are coming out. Padded jackets are coming off. There’s no more talk of freeze warnings. Beer drinkers, it’s time for you to put away your bourbon barrel-aged stouts and enjoy something more seasonal.<p>To welcome the season, I wanted something …

Food

Germany Marks 500 Years of Beer Purity Law

The sound of clinking glass fills the room as a monk inspects one of hundreds of beer bottles passing along the production line at Andechs monastery …

Beer

Stone Enjoy By Tangerine IPA coming to series soon

Stone <b>Enjoy By Tangerine IPA</b> will begin hitting shelves next week, joining other rotating variants such as <b>Unfiltered IPA</b> and <b>Black IPA</b> and in the Stone …

Low-Carb Alcohol – the Best and the Worst Beers, Drinks, Etc.

What are the best and the worst alcoholic drinks on a low-carb diet? First the obvious: Alcohol is not a weight-loss aid. The more alcohol you drink, …

Drinking

Japan's biggest brewery just bought Peroni and Grolsch

LONDON (Reuters) - Anheuser-Busch InBev, the brewer which is in the process of acquiring rival SABMiller, said it accepted an offer from Japan's Asahi Group for Peroni and a group of other SAB beer brands.<p>AB InBev said Asahi's acquisition of the brands was conditional on the successful closing of …

Japan

Crowlers vs. growlers: How to take your favorite craft brews home

Canned craft beer is bigger than ever before, and now, crowlers, the fill-to-order cans, are replacing growlers, the reusable brown glass jugs, as the preferred way for local breweries to package beer to take home.<p>Growlers are a popular way to take your favorite craft brews with you, but they’re …

Food

6 Weird Alcohol Laws From Around the Country

The laws that govern alcohol may make your head spin more than the booze itself. Specific drinking statutes vary by state, and fully understanding …

Beer

Medieval beer purity law has Germany's craft brewers over a barrel

Opening the lid of a huge brown boiling vessel, Stefan Fritsche flings a handful of hop pellets into the frothy whirl of liquid. Elsewhere in his brewery, a malt grinder rumbles away, a lab technician is busy testing new flavours and crates of Schwarzer Abt (Black Abbot) beer bound for far-flung …

Middle Ages

The Czech Republic is changing its name to Czechia to make it easier to sell beer

Politicians from the Czech Republic are going to change the name of their country to Czechia to make it easier for sports teams and companies to brand themselves abroad.<p>A statement put out by the president, prime minister, and other senior officials says that the country will ask the UN to update …

Beer

5 Things to Do with Light Beer (Besides Drink It)

Put that light beer to work in the kitchen.<p>Craft beers are where it’s at when it comes to flavor, complexity and newness. They’re what we reach for when we're stocking up on six-packs. But when it comes to cooking, you often need beer that is, to put it nicely, a bit more basic. That’s where light …

Drinking

This Russian Man Has Draft Beer Flowing Through His Faucet, Directly From The Brewery

So you want draft beer in your home for next year’s National Beer Day but a kegerator is a little too pedestrian for you? No worries, just install a beer tap directly in your sink! Andrey Yeremeev from Chelyabinsk, Russia, rigged up a special faucet in his apartment. One tap has water and the other …

Russia

5 Things Every Beer Lover Should Know

Beer is America's favorite alcoholic beverage, and for good reason. Beers are thirst-quenching, pair well with all kinds of food and with so many different varieties, give us plenty of refreshing reasons to catch up with friends over a round or two. But what is beer exactly, and what's the …

Drinking