Sorachi Ace Is The Most Brooklyn Of Beers

I have very little interest in the concept of Brooklyn as a lifestyle brand or cultural signifier. For one thing, to call something "very Brooklyn" is woefully imprecise: Do you mean that little part of Brooklyn with the expensive strollers and the yogurt and the kale and all that other shit we talk about now that… » 10/21/14 8:30am Today 8:30am

All Pumpkin Everything: How Did Fall Turn Into Nutmeg Season?

The list of pumpkin-spiced items to which we are seasonally exposed grows longer every year: Since Starbucks opened the floodgates with the Pumpkin Spice Latte in 2003, we've been enticed, repulsed, and confused by similarly flavored vodka, bagels, yogurt, donuts, oatmeal, M&Ms, etc. And yes, this year they even … » 10/17/14 2:00pm Friday 2:00pm

Bell's Two-Hearted Ale Is Contrarian-Proof (Dammit)

A couple of my friends recently went to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival, and they stayed out there for at least a week afterward to tour the local breweries, which made me jealous and depressed. Jealous for the obvious reason, and depressed because it forced me to realize that I'll never pull off my book… » 10/16/14 11:29am Thursday 11:29am

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Is A Rye Beer Worth Fighting For (Or About)

The easiest way to upset a self-identified Beer Geek is to point out the nipple-blood that's soaked through his couple-of-Xs-too-small "Water & Barley & Hops & Yeast" t-shirt. After that, you might as well compound the problem by pointing out that lots of great beers contain all sorts of extra ingredients not found on… » 10/15/14 1:56pm 10/15/14 1:56pm

There Is No Excuse For Drinking Heineken

An editor at a more hopeful outfit recently asked me to write a few paragraphs about the best new beer of 2014. I chose an expensive saison, because that's the kind of thing I like, and he had no problem with the selection, but requested that my article explain why it would appeal "to a Bud Light drinker." I wrote… » 10/14/14 1:35pm 10/14/14 1:35pm

Oskar Blues Old Chub Does Canned Scotch Ale From Colorado Proud

If you want to be taken seriously in the American beer-geek underground, the first thing you've got to do is grow a big, nasty beard. This is a bit of a challenge for the many aspiring beer geeks who happen to be women or unscuzzy men, but rules are rules. I need to see your beard before I can hear your opinions. » 10/13/14 3:42pm 10/13/14 3:42pm

This Is The Best Imported Session Beer

Welcome once again to Drunkspin's Sub-Five-Percent Friday, wherein we recommend a low-potency beer to keep you in the mood but out of trouble. Remember, it's a long weekend, at least as far as the government is concerned, which means court's not open Monday—if you get arrested for something stupid this weekend, you… » 10/10/14 1:50pm 10/10/14 1:50pm

New Glarus Spotted Cow: Overrated Beer From An Underrated State

Wisconsin is a really cool state, and I swear I'm not being a condescending Northeast elitist about it. This isn't like when some loathsome New York City resident praises Chicago as a "nice little town." I don't mean "Wisconsin is really cool, for an upper Midwestern state that Prince isn't from," or "Wisconsin is… » 10/09/14 2:11pm 10/09/14 2:11pm

Flying Dog Raging Bitch: An Offensive Beer In Three Different Ways

The inaugural Drunkspin Daily, a review of Stone Arrogant Bastard, addressed the problem of bad beer names. Too many of them rely on awful puns, weed references, or inside jokes that make it difficult for the consumer to remember which beer's which. Is the unfiltered wheat ale the one named after the brewmaster's… » 10/08/14 2:47pm 10/08/14 2:47pm

Green Flash's Fall Seasonal Beer Is Absurd, Pointless, And Delicious

San Diego's Green Flash Brewing Company kinda goes their own way, which is a funny thing to say about a Southern California brewery built around stuffing hops into every crevice of every beer they produce—the most radical thing a West Coast beer company could do in 2014 is just settle down and make a nice, calm… » 10/07/14 1:31pm 10/07/14 1:31pm

Miller Lite Just Won Gold At The Great American Beer Festival. How?

The Brewers Association held their prom this past weekend, and in keeping with timeless prom tradition, I was left home alone while all the cooler boozers attended the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. (Incidentally, my invitation to the Spring Formal was also lost in the mail, as April 11 saw me at home with… » 10/06/14 2:56pm 10/06/14 2:56pm

I see it around Boston but to be honest I never gave it much thought because the name seems so cartoonish, like the name they give a chain restaurant modeled on Applebee's in a dark teen comedy, that I think I might have just dismissed it (subconsciously) as "Oh this has to be some Bud product trying to masquerade as… » 10/03/14 2:40pm 10/03/14 2:40pm

This Beer Is Salty And Sour And You Will Love It To Death

Welcome back to Drunkspin's Sub-Five Friday, wherein we endeavor to ease you into the weekend armed with a recommendation for a lower-alcohol beer that will help you keep up with your day-drinking responsibilities without making a battered and bruised fool out of yourself. We'll stop running this stupid intro the… » 10/03/14 10:47am 10/03/14 10:47am

Interesting. Cold Spring has a bad reputation on some message boards and stuff, but I don't really know what they brew so I can't say. I figure as long as everything's clean and the recipe's followed, I'm fine w. contracting and don't like to use it as a de facto insult—do whatever you can to keep up w/ capacity and… » 10/02/14 2:51pm 10/02/14 2:51pm

You make a reasonable case. Today I reviewed Ballantine IPA, another Pabst brew (stupid planning to feature the same brewery on consecutive days, but I feel like I need to do at least one IPA a week and this is the only one I had ready to go), and I got into the Russia deal a bit. I stole another writer's idea and… » 10/02/14 2:47pm 10/02/14 2:47pm