Texas Should Declare Independence And Make This Their National Beer

Yesterday, one of my idiot friends told me that certain South Floridians have expressed interest in seceding from the rest of the state. Roughly 11 seconds of exhaustive Googling just now failed to turn up much evidence, but let's say it's true. Makes sense. The government's way up north, and apparently run by a… » 10/24/14 1:12pm Yesterday 1:12pm

Great Divide Oatmeal Yeti Is A Neat, Sweet Beast Indeed

Big, boozy stouts tend to be expensive, and a lot of drinkers regard them as seasonal treats, so they're not among the most popular beers from a straight sales perspective. But if you brew a stout with an alcohol-by-volume percentage over eight and give it a price tag north of $7 per 22-ounce bottle, you've… » 10/23/14 2:17pm Thursday 2:17pm

Four Loko Hasn't Killed The Malt Liquor 40 Yet, But Better Drink Fast

While screwing around on Twitter Sunday afternoon, I made the stunning and repulsive discovery that Betspin impresario Jay Sanin is a habitual Four Loko drinker. At first, I thought he just posted this picture as a goof, but further investigation revealed that he is a married man with two dogs, a job, and a roof who… » 10/22/14 1:50pm Wednesday 1:50pm

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 Tuesday 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 10/17/14 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 10/16/14 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

I keep meaning to write something about Guinness's traditional role as a gateway beer. It's the best thing on tap at some many shitty bars (at least in Boston and New York, maybe less so in regions with less Irish heritage?) and you're right that it was the only safe place during the light/dry/ice invasion. » 10/07/14 8:05am 10/07/14 8:05am