Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA Is A Decent "September Beer" Forgery

I talk to a lot of beer geeks these days, which isn't as bad as it sounds. But, brothers and sisters, it's still not always good. A lot of these conversations quickly devolve into pissing contests over who has spent more time waiting in brewery parking lots in Vermont or who's got a bigger stash of obscure Belgian… » 9/16/14 2:29pm Today 2:29pm

Drink Sapporo With Your Sushi, Like A Reasonable Person

Even though I'm a fervent season-change denier, the lengthening of sleeves and shortening of afternoons is making it harder and harder to avoid the reality of the impending fall. But the silver lining there is that my wedding anniversary is in the fall, so now's as good a time as any to lead off a beer review by… » 9/15/14 2:09pm Yesterday 2:09pm

Bud Light Apple-Ahhh-Rita Is Bullshit; Drink Cider Instead

A couple of summers ago, Anheuser-Busch introduced the abominable Bud Light Lime-a-Rita, sweet fake-citrus bullshit intended to capitalize on the niche market of people who have spent their entire lives not knowing what an actual lime tastes like. Those sad bastards are still none the wiser, which has emboldened AB to… » 9/10/14 3:52pm 9/10/14 3:52pm

Lagunitas Sucks Is America's Finest Quart Of Beer

One of these days I'm going to write about 40s—it would be irresponsible to forever ignore one of the most iconic corners of American beer culture—but I keep putting it off, because I can't find a worthwhile angle beyond nostalgia. Most of your better brewers opt not to package their wares in 40-ounce bottles, and I'm… » 9/07/14 2:38pm 9/07/14 2:38pm

Anchor California Lager: Because Ale Makes You Fat

You're getting chubby, and that's mostly because you spend all day looking at slideshows of the "27 Fried-est Foods at the Iowa Tractor Guild's Annual Corn Jousting Festival," which makes you shake your damn head at all those crazy, fat maize warriors and their deep-fried mutton cupcakes as you smirk your way down… » 9/05/14 2:07pm 9/05/14 2:07pm

Tröegs Perpetual IPA: Always Good, Sometimes Better

Informed citizens tend to blame Budweiser for most of society's ills, and justifiably so. Between the doltish marketing, crummy beer, and thousands of lives lost every year in catastrophic avalanches of Clydesdale shit, it's tempting to call for the company's immediate disbandment, or at least exile to someplace… » 9/04/14 12:38pm 9/04/14 12:38pm

Pabst Blue Ribbon: It's Not Just For Hipsters Anymore, And Never Was

I've only blocked a couple of people on Twitter, because the Internet has generally deemed me unworthy of harassment, but if I were a more prominent person or dealt with a more controversial subject, I would toss motherfuckers overboard by the dozen. I do not interpret the First Amendment as guaranteeing every last… » 9/03/14 2:33pm 9/03/14 2:33pm

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale: Making Delaware Relevant Since 1999

There are two big breweries within a couple miles of my house—the headquarters of both Harpoon and the Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)—but I've never been on the official tour at either place. That's stupid. I like brewery tours, and I've been to a bunch of smaller, less convenient places; I've also been to the… » 9/02/14 12:21pm 9/02/14 12:21pm

Good point about Brady being curiously under-worshipped around here. My wife still wants Bledsoe back. I wonder if that contributes to the deification of Belicheck? It's always rammed down our throat that the only things that matter in the NFL are coaches and QBs (and linemen, but those are amorphous conceptual units… » 9/02/14 12:03pm 9/02/14 12:03pm

Goose Island Honker's Ale: Not Bad, For Sellouts

Goose Island has been making outstanding beer for the good and other people of Chicago since 1988. The rest of us have been able to get our hands on it for a long time, too; it was also was one of the first American craft breweries to hit the big time. This is because it was a well-run small business with a superior… » 8/29/14 12:29pm 8/29/14 12:29pm

Founders All Day: Because Session IPAs Are Perfect For Football Season

Do you ever deal with Journalist Twitter? It is possibly the very most self-important subgenre of social media, though Aggrieved-Teacher Facebook gives it a run for its money. (Not that they're in it for the money, which we believed the first 50,000 times they mentioned it this morning, which they had time to do… » 8/28/14 12:51pm 8/28/14 12:51pm

Stone Arrogant Bastard: An Obnoxious Name For An Outstanding Beer

Time Out Chicago's Amy Cavanaugh recently criticized Pig Minds Brewing for naming their new blueberry beer "PD California Style Ale." The label features a waist-down image of a cartoon lady in a skirt with her underwear around her ankles, leaving no doubt what PD stands for: This beer is designed to make women drop… » 8/26/14 12:16pm 8/26/14 12:16pm

My thought process every time: "Hey, guess I'm one of the lucky ones, because just a bit of soap and water and Gold Bond does the trick just fine for me ... OR DOES IT? Maybe I'm not the person who should be judging this situation. Maybe I need to ask my —- wait! No! Maybe I need to ask Jolie why we're talking about… » 8/25/14 4:14pm 8/25/14 4:14pm

The frustrating thing about this is that the man will likely issue whatever tepid apology is required and then just keep on keepin' on, having no idea why we can't take a joke around here anymore fer crissakes. He (and to be clear, I'm just using him as a proxy for a certain type of old dude) knows in his heart of… » 8/25/14 2:32pm 8/25/14 2:32pm