Anchor Christmas Ale 2014: Great Tradition, Mediocre Year

My family is woefully short on Christmas traditions. This is largely due to our being a small unit consisting of zero children or Christians, the two things that seem to make this particular holiday go 'round. But we like kids and Christs just fine, and everybody likes days off in the middle of the week, so we're… » 12/17/14 1:24pm Yesterday 1:24pm

Blue Moon's Winter Beer Is A Fine Gateway Drug, As Usual

For all the inroads American craft beer has made in the past decade, the 10 best-selling domestic brewskis are all still owned by either Anheuser-Busch InBev or SABMiller. The two-headed, yellow-fizz-pissing monster achieves this market dominance through the traditional means of aggressive advertising, efficient… » 12/15/14 2:31pm Monday 2:31pm

Dan Patrick's Session Beer For Bros Will Fill Up Your Passion Bucket

Last year Red Hook teamed up with television and radio personality Dan Patrick to produce Audible Ale, which they proudly trumpet as "the ultimate craft beer for watching sports." What confers this ultamism? The marketing material suggests it's derived primarily from Audible's "crushable" status, which in the… » 12/12/14 1:16pm Friday 1:16pm

More Proof That Anheuser-Busch Hates You, Me, And Nature's Finest Fruit

Apples are the best fruit, because in addition to being delicious, they are also versatile. Apples can be juiced, pied, carameled, candied, fermented, distilled, cidered, crisped, jacked, brown bettied!, eaten plain without a fuss like you're some kind of goddamn health monster determined to live forever, jellied,… » 12/10/14 9:56am 12/10/14 9:56am

Dogfish 120 Minute IPA Is America's Classiest One-Beer Buzz

I've been drinking irresponsibly lately, by which I mean all of the usual things, but also that I've been forgetting to use the stupid notebook in which I differentiate between beers with "strong grapefruit character" and those that merely display "pronounced citrus notes." I draw little trees next to the piney ones;… » 12/09/14 2:26pm 12/09/14 2:26pm

Here's An Underrated IPA From A Properly Rated State

New Hampshire is often overlooked by my fellow Massachusettsian beer-drinkers and life-lovers, and this is a shame. All we tend to know about the Granite (or Marble?) State is that there's no sales tax but high property tax (or perhaps vice versa), and it's got either a nice, long coastline or, if that's actually… » 12/08/14 3:42pm 12/08/14 3:42pm

This Kansas City Beer Bravely Triumphs Over Its Hippie-Trash Name

My wife and I got stuck in traffic on the way back from Western Massachusetts Sunday afternoon, which almost prevented us from seeing kickoff of the Patriots' 21-26 victory over those lucky (and terrifyingly good) Packers. But rather than risk missing the beginning of the game—or the whole game, or our unconceived… » 12/04/14 3:41pm 12/04/14 3:41pm

Here's Yet Another Good Beer With A Stupid Name

I never get to name anything. My wife picked Cindy Lou Who for the cat (perfect name, perfect cat, no complaints), and some editor or another overruled my attempt to call this column Drinkspin instead of Drunkspin. I lobbied for the more dignified approach, but whoever runs this show knew they could keep me… » 11/24/14 2:29pm 11/24/14 2:29pm