Agreed on dingers and taters. This is an outrage. I think they're 10 years late on this, maybe. Like perhaps those used to be overused, but now they have a kinda comforting, playful, old-timey ring to them. (Beer internet has noted that AP now prefers "craft brewers" to "microbreweries," and that makes sense because… » 3/27/15 3:13pm Friday 3:13pm

A Lot Of Extreme Beer Sucks, But This One Is Great

Last weekend I skipped the Beer Advocate Extreme Beer Festival, even though it was five miles from my home and tickets didn't cost any more than what I blow on beer any given day off anyway. I regret not going. It would have been fun, and it would have made me better at my ridiculous how-is-this-an-actual-job? job,… » 3/27/15 11:50am Friday 11:50am

Local Beer Is Great, But Fresh Beer Is Better

I'm lukewarm on most traditional holidays, the ones that require shopping and showering and dancing around maypoles and/or respectful disbelief in the supernatural; some of these holidays come with ham and presents, but even then the risks can outweigh the rewards. I still consider myself a joyous, festive,… » 3/25/15 11:40am Wednesday 11:40am

What Would You Pick If You Had To Drink The Same Three Beers Forever?

Yesterday afternoon some kindly internet stranger asked me what local beers I recommend he stock up on during his next trip to my home state. I refused to answer him on the grounds that Massachusetts is no mere "state"—we are a proud commonwealth of men and women united by loyalty to our official bird (either a… » 3/24/15 2:15pm Tuesday 2:15pm

Commercial Shandies Are For Suckers. Drink This Beer Instead.

Beer is very useful. In just the past few days I have relied on beer to help me relate to my fellow man, to make college basketball interesting, and to wean me off my Tylenol PM addiction. Beer can also be used to liven up an otherwise limp pot of whatever-bean chili, to repair a dicey relationship with your mail… » 3/23/15 11:40am 3/23/15 11:40am

This Is The Best Beer From Boston's Other Brewing Behemoth

You know how the adage that you should always "just be yourself" is nothing but soft-headed, recklessly empowering drivel unless all concerned parties understand the unspoken addendum of "I mean, unless you're a dick—in that case, be someone else"? The blogatorial version is that one ought to "write what you know,"… » 3/20/15 2:49am 3/20/15 2:49am

Red Stripe: Rightfully Beloved In Kingston And Cambridge Alike

If you live in the Northeastern United States, you need to move, because tomorrow's the first day of spring, and it's going to snow. Believe me, I'm just as tired of whining about the weather as you are of listening to me whine about the weather, but it's been so relentlessly abominable that I can't bring myself to… » 3/19/15 2:17pm 3/19/15 2:17pm

March Madness Beer Brackets Are Stupid, So Here's The Winner Of Ours!

Have you guys filled out all your brackets? I'm a bit behind this year. I've taken care of "Vegan Pizza Toppings," "Aunts Who Have Disappointed Me," "Bands I've Never Heard Of," and "Dudes Named Gary," and today I hope to get to "NCAA Men's Basketball," but I doubt I'm going to find time to complete Thrillist's "What… » 3/18/15 3:43pm 3/18/15 3:43pm

The Perfect Beer-Soda For Wealthy Teens And Belgian Fetishists

Remember Palcohol, the booze powder that had all our blogs in a bunch last spring before it faded away into some kind of regulatory purgatory for just long enough to let us get all fired up about Ebola, bad weather, Bud Light Mixxtails, and all the other dire threats to our collective future as pertains to survival… » 3/16/15 3:30pm 3/16/15 3:30pm

Forget Guinness: Here's A Real Irish Beer For Saint Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day really snuck up on us this year, huh? By "us," I really mean "me," but I bet you're not as far along in your holiday knitting as you'd like, either. Depending on where you live, this could be due to this year's endless winter—which, bad news, will also be next year's endless winter, because that's… » 3/13/15 3:39pm 3/13/15 3:39pm

This Is Probably The Worst Beer In The World

From 1973 until 2011, Carlsberg Lager marketed itself as "Probably the best beer in the world." That bald-assed lie made it the shame of Copenhagen, and it led all discerning citizens of the beer-drinking world to question if any Dane could ever be trusted under any circumstance. Of course, sales were always fine,… » 3/12/15 4:27pm 3/12/15 4:27pm

Alpine Beer Is Run By Greedy Sell-Outs, Thank God

Last night I played a justifiably obscure game called "sober darts in the basement of an American Legion post." I do not recommend the experience. Darts is a game best played at least slightly buzzed, and ideally quite drunk. But every now and then I have to force myself through a dry Tuesday night, because while… » 3/11/15 3:57pm 3/11/15 3:57pm

A Huge New Double IPA For Joyful Perverts

Saturday evening, I went to a 10-year-old buddy's ice-hockey game. It turns out they don't serve beer at youth hockey games in this uptight town; you can't even get a little something extra added to your snack-bar hot chocolate. When you ostentatiously drop a $5 bill in the tip jar before placing your order for "One… » 3/10/15 2:43am 3/10/15 2:43am

This Beer's Quality Depends On The Freshness Of The Corpse 

Friends, pay no mind to your calendars, with their equinoxes and solstices and pictures of dogs dressed for various atmospheric conditions. Disregard their months and days and stubborn refusal to learn where the apostrophe goes in Presidents' Day. None of that matters in determining just what time of year it is.… » 3/09/15 2:30pm 3/09/15 2:30pm