November 3, 2012 |
Winter seasonal beers are traditionally a bit sweet, often with a spice note, for comfort in cold weather. Winter Solstice follows this pattern, but it seems specifically designed for one particular season: Turkey Day and the subsequent Turkey Leftover Days. It pours medium amber with a moderate tan head. The nose is malty and very slightly yeasty, with a hint of nutmeg and perhaps allspice. On the palate, it's rich and round and somewhat plush, with hops firmly marching in to dry up the sweetness during the long finish.
August 11, 2011 |
In the Middle Ages, brewers sometimes stoked their brew kettles by throwing in rocks that had been heated red-hot. They were on to something, as Port shows in this intriguing dark lager, a collaboration with Bend Brewing in Bend, Ore. What do the hot rocks do? They caramelize and even scorch some of the malt, giving a new layer of browned flavor — not just the caramel, chocolate or molasses notes (there is a tiny amount of the last, a huge amount of the first) but also a little of that burnt sugar taste we learned to love the first time we toasted a marshmallow.
November 25, 2010 |
Green Flash Brewing Barleywine 2010 Barleywines are typically sweet and malty with plenty of hops for balance. This one, from a India Pale Ale specialist based in San Diego, leads with the hops. It pours dark amber with an attractive nose of pine and oranges. In the mouth, it's a riot of flavors with the hops inexorably knuckling the malt under. The finish is medium long and hoppy all the way. It can stand up to strongly flavored foods such as curries. One thing all barleywines have in common is a high alcohol level.
May 29, 2013 |
Move over C3PO, Cornell University computer science geeks have created a robot that can tell if you want a beer and pour it for you. Barristas also may want to wake up and smell the coffee too. This robot can guess whether students are hankering for java and pour it for them. Kodiak the robot was as handy with a lager as with a latte, could open refrigerator and microwave doors and even tidy up, say the human robotics researchers. In tests, the hard-wired humanoid correctly anticipated a student's next move between 57% and 82% of the time, depending on how far into the future it was "anticipating.
February 27, 2013 |
The latest batch of Stone Brewing's "devastatingly fresh" Enjoy By 4.01.13 IPA hits shelves this week, and the brewers are so serious about the freshness of their beer that they've built an April 1 deadline into the beer's name. But why is it so important for this beer to be consumed within the 35-day freshness window? Stone packs so much hops into their Enjoy By beer that they will pull it from retailer's shelves 35 days after the beer was bottled to prevent anyone from buying a past-its-prime bottle.
May 23, 2013 |
If you're a baseball fan, you probably know that the Omni San Diego Hotel offers a unique tie to the game: It overlooks Petco Park , with a pedestrian skywalk connecting the hotel to the action. It's the only hotel in the nation attached to a major league ballpark. The Omni offers visitors other perks too. It's in the historic Gaslamp Quarter across from the convention center and is convenient to other city sites. But the hotel really shines in summer, when the ballpark is in use. The deal: Celebrate America's pastime with the "Beer, Brats and Baseball" package, which starts at $289 and offers lodging, plus two tickets to a P adres game, beer and brats.
March 12, 2013 |
HBO's “Game of Thrones” already has some of the most passionate fans in television. Now it has its own beer. The network has partnered with Brewery Ommegang, a craft beer maker in Cooperstown, N.Y., to create a series of beers inspired by the popular television series. The first beer, Iron Throne Blonde Ale, was released just in time for the March 31 premiere of the third season of "Game of Thrones. " HBO Global Licensing explained the partnership this way: “The collaboration between Ommegang and HBO is focused on developing truly unique beers that directly tie into themes, characters and nuances of the series of the medieval-like fantasy realm of Westeros and surrounding kingdoms.
August 3, 2009 |
President Obama's biergarten moment at the White House on Thursday may have started out as a political stunt, but in the end it could become a model for the future of race relations in America. I'm not talking about the "teachable moment" nonsense. Nor am I particularly impressed by the idea that people of different backgrounds should get together to talk about their backgrounds.
February 25, 2013 |
Could a new glass make beer taste better? Two brewers on opposite sides of the United States have partnered to produce a glass they say will amplify and balance “even the hoppiest of IPAs.” Manufactured by German glassware company Spiegelau , the glass was designed with input from Delaware-based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., from Chico, Calif., and is available for $9. At least one beer enthusiast says...
August 15, 2012 |
Politicians trying to play the authenticity card can get in trouble. They can look inauthentic. Or they can disrupt business as usual. The operator of the Bud Tent at the Iowa State Fair said this week that President Obama's stop at the popular beer pit-stop cost him a lot of business - as the Secret Service choked off the flow of customers by securing the area and screening everyone who wanted to come in for a cold one. The Monday...