Like Mexican-Style Lagers? Here are 11 Craft Beers You Should Try

Chances are, you’ve occasionally thrown back a few bottles of a popular Mexican amber lager. Maybe you drank them before you got into craft beer and now they make you nostalgic, or maybe you harbor dreams of being the Most Interesting Man  — or Woman — in the World. Whatever the reason, the popularity of Mexican-style …

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New to Craft Beer? These 7 Dark Lagers are Easy on the Palate

  Bitter IPAs and boozy, barrel-aged beers might shock the palate if you’re trying to introduce a curious newcomer to craft beer. Instead, it’s generally better to hand them a beer style that simultaneously feels familiar and also enlightens — dark lagers embody those traits. German-style Schwarzbiers, dunkels, bocks, and American dark lagers might seem …

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Scratch Brewing’s Dead Leaves and Carrots Beer Recipe

  This is one of Scratch Brewing (Ava, Illinois) customers’ all-time favorites. It’s a lightly bready English bitter with a touch of smoke and a dry, crisp finish. It was inspired by the crisp crunch of fall leaves and that dry, almost toasted paper aroma. The oak leaves add extra bitterness and tannins, and the …

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Victory Brewing’s Storm King Russian Imperial Stout – The Perfect Storm of Stouts?

Each and every microbrew and craft beer enthusiast truly is (or at least should be) always and forever on the search for that elusive “holy grail” of all barley and hop libations. I, personally have been seeking the be -all, end-all in russian imperial stouts in particular for a substantial length of time now (years …

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Big in Japan: Stouts in the Land of the Rising Sun

There’s no doubt about it: Stouts are huge in Japan. At the World Beer Cup in Philadelphia earlier this year, Japanese breweries claimed seven medals for the style, including two golds. “They are getting more recognition, it seems like,” says Hiroyuki Fujiwara, a beer judge and president of the Japan Beer Journalists’ Association. “For craft …

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New Belgium’s Brewery, Celebrating 20 Years of Sour Beers

This year marks New Belgium’s 20 th year for making sour beers, which first launched its wood beer program in 1997 with La Folie. The award-winning sour ale’s 2017 version is now available and continues the sour ale tradition thanks to the craftsmanship of New Belgium’s blending team. Every year, Eric Salazar, New Belgium’s Wood …

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10 Dark Beers You’ll Crave This Winter: Stouts, Porters and More

We talk a lot about the myths about dark beers you shouldn’t believe. In the smack dab of winter, they’re my absolute favorite. Smoky and musty or rich and creamy, stouts, porters and their imperial cousins fill the void caused by winter’s chills and pair amazingly with winter comfort foods – and beer for dessert …

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