Posts filed under 2012

The Resurgence of High Alcohol Brews

It seemed like ultra-high alcohol beer was on the way out. Drinkers were focusing more on session beers designed to be consumed en masse without causing serious inebriation. Others were focusing on reconstructing ancient recipes or on creating the most unique flavor combinations possible. It looks like “big buzz” beer isn’t gone yet, and might be making a resurgence at a liquor store near you. Even the big boys are getting into the act now, and it has nothing to do with “winter warmers”.

Posted on December 1, 2012 and filed under The Business of Beer, 2012.

Giving the Gift of Beer

Finding the perfect gift for the committed beer lover in your life (even if that's you) can be difficult.  It's hard to buy the right type of beer, even when you know the basic style that piques that person's interest.  Where does that leave you?  Actually, there are ways that you can give the gift of beer.  Perhaps the best is to buy someone a membership in a beer of the month club.  How exactly do these work?

Posted on November 1, 2012 and filed under Gifts for Beer Lovers, 2012.

Civilization and Beer: The Chicken or the Egg?

It’s well known that beer was created by the earliest civilizations and has remained a major part of human life since antiquity. However, new studies seem to indicate that society was formed as a result of beer, rather than beer brewing stemming from the birth of society. It’s a “chicken or the egg” question for the thirsty philosopher – which came first?

Posted on October 1, 2012 and filed under Facts & History, 2012.

Hard Cider – An Ap-Peeling Addition to Big Beer?

Hard cider has become one of the most visible segments of the craft brewing industry and has a marked appeal (or should that be ap-peel?) with both men and women. Hard cider offers quite a lot, from a taste that differs immensely from beer to historical roots deep in American culture. With those benefits, cider is also gaining a lot of notice from Big Beer these days and the purchase of Crispin Cider Company by MillerCoors shows just how attractive big brewers are finding the fermented apple beverage. What’s to know about hard cider?

Posted on September 1, 2012 and filed under Beer Styles and Trends, 2012.

The Rise of the Beer Garden

If you have paid any attention at all, you have undoubtedly noticed the rapid growth and spread of beer gardens here in the States. These were once restricted to Germany and other parts of Europe, but that is no longer the case. Quite a few cities in the US now have beer gardens for brew lovers and there are more on the way. What’s behind the growth of these establishments? Just how many are there now?

Posted on August 1, 2012 and filed under The Business of Beer, 2012.

The Love of Beer – It's In Our Blood

Any self-respecting beer lover knows that their preferred beverage has a rich, deep history and takes great pride in that fact. However, many don't realize just how deep that past goes, nor how it ties into our culture, our ways of thinking and even our character. In a way, you could say that beer is in our blood. It's been part of most civilizations since the dawn of the Agricultural Revolution, and shows no signs of letting up. In fact, beer is enjoying yet another renaissance, as the booming craft beer industry can attest. Just how deep does the history of beer go?

Posted on June 1, 2012 and filed under Facts & History, 2012.

Mosquitos and Beer Drinkers – A Match Made in Heaven

As the weather warms up, it’s time for outdoors activities. Cookouts, parties and just hanging out in the yard are among the most common activities that mark the summer months. Of course, you’ll also have to dodge mosquitos as well. These pests are an inextricable component of hot days and long nights and most people go to great lengths to try and keep them away. For beer drinkers, that might be harder than you think.

Posted on May 1, 2012 and filed under Facts & History, 2012.

All about Spring Beer – A Refreshing Way to Welcome Back the Warmth

While winter might still be clutching your area in an icy grip, spring is here. For beer lovers, that means finding the perfect beverage to welcome back spring and all its promises of new growth and returning warmth. Of course, this begs the question – what exactly makes a beer ideal for springtime, anyway? 

Posted on April 1, 2012 and filed under Beer Styles and Trends, 2012.