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Tap This: Alternative pumpkin beers are brewed with squashes and yams.

Tap This: Alternative pumpkin beers are brewed with squashes and yams.

The fall season means one thing, right? Pumpkin everything. Pumpkin toaster pastry, pumpkin cereal, pumpkin yogurt, pumpkin beer and pumpkin toilet paper … well, scratch that last one, but maybe next year. However, pumpkin beers are certainly a category and a very popular one at that. The pumpkin beer style is mainly categorized by the […]

Tap This: Welcome to PA, New Belgium

Tap This: Welcome to PA, New Belgium

New Belgium Brewing Company first opened their doors in 1991, far before the current craft beer boom truly began. Since that time though the brewery has continually grown and is now the fourth largest craft brewery in the United States. The brewery has also continually expanded their distribution and has gone from a mere 16 […]

Tap This: New beer alert!

Tap This: New beer alert!

The craft beer industry is in the midst of a boom, something that goes without saying these days. In 2008 there were 1,574 breweries. As of 2014 that number has grown to 3,464. That is a lot of new beer! While it is a great time to be a beer drinker due to the amount […]

Tap This: The new frontier of Belgian beer

Tap This: The new frontier of Belgian beer

Belgian beers have a long rich tradition dating back thousands of years. The influence of these beers on the modern craft beer landscape reach far and wide. This rich tradition is getting a new world twist by many American craft brewers. While a nod to tradition is important when tinkering with something so well respected, […]

Tap This: IPAs: Now in session

Tap This: IPAs: Now in session

The American IPA has long been the fan favorite in beer style within the craft beer industry. However, some beer lovers have found the higher ABV a bit too much, especially when indulging when out with non-craft beer drinking friends. While many macro beers feature ABVs ranging from 4 to 5 percent, typical IPAs are […]

Tap This: Stone Brewing Co. is still a bastard

Tap This: Stone Brewing Co. is still a bastard

When Stone Brewing Co. opened its doors in 1996 the craft beer market was vastly different than it is today. The brewery quickly established itself as not being afraid of bold flavors with their first release of Stone Pale Ale. In today’s market this beer seems tame as part of the current hop loving trend; […]

Tap This: The Cream Ale style

Tap This: The Cream Ale style

Style: Cream Ale Brief History: The style is an ale version of the American lager style. It was originally produced by ale brewers to compete with lager breweries in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Some breweries used lager yeast strains in this beer; some still do this for historical reasons. The beer is cold conditioned […]

Tap This: Have some fruit with your beer

Tap This: Have some fruit with your beer

By Derek Warren | For Weekender http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_tapthis1.jpg Beer with slices of citrus fruit hanging from the edge of a glass are nothing new, even to the casual beer drinker, but adding fruit with beer goes much deeper than that simple act. It has a rich tradition dating back thousands of years with many drinkers adding […]

Tap This: Celebrate America with these craft beers

Tap This: Celebrate America with these craft beers

By Derek Warren | For Weekender While the American beer landscape was once dominated by large American breweries it has now flipped and is dominated by large international breweries and an ever increasing amount of smaller American craft breweries. The craft beer scene has shown that Americans desire great flavorful beers, and they want to […]

Tap This: Read a good book about good brew

Tap This: Read a good book about good brew

Summer is firmly upon us with warm weather and lazy days ahead. While many of us will enjoy a day poolside while enjoying a great beer, there is no better time to learn more about our beloved liquid refreshment. Summer is a great time to curl up with a great book and a great beer. […]