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Lewis Kent: A Q&A with the World's Fastest Beer Mile Runner

Lewis Kent: A Q&A with the World's Fastest Beer Mile Runner

This summer, the internet was buzzing when, Lewis Kent, a 21-year-old University of Western Ontario student, broke the beer mile world record. On August 8, 2015, he made history by finishing the beer mile in 4 minutes and 55.8 seconds. He's since broken that record twice.
December 17, 2015 by Mike Roberts
Craft Beer Demystified: 3 of the Most Common Myths Debunked

Craft Beer Demystified: 3 of the Most Common Myths Debunked

Anything that’s been around for thousands of years is bound to have a few myths about it. Beer falls under that category. And if you’ve ever gotten into it with another craft beer lover, there’s lots of debate around what’s fact and what’s fiction. We wanted to take a moment to explore three of the most common myths we hear—many of which seem to be worth inspecting simply because the deliciousness of craft beer has surfaced a major appreciation for drinking beer the right way. 
December 02, 2015 by Michael Langone
One Beer Quiz To Rule Them All

One Beer Quiz To Rule Them All

We put together 40 questions ranging in difficulty. From beer noob to nerd, there's a question in there for everyone. How many can you get right?

 

 

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November 20, 2015 by Michael Langone
Know Your Craft: From the Pumpkin Patch to Your Beer Bottle

Know Your Craft: From the Pumpkin Patch to Your Beer Bottle

Things were much simpler for pumpkins before the turn of the millennium. We picked them, carved them, and turned them into pies. Aside from the occasional smashing, that was about all they were good for—that is, until the past decade or so. 

We’d like to meet pumpkin’s publicist, because somehow along the way the gourd’s become the star of the fall. Pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin candles. Pumpkin everything, including beer.

October 22, 2015 by Michael Langone
What is a cicerone (a.k.a a beer sommelier)? And how do I become one?

What is a cicerone (a.k.a a beer sommelier)? And how do I become one?

Sure, you’ve heard of a wine sommelier, but have you come across a cicerone yet in your alcohol tasting journey? In short, a cicerone is basically a wine sommelier, only for beer--it’s someone who’s certifiably knowledgeable about brews, knowing specific aspects like the history of beer and which food to pair with which beer. This post will dig into what a cicerone is, in which scenarios it might make sense to become one, and how to get certified.

October 01, 2015 by Michael Langone
Know Your Craft: 4 Things to Know About Face-Puckering Sour Beers

Know Your Craft: 4 Things to Know About Face-Puckering Sour Beers

For many people who hear the words “sour beer,” the first thing that comes to mind is Belgium—with the most famous, of course, being the Lambic. But styles extend well beyond that. Brewing the tart, fruity, complex, and unique flavors is a difficult—often unpredictable—process and, as a consequence, the beers have been hard to find in recent years.

In a short period of time, though, things have changed, and it’s become common to find sour beers on beer menus and store shelves. As of right now, sour beers may still be just slightly unpopular enough for hipsters to drink, but not for long. Major brewers like Sam Adams are releasing sours and, to be honest, we’re pretty happy about it. Sours are the funkiest beers around and a welcomed change from time to time.

In this post, we’re going to run down four things you should know about sour beers, so you’ve got something to talk about the next time that tang tickles the back of your throat.

September 17, 2015 by Mike Roberts
Cooking with Beer: 10 Summer Recipes to Bring to Your Next Cookout

Cooking with Beer: 10 Summer Recipes to Bring to Your Next Cookout

Based on the number of Facebook invites involving the words"cookout," "grilling," and "bathing suit" in our inboxes, it's safe to say summer is in full effect. It also raises the question, what do we bring to the party? Sure, we could make something tasty. Or...we just could grab a cold twelve pack from the store and equally please everyone.
July 11, 2015 by Michael Langone
How to Build A DIY Reclaimed Wood 6-Pack Holder

How to Build A DIY Reclaimed Wood 6-Pack Holder

Although painting a rock different colors and then writing the word "Dad" on it is a pretty solid Father's Day Gift, it would be kind of a weird one to give now that you're an adult. But that doesn't mean you can't still make him something.

But what? What do most dads seem to like? Oh yeah, beer!

That's why we brought together our two greatest passions--woodworking and beer--to help you build the perfect Father's Day gift: A Reclaimed Wood 6-Pack Holder. It's a fun project for any skill level - although some of the tools we use make things go a bit faster, the entire project can also be built using hand tools.

This post breaks down the process from sourcing the wood all the way through staining it (drinking beer not included). The high-level plans shown directly below will help you move through the 19 steps on this page. Good luck. 

June 04, 2015 by Michael Langone
9 Reasons Urban Dwellers Should Consider Small-Batch Brewing

9 Reasons Urban Dwellers Should Consider Small-Batch Brewing

I started, as most folks do, with a run-of-the-mill 5-gallon beer making kit purchased online. Over time, though, I began to realize how unwieldy and awkward the brewing process seemed at that 5 gallon scale. I began to wonder what would happen if I scaled down the process and tackled brewing at the 1-gallon scale. Would it be faster? Cheaper, possibly? Certainly it would be smaller and more manageable. As a new urban dweller, this was an idea I could get behind.
May 15, 2015 by Michael Langone

Boston Brewer Panel: A Recap of the Best Best Answers in the Series

Most people's first beer wasn't a craft brew. What was the beer that tipped the scales and made you want to really explore the world of beer? Feel free to share any background.     

Jack Hendler

Brewer at Jack's Abby Brewing

Framingham, MA 

@JacksAbby

For me, enjoying beer is as much about the social experience as anything else. While I had explored craft beer for some time, the real turning point was on a trip in Germany with my mother. I was completely blown away by the beer culture. I can still remember my mother's expression of horror/awe when our first liters of beer were presented to us at our table. The experience in Germany cemented my desire to go into the brewing industry.

April 21, 2015 by Michael Langone