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The twilight of fall is the best time of the year for beer people. Yes, I love my sweet fruited ales and lightly sour goses, but there’s something hearty about a viscous, dark brown porter or stout that warms your heart…and your stomach on a cold day. Now that November has officially arrived and the sight of Halloween and pumpkin ales are behind us, I wanted to highlight six crucial beers that effortlessly bridge the gap between the sweet malts of September and the boozy heat of December. I below that the below six beers fit that mold and can be reasonably located throughout the country – some more than others.
Founded in 1988, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery has enjoyed over three decades of success by tapping into the craft beer furor of the Pacific Northwest through artfully-hopped beers. With years of experience behind them, Deschutes is acutely aware of the difference between a fleeting fad and a trend that is here to stay. And the rise of brewers moving to cans is no fad. To meet the growing demand among many craft beer drinkers for increased flexibility and accessibility from their beers, Deschutes is moving three of their flagships into 12oz cans this March.
Each year, throngs of beer fans ignore industry arguments and engage in the annual Black Friday hunt for Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS). It’s difficult to argue its historical significance, current popularity and quality. But, do people covet BCBS due to its quality or because of its fame? Or, is it a little of both? There’s no right answer, and there’s no judgement to be given for choosing either option. But, maybe it’s not really about choice as it is a sign that the BCBS fame can’t last forever.
Maybe, what we are seeing is a slowly evolving beer revolution akin to the bloodless 1688 Glorious Revolution in England that ousted a King and forever put the government in the hands of Parliament. BCBS isn’t going away and it will likely always be revered. However, other beers might well supplant its power within the market and on social media.
It’s time we all took a seat and enjoyed a comfort beer, don’t you think? We are in the midst of a year dominated by natural disasters, shootings, political turmoil, fake news, nuclear war fears, a cold-war resurgence and societal fractures. But, there’s something about sinking into one’s favorite chair and opening a beer that calms the nerves. Here are six uncomplicated, security-blanket beers that help bring joy even as we are enduring unfathomable tension.
Feature image courtesy of the Smithsonian.
It’s Fourth of July season, which means it’s time for intense patriotism on social and other media. We’ll see slews of posts on the most Americana XYZ thing and guides to finding the most Independence Day-themed stuffs, all the stuffs, out there.
Feature Image Credit: Allagash Brewing (social media)
Like book lovers with towering bookshelves full of the classics, or hunters with heads o’ plenty adorning their walls, some beer nerds maintain extensive bottle collections. Indeed, aficionados of fermented malt and hops often engage in the art of cellaring beer. But not all of them agree with the idea of saving beer for later.
Armory XPA ABV: 5.9% | IBU: 55
Sagefight Imperial IPA ABV: 8.0% | IBU: 75
I spent the first few of my formative beer drinking years living in Portland, Oregon, where IPAs are king. Like a child who doesn’t like broccoli, I was naive about hoppy, aromatic beers and stuck to sweeter beers as much as I could. But alas, a beer drinker can repent of their beer drinking sins, and however naive I once was, I have seen the light.
New Belgium cruisers are now produced in the US, AB InBev buys Birra del Borgo, and the cast of Hamilton is getting into brewing. Like every week, we are here to cure those Monday blues with a little craft beer news. Keep reading to catch all of the details in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
While much of the beer industry has been obsessed over acquisitions and mergers over the past three years, an equally prevailing theme is the growth and expansion of mid-to-large sized breweries into brand new state of the art facilities to expand their national footprint.
I built this little brewery in my garage and I just enjoyed brewing so much that I realized Sunday mornings, when I was out in the garage with music going and the flame going, and all my brewery stuff working …
Deschutes gets charitable, Victory merges with Southern Tier, and Cascade heads to the UK. These are the latest and greatest stories in the craft beer world. Keep reading for the details in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
This article was updated on January 5, 2015 at 4:35pm MTN to add Left Hand Brewing Company’s giving in 2015.
Craft breweries across the United States acted generously and gave back to their communities during the past year, some …
The holidays are the time to enjoy exceptional food, delicious beers and your favorite people – so why not combine all three this year? We’ve compiled the Ultimate 6er for holiday dinner party beer pairings, so break out your tastiest recipes and throw a party!
Drinking beer may slow down Alzheimer’s, MillerCoors will keep calling Blue Moon ‘craft’, and breweries are raising all kinds of money for charity. These are stories you need to know about and I’ve got all of the details. …
In the pines, in the pines, where sun don’t ever shine, I would shiver the whole night through. —Kurt Cobain
Welcome to the affectionately-known Great Northwest, a place where craft beer rains down more often than mother nature.
In a time when one out of every five craft beers sold in America is an IPA, it can be difficult to muster enthusiasm for yet another bottle containing something hoppy and golden. No? You’re still interested? Busted…me too. As much as I love other styles, when facing a beer menu, my eyes always wander towards the IPAs first. Perhaps it’s the promise of drinking an old favorite or maybe it’s the chance of seeing something new and intriguing. While still thriving, single and double IPAs find themselves sharing shelf space with triple IPAs, white IPAs, black IPAs, sour IPAs, and even Belgian-style IPAs.
Washington, D.C. has its beloved chef, José Andrés, to thank for the newest West Coast beer that will be found on taps throughout the city. Deschutes Brewery’s beverages are arriving in the Capitol region and Andrés — of minibar, Oyamel, …
The search continues for a refreshing and tasty beer cocktail to beat the heat of summer. While searching for the perfect beer cocktail l came across the fabulous Greyling gin from Two Birds Artisan Spirits located in Southwestern Michigan. I …
I first encountered Not the Stoic at a food and beer pairing hosted by Deschutes Brewery’s executive chef during Seattle Beer Week. I must admit that I immediately swooned over this perfectly balanced Belgian quad that was served with the first of five courses, a trio of local cheeses. However, its stoicism (if you will) was proven when, even after weaving our way through three hours of gastronomic and fermented bliss, Not the Stoic endured as the brew that left its boozy mark on me and my date for the tasting, my dad. We each bought a bottle and, likely due to our palpable excitement, were interviewed shortly thereafter for a Deschutes promotional video. Needless to say, we left the event giddy with delight, each clutching a 650ml bottle of satisfaction.
Belgian Style Ale
IBU: 7 / 17
ABV: 10.9% / 11.2%
Beer brings people together. That was true 25 years ago, when Gary Fish (Deschutes) and John Hall (Goose Island) were starting their breweries and that was certainly true last week at the Pintley release party for the new Deschutes/Goose collaboration, Class of 88 Belgian Style Ale. I’m new to both Los Angeles and PorchDrinking, so an opportunity to meet some fellow craft beer enthusiasts and to try a brand new beer was too much to pass up.