Beer Of The Week: Jack’s Abby Post Shift pilsner is easy-drinking but far from boring

Despite my proclamation that craft lagers are certifiably a big deal, I realize we’ve been devoting an awful lot of newsprint pixels to IPAs and haze and hops recently. Let’s swing the pendulum back to a lighter, more malt-focused style, shall we? While drinking this Framingham, Massachusetts-brewed Post Shift pilsner…

Beer Of The Week: Why did it take so long to put Anchor Steam in cans?

San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Co. is one of America’s most venerable craft breweries. It was turning out craft beer before the phrase even existed; people probably called it “microbrew” or just “fancy.” Fritz Maytag, of the Maytag appliance dynasty, bought the flailing brewery in 1965 and became one of the most…

Beer Of The Week: pFriem Family Brewers Pilsner is the rare lager people get hyped for

Craft lagers have been a steadily growing trend for a few years now, but it’s not often you find a pilsner with actual buzz around it. That’s usually reserved for barrel-aged stouts or hazy IPAs or fruited sours—the rare exception is Hood River, Oregon’s pFriem Pilsner, which numerous brewers and beer industry folks…

Beer Of The Week: Left Hand Brewing's Death Before Disco is a porter worth drinking year-round

I’m a fan of drinking seasonally—a crisp kolsch during a backyard grilling session, a brawny imperial stout in the depths of winter—except when I’m not. Sometimes, I find a wonderfully tasty beer that’s just not quite in line with the seasonal trend, and I’m reminded that a sturdy porter can be just as delicious in…

Beer Of The Week: Half Acre's Vallejo is a super-clean IPA built for spring

One of my favorite hop-derived flavors is fresh white onions or chives. I know this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but when I can find that flavor alongside some Mosaic- or Citra-hop mango and tropical fruit notes, I do the chef’s kiss move. That combo reminds me of mango salsa, with the heady fruit notes playing…

Beer Of The Week: Stillwater Artisanal's Hopvine Bling is a tart Berliner weisse for white wine lovers

“Sour beers are a great crossover for wine drinkers” is by now a beer-world cliché, but it can certainly be true in specific cases. Stillwater Artisanal’s eye-catching Hopvine Bling—a dry-hopped Berliner weisse-style beer with sauvignon blanc grapes—is one of those cases. I am aware that the sentence above has a lot…

Beer Of The Week: New Belgium adds a sibling to Fat Tire family with Belgian White

New Belgium’s Fat Tire is an unimpeachable craft beer icon, up there with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Sam Adams Boston Lager in terms of enduring classics worth revisiting. Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium first brewed the original Fat Tire amber ale 25 years ago, and it’s taken the brewery a quarter century…

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