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Your Cocktail Is Only As Good As It Smells

“A vast majority of what we taste, is what we smell. If you were to plug your nose and take a sip of a cocktail, you may experience some of the basic flavors such as acidity or sweetness, but you would be missing the finer details. “If you were to then unplug your nose, you […]

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“Is There a Limit to Tasters?” and 9 Other Pieces of Taproom Etiquette

“Adam Harrington has worked on different sides of Mother Road Brewing in Flagstaff, Arizona, both on the production side and in the taproom. He recently switched to front-of-the-house and says, “I encourage people to try a few beers, two to four, before getting a full glass. I would not be offended if they tried all […]

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When Should You Send Your Beer Back Where It Came From?

“Last weekend, Maine-based beer blogger Carla Jean Lauter tweeted a story about frustrating service at a craft beer bar. The bartender repeatedly let draft beer come into contact with the faucet as he filled the glass, and when it was pointed out to him, he offered the very weak theory that everything was fine because […]

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How the Media Influences What We Eat, Drink and Crave

“Carla introduced a concept that was new for me: “terrior for our being.” It’s the idea that people and place (or land and history) contribute to our overarching understanding of who we are and where we come from. Food has become part of the personal journey, as evidenced by the fact that social media content […]

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The IPA Through the Ages

“While British brewers regularly made the style that would become the IPA by the early 1800s, the first printed codification (in the Liverpool Mercury) as “India pale ale” didn’t come until 1835. By this time, the prevailing style of “India pale ale” was an evolution of the strong and somewhat sweet Burton Pale Ale, singular thanks […]

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Some drinks leave a sour taste in your mouth. And that can be a good thing.

“I liked the startling dissonance between the drink’s appearance and its flavor, but I felt a little guilty. It was a daiquiri with no limes in sight: a daiquiri, I thought, that one might drink underground once the human race is forced to retreat there; where parents might pour white powder into their children’s hands […]

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Really Fucking Good Lager

“It will become essential for every bar to a have a modern, hop-forward offering on keg as a permanent fixture. In fact I’d go so far as to say it already is. Beer geeks are becoming ever more obsessive about new trends within IPA and pale ale circles, such as hazy, New England IPA and fruit-infused […]

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Why does this beer taste bad?

“Beer stone — comprised mostly of calcium oxalate molecules (a main component of kidney stones) — is a frequent offender in bad-tasting beer, offering safe haven to undesired microorganisms. Other usual suspects include the buildup of yeast and particulates, growing phenomena due to the surge in beer styles like weissbier and unfiltered IPAs, and the […]

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Anthony Bourdain: Craft beer fans have gone too far

“He said that craft beer pubs where people are encouraged to sample small glasses of lots of different beers while making notes and savouring it is what annoys him the most. “I was in San Francisco, and I was desperate for beer, and I walked into this place…  I looked around: the entire place was […]

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Here’s why your craft beer may taste different these days

“TBC also says that it is much harder to acquire mosaic, citric and galaxia hops — three of the most popular varieties. The brewery has a hop-purveyor who gets European hops for them, brew-master Matt Webster explained. The crop was so bad that the purveyor couldn’t complete the order, and the brewery had to turn […]

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The brewery/beer reviewer relationship

““Obviously, when you’re talking about the human side of it, I was initially pissed off about the article. But the truth was I didn’t have anybody to be pissed off at but myself. As much as I could blame you or somebody else for publishing that story, I just knew that would be ignoring my […]

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The 10 Best Reddit Showerthoughts About Beer

“The best ideas strike at the most inopportune times. Usually those ideas are gone forever, floating somewhere in a collective mental abyss with all of the world-saving inventions and meme-worthy sayings no one will ever know existed. For the few ideas that people remember, there’s Reddit’s r/showerthoughts. Showerthoughts is “a subreddit for you to share […]

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