Brooklyn Lager Inducted Into the Men’s Journal Craft Beer Hall of Fame

Brooklyn Lager Inducted Into the Men’s Journal Craft Beer Hall of Fame

We sat down with Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, to get the lowdown on Brooklyn Lager, the first beer to be inducted into the Men’s Journal Craft Beer Hall of Fame.

“I think today Brooklyn Lager is in 36 or 37 countries,” Oliver told Men’s Journal. “I’ve had it everywhere from Shanghai to Australia. What was a strange little beer 25 or 30 years ago, has grown into the everyday beer for people all over the world.”

Oliver first joined Brooklyn Brewery in 1994.

“At that time, I think Brooklyn Lager had started to lose its way, flavor-wise, so I just kind of tightened things up,” Oliver said. “When Brooklyn Lager was introduced, beer was this kind of yellow, fizzy liquid. That was the stuff people knew as beer.”

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Can BBQ Make You Binge Drink? It’s More Common Than You Think

Can BBQ Make You Binge Drink? It’s More Common Than You Think

Before cracking open another beer at the next backyard bash, some sobering news: Those ribs could cause you to binge drink. Animal research from Penn State College of Medicine found greasy food can trigger a feedback circuit in the brain, compelling you to chow down even more. Coincidentally, it’s the same brain region that controls binge drinking. So gorging on fatty foods may flip the switch on our desire for alcohol, says neuroscientist and study co-author Yuval Silberman.

Perhaps obviously, the amount of greasy grub makes a difference. Have sensible servings of hot dogs, chips, etc., and you won’t feel compelled to drink heavily. “We think it’s the eating behavior, and not the food itself, that may predispose to binge-drinking,” Silberman says. To avoid getting tanked, switch between alcohol and water, and pace yourself … Read the rest

15 Lagers That Should Be in Your Cooler This Summer

15 Lagers That Should Be in Your Cooler This Summer

From the craft beer movement’s earliest days, ales dominated. And there was a good reason for that.

“Craft beer started as a reaction to what was normal, which at that time—back in the early and mid-1980s—was macro-type lagers,” says Phil Markowski, brew master and co-founder of Connecticut’s Two Roads Brewing Company.

By “macro-type lagers,” Markowski is referring to domestic heavyweights like Budweiser and European imports like Becks. Apart from Guinness stout (which is a type of ale), lagers had the U.S. market cornered.

Producing ales—and in particular, bitter and hoppy India pale ale—was the best way for those early craft beer pioneers to differentiate themselves and compete with the Budweisers of the world. “The IPA movement is still going strong, but now some craft brewers that want to stand out are doing lagers,” Markowski says.

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Books and Brews: Neal Stephenson on His New Novel and Why He Hates Hops

Books and Brews: Neal Stephenson on His New Novel and Why He Hates Hops

Neal Stephenson is back with a new book. The best-selling author, who has made a career out of writing epic science fiction novels about topics as diverse as nanotechnology, virtual reality, mathematics, linguistics, philosophy, and future technology, is taking on the ideas of mind uploading and cloud technology and its effects on human nature in Fall; or, Dodge in Hell.

The new book brings back a character Stephenson has used before: Richard “Dodge” Forthrast, who appeared in his 2011 book Reamde. This time around, Forthrast is thrust into a digital world after a medical procedure goes wrong, and he wakes up within “an eternal afterlife—the Bitworld.”

Stephenson sat down with us for “Books and Brews” at the Porterhouse Brew Co. Bar in New York City to talk about his new book, combining fantasy … Read the rest

The Champagne of Beers: 5 Carbonated Brut IPAs to Drink This Summer

The Champagne of Beers: 5 Carbonated Brut IPAs to Drink This Summer

THERE’S A NEW kind of beer bubbling up. As a counterpoint to the craze for sweet, tropical, hazy IPAs, breweries have begun making sparkling wine–inspired brut IPAs, a style as dry and effervescent as anything sipped during a wedding toast. The key to creating a brut is amylase enzyme. It converts starches into glucose, which yeast readily consumes, leaving very little sweetness behind. But both the hops and carbonation are cranked high, creating beers as fragrant as they are refreshing. “It’s an evolution of the style,” says Brewery Ommegang president Doug Campbell. “It really is the champagne of IPAs.” Here are five carbonated brut IPAs to consider this summer.

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A Beer-Lover’s Primer to New Zealand

A Beer-Lover’s Primer to New Zealand

New Zealand might not jump to mind when you think of beer destinations—but its brewing history is fascinating, and its craft scene is growing ever more noteworthy.

It started in the early 1770s, when Captain James Cook worked up the first (known) batch of beer. He knew Native Americans had been brewing beer from corn and birch sap, so he used molasses, branches from a tree that resembled an American black spruce, wort (a solution made from grain), and mānuka leaves (tea tree) to create his own fermented brew. It was meant to combat scurvy and supply sailors with nutrients since vegetables were scarce. This so-called spruce beer was packed with vitamin C, and became immensely popular.

Years later, in 1835, the first commercial brewery was established. And, naturally, two corporate giants eventually dominated the space: New Zealand Breweries (which became Lion Nathan in 1988) and DB Breweries.Read the rest

The Best Craft Beer Festivals in the U.S.

The Best Craft Beer Festivals in the U.S.

When the craft beer movement erupted, it spurred a tidal wave that’s reached practically every corner of the globe (just see all the great undiscovered craft beers from around the world and the 50 best craft offerings in the U.S.). Its impact has been far-reaching, creating a thirst among consumers for specialty brews. Sure, a session beer or trusty lager is great when you’re manning the grill or staked out at the beach. But there’s an urgency for more sublime varieties. People want chocolatey milk stouts, smooth and sweet from lactose; sour ales that brim with brightness and make your mouth pucker; and that hoppy bitterness only an IPA can deliver. Because of this, beer festivals have become ubiquitous.

It seems every weekend you can find one in your local area. As with anything else, though, quantity doesn’t necessarily equal quality, and … Read the rest

Wine vs Beer: Alcohol and your diet plan

Wine vs Beer: Alcohol and your diet plan

Did you know that the FDA doesn’t require nutrition facts
for alcoholic beverages?? Does this mean that innocence is bliss when it comes
to alcohol and your diet plan?? What you don’t know doesn’t count or doesn’t
hurt you?? Well, the waistline seems to respond regardless of the data. Wine
has been called the “nectar of the gods” and beer has developed into a brewery
on every corner. Alcohol is a pleasurable beverage many people enjoy; which
type is a matter of personal preference, availability, and sometimes culture.

A bottle of wine has about 750 calories compared to a six
pack of beer that has about 900 calories. This means that if you had a standard
glass of wine every night (6oz), that’s 1260 calories added up for the week. Having
a standard pint of beer (14oz) each night would be 1500 calories for the week. For
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How to Ship Beer

How to Ship Beer

If you thought brewing beer was tough, just try figuring out how to ship it. Whenever it comes to alcohol, the law is especially strict. Every facet of the industry is closely regulated affecting all parties involved, from the manufacturers to the marketers to the men and women who distribute it. So when it comes to shipping beer, things can get particularly confusing. That’s why we’re taking a closer look to decode and demystify the muddled details—and trust us, there are plenty.

A Brief History Lesson

Once upon a time, the federal government thought it would be a brilliant idea to constitutionally ban all production, importation, transportation, and distribution of alcohol within the U.S. Thankfully, the concept didn’t last too long, and prohibition was overturned in 1933, thanks to the 21st Amendment. However, its passage also gave states absolute power to create their … Read the rest

5 Best Sites to Buy Beer Online

5 Best Sites to Buy Beer Online

There’s no doubt we’re living in the golden age of online shopping. Virtually anything your heart desires can be researched, paid for, and summoned to your home with just a few taps on your phone or clicks of a mouse. But why stop at frivolous Amazon purchases and curated subscription boxes when you can order your favorite beer directly to your front door?

These days, there are more websites, apps, and services dedicated to selling beer online than ever before. Some of them even promise delivery times of an hour or less, rivaling your local pizzeria on a busy night. That means you can go from being completely beer-less to holding a brand new six-pack in less than 60 minutes—all without ever leaving the comfort of your couch. It might not be the future inventors of the internet had originally imagined, but we’re certainly not complaining.

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