In association with top names in the American craft beer industry, Spiegelau has introduced a new glass especially designed for serving American-style India Pale Ale.
The new glass was designed in partnership with Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewery and Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.
Calagione says the ridges in the [...]
In this day and time I hate to see a restaurant beer list with everything lumped together under the two categories: Domestic and Imported. Worse yet, why am I seeing American craft beers listed under the Imported heading.
Unfortunately, these beer list sins still turn up in the market more often than you might think. [...]
As the India Pale Ale (IPA) style has grown so popular over the past decade, more and more restaurants are finding ways to feature this English-born, now American-dominated, classic beer style. So let’s take look at IPA Day, which will be celebrated in August.
While there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the IPA style every [...]
I just happened to notice today that Napa Smith’s Organic IPA has now made it to West Virginia beer distributors. If that is any indicator, then my guess is that it must now be available just about everywhere. Do not overlook this beer. It’s a really good craft beer for restaurant use.
If I had [...]
American craft beer retail sales grew by 15% in 2011 over 2010 and now for the first time has over a 5% share of the total U.S. beer market. (That’s over a 9% share if you subtract the truly non-beer, flavored malt beverages from the total.) Wow!
What is even more impressive about the above [...]
While sampling beers recently during Tampa Bay Beer Week, I came across one brew that made me reassess my whole understanding of a particular northern German wheat beer style. In the past I had too often found the traditional Berliner Weisse beer, when drunk straight, to be a bit too sour for my liking. To me, its sharp sourness overpowered the more subtle, yeast- and grain-derived wheat beer character of the base brew. Some Berliner Weisse even seemed to have a funky aroma that made me think of sauerkraut. [...]
Beer-food pairing dinners are a popular feature in better restaurants today. You know the type — flavorful craft beers paired with four or five food courses and pre-sold as a packaged event. They’re fun, easy to do, and profitable.
But there are beer dinners and then there are BEER dinners. The supercharged BEER dinner is [...]
When you can’t quite remember the technical differences among Old, Strong, and Heavy Ales, you need the Beer Style Guidelines published by the Brewers Association.
The recently updated guidelines describe 140 styles of beer and are used in prestigious beer competitions, such as the Great American Beer Festival® and the World Beer Cup®. It is the most [...]
What do you think of this customer profile:
adventurous in dining habits, concerned more with quality than convenience, willing to pay more to get a superior product, like to try new things, drink all major types of beverage alcohol, 30 years of age or a little older, better educated than average, employed as professionals, earning [...]
The Brewers Association reports that at the end of 2011 there were 1,949 breweries operating in the United States. Additionally, they state there were 915 more breweries in planning. These are astounding numbers compared to a few years ago. While they are preliminary numbers, they clearly tell the story that craft beer is THE hot [...]