Sitting at home with a few friends and rating a bottle of foreign beer from a nearby store shows a welcome willingness to experiment, but seeking out craft beers and the people who drink them, in places close to where they are made, shows an intent to live life to the fullest before you no longer can.
Added in the final stages of brewing to accentuate their aroma, the hops boldly announce their arrival by smothering the nose with a fresh wallop of citrus and freshly cut grass. Their grapefruit-like flavor rides proudly above the malt, biting the palate in an unapologetically bitter finish.
A reduction in the impact on the environment and savings in the cost of cleaning tap lines sounds like a positive step. But the value of being assured of having good-tasting, fresh beer in the glass? That’s priceless.
With lots of citrus, spicy and smoky undertones, the cuisine begs to be complimented by India Pale Ales, Porters and Märzens, which are easily incorporated into the recipes of this Latin-influenced country.
Big lager brands may be shiny and reliable, but they are not exactly fun, so dreamers, misfits and visionaries stepped up to start making beers for the more discerning drinker. Twenty years later, Argentina’s craft beers are its best-kept secret.
Like its West Coast counterpart, Portland, Maine, boasts a world-class brewing tradition that’s rooted as far back as craft brewing’s history can stretch. Plus, this Portland also has lobsters and clams and flannel and some rather wicked accents.