BeerAdvocate magazine #76

Farewell, Unicorns & Rainbows Beer Smack by

We had the privilege of attending the recent Craft Brewers Conference in Washington DC, and took away three messages from the opening talks, the keynote and discussions with various industry colleagues.

Beer News News by

Craft brewers debate proposed tax breaks; arsenic detected in some beers found to be result of filtering process; Brazilian beer-flavored ice cream causes a stir; action sports athletes open Saint Archer Brewery; and Dixie Brewing fighting federal government for its fair share.

Bucket List Bars: Historic Saloons, Pubs and Dives of America Shelf Talker by

Why we’re reading Bucket List Bars: Historic Saloons, Pubs and Dives of America.

Side Kick Kindred Spirits by

This punch was made for the 2012 Superbowl, and then formulated to a pint cocktail for an event at Prohibition Pig. The idea was to showcase a Hill Farmstead citrus-forward IPA in a beer cocktail.

Smartphones Can Actually Contribute to Safe Driving Innovation by

Ah, smartphones. They are pretty darn clever. But, if they were truly intelligent, they would tell you when you’ve enjoyed too many beers.

Tree Hugger Ale by Terrapin Beer Company Label Approval by

The anthropomorphic terrapins on Terrapin’s labels aren’t a rip-off of Grateful Dead imagery; artist Richard Biffle actually designed album covers and merch for the Grateful Dead, the Dead, Jeff Beck, Santana and The Black Crowes, among others.

Tin Man Brewing Co. Brick & Mortar by

Nick Davidson didn’t leave his beloved robots out of the equation when he opened a brewery in his native Evansville, Ind. Tin Man Brewing Company, named after one of Davidson’s first toy robots, occupies a three-story, gray-painted brick building in the historic Lamasco neighborhood.

Craft. Nano. Contract. Big. Gypsy. Small. Local. Brewer. Unfiltered by

Craft beer spends an inordinate amount of time trying to define itself, not by what it is, but by what is not. Too often small brewers have contented themselves with a David versus Goliath narrative instead of touting their positives.

Home Brewed History by the Glass by

One of the oddities of 20th-century British brewing was that bottled beer was rarely called Mild; it was usually called Brown Ale or something vague, like Family Ale. Or Home Brewed.

Faster Hop Testing! BYOB by

News of a fast and cheap way to explore the nuances of dry-hop character—pop open a Bud Light, drop some hops and re-cap it—has spread like wildfire. The great thing about this technique is the endless variety.

Liquid Bread, Meet the Bagel Cooking with Beer by

Before bagels became a breakfast staple across the world, they were a classic snack in Polish cuisine. The versatility of the bagel means it can work as a light meal, the bookends of a hearty sandwich—or, in this case, a beer-infused tribute to complex carbs.

A Mermorial Day to Remember Party-Gyle by

On Memorial Day, we honor the brave soldiers who have died serving in the US military. But the holiday has also come to mark the start of a new season, which we might boil down to the three S’s: sun, seersucker and Saison.

Tørst in Brooklyn, New York Barkeep by

Tørst isn’t your average beer bar. Owned by Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, the man behind Danish gypsy brewery Evil Twin, Tørst offers no wine or spirits, and puts a premium on hospitality and glassware.

Steve Bradt of Free State Brewing Company Going Pro by

Steve Bradt came to the Free State Brewing Company looking for a side job. That was 25 years ago, and Bradt is still at Free State. He went from working behind the bar to running brewing operations at a company that has since added a production brewhouse to its original pub.

Country Boy Brewing From the Source by

For anybody who still needs proof that beer brings people together, head to Lexington, Ky., and sit down at Country Boy Brewing’s bar. Grab a pint poured from one of their 24 taps. And chat with your neighbor, ask them what it’s like to be into craft beer in Lexington (here’s a hint: It’s getting better all the time).

Where to Drink in St. Augustine, Florida Destinations by

In 1513, 74 years before the settlers started brewing beer from corn in Virginia, Spain’s Ponce de León landed on the coast of modern-day Florida. St. Augustine may be steeped in centuries of history, but the nation’s oldest city is starting a new chapter as craft beer takes root there.

Keeping Brewing Safe Feature by

Brewing accidents are not a thing of the past. Most brewers know of someone who has been injured on the job or have plenty of harrowing stories about close calls.

Beer Baggers: A Complete Survey of the World’s Best Beer Takes Lots of Time, Friends and Money Feature by

For as long as has published a list of the world’s top beers there have been those who attempt to sample everything on it. Why? Because, like a mountain, it’s there. And because you know you’re trying the best beer in the world, as determined by a broad consensus of beer advocates.

Jason Spaulding, President, Brewery Vivant Last Call by

For Jason Spaulding and his wife, Kris, sustainability is about leaving the world in better shape than when we found it. Acting on that commitment, Brewery Vivant is one of 21 breweries that have signed on to raise awareness of the Clean Water Act.