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Treat yourself to a sampler tray
Sampler trays were invented for the adventurous, the inquisitive, and the indecisive.
By: JOSH SMITH  |  August 25, 2010


Tips for tastings

How to survive a beer festival
There's a special place where you can sample dozens of different beers with fellow enthusiasts in a single session.
By: JOSH SMITH  |  August 11, 2010


The beers of summer

Mowing the lawn? Mow a few of these down
In the country that gave birth to supersizing and the stretch Hummer, bigger is often confused with better. The world of American craft beer is no exception.
By: JOSH SMITH  |  July 28, 2010


Oh! You Pretty Things

A great new beer is coming to town
Dann Paquette, head brewer for the Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project, fondly refers to himself as a "gypsy brewer."
By: JOSH SMITH  |  July 14, 2010


Malt liquor madness

Sipping at the other end of the spectrum
Malt liquor is alternately derided as preying on our nation's poor, as a cheap way for frat boys to get drunk, and as just terrible beer.
By: JOSH SMITH  |  June 30, 2010

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Savor the flavors of beer

Beer is a chef’s best friend
Beer makes everything better, even food. And not just as an accompaniment to food, but as food .
By: JOSH SMITH  |  June 16, 2010


Have beer, will travel

Craft beer in a cooler? Can do!
Culture and experience have taught us that beer in a can is of lesser quality. But with several craft brewers' recent foray into the world of canning, it may be time to put this crude stereotype to bed.
By: JOSH SMITH  |  June 02, 2010


Beer on a budget

In defense of expense
The beer industry is generally considered recession-proof, since people are still going to drink beer when times get tough. But has the same been true for more expensive craft beer in the recent recession?
By: JOSH SMITH  |  May 19, 2010


Savor the flavor

How to make great beer even better
Whether you only occasionally hoist a craft beer or carry a notepad to rate beer everywhere you go, we can all become better beer drinkers by following a few simple guidelines.
By: JOSH SMITH  |  May 05, 2010



The second coming of organic beer
Once upon a time, before the heyday of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, all beer was organic. And now organic is back for good.
By: JOSH SMITH  |  April 21, 2010


Justified arrogance

Stone Brewing Company comes to Julian’s
Stone is the country’s number one brewer. And they know it.
By: JOSH SMITH  |  April 08, 2010


Beer Heaven

A pilgrimage to Ebenezer’s Pub
Beer heaven does exist. And it’s in the backwoods of Lovell, Maine.
By: JOSH SMITH  |  March 24, 2010


Irish ayes

Don’t go green on St. Patrick’s Day
Beer comes in a rainbow of different colors, but green is not one of them. Unless it's St. Patrick's Day, of course.
By: JOSH SMITH  |  March 10, 2010



72 ounces of beer bliss
My entry into the world of craft beer came thanks to complete strangers.
By: JOSH SMITH  |  February 24, 2010
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