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What The Hell Is a Pumpkin Ale?

American Craft Beer’s Guide To Beer Styles

To the uninitiated this story may seem to pose a stupid question. Yes… it’s an ale featuring pumpkin and yes, it’s now a more defined style as set by the BJCP’s 2014 Guidelines (Spiced Beer: Autumn Seasonal) than ever before, but vagueness has never stopped us before and we’re dead set on finding out what the hell makes this beer tick. It’s this thirst for knowledge that drives us to dig deeper into the stories behind the beer we drink, thus protecting you from the embarrassment of not knowing exactly what it is you’ve decided to put in your mouth.

So welcome to the latest in our ongoing series (drum roll please…) “What the Hell is a Pumpkin Ale?”


Newbies - New Releases That You Want to Look Out For

J. Maria / Hop Trip Fresh Hop Pale Ale / Enjoy After 10.31.15 Brett IPA and more!

So many beers, So little time…Disregarding repeated warnings from concerned public officials, the anarchists at River North are releasing some barrel-aged trouble just in time for this year’s GABF. We’ve got that alarming story for you plus other serious new releases from Deschutes and Stone Brewing that you‘ll want to get your sweaty little hands on.

 |  SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

Things We Learned From The 2014 Oregon Brewers Festival


Craft beer’s emergence as an economic force and its growing popularity today has led to major events that can benefit entire communities. The Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF), held in Portland last July, was a perfect example of this.


SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

The American Craft Beer Rumor Mill - September 24, 2014

This week's guide to Craft Beer News, Gossip and Innuendo

Hey it’s Wednesday and that means it’s Rumor Mill Time….The craft beer distribution map is changing so fast our heads are spinning. We’ll get into all those changes and on to other things that are breaking right now in the world of craft beer. Plus we’ve an all-important update on what we’ve been drinking lately.

We don’t sleep so you can….THIS WEEK’S RUMOR MILL IS ON!

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

A Bridge Between US and UK Beer Culture

English beer fans followed the recent drama of the Scottish referendum with trepidation. If the Scots voted 'yes,' what would it mean for the availability of BrewDog beers over the border?! Luckily, they decided to stay so below is the story of what we didn't lose....


Newbies - New Releases That You Want to Look Out For

Mother Funk Grand Cru / Hop the Pond / Stone Enjoy By 10.31.14 and more!

So many beers, So little time… The Boston Beer Company is known for many things – but barrel-aged and blended Belgian sours isn’t one of them – until now. We’ve got that surprising story for you plus other cool new releases from Deschutes and Rogue Ales that you‘ll want to get your sweaty little hands on.

 |  SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

A Road Less Traveled – Donovan Bailey and Down the Road Brewery

After being laid off last year, Boston local Donavan Bailey decided to take “a road less traveled” and do something that he really loved. His dream is to build Down the Road Brewery – a three-barrel brewery dedicated to creating beers that strike a balance between history, tradition, and innovation.Donavan is currently raising funds towards that dream – and I recently had a chance to visit with him, sample his beers, and talk about what’s happening in the craft beer industry.


The American Craft Beer Quick Hits - September 22, 2014

5 Craft Beer Happenings That You Need To Know About!


We blame the industry for this… It used to be that when we wrapped up our Weekend Picks on Friday, we could coast through the weekend. There was little need to check in for updates –things were pretty much done. But clearly all that’s changed.

So here’s some of what’s happened in the world of craft beer while you were off enjoying yourselves.


SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

The American Craft Beer Friday Wrap-Up

More of ACB’s Good, Bad & Ugly

Hey we get it.  You’re busy and you can’t hang with us 24/7. But still, we don’t want you to be missing all the good stuff. So as part of our ongoing commitment to bringing you the best craft beer and lifestyle coverage on the face of the planet - and to keep you plugged into our continuing recklessness – we’ve introduced a weekly compilation of our good, bad and ugly.

So welcome to another edition of our Friday Wrap-Up…

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014


Hey it’s Friday…Work’s done and it is time for your All-Oktoberfest weekend! We’re all about it and we’re not making any picks that don’t involve bier and lederhosen – and neither should you.

So welcome to our awesome All-Oktoberfest Weekend Picks…

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
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