Beer cocktails were often something that were relegated to the "gross" side of bar menus — or to frat houses. However, times have changed and it's become a cocktail category that evolved into a pretty awesome range of flavors and drinks.
October 8, Wilmington, NC—I am a wine lover. Time living in Italy and touring the Appalachian vineyards made me a proud, self-taught wine connoisseur. My counters are filled with bottles and my drawers are filled with old, wine-stained corks. In my love for the wine craft, my husband recognized my negligence and decided it was vital to teach me something new, the art of beer. Hence began our craft beer tour of Wilmington.
Whether you like one on a hot day, with a hotdog in the baseball park, or at the end of a long and stressful work week, a nice cold beer always does the trick — no matter how you're feeling, it makes everything A-OK.
There's something to be said about having a beer in the middle of fall — right when the leaves change, the temperature is just right, and everything just seems to be in a nice state of balance.
Most people drink beer for two reasons: flavor, and to get blitzed. We love to get drunk. That's why we all think sober challenges suck, and why beer tastings rock.
It's hard to hate Irish beer. It's iconic in its own right. In fact, there's a national holiday to celebrate it (kinda) called St. Patrick's Day. To a point, it's easy to think that the Emerald Isle is where all the best brews come from in that corner of the world.
Enjoying craft beer is not something that tends to be good for anyone's waistline. It sucks, but science has shown that "beer belly" is a real thing — and it is all weight gain due to the calorific nature of downing a pint or two every day.
Craft beer tastings, at one point, was kind of a joke among people. It was something that was seen as pretentious and silly; almost to the point that people accused it of trying to elevate "lowbrow" goods to a highbrow level.
Germany and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly. It's just a fact of life. German culture had a huge impact on our world's drinking culture as a whole, and for many beer aficionados, going to Germany means going to the Mecca of beer.
Burlington, Vermont is the home to a unique culture that embodies that of the state as a whole. This culture paints a vivid picture. Hard working farmers growing fresh produce. Bees making the tastiest honey. An army of college students. High-grade marijuana. And some incredible bars, breweries, and distilleries.
Ramen is a very deeply misunderstood food in America. Here, when most of us think of ramen, we think of those stupid packing peanuts in broth that impoverished college students are forced to eat out of budgeting issues.
As a lady who is under 35, I can say that at beer festivals I often feel a little out of place. Rarely do I have the opportunity to meet other ladies of my generation at a festival bar. The terms "Real Ale" and "CAMRA" generate a certain picture in people's minds, and sadly it does not include young ladies. This image is so pervasive that even I am surprised and excited when I meet another young lady who loves beer like I do. I find it a little bit scary that the drink I love has such a strong association with bearded, sandal-wearing men ticking off lists (not that there is anything wrong with beards, sandals, or lists). However, this not an inclusive image and I worry that this picture that pops into people's minds may actually be putting them off attending beer festivals, and particularly CAMRA festivals.