Name Your Favorite Beer

I’ve blogged on and on about beer. Drafts, pints, cans, finding beer in a snow storm, brewing your own for free, how to cook with beer. I could write about beer all day, everyday. But the most important question is yet to be asked. What is your favorite beer? Why is it your favorite? Leave your answer in the comments section.

It’s  a hard pill to swallow, knowing you can only name one as your favorite. But try.


Step Into Spring with Magic Hat’s Vinyl

With spring being just a few weeks away, Magic Hat’s seasonal beer, Vinyl, is the perfect compliment to the upcoming season.
The breakdown:

  • TYPE: Amber Lager
  • YEAST: Lager
  • HOPS: Northern Brewer
  • MALTS: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Victory
  • ABV: 5.1
  • GRAVITY: 12.00 Plato
  • SRM: 12.0
According to Magic Hat:

Vinyl sails in on her shining wings as the spinning sun returns.  She is the season-shifter, bursting from her cocoon to sing the ancient song of vernal yearning and to summon spring’s sweet green return… Her metamorphosis becomes our own.  Her thirsts are shared by all.  Drink in her mysterious elixir as the revolution blooms again.

Available on tap in various locations as well as part of Magic Hat’s Spring Variety Pack which also includes Magic Hat #9, Lucky Kat and Odd Notion.

The Perfect Pour: Black & Tan

Traditionally, a Black & Tan is “a drink made from a blend of pale ale and a dark beer such as a stout or porter”.

Commonly, a Black & Tan is a homemade concoction but it is also available pre-made by a variety of beer makers, one specifically being Yuengling.

While a Black & Tan is a simple drink to make, there’s certainly an art to it. Shine recently published a fail proof way to pour a perfect Black & Tan.


1. Fill a glass halfway with Bass or another ale; let the foam settle.

2. Place a spoon face down over the glass and slowly pour stout, such as Guinness, over the back of the spoon.

3. Let the stout settle. Spoon off some foam and top with more stout.

Moderate Amounts of Alcohol May Help Women Stay Thin, Study Finds

STOP! In the name of beer…and other alcohol. A recent study has found consuming moderate amounts of alcohol may help women stay thin. Alcohol and thin in the same sentence?! You never thought you’d see the day!

AOL News reports that in the new study published in the March 8 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers followed 22,000 women ages 39 or older for 13 years, tracking their weight gain and alcohol consumption.

“Compared with women who did not drink at all, those who consumed some but less than 40 grams per day of alcohol were less likely to become overweight or obese,” a press release from the Archives of Internal Medicine stated. “Women who drank 15 to less than 30 grams per day had the lowest risk, which was almost 30 percent lower than that of nondrinkers.”

This study has given way to trump your Michelob Ultra loving girlfriends while still sounding smart. Go forth and spread the news!

Taking the Beard Out of Beer

I don’t know Melissa Cole but from what the Internet says about her, she’s two things: a female and one who loves beer.

I stumbled across her blog, Taking the Beard Out of Beer, where it says Melissa is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, a judge at major beer festivals worldwide and has worked with a number of UK based media outlets. With the occasional mention of beer related happenings in the US, Melissa’s blog is UK focused. Although, it does offer a great female expert perspective on beer.

Brooklyn Brewery Loved NY From the Start

If you’re a sucker for all things beer geek, you’ll love this tidbit. When former Associated Press correspondent Steve Hindy and former Chemical Bank lending officer Tom Potter started Brooklyn Brewery in 1984, they hired graphic designer Milton Glaser, best known as the creator of the “I Love New York” campaign, to design their logo. See any similarities?

Free Beer, But Not Quite

A website called is enough to make you do an e-double take. According to the site,

FREE BEER is a beer which is free in the sense of freedom, not in the sense of free beer.

The project, originally conceived by Copenhagen-based artist collective Superflex and students at the Copenhagen IT University, applies modern free software / open source methods to a traditional real-world product – namely the alcoholic beverage loved and enjoyed globally, and commonly known as beer.

FREE BEER is based on classic ale brewing traditions, but with addded Guaraná for a natural energy boost. The recipe and branding elements of FREE BEER is published under a Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5) license, which means that anyone can use the recipe to brew their own FREE BEER or create a derivative of the recipe. Anyone is free to earn money from FREE BEER, but they must publish the recipe under the same license and credit our work. All design and branding elements are available to beer brewers, and can be modified to suit, provided changes are published under the same license (”Attribution & Share Alike”)

Beer fanatics worldwide are using Free Beer‘s recipes to brew, bottle, share and sell their own beer. A great idea as far as intellectual property is concerned, combining love for beer with Creative Commons licensing. The internet and beer at work, not a bad matchup by any means.