Zymurgy’s “Best Beers” List Loves Hops, Clings to Heritage Brands

Death, taxes and Pliny the Elder being voted as Zymurgy’s “best beer” in America. All the things you can count on for the past eight years. In fact, to see any change at the top of this list, you’d have … Continue reading

The Best Breweries and Beer of 2015 are also the Best of 2016 (So Far)

Back in January, I shared a two-part compilation of the “best” American breweries and beer of 2015, as selected through an unscientific method. In its second year, the effort offers something of a different view of what “best” is in … Continue reading

The High ABV Beer is Dead! Long Live High ABV!

Lagers make a comeback. Session IPAs steal share from their imperialized counterparts. Dogs live with cats! It’s mass hysteria. Or, at least, if you’re ready to buy into the latest publicized trend in beer by market research company Mintel, who … Continue reading

Copy Cat: A ‘Best Beer’ List Loves IPAs, ABV. Again.

Last week, Zymurgy, the official publication of the American Homebrewers Association, released its latest update to its annual “Best Beers in America” list. The compilation of top-50 beers, voted on every year by readers of the magazine, typically stands out … Continue reading

If You Drink It, They Will Grow: A Changing Landscape for Hops

I’ve got a running joke on Twitter, in which I tease news of all things IPA by “shouting” in all caps, calling beer drinkers INSATIABLE ANIMALS for their unrelenting assault on taste buds with lupulin-laced brews. But there shouldn’t really … Continue reading