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Visiting 3 of the Best Breweries in the U.S. and 2 Books To Get You Prepped

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“Good people drink good beer.” Hunter S. Thompson said that and while I agree with him I’m not at all opposed to a cool Pabst Blue Ribbon. So I guess in Dr. Gonzo’s eyes I’m the scum of the earth. But I also like IPAs which doesn’t bode well for me either seeing as some scientists would say I’m a psychopath. What do I do? Who the hell am I? Before going further down the rabbit hole of my drinking habits and existential paradox, let’s take a look at what I believe to be the three best breweries in the good ol’ U.S., baby! Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co. (Roseland, Virginia) The newest but also one of the best. Located in the…

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Holiday HAUL-A-DAY 6: “Beer”

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These how-to beer books are the ideal pair for anybody looking for a chance to brew their own beer or craft cider. So crack open a cold one and enter in our holiday giveaway! Craft Cider: How to Turn Apples into Alcohol by Jeff Smith Brew Better Beer: Learn (and Break) the Rules for Making IPAs, Sours, Pilsners, Stouts, and More by Emma Christensen

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Review: Susan Cheever Reveals the Secret History of Drinking in America

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“Here’s to alcohol,” Homer Simpson once famously said, “the cause of—and solution to—all of life’s problems.” This simple quote from one of America’s great animated philosophers might sum up our country’s relationship with booze, from the days of the pilgrims all the way to today’s latest age of (relative) temperance. Or so might say Susan Cheever, author of Drinking in America: Our Secret History (Twelve; October 12, 2015). The book is a unique cultural tour seen through the perspective of one of our favorite pastimes—and one of our darkest problems. “Since the beginning, drinking and taverns have been as much a part of American life as churches and preachers, or elections and politics,” Cheever writes. “The interesting truth, untaught in…

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Give Your Recipes a Craft Beer Kick with the Beeroness

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In the last five years, the beer community has gotten mighty crafty. It’s apparent in the rise of boutique breweries and quality craft beer infiltrating mainstream culture. Bars and restaurants host craft beer and food pairings on a regular basis and craft beer desserts (lemon IPA bars, anyone?) are gaining in popularity. The Craft Beer Bites Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Sliders, Skewers, Mini-Desserts and More—All Made with Beer (Adams Media, September 2015) by Jacquelyn Dodd is a compendium of bar food bites that use craft beer as a main ingredient. Dodd, a recipe developer, food photographer and writer is best known as The Beeroness and she knows a thing or two about infusing craft beer into your cooking. This is…

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Father’s Day rocks! Ice cold beer, delicious bread, and a giveaway!

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Whatever you give Dad on Father’s Day, I can tell you how to make it even better: set a cold one down beside it. And you know what “a cold one” is. I’m talking about beer. A brewski. A mug full of suds. It’s the stuff that makes mowing all those lawns and fixing all those broken toys and doing all those other Dad things just a bit more bearable for…well, for thousands of years. (Did Dads mow lawns a thousand years ago? Maybe not. But you get the point.) What we do know about beer is that it’s the third most popular beverage in the world, after water and tea, and that it dates back possibly to the Neolithic…

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As American as baseball, the Fourth of July and burgers on the grill

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Along with millions of our fellow Americans across the length and breadth of this great nation, Grill Daddy celebrates his Fourth of July by tuning in to a baseball game on the radio and throwing some meat on the grill. But this year, he’s doing it with Nolan Ryan, Hall of Fame pitcher, cattle rancher, and author of The Nolan Ryan Beef & Barbecue Cookbook: Recipes From a Texas Kitchen. Ryan, of course, is the former flame-throwing hurler who spent his illustrious career pitching for the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers. In this book, he rounds up his favorite recipes for cooking beef—lots of beef—over the open flame of the backyard grill. “In deciding to…

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Where would you and your beer lover like to go?

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Forget pint glasses—your cabinets are stocked with Pilsner Glasses, Weizen Glasses, Tulips, and Steins. Cases of microbrews appear on your doorstep every month. Your long weekends away are determined by the ranking of America’s Best Beer Cities. On Super Bowl Sunday, you will roll your eyes at the Budweiser commercials and instead drink craft beers, or even the latest home brew. If all of this sounds familiar, then you either are a beer lover, or you live with one. If you live with one, you might be wondering about the next frontier for beer connoisseurs (so you can give a thoughtful gift, of course). Patrick Dawson’s forthcoming book, Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews that Improve over Time (Storey…

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