Beer 101: What Are Hops, For National Beer Day

Hops are one of the four components of beer, along with malted barley, yeast and water. They are used primarily as bittering, flavoring, and stability agents. In addition to bitterness, they impart floral, fruity, or citrus flavors and aromas, based on the particular strain and the terroir*. Without hops, beer would be a sticky-sweet fermented…
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FOOD FUN: Upside Down Beer Glasses

This upside-down beer glass caught our eye. We wanted a set, but couldn’t justify the expenditure (not to mention, no room in our cabinet). The double-walled glass keeps your beer colder, for longer. There’s no condensation on the outside, either. Plan ahead for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day and take a further look at the…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National IPA Day For Craft Beer Lovers

[1] A refreshing glass of IPA. The flowers to the left of the glass are hops (photo © Homebrewers Association). [2] For IPA fanatics, there’s a special glass engineered to highlight the flavors and aromas of IPA (photo © Kegworks). [3] On a summer day, enjoy a cold IPA with an antipasto plate (photo ©…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Try A Trending Beer Style

[1] Otra Vez is a gose-style beer from Sierra Nevada (both photos courtesy Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.). [2] Sierra Nevada’s Session IPA.   April 7th is National Beer Day. If you’re a beer drinker, you likely have your favorite style(s). But what’s trending in beer? Here it is, adapted from Flavor & The Menu for…
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