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Introducing Stormbrew, An NSA-Inspired Beer For The Masses

When the National Security Agency says they need three hops, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. They mean that they’re sweeping up hundreds of millions of ordinary Americans’ phone records in order to create detailed social graphs.


The World's Most Popular Beers In One Neat Map

Booze lovers’ magazine Vinepair put together this neat map showing the most popular beer brands around the world. Unfortunately, as is often the case, most popular doesn’t mean better.


What A 170-Year-Old Beer Uncovered In A Shipwreck Really Tasted Like 

Back in 2010, divers off the coast of Finland stumbled upon some astonishingly old booze: champagne and beer preserved underwater in a 170-year-old shipwreck. Naturally, they had a taste. But now scientists are back with a rigorous chemical analysis of the beers.


Happy Hour: Hot Beer. No, Really. Hot Beer. 

When I go home to Tennessee, nobody ever asks me if I want a beer. “How ’bout a col’beer?” say the Southerners as they toss a can through the air. (All one word.) The ice cold brew cuts through the summertime humidity nicely. But winter deserves a different kind of cocktail. How about hot beer?


Watching These NZ Beer Cans Get Made Is Like Seeing A Ballet Of Machines At Work

New Zealand craft brewery Garage Project reveals how it makes its Hops on Pointe beer cans, and it’s like watching a machinery ballet unfold before our eyes. It’s funny to imagine these big honking machines made of metal and wires dressed in tutus, but there is a surprising elegance to the can-making process.


Happy Hour: I Put The Ultimate Stubby Holder To The Test

Stubby holders. They keep your hand from getting cold and your beer from getting warm — what could be better? One that keeps your beer cold for much, much longer, that’s what.


A Better Home Brew Kit: Holy Crap, It Tastes Like Beer

Where I grew up people make their own whiskey in rusty bath tubs. Houses explode. Shotguns are fired. Cop chases ensue. Tragedies are inevitable. So when an all-in-one home brew kit showed up at our office, I wondered: How hard can beer be?


Happy Hour: Hot Sauce Makes Everything Better, Even Beer

Even though I’ve never chased a sip of creamy beer with a few squirts of cock sauce, I know Sriracha is going to make it better. Hot sauce makes everything better. Just to make sure, though, I poured myself a glass of Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout Beer.


Breweries Have Run Out Of New Names (And Hop Puns) For Craft Beers 

Hoptimus Prime. Smooth Hoperator. Hoptical Illusion. If a brewer has the chance to make a hop pun (and odds are good, thanks to the hop boom), they will make it. But NPR’s The Salt says that the explosion of craft beer over the past decade has led to a legal problem: there are no new names left.


What Is A Hangover?

Yippee! Let’s poison ourselves with beverages that will make us violently ill! It was your battle cry last night, and today you’re paying the price. But what is that hangover you’re experiencing, exactly?