Beer Basics | The Black & Tan

The words “black” and “tan,” when paired together, once referred to a noble breed of hound; then, during the Irish War of Independence, to a brutal band of counter-revolutionaries. Now, it describes a drink. A mixed drink, to be exact — a blend of light and dark beers, usually a stout perched atop a pale […]

Beer & Christmas Dinner

I’d planned to review Dogfish Head’s Chicory Stout today, seeing as I somehow forgot to sample it during my search for the best winter beers. Then, yesterday at lunch, a tiny exploding star disguised as tomato basil soup sent my taste buds to the burn ward. Rather than lie about my inability to taste the […]

Beers of Winter

Each year, as fall stumbles drunkenly into winter, a slew of holiday seasonals start showing up in stores. These include winter warmers, spiced ales, and even a few twists on seemingly unrelated styles. In this article, you’ll find my top five picks for beers to amass in your holiday bunker. I attempted to judge each […]