Beer Basics | The Dark Ales

“What’s the difference between porter and stout?” It’s a question I hear often, and I always thought I knew the answer — that stout is porter’s darker, stronger offspring — but then I started snooping around the interwebs and unearthed an old debate. According to reliable sources*, the differences between the two go back hundreds […]

Sink the Bismarck Review

War has erupted on European soil. In one corner, Scottish beermeisters Jim Watt and Martin Dickie (leaders of BrewDog brewing company) grin mischievously, thinking they’ve already won; in the other, the brewers at Schorschbräu (BrewDog’s German adversary) wait silently, readying a secret weapon. Each brewery wants to make the world’s strongest beer. Only one can […]

Strong Beer Fest | Part 3

I may have oversold this chapter with that “pure unadulterated insanity” business, but some strange and amusing things did happen (as they sometimes do when alcohol’s involved). Here are the festival’s oddest moments.