Beer

Pocketful of Rye

The history of rye beers goes back centuries, to Germany, where roggenbiers were brewed with up to 50 or 60% rye in the grist, the rest consisting of barley. A few bad harvests led in part to the Reinheitsgebot, or German purity…

Póg Mo Thóin

Through a sort of beer-soaked metonymy, Guinness has come to stand for Ireland as a whole, certainly for its brewing history, and especially on St. Patrick’s Day, one of those cultural peculiarities that America is so good at appropriating. It…

Friday Night Frights

Friday the 13th

Paraskevidekatriaphobia is a sort of pseudo-scientific term referring to a fear of Friday the 13th, today being the first of 2015¹. The suffix -phobia is generally used, however, to refer to an irrational fear of something, i.e. something that a greater segment…

Mount Up

Founders Brewing out of Michigan was one of those heavy-hitter breweries that Texans were elated to see launching distribution in the Lone Star State a couple of years ago. Many of their year-round offerings were already highly regarded, not to mention their…

Barrel Rider

In the throes of the craft beer boom, consumers have become spoilt for choice. With more than 3000 breweries currently operating in the United States and thousands more on the way, retail shelves are lined with options from coast to…

Poncha Drunk Love

Elevation Beer

Elevation Beer Co. 115 Pahlone Pkwy Poncha Springs, CO 81242 Hours behind the wheel necessitate the opportunity to stretch one’s legs and when it comes to pit stops, there are decrepit and befouled highway rest areas and there are warm…

Summer Fest

As the days have grown shorter and the weather colder, thoughts drift back to the heady days of summer. Austin’s Jester King brewery ties their beers closely to the seasons, focusing as they do on farmhouse-style and wild ales. After…

Pumpkinpalooza

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George Washington Carver is well-known to history for coming up with about 100 products made from peanuts, and even more food recipes. I feel like he had to have had some sort of pumpkin-whisperer counterpart because, come October, the gamboge gourds…

Swamp Cabbage

Swamp Cabbage

921 Brookwood Dr, Columbia SC After the trek from campus down to the stadium and a flight at Conquest Brewing, we were less than keen to hike to the other side of the stadium to visit River Rat Brewing, the next…

Conquest Brewing

947 S Stadium Road, Bay 1, Columbia, SC The suggestions of “Stand By Me” were unmistakable. The abandoned and rusting metal structures, the wizened oaks and coastal boxelders, the chunks of coal strewn about among the ballast lining the railroad…