A Brief History of Hops

Beer itself has a history of roughly 9,000 years, but for the majority of this time, hops were not used! The very first mention of hops in relation to beer and brewing in recorded history was in 822 AD, in a set of rules for a monastery. These rules are the earliest evidence that hops was used in brewing, but there was no indication of what precise role hops played. Now, in many countries, a drink brewed without hops simply cannot be called beer!

IPA Tasting #2: Descutes, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium

This week I had originally planned to do a saison tasting, but a trip to Save Mart changed my plans unintentionally. Surprisingly, they had a 6 pack of Drakes 1500 (not featured here)…then I also noticed a Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA. Once I had 2 six packs, another 2 weren’t a big deal, so I […]

TeKu Glass Review – Is It Really The Best In The World?

Since I’ve been stocking my cabinets with all the great beer glasses I can find, I couldn’t resist buying the enigmatic and enchanting TeKu. Advertised as the best beer glass in the world, I had to try it. It was a bit on the pricey side, but for something that you can use over and over again, it was an easy buy decision for me.

Is The Dogfish Head + Sierra Nevada IPA Glass Worth Your Money?

Since I’ve finished a lot of indoor projects on my new house and my kitchen is pretty much done, I’ve been buying up specialty beer glasses. One of these that I was especially excited to get a old of was the IPA glass that Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada created with Spiegelau. Let’s see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be.

Anchor Porter VS Sierra Nevada Porter

So I was recently listening the robust porter episode of the Jamil Show on the Brewing Network because robust porter is my new favorite style of beer. A few weeks ago I randomly grabbed a bottle of Black Robusto from Drakes and was blow away by it’s awesomeness. During the episode I was surprised to learn that a another awesome brewery was brewing up an great example of a robust porter as well. So I went to Bevmo to buy a 6 pack. Then I forgot if it was Sierra Nevada or Anchor that brewed it! Luckily, they had both.