Get to Know a Microbrew!

TEH FOOTY IS OVAH!! Or, How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Drinking Small.   Well, as they all too often say…that happened.  The most unforgettable Superb Owl that I would give anything to forget came in like a lion, and went out like a reach-around from the Hulk in a

Commentist Beer Barrel: The Golden Goblets

I'll be honest about this: I love awards, and awards shows, and basically anything where various things are declared "the best." A big part of this is that I also love to declare things "the best," and to argue when other people declare the wrong things "the best." I'm excited

Commentist Beer Barrel: Every Puppy Has Its Day

Hello, Commentists! Sorry for my absence these past two weeks, but I was out wandering the woods with Hillary Clinton last week and couldn't find a signal. Did you know she wrestled a grizzly bear out there? Mainstream media won't talk about it. I don't know what they've got against her. Losing can

Commentist Beer Barrel: Welcome To Your Local Brewery

Even in a pretty miserable year—and let's not kid ourselves: this has been, by any measure, a pretty miserable year on the global scale—I've got a lot to be thankful for. Most of all, of course, there's my beautiful fiancée lady snow, to whom I became formally engaged this past

Commentist Beer Barrel: Land of the Rising Suds

Hi kids! It's your friendly neighborhood curate, Reverend Mayhem, subbing in for makeitsnow. He is currently...indisposed. So, let's get right down to it. Today, I am reviewing Hitachino Nest White Ale and Red Rice Ale from Japan. I've noticed this column trends a little heavily toward North American craft beers, with

Commentist Beer Barrel and Open Thread: Draught House Anniversary Party In Review

Come on in, folks. Have a seat at the bar. We're talking beer again today, but we're also talking anything else you want to talk about. We've got a couple of top-25 matchups tonight, with #10 Nebraska at #6 Ohio State and #1 Alabama probably steamrolling the absolute shit out

Commentist Beer Barrel: Damn Hippies

Austin's best annual beer event is happening again today. The Draught House Anniversary Party is the kind of shindig that only a decades-old pub and brewery, with a decades-old pub and brewery's connections, can throw. Every year they roll out a stacked beer list. Everything's a special release or something aged

Commentist Beer Barrel: Scotchy Scotch Scotch

The worst thing about this time of year, to me—at least in non-election years, Jesus Christ am I sick of that shit—is waiting for Sierra Nevada Brewing Company to release its famous winter fresh hop IPA, Celebration. The ongoing seasonal creep in beer releases means now's about the time the winter