To end another year of beer columns with a statement saying that 2014 was a big year for craft beer is no more meaningful than saying that it was hot during the summer. Big growth is the norm for craft beer now — people expect it, and it usually happens in the ways we predict.
Two things I'm not really interested in: cider and mead. I don't drink mead at all, and it takes a really unique cider to get my attention — Crispin's Stagger Lee, Woodchuck's Celler Series Smoked Apple and Domaine Dupont Cidre Bouché are good examples, but they are far from the norm.
Every December, I invite a group of close friends to my house for a winter beer tasting. Each year — this is the fourth one, by the way — I'm worried that I won't find enough beers that we haven't previous tasted.
My typical beer experience involves ordering a beer, evaluating its appearance and aroma, tasting it and checking in on Untappd, a beer-rating app that allows users to rate and share beers, as well as to see what friends are drinking and which beers are popular at the moment.
In 1978, U.K. provocateurs Crass burst into the music scene with a bold declaration: Punk is dead.
The Tampa Bay area is the new hotbed of craft beer as more than a dozen breweries and brewpubs have set up shop with another half dozen in the planning stages.