Today I’m covering a small snapshot of the beer world outside the United States, including some of the influencers that have helped shape beer-drinking culture here in the USA as well as around the world. The hyper-hot craft beer industry in the United States probably makes you think that we are a top beer-drinking country. Surprisingly, according to worldatlas.com, in 2018 we were number 21 overall. Here are the top ten: 1. Czech Republic 2. Seychelles 3. Austria 4. Germany 5. Namibia 6. Poland 7. Ireland 8. Lithuania 9. Belize 10. Estonia.
The warmer months take a little longer to get here in the Northland, but once they’re here, it’s my favorite time of year. I’m looking forward to the pure and simple enjoyment of being outside, and also biking, golfing, fishing, lounging, cabin time and so many more activities to enjoy. Most of these certainly go well with a cold beer. So, let’s talk some styles and individual beers that are great choices to pair with warm-weather fun. Many of my go-to beers this time of year include lagers, wheat beers, fruit-based and session beers.
This week I’m getting into wine and beer. I love wine, the rich, round flavors of a solid red, the crisp, dry and fruity taste of a great white. The flavors of the fermented grape are hundreds of years old, and millions of people are fans. Considering that a wine drinker sometimes is not a beer drinker, today I aim to shed some light on beer for the wine lover. Are there beers that can please a wine aficionado across varieties?
Brewery taprooms are now pretty common, and most of us live near one. This week, I’m focusing on fun activities inside the taprooms that have helped this current brewery model and culture become so popular. Taprooms are fun. They are gathering places to hang with friends, watch a game, attend a dinner or event, read a book, have a meeting or just sit and relax. Big or small, they hold the promise of great beer, friendly service and a refreshing community culture. This fairly simple model makes these meeting places attractive in many ways.
Last week, Super Bowl LIII was played in Atlanta. More than 100 million viewers in the U.S. enjoyed watching the game and the ramped-up television commercials. The game itself was an epic defensive battle. The commercials were fun, ranging from irreverent to socially relevant.
DULUTH — I may not be the first to say it: Happy Holidays everybody. The sentiment is sincere as this is my favorite time of the year. I look forward to enjoying the rare and special releases many breweries make for the winter holidays. I hope to write this article celebrating holiday beers for many years. Each new holiday season provides new beers, new players, new excitement, and of course, some great classics. 2017 has been another banner year of growth in the small brewery segment and the beers continue to improve, delight and evolve.
This week I am going to talk about a style of beer enjoyed by nearly 90 percent of regular beer drinkers: light lager. Just for a little reference, according to the Brewers Association, all-malt—or craft beer, continues to grow quickly in popularity. In 2016, it carried about 12 percent of the US market share in beer. The light lager category includes most of the mass produced macro lagers, light beers, and lighter bodied imported beers sent to the US.
Attending or hosting a beer-themed dinner at a restaurant or at home always makes me excited. The prospect of a special meal prepared with food courses that complement beers which are individually paired with each plate is a truly awesome gastronomic experience. Beer has many components that complement food. It's made with barley, which adds sweetness; hops that provide bitterness to balance the malt sweetness; and yeast that provides bready and fruity flavors. I am often asked how to execute a beer dinner. The most common questions are:
DULUTH — Two of the most enjoyed beverages in the world are certainly beer and coffee. This week, I enlisted help to talk about how to join these two great beverages. I asked coffee expert Eric Faust of Duluth Coffee Co. about the coffee and beer partnership. Here's Faust's take:
DULUTH, Minn. — IPA. Every engaged beer drinker has heard or seen these initials whether it's on a billboard, in ads, or on the beer list at your favorite taproom or bar. IPA stands for India Pale Ale.