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As we hurl toward (or because of) the end of 2016—a long year that snatched away David Bowie, forcing us to scatter the stardust of The Man Who Fell to Earth across Suffragette City, and presented Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States, forcing us to scatter from the hate-spewing starfarts of The Unpolish-able Turd Who Rose to Cheeto Jesus—there is only one question to ask ourselves pertaining to the last twelve...
Dr. Seuss' magnum opus, "Green Kegs and Ham," contains two of my all-time favorite lines in literature: "Summer shouldn't be a bummer. There is usually sun—and if beer is near, there is always fun!" In honor of those uplifting words from the legendary author and illustrator, whose rollicking rhymes also enlivened classic beer-themed children's books like "The Cat in the Hat Drinks His Brew From A Shoe," "How the Grinch Stole My Christmas Beer!,"...
https://youtu.be/AsaBoiAFNL8 Walk into KelSo's new taproom in Clinton Hill and the first thing you'll see (besides the gleaming industrial sized fermenters grumbling away) are barrels. They line the bar area, each of them marked with the signature "KB" and an indication of the liquids once held in those vessels--Jameson Irish Whiskey, bourbon, wine, and the list goes on. Kelly Taylor, the brewmaster of KelSo, is no stranger to barrel-aged beers. The Jameson Aged IPA (made for...
I once heard a prominent American craft brewer compare brewing the best pumpkin beer to “being the smartest idiot in the room.” Alright, he might have used a more offensive term than “idiot,” but you get the sentiment--serious beer nerds aren’t exactly stoked on pumpkin ales. Which is why it came as no surprise to me that when I set out to survey a handful of industry folks, my queries were, on the whole,...

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