5 Trader Joe’s Brews, Reviewed

A seemingly little known fact about TJ’s is their line of house beers, sold under the label of Josephsbrau. They cover a number of styles and are generally priced for about $1/bottle. So I stopped by my local TJ’s and picked up one each of their current offerings (which varies by season and store). $6 got me a bottle of Oatmeal Stout, Pilsner, Hefeweizen, Red Ale and Summer Lager, including tax. Here’s what I thought about the brews.

Beer Review – Stone Tiki Escape Mix Pack

Beer fans from the US, and many around the world, are likely well aware of Stone Brewing’s reputation for making tremendous beer. For many years now, Stone has been one of the most highly rated and ubiquitous breweries in the nation. When I recently saw the launch of their Tiki Escape IPA and a corresponding... Continue Reading →

Republican Lawmakers Want Cheaper Beer

Here in America, we're living through some fairly rocky political times. It seems that the vast majority of the country struggles to agree on anything. Party politics aside, and in no way looking to cause controversy, it's about time we got some objectively good news from D.C.
Well, beer drinkers rejoice. Recent news states that Senate Republicans are pushing a bill that would, theoretically, make your (domestic) beer cheaper.

A Bid to Buy AB InBev

Over the past few years, many craft-beer enthusiasts have watched in horror as big beer conglomerates gobble up high-performing craft breweries. AB InBev, who owns brands such as Budwiser, Bud Light, Corona and Stella Artois, also owns ten (previously) craft breweries including Goose Island, Elysian and Wicked Weed. While, on the surface, it may seem that the slow and meticulous acquisition of high-performing craft beer brands is fairly innocuous and simply standard business practice, the results may be catastrophic to the craft beer industry. 

Beer Good for Diabetes – Research

As a fan of beer, I am constantly bombarded by incongruent news stories. It seems that the medical research community are unable to decide whether beer is good for you. It seems that beer, and more broadly alcohol, continues to be seen as an evil that causes a plethora of chronic diseases, conditions and ailments. But every now and then good beer news surfaces.

Biochemist “Hunts” Yeast for Beer

Have you ever thought about where yeast comes from? It's obviously an integral part of the beer brewing process. For Indiana based brewer Robert Caputo, the source of yeast proved to be a pain point. Caputo was eager to create a beer that was 100% Indianan. He had sourced malts, hops and water from Indiana with little issue, but was struggling to find yeasts native to the state. Enter his friend, Mathew Bochman.

Battle of the Beers – OCTOBERFEST Week 2

Welcome to week two of my Octoberfest experiment! While I've never been to the real deal in Germany, Octoberfest seasonal brews are probably my favorite seasonal offerings of the year. Over the duration of September and into October, I am going to be trying many of the seasonal brews available in San Antonio, with the aim of crowning the best Octoberfest brew.

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