Independence Day

Ten Beers for the Fourth

Thursday is America’s birthday, and the fitting way to celebrate it is with an American craft beer. The folks at are here to help, with ten beers for the Fourth of July. There are “some sessionables, PLENTY of IPAs, some Belgians and that canned Hell or High Watermelon wheat beer we can’t stop drinking (clearly).”

Can’t wait until Thursday? Who says you have to wait?

Independence Day Potpourri

As America celebrates its 235th birthday…

According to the Beer Institute, the Fourth of July ranks number-one in beer consumption, ahead of Memorial Day, Labor Day and even Super Bowl Sunday.

Fire up the grill, and pour yourself a cold one. Greg Kitsock discusses pairing beer with barbecue, and Norman Miller matches it with grilled meat.

Could the ideal Fourth of July beer be a German import? Eric Asimov of the New York Times makes the case for Kolsch.

Tom Atwell of the Portland (Maine) Press-Herald picks his favorite red, white, and blue beers. Finding a blue beer was a toughie.

Finally, Jonathan Bender of wants to know what American beer will you be drinking on the Fourth?

Cheers, America!

When it comes to celebrating America’s birthday, we go all in.

According to the National Retail Federation, we’re going to spend more than $3 billion partying this weekend. We’ll be spending $92 million on chips; $60.3 million on dip; $193.6 million on hamburger patties; $70.4 million on buns; $86.2 million on cheese; $203 million for mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup; and $161.5 million for lettuce, tomatoes, relish and onions.

And did we mention that the Fourth of July is the nation’s number-one beer-drinking day? Our national beer tab will come to $341.4 million.

With that in mind, yesterday’s “The Early Show” on CBS chose America’s five best beers. And wouldn’t you know it, all five were brewed in Portland, Oregon.

Meanwhile, Washington D.C.’s City Paper suggests five all-American summertime craft beers to drink instead of the big national brands. One of the all-time great beer names is on that list: Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils.

The Friday Mash (The Sun Also Rises Edition)

On this day in 1899, Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois. He won the Pulitzer Prize (1953) and the Nobel Prize (1954) for literature. Hemingway is credited with these friendly words of advice: “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

And now…The Mash!

Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal had an interesting story about beer tasters. Turns out that women might be better at the job because they’re more sensitive about the levels of flavor.

Alan McLeod, of A Good Beer Blog, reviews 500 Beers by Zak Avery.

Pete Brown is still scratching his head over A-BInBev’s latest product, Stella Artois Black–which, of course, is golden-colored.

Shannon Armour, writing in the Phoenix New Times, lists Ten Beers That Go Great for Breakfast. Heading the list: What else? Founders Breakfast Stout.

Readers of Zymurgy magazine once again voted Pliny the Elder the Best Commercial Beer in America.

The latest issue of Raconteur, a special section of the British newspaper The Times, was devoted to beer. Some of the U.K.’s best beer writers contributed to it.

Finally, a story just in time for Independence Day. A New York Times tasting panel rates American pale ales. Best in show: Flying Dog’s Doggie Style Pale Ale.

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