GrowlTap Review: Keep Craft Beers From the Brewery Fresh at Home

I'm not sure where this should fall on the spectrum of pride to shame, but it has been years since I've tapped a keg. Raging house parties aren't quite as frequent in the years after college, but drinking delicious beer at home for a little take-the-edge-off tipsy pleasure remains a pastime for, well—a lot of us. » 9/12/14 5:00pm 9/12/14 5:00pm

Why Beer Isn't Sold in Plastic Bottles

Plastic as a material has pretty much changed the way we live our lives- it's cheap, can be moulded into practically any shape and is, for the most the part, easily recyclable (when people bother to). So why is it that we still use glass bottles and cans to store our beer in? Is it to do with aesthetics? Taste? Or is… » 9/01/14 10:00am 9/01/14 10:00am

Here's What Happens To Your Beer Can After You Recycle It

Hey! Friday night! Time to celebrate. With beer. Since we already know what happens to us once we've popped the top on a few too many cold ones—hello, hangover—let's take a look at what happens to that can after you've pounded it; chances are, it will be less than a few months until it's already back chilling out in… » 8/29/14 10:00pm 8/29/14 10:00pm

How Pabst Brought a 136-Year-Old Beer Back From the Dead

Once upon a time there was a beer. A beer with bold flavor and character. A beer that was supposedly America's first IPA. But then the 1970s happened. The tastes of the masses changed, and not for the better. A tidal wave of flavorless lager rushed in. And this unique, legendary beer was washed away in the tide. Until… » 8/29/14 8:07pm 8/29/14 8:07pm

Fermenting beer time lapse shows one beautiful breathing sludge monster

Watching the fermentation process of beer is a lot like seeing a brown sludge monster grow in strength. It's not pretty. But then you remember how delicious beer tastes and how wonderful it makes you feel and you forgive it for looking so unsightly. Or at least I did. I think this time lapse is beautiful. » 8/07/14 11:00pm 8/07/14 11:00pm

How to Drink an IPA, One Hop Flavor at a Time

If you're a fan of modern, American IPAs (PBR drinkers: Go stand in the corner) then you are no doubt a friendly familiar of hops, the magical bud that gives beer its bitter bite. But with hundreds of hops varieties and some brews using upwards of a dozen of them , it's hard to know which hops are imparting which… » 7/18/14 5:00pm 7/18/14 5:00pm

The Differences Between a Budweiser and a Craft Brew (In GIFs)

We all sort of have an idea of how it works: craft brew is lovingly hand-coaxed into existence, while commercial brew is rattled around in big, scary machines, right? Well let's see with our own eyes. The good folks at St. Louis Public Radio have done a fun GIF series peeking inside the operations of both… » 7/07/14 1:40pm 7/07/14 1:40pm

These Split Beer Glasses Are Perfect for Half-Pints

For those times when you really only want, or can really only handle, half a pint of hooch, these modified beer glasses leave no doubt that you're drinking with a little moderation. Because instead of being shorter, thinner, or modified in shape, they look like a standard pint glass that's been bifurcated with a… » 5/26/14 5:00pm 5/26/14 5:00pm

Let Sixpoint's Mad Scientists Show You How to Invent a Brand New Beer

Gizmodo has teamed up with Brooklyn's Sixpoint Brewery to create a limited-edition IPA called Hop Tech 431, brewed especially for the Home of the Future. Last week, we looked at the story behind HBC 431, the mysterious and experimental hop we've chosen to brew with. Today, we're exploring exactly what goes into… » 5/12/14 6:23pm 5/12/14 6:23pm