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 Friday 8:07pm

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

We Went to Scotland To See How Real Scotch Is Born

Among connoisseurs, scotch whisky is heralded as a complex delicacy. Listen in on a tasting: You'll swear they're describing an entire dinner entree, not a sip of booze. But scotch distillers need only three ingredients—and a barrel-full of technique—to make that magical elixir, as I learned while touring the… » 7/11/14 5:00pm 7/11/14 5:00pm

20 Fun Facts About the Way We Drink, As Told By a Breathalyzer

Do you remember that handy little breathalyzer we reviewed last year that synced with your smartphone via Bluetooth? The BACtrack Mobile, as it's called, turns out to not just be a means of trying to outdo (or under-do) your friends' drunkenness, but it's also been gathering a whole lot of anonymous data over the last… » 6/13/14 5:00pm 6/13/14 5:00pm

How Atomic Bombs Help Unmask Counterfeit Wine

As long as rich men are willing to pay exorbitant amounts for old, fermented juice, there will be schemers willing to dupe them out of their money. But if you're dropping a cool half million on four bottles of wine supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson (true story), you want to make sure you have the real thing, right?… » 6/06/14 5:00pm 6/06/14 5:00pm

How England's Yeast Vault Saved a Brewery After a Disastrous Flood

A commercial brewery is really a factory. Raw ingredients like grain and water go in one end, flow through pipes and tanks, and beer comes out the other side. But you could gut and replace all those pipes and tanks, switch from one grain supplier to another, swap out the walls and the controllers, and the same beer… » 5/30/14 5:25pm 5/30/14 5:25pm

Blood, Bondage, and Silver Bullets: How To Drink Gothic

Vampires and zombies, ruined castles and gloomy dungeons: the scary tropes of Gothic horror, which first terrorized the world 250 years ago with the publication of Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto, still colonize our imaginations today. What better way to celebrate the anniversary than by mixing yourself a Silver… » 5/23/14 5:00pm 5/23/14 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