Tap This: Summers beers offer smooth drinking experiences for poolside fun

Tap This: Summers beers offer smooth drinking experiences for poolside fun

Memorial Day is upon us and with it the promises of warm weather and sunny days. The summer conjures images of relaxing poolside with a cool refreshing beer. While many beers are inherently refreshing, some are more suited for summer. There is no shortage of great summer seasonal beers, but some are better than others. […]

I’d Tap That: Sam Adams Fresh as Helles has the right character for summer

I’d Tap That: Sam Adams Fresh as Helles has the right character for summer

Glassware: Lagers are bright and refreshing beers that offer a great array of subtle qualities. Glassware that allow this subtleness to shine is the best choice for lagers. Most bars will serve lagers in the standard shaker pint glass, and while this helps the beers to go from glass to stomach quickly, they do not […]

Tap This: IPLs landing refreshingly between smooth lagers and hoppy ales

Tap This: IPLs landing refreshingly between smooth lagers and hoppy ales

The India pale ale is well known within the craft beer landscape and has become a common term even with the most casual beer drinkers. The IPA is by far the most popular style of beer within the craft industry with an ever-increasing popularity. It has garnered enough attention, in fact, that it has begun […]

I’d Tap That: Dayslayer by Stone Brewing Co. an easy-drinking IPL for all

I’d Tap That: Dayslayer by Stone Brewing Co. an easy-drinking IPL for all

Glassware: Hops are on full display in this delicious and well balanced IPL, and glassware that enhances the aroma and taste is best suited for the beer. The Spigelau IPA glass will work well as it was designed to trap hop aroma. However, if this is not an option, a snifter, tulip or nonic pint […]

Tap This: Grapefruit an ideal partner for hops in experimental IPA world

Tap This: Grapefruit an ideal partner for hops in experimental IPA world

The craft beer community has many similarities to the culinary community. The focus is flavors and finding ways to accentuate these flavors with new ingredients. The IPA has long been the favored style in craft beer, and with a variety of new hops that have been introduced, the runaway favorites have been those that contribute […]

I’d Tap That: SBC’s Sunset at the Lake has improved since its debut last year

I’d Tap That: SBC’s Sunset at the Lake has improved since its debut last year

Editor’s Note: Susquehanna Brewing Company and Grotto Pizza are teaming up to premiere SBC’s latest batch of Sunset at the Lake with a May 11 VIP keg-tapping at the brewery in Pittston. Following the private debut, Sunset at the Lake will be available to the general public at Grotto Pizza locations throughout NEPA. Weekender columnist […]

Tap This: Heavy Seas Beer has begun distributing its varieties in NEPA

Tap This: Heavy Seas Beer has begun distributing its varieties in NEPA

We are fortunate in NEPA to have an abundance of great beers at our disposal, including those from fantastic local breweries. That abundance considered, it is still wonderful when another brewery begins distributing beers into the area, especially when they are top notch. Heavy Seas Beer is a semi-recent addition to the craft beer landscape […]

I’d Tap That: Loose Cannon IPA is aggressive but well-balanced and drinkable

I’d Tap That: Loose Cannon IPA is aggressive but well-balanced and drinkable

Glassware: A great IPA features bright and refreshing aromatics that make any drinking experience even better. Glassware that captures these aromatics is a must for any variation of IPA and IPA lovers will tell you it makes all the difference in beers of this style. IPAs are also best enjoyed on the colder side of […]

Tap This: Love of hops depends on the palate of the individual beer drinker

Tap This: Love of hops depends on the palate of the individual beer drinker

It is no secret that IPA’s are the most popular beer in the craft beer market, and this has begun bleeding into the macro beer market. What is hard to believe is not too long ago, a macro brewer was running a campaign around the “terrible” taste of bitter beer that would cause “bitter beer […]

I’d Tap That: The Waldos’ Special Ale by Lagunitas is not your average IPA

I’d Tap That: The Waldos’ Special Ale by Lagunitas is not your average IPA

Glassware: The true highlight of any IPA is in the aroma where the hops truly shine and make their presence known. This is true for the aggressively hopped Waldos’ Special Ale. While this beer has some heft, it still has a crisp hop bite. Glassware that traps the aroma and allows the beer to warm […]