Considering beer as a gift from God
February 10th, 2014
03:15 PM ET
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Something is brewing among American Protestants, and it has a decidedly hoppy flavor.

For much of the last century in the United States, Protestant Christianity’s relationship with beer was cold or even hostile at times. Protestant organizations such as the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and the Anti-Saloon League led the campaign to make alcohol illegal.

Even after Prohibition ended, many evangelicals defined themselves by their abstention from alcohol, called “the beloved enemy” by televangelist Jack Van Impe.
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Bowman on Beer: Larger-than-life lagers
December 10th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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Greg Bowman is an Editor Producer with CNN Creative Services in Atlanta and is also a craft beer enthusiast. Follow his beer escapades on Twitter @gboCNN.

It might seem like there is a national beer holiday at least once a week, but today celebrates the nation's most popular beer style, lager.

Lagers are fermented slower and at a lower temperature than other beer styles. The large-scale, "macro" breweries obviously rule when it comes to this style, cornering about two-thirds of all beer sales with their light lagers. However, I hope some of you will celebrate today by trying something new. There are plenty of great tasting lagers out there that are in the style that you may be used to, but may have a bit more flavor, produced with better ingredients and brewed by American companies.
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Bowman on Beer: Mummy yeast and wicked beasts
October 29th, 2013
11:00 AM ET
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Greg Bowman is an Editor Producer with CNN Creative Services in Atlanta and is also a craft beer enthusiast. Follow his beer escapades on Twitter @gboCNN.

While you may have found the perfect costume for Halloween, you probably haven’t given much thought to what beer you will be drinking. This is Halloween, and picking up a six pack of domestic at the convenience store just will not make the cut.

On this night, everything should be a bit scarier. Homes are decked with spiderwebs and jack o' lanterns, horror movies are in constant rotation and people dress up as zombies, monsters and vampires.

So why should your beer be any different? Dive into seven wicked brews that are sure to make your Halloween night a bit more frightening and also freakishly tasty.
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5 spooky boozes for Halloween
October 25th, 2013
04:45 PM ET
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Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.

Somehow I find it bizarrely gratifying that the most popular Halloween costume so far this year (at least based on Google searches) is apparently not Miley Cyrus, but a Minion from the animated film Despicable Me. While it’s a little premature to take this as a wholesale redemption of our national culture, at the very least it means that there should be less twerking going on this Halloween by people who should never, ever twerk, even alone in a locked room, and for that we can all be thankful.
 
And what better way to express our deeply felt aesthetic thanks than to raise a glass of wine (weirdly enough, there’s even someone on Etsy selling hand-painted Minion wine glasses, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend you rush out and buy one). And, since it’s Halloween - or near enough - how about a glass of Halloween-appropriate wine? Below are five appropriately spooky bottles to consider.
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October 11th, 2013
06:15 PM ET
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The Congressional stalemate has claimed its latest casualty: beer.

The craft beer industry is overseen by the Alcohol, Tobacco Tax Trade Bureau. The TTB is charge of approving labels for new beer products sold across state lines and inspection for new breweries. Consequently, new beer and new business are not rolling out during the shutdown.
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Beer does a body good
September 30th, 2013
03:00 PM ET
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I do likes me a cold one on a hot summer day, and a fall ball game just isn't the same without an ale in my hand. Fear of the great beer belly has kept suds out of the refrigerators and hands of beer enthusiasts all over the land, but is it possible that one of America's favorite beverages has gotten an undeserved bad rap?

After all, beer is created from just four basic ingredients: water, barley, hops and yeast. The result of these ingredients dancing together is alcohol and CO2. That's a combo that goes down easy, and there are so many ways to blend the brew that you're sure to find an ale, stout, lager or amber that is just right for you.

The dirty deets

Your doc may have told you that drinking alcohol in moderation is good for your health, but usually wine gets all the cred for the antioxidant benefits. Truth be told, beer and wine contain the same amount of antioxidants. There are some other things you should know:

Read - Vitamin B? Why beer is good for your health

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Good neighbors buy beer shares
September 23rd, 2013
12:15 PM ET
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"Community-supported beer" doesn't just mean buying a pint at your local watering hole. For a growing number of upstart breweries, it's how they're getting their operations off the ground.

Queens' Big Alice Brewing - located in an old Bible warehouse near the water - opened its doors in June and is selling beer shares as a way to finance the brewery. Inspired by the concept of community-supported agriculture, in which people buy directly from farmers, CSB subscribers pay $200 and receive two large bottles of beer each month for six months.
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September 12th, 2013
10:45 AM ET
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Does your current brew fall short in the cuteness department? Just hop on a plane to Taiwan or China and pop open a frosty cold can of Hello Kitty beer.

Since 1974, images of the bow-wearing, mouthless cartoon cat have adorned adorable products, from stationery and stuffed toys to cars and consumer electronics. Now the beloved character can be found skipping merrily on cans of fruit-flavored beers produced by the Taiwan Tsing Beer Company under the Long Chuan label.
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August 30th, 2013
12:15 AM ET
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Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.

Oh, those clever folks at Amstel Bulgaria, always pushing the boundaries. This week came news that they’d installed a beer vending machine on a street in Sofia that - and this is the genius part - would give you a free beer for doing nothing.
 
That meant really doing nothing, i.e., standing there for three minutes in front of the machine, not talking, not texting, not looking around, not dancing a jig, nada. But if you could manage to hold mind and body perfectly still for three minutes, hey, presto, here’s your beer.
 
In light of the Labor Day holiday, it seems to me that being given beer for doing nothing is particularly apt. You’ve worked enough: Now you must relax. Of course, beer vending machines aren’t likely to take off in the US anytime soon, unless they can figure out how to make them check IDs, too, but it’s still a nice dream.

And in the meantime, thanks to the craft beer world’s fascination with high-alcohol beers, here are a few potent - and very good - brews that will pretty much force you to relax (though, of course, you could just down a couple of Amstels, too, if you wanted).
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