Trappist Monks Make the World’s Best Beer

For many years, Westvleteren XII beer, produced at the Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren (Belgium) has been chosen as the world’s best by thousands of experts. This year it was voted the “Best Beer in the World.” As a result of … Continue reading

Finding Hope Amid the Hops

  A review of The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution by Tom Acitelli (Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2013) *          *          * In the world of mass standardization, the American beer industry stands out. Its gigantic breweries have … Continue reading

Reflections on Cold Draft Beer

It was a particularly hot afternoon, so I gazed at the icy mug of beer before me with a sense of anticipation. I still had the idea — right or wrong — that draft beer should be crowned with a … Continue reading