In the quest for the perfect IPA, there is likely a weapon that is missing from your arsenal, the hopback. Hopbacks help you introduce and retain more of the wonderful flavors and aromas of hops in your finished beer.
Everyone starts somewhere. By its very nature, homebrewing is an amateur niche. If you’re a denizen of the internet and you’ve done even a little research, you’re either a trigger pull away from brewing today or so scared you want to switch to Malort for the rest of your life. Luckily, Thirsty Bastards has you […]
2016 was a roller coaster of a year. In some ways, the worst year I can recall. We lost so many amazing celebrities, but we also got a kick-ass Star Wars movie! We had to drink infected Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout but also got refunds and fresh, uninfected bottles in November. Here in Chicago, […]
Every year I troll the label submissions of the past 12 months to bring you the Best Pumpkin Beer Labels on the shelves. There are hundreds of pumpkin beers out there with some impressive label art, but these are the 19 best I’ve found that I hadn’t seen before. I know what you’re thinking… “But what about […]
We here at Thirsty Bastards have it on good authority from a placed source in the Anheuser-Busch sales department that Donald J. Trump is already the next president of the Luxurious States of America (“LSA! LSA! LSA!”) and that any junk that happens next month is just a matter of affixing red ball caps onto […]
Please note: Goose Island is no longer accepting refund submissions for 2015 BCBS. In case you missed it, Goose Island is refunding folks who bought 2015 Bourbon County Stout with select bottling dates $15.00 for each bottle purchased. These dates are for the following timestamps for 2015: Bourbon County Stout: 10/9, 10/12, 10/22, 10/22, 10/23, […]
As the sales and marketing manager for Mystic Brewery in Chelsea, MA, Louie Berceli has his hands full. The company has recently rebranded under his creative direction. Late last year, he sent me the following email: Hey there, I’m so happy I finally have a reason to email you. I’ve been a fan of your […]
Today I’m going to show you how to remove bottle labels from any bottle quickly and intact. I’ve read dozens of posts on the subject and I’ve been astounded at the variety of methods out there that folks will recommend. I’ve put those methods to the test and boiled it down to a technique that […]
Humans have been practicing the art of fermentation since the beginning of civilization itself. Fermentation may have even caused civilization to arise; when our hunter-gatherer ancestors discovered fermentation, they started to settle down, to ensure a steady supply of grain for fermentation.
Brewing beer, whether at home or professionally, is all about results. We can use an agreed upon set of words to describe the flavor, aroma, and appearance of our beer. We can use the information provided hop producers to estimate the IBUs a beer might contain. However, when it comes to the alcohol content in […]