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Wait, Craft Beer Brewed By… Walmart?

Beer / January 25, 2017 / No Comments.

Screen Shot 2017-01-24 at 12.25.43 PMIt seems like every week I hear about a new craft brewery popping up in the city where I live or the surrounding ‘burbs. A new craft beer store just opened down the road. Clearly, there’s massive demand for craft brews that these new businesses are aiming to satisfy.

It’s not just ambitious home brewers and beer-loving entrepreneurs embracing this trend, of course. Mega-brewers like Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors have been buying up smaller craft operations. Now another company you may have heard of is getting in on the craft game: Walmart.

Like most grocery stores, Walmart sells a selection of craft beer. But, starting in the past year, the giant retailer no longer just sells beer – they make it.

In the beer fridges of 3,000 Walmart stores around the country, you’ll find Trouble Brewing beers. While there’s no indication on the packaging that the beer was brewed for Walmart, Trouble is the chain’s own private label.

So, how is the stuff? Over on Beer Advocate, Walmart’s Cat’s Away IPA, Round Midnight Belgian White, Red Flag Ale, and After Pale Ale all rate in the 70’s, indicating they’re okay, inoffensive, and/or “drinkable.” (Let us know in the comments if you’ve tried ’em).

The good news: They’re cheap. Walmart sells the twelve packs and sixers for a little more than a buck per beer. That’s significantly cheaper than most (real) craft beer. So now, you can reward yourself for a productive Walmart shopping trip by catching an economical buzz.

Source: VinePair

Pizza & Beer, Match Made In Heaven

Our Stories / October 22, 2012 / 1 Comment.

Pairing menus are very popular in restaurants across the country, but often times they are for foodies who have very “mature” pallets. That’s super, but what about us simple folk that just like some beer and pizza? In honor of National Pizza Month, we’ve put together a quick list of pizzas and beers that are great on their own, but even better together.

Cheese Pizza + Pale Ale
A hoppy American pale ale is a great complement to the sweetness of the tomato sauce and the Italian spices. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a personal favorite.

Pepperoni or Sausage Pizza + Light Lager
A light lager, like Red Stripe, is going to go nicely with the cheese and tomato and it’s going to also calm down the spiciness of the pepperoni or sausage.

Veggie Pizza + Brown Ale
Since the vegetables caramelize in the oven, a brown ale (ahem Newcastle) has a malty flavor that works really well to bring all the tastes together.

Don’t worry about messing up and choosing the wrong beer – pizza and beer were meant to be enjoyed together, so there’s a good chance your taste buds will be happy no matter what.

PS. If you live anywhere near a Bertucci’s restaurant, they have a new menu called “The Art of Pairing: Pizza & Beer” which is right up our alley. They pair up their brick oven pizzas with Samuel Adams craft beer. You won’t find any basic cheese or pepperoni on this menu, though…