Bye, Bye Barley – 3 Reasons Gluten-Free Beer Is Here To Stay

Full disclosure: as an Austrian, I was practically raised on beer. Austria ranks among the top five nations worldwide in terms of beer consumption per capita. The U.S. ranks #13 with 21.5 gallon/person. So, perhaps you can see why I can’t help but have a good brew with special occasions – including the end of [...]

In Defense of Craft Beer: Feeling the Buzz of a Burgeoning Industry

It’s been one week since the Brewers Association’s annual Craft Brewer’s Conference (CBC) and I am just recovering. I’m sure there is a study on the benefits of craft beer consumption in moderation, but alas, that was not my approach. It is the craft brewing industry’s biggest show, and cooler than any other beverage alcohol [...]

From Van Damme’s Glass to the Irish Lass: Coors Light’s Trip Across the Atlantic

THE BOOZE BIN By Eliza Winston “A woman drinkin’ a Guinness?” my elderly cousin asked in horror during a recent family reunion in Ireland. Of course I was drinking Guinness, this was Ireland, right? From then on, I couldn’t help but notice something that gave me the sinking feeling my beer choice was wrong. Very [...]

Is Craft Beer the New Wine?

THE BOOZE BIN By Pia Mara Finkell (@piamara) Earlier this month, I was invited to a typical professional walk-around tasting at a trendy restaurant in downtown NYC. Having attended and organized over ten years’ worth of these kinds of tastings in the wine industry, I felt overly prepared for the experience. Everything was as expected. [...]