Note to New York Times: The perfect outdoor wine is beer

LAST WEEK, The New York Times tackled the quandary of outdoor wine drinking. Specifically: How does one enjoy a fine vintage on a picnic without the proper glassware?

Indeed.

For starters, everyone knows it’s impossible to balance a crystal Champagne flute on a cashmere blanket. Never mind those pesky bugs swarming that 2005 magnum of Saint Emilion Grand Cru. But the big question on the south lawn at the summer estate is: Cabernet goblets or claret chalices? Oh, pooh! The ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Fish Brewing Hodgson’s Double India Pale Ale

Fish Brewing (Olympia, Wash.)
Double IPA
ABV: 9.9%

Here’s a big, strong DIPA that’s named as a tribute to 18th-century British brewer George Hodgson, a mythic name in beer circles in that he probably gets more credit for “inventing” India pale ale than he deserves. Ironically (for this bomber can be had for under 7 bucks) Hodgson’s brewery was also well known for price-gouging.

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Beer Radar: Shakeup at Twin Lakes. PLUS: Free Ommegang for a year

Happy Hour Yoga, the seasonal yoga-and-beer tasting I do at Yoga on the Ridge with my favorite yogi, Mrs. Sixpack, is going on the road. We’ll be doing a Friday evening session on Sept. 18 at Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery. Enjoy a spirited one-hour outdoors class on the beautiful grounds of the Lafayette Hill brewery, then join me with brewer David Wood and owner Erin Wallace for a tutored tasting. We’ll be serving ample food from Chef Paul ...

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Bar Talk Episode 16: It’s sheer Lunacy

Jay Macrina of Lunacy Brewing in Magnolia, N.J., joins us for the latest episode of Bar Talk with Glen Macnow & Joe Sixpack – and the fun only begins there. We debate the all important question: Would you continue drinking beer if it gave you man boobs? We ponder the most offensive beer names, and Glen rocks Joe’s world with one of the greatest beers ever made.

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Poll: Do you care whether Not Your Father’s Root Beer is a “real” craft beer?

The makers say it’s a craft beer “brewed with the flavor of spices,” but the record shows it’s more likely an ordinary “malternative” that’s closer to ordinary Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

Joe Sixpack’s investigation into Not My Father’s Root Beer got people talking about whether the sweet, soda-like brew is really craft beer. And, more to the point, does it matter if it tastes good?

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Got more to say? Comment below.

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The story behind Not Your Father’s Root Beer

SOMETHING smells about Not Your Father’s Root Beer, and I’m not talking about the heavy dose of vanilla extract that flavors the suddenly popular brew.

Described as “ale with the taste of spices,” it tastes exactly like soda and contains 5.9 percent alcohol. Two other versions sold in large bottles contain 10.7 percent and an astonishing 19.5 percent alcohol.

The brew has social media and beer aficionado websites buzzing with excitement and high ratings, and buyers in Pennsylvania have been scooping ...

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Beer Radar: A new beer club. PLUS: Trump & Paterno beer.

Here’s a fun, new beer-by-mail club with a pretty cool idea. It’s called Barrel Backers, and the idea is beer drinkers “crowd fund” specific brands. Once the brand reaches a required number of pre-orders, it’ll be sent to your door. Prices are in the $40 range for a 12-pack – a bit steep, but the idea is that you’ll be ordering beer you can’t get at home. While it’s just getting started, I see some potential here if the ...

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