Monday, February 6th, 2017

Luponic Distortion No. 005 with Washington hops, Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest and hard coffee

Ron Swarner

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Firestone-Walker-Brewings-Luponic-Distortion-No-005-Moxie-ValleyMORNING FOAM FOR FEB. 6 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom commercials. …

If you couldn’t tell by watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, a new Nielsen Harris poll has made it official — beer is still the top selling alcoholic beverage in the United States.

The next release in Firestone Walker’s Luponic Distortion revolving hop series is rolling out with Revolution No. 005a blend of five hops led by an emerging American cultivar from Washington’s Moxee Valley!

Tickets for this year’s Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest will go on sale today! This celebration of craft beer will take place June 3, 2017 at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California. FWIBF will feature over 50 breweries from around the country. It’s one of the best beer festivals in the nation.

Knowing what we do about the American craft beer movement, it’s only natural that the concept of local sourcing is making its way into breweries all over this land, especially in the Stout and Porter world. Local coffee roasters and brewers are joining forces to collaborate on some amazing coffee beers. It’s the “Bean to Brew” trend.

So much about beer before it became industrialized simply is not known. There’s good reason that D. Gay Wilson of the University of Cambridge once wrote: “Beer is a popular subject, and the literature abounds in unsupported statements, misleading or inaccurate quotations, and inadequate references.” How the heck did the beer community overlook the historic use of juniper for so long?

Convenience store shelves are already stocked with hard iced tea, hard soda and hard seltzer … so perhaps it was only a matter of time before hard coffee was born. Enter Bad Larry’s, the first brand of prepackaged, boozy cold-brew coffee in the States.

The best food and drink ads from Super Bowl LI.