November 2, 2012 The Danish tradition of releasing the Christmas beer on the first Friday in November started with a beloved TV commercial from 1980 for a straight-laced 140 year-old brewing company, and now it's practically a national holiday.
October 14, 2012 At the 2012 Great American Beer Festival, 2,700 different beers were served up by some of the best breweries in the United States. For the event's 49,000 attendees, the festival is a chance to try new and unique beers; for the brewers, it's a way to make a name for themselves.
September 7, 2012 The shape of the glass can fool a drinker into drinking more alcohol, but not so with soft drinks. New research shows that people were better able to calculate the halfway point of their beers in a straight glass.
September 6, 2012 German beer drinkers are eagerly awaiting Sept. 22, when the first Oktoberfest beer barrel will be tapped in Munich. But when that happens, they might want to drink up — because the city's brewers are worried they won't be able to supply enough beer for the two-week party that will follow.
August 21, 2012 Some beer brewers are officially petitioning the White House to release its homebrew honey ale recipe. They are appealing to President Obama's sense of his place in history along with the beer-brewing Founding Fathers.
August 15, 2012 President Obama has shown he's a fan of beer, one of the most politically expedient drinks a candidate can endorse. But now the president has revealed that he travels with his own home-brew — and he even gave a man in Iowa a bottle to prove it.
August 9, 2012 The canned beer revolution is well under way, led by craft breweries that have adopted a cans-are-better philosophy and are winning over beer snobs nationwide. Now, cans are coming to even the tiniest microbreweries, thanks to mobile canning services.
June 27, 2012 A Japanese beer foaming machine aims to keep beer cold for up to 30 minutes without watering it down. Unfortunately, it won't be available at your next happy hour, unless you're at a selected bar in Japan.
June 12, 2012 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is reaching across the aisle to Democrats with bratwurst and beer tonight, but who's biting? A few pols have already bowed out, despite the three brands of brats and several local beers on offer.
June 9, 2012 It's a good time to be a craft brewer, as Americans are thirsty for full-flavored and local beers. But when small breweries grow, they can also risk losing some of the "craftiness" their fans love. And when they expand, many brewers have to rewrite their recipes — starting with the water.
May 18, 2012 It's a good time to brew beer in America. According to beer expert Julia Herz, U.S. brewing isn't just on the upswing, it's on top. "We're now the No. 1 destination for beer, based on diversity and amount of beers," she says. And the industry's fastest growth is in craft breweries.
April 18, 2012 The TV show Mad Men has won fans for breathing life — and a heavy whiff of bourbon — into the fictional workplace of the 1960s. And it seems that some U.S. companies are still at it — at least, they're making sure their employees have easy access to liquor and beer.
March 16, 2012 This drinking song celebrates the biochemistry of getting drunk, the hangover that ensues, and the microorganism behind it all.
February 29, 2012 WHYYSpring brings in one very unusual business in northern Canada: iceberg harvesting. Every spring, icebergs break off Greenland and float south. For residents of Newfoundland, on Canada's Atlantic coast, icebergs are a regular seasonal sight, but they still have some special qualities that Newfoundlanders are serving up with a dash of alcohol.