The Formula for a Fantastic Fourth

What do you need for a Fantastic Fourth? Beer, of course! We put together a three-step formula for a banging Independence Day celebration.

Let’s Begin with a Beer Cocktail!

Every birthday should start off with a celebratory toast. Let’s say ‘Cheers’ to our great nation with this amazing beer cocktail, our take on a Moscow Mule.

Munich Mule

munich mule














Photo credit: Hey Brewtiful


  • 2 shots of vodka
  • 1 shot lime juice
  • 1/2 shot of simple syrup
  • 1 shot of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer

To Make:

Add vodka, lime juice, simple syrup + ice into a shaker. Pour into a cocktail glass, top with Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, garnish with a lime + enjoy!

Then Pick a Brew for your ‘Cue.

What’s your BBQ style – do you like a sweet southern sauce or are you into a vinegar twang like the folks in North Carolina enjoy? Whatever your type, you’ll want a beer that can stand up to your sauce but not overpower it. A pale ale or pilsener comes to mind and my favorite at the time is Emergency Drinking Beer made right here in Metro Atlanta by Wild Heaven Brewery. Its low ABV (4%), low hop bitterness (10 IBU) and crisp finish make it an easy one to enjoy with your first, second and third helping.


















Be Sure to Save Room for Dessert!

There’s no dessert more American than apple pie and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pair our country’s favorite dessert with a yummy brew. Beer and apple pie make a perfect pairing. Below are two of my favorites.

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter [Ballast Point Brewing Company; 10% ABV; 60 IBU]




















It’d be almost like having coffee with dessert except it’s a beer! Victory at Sea isn’t overly sweet, has really nice vanilla notes and caramel undertones. How can that be a bad pairing?

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout [Rogue Ales; 5.8% ABV; 60 IBU]














If you’re not into a beer with coffee notes, try this oatmeal stout by Rogue Ales. The addition of oats result in a super velvety mouthfeel with a touch of sweetness. You’ll still find some roasted malt notes but not aggressively so. It should balance well with sweet apple pie.

Enjoy the Holiday!

What’s on your brew menu for Independence Day 2016? Do you have a favorite brew for ‘cue? Let us know what you’ll be popping open this holiday. Cheers!

Step Up Your Vocab: Buzzwords To Know To Sound Like a Pro

Still trying to navigate through this whole ‘craft beer’ thing and getting hung up on the vocab? I know how you feel! I feel the same way around my wine-loving friends. Seriously, what do legs have to do with wine?

In this post you’ll find a few words and phrases that every student of the craft should know. This barely scratches the surface on craft beer lingo, but hopefully these key words will set you on your way to sounding like a real smarty pants.

Session Beer – a beer that is lower in ABV, usually below 5% thus permitting the enjoyment of several beers in a ‘session’ while still drinking responsibly. Though session beers are lower in alcohol, they still may be full in flavor.

Session Beer (week 1)


Wort – Early in the brewing process, malted grain is combined with hot water for about an hour. During this time, the sugar that’s contained within the grain is coaxed out. After an hour, the liquid is drained and the used grain is discarded. This sugary liquid is called “wort.”

Wort (week 3)

High Gravity – a brewing process whereby a stronger wort is produced and a beer with higher alcohol content results (because wort is full of sugar and sugar is converted into alcohol by yeast). High gravity beers generally exceed 8% ABV.

High Gravity (week 2)

International Bitterness Units [IBUs] – the standard scale used to measure the bitterness of a beer. The scale ranges from 1 to 100 IBUs, however, there are beers that are said to exceed 100 IBUs (though the human threshold for detecting bitterness is believed to be capped at 100).

IBUs (week 4)

Craft Beer – Beer made from American craft brewers that are small [producing six million barrels of beer or less per year], independent [meaning less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled by another company in the alcoholic beverage industry] and traditional [in their brewing practices].

Craft Brewery (week 5)

Anything Missing?

These are just a few of the major words and terms you need to know. Are there others that you hear around the pub that you want to know more about? I’m all ears. Ask away! Cheers!