On Tap: Pacifico


Since so many Super Bowl dishes wind up being Mexican-inspired (like Gooey Mexican Dip, Corn & Leek Flautas, and Pulled Pork Quesadillas), a cerveza from south of the border is a good bet, especially if you aren’t hosting and don’t know exactly what you’ll be eating at your TV-watching festivities.

In my experience, the six pack of Pacifico Clara is usually the first gone from the fridge at parties. Not to be sexist, but sometimes I think it’s because both genders like it: it has more personality than Miller Lite (for sure) but it just doesn’t sit so heavy.


On Tap: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

chocolate beer

Brewery: Wells & Young
Beer: Double Chocolate Stout
Bottle, Can, or Draft: Bottle
Body: Dark brown, slight carbonation with little foam.
Flavor Profile: Doesn’t necessarily live up to its name, but still a very luxurious malt.
User Profile: New beer quaffer attracted to all things chocolate.
Occasion: Unseasonably cold Florida night in with a boy.

This beer is equivalent to flavored coffee: it smells incredible, but tastes like the regular thing – perhaps a bit off, actually. Nevertheless, it’s not to be discounted. It is richly colored and has a very intense flavor. It …


On Tap: Woodchuck Granny Smith Hard Cider

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Don’t be fooled by the “hard” in the name, this Granny Smith Hard Cider is not very strong. It tastes more like Martinelli’s than any hard cider I have had in the past. Since one bottle sets you back $2.50 with only 5% alc/vol, this cider is not for those looking to get wasted on a chilly fall evening. I would recommend drinking Granny Smith Hard Cider at lunch after you finish your last midterm as a relaxing treat, or casually with friends on a school night dinner party. Personally though, due to the sober flavor of this “hard” cider, I would just opt for beer instead.


The Dorm Room Bar: Spiced Pumpkin Beer


The leaves have turned, the temperature has dropped and the Halloween (or Halloweek) craze is finally behind us. It’s time to move on from jungle juice, pretzels and candy corn and onto festively fall gatherings featuring savory snack food and “oh so delicious” fall inspired drinks. Here is the most delicious combination of beer and fall flavors–that means pumpkin–you’ll ever, ever see in a drink.

Bottoms up!

Zoë McKinnell is a senior at Brown who keeps reading and trying new recipes instead of studying for her many midterms. Oops!


Pumpkin Ale Garnished with Brown Sugar and Pumpkin Spice


What’s On Tap: Sixpoint Autumnation

Autumnation Beer

Brewery OR Bar: Sixpoint, Brooklyn, New York OR The Fridge, Lancaster, Pa.
Beer: An earthy, hoppy Halloween brew
Bottle, Can, or Draft: Can
Body: amber, sturdy head that leaves a lacey ring
Flavor Profile: more like a hoppy brew of autumn leaves than a pumpkin ale
User Profile: For lovers of IPA who want to be festive without sacrificing the hair on their chest
Occasion: Séances, Ghost hunts, haunted hayrides and the like

I know I’m not supposed to, but I always judge a beer by the can or bottle. This explains why I chose the Sixpoint Autumnation among other …


What’s On Tap: Ichabod Pumpkin Ale

pumpkin ale

Every fall when Starbucks comes out with its pumpkin spice latte, Red Mango offers pumpkin frozen yogurt, and Williams-Sonoma sells pumpkin butter, I wonder why we need crisp golden leaves and cold weather to eat, drink and breathe pumpkin? After all, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel thrive all year round. Why does the creamy and spicy pumpkin have to disappear from December through September? I react to this dilemma in the similar fashion I would when I find out there are only 10 minutes left in the night’s open bar: consume as much as possible, as fast as possible.


What’s On Tap: UFO White

UFO White

The first time I tried UFO White was on a whim at a local Irish pub. Their outstanding selection of beers on tap are what make me a regular there and this uninformed decision did not disappoint. This is the kind of beer that doesn’t require much of its drinker other than a valid ID.

Harpoon Brewery is one that I generally trust as I had tried their other beers before, including the UFO Hefeweizen (also recommended), so when I decided to give this beer a try I was expecting something of the same caliber — and that’s exactly what I got.


What’s On Tap: Zywiec Porter

photo by Emma Hazen

Bar: Stone Tavern, 674 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn.
Beer: Zyweic Porter
Bottle, Can, or Draft: Bottle
Body: Dark caramel color with medium carbonation and a dry finish.
Flavor Profile: Zyweic Porter is heavy and full bodied with a robust malty flavor and a dark, bitter aftertaste. I tasted hints of burnt caramel and espresso. It was reminiscent of its cousin, Zyweic, a favorite traditional Polish lager, and Lomza, another Polish beer, but with a much fuller taste.
User Profile: Old Polish men.
Occasion: With something like pizza, to balance out its heavy malt flavor, as well as to soak up the …


On Tap: Ska True Blonde Ale


Looking for more seasonal beers to stock in your fridge? Check out our guide to summer ales.

The latest showdown in the beer industry? The epic battle of Can v. Bottle.

Can enthusiasts were off to a slow start with a team composed entirely of hipsters and PBR tallboys. Luckily for the Can team, many craft breweries have recently joined their side, giving them a more advantageous (and acceptable) position. Bottle-lovers better step up their game, it looks like the Cans are about to take the lead.

This week’s MVP for the Cans is Ska True Blonde Ale. …


The Casual Drinker’s Guide to Summer Beers

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Ahh, summer! Nary a warm breeze wafted o’er my sunkissed cheeks before I thought: man, I could really use a beer right now. In the colder months, I like to sip red wine with my dinner, or treat myself to an olive-y martini. But something about the impending heat (and boy, are New York Summers brutal) puts me in the mood for a cold, crisp beer.

With the hundreds of breweries turning out seasonal ales–local and foreign, micro and macro, cheap and expensive, other adjectives only the beer geeks know–how’s a girl to choose her signature summer ale? Fear not! …