Beer, Spirits, and Homebrewing

The 50 Best American Beers

The red, white, and brews.

How to Grow Your Own Hops
Making home-brewed beer using your own recipes and do-it-yourself skills is a satisfying hobby. Now you can combine your own home-grown hops to create a unique frosty favorite.

The 13 Geekiest Beers

Whether its Hitchiker's Guide, Game of Thrones or Star Trek, there's a beer that perfectly matches your particular nerd tastes.

The 15 Best Beers Built for the Summer

Besides water, beer is the most important beverage of the summer.

The Country's Best Beer Just Got Better
Heady Topper by Vermont brewery The Alchemist is a world-beating IPA. Now if only you could find some.
Why Stouts Are Much More Than Just a St. Patrick's Day Tradition

Although stouts are most associated with the Emerald Isle and its most iconic brewery, they are much, much more than a St. Patrick's Day tradition.

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500 Beers of Summer

500 beers for those hot summer days ahead.

bourbon whiskey bottles. Bourbon Vs. Bourbon: Did Whiskey Really Taste Better in the 1800s?

If you ship whiskey on a river, does it taste better? We wanted to know, so we ran an experiment.

14 Unexpected Liquor Bottles To Gift Dad

Thank him in a spirited way.

Napa Valley Now Has a Beer Train That Only Costs $75

Do wine country right—with lots of beer.

The United States of Beer: The Best Summertime Brew From Every State

No matter which of the 50 states you find yourself in, you'll find yourself around great beer.

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Americans Are Making Great Single-Malt Whiskey Now

Craft distillers in the U.S. are borrowing a Scottish tradition and making it their own. Try the mesquite.

Learn to Make Amaro and Fashion Your Own Take on Fernet-Branca

Amaro, the sweet and bitter, tummy-settling botanical liqueur, is about to have a moment. Making your own is a little science and a lot of art.

The New Science of Making Ridiculously Hoppy Beer

Brewers, engineers, and researchers are pushing the boundaries of hoppy beer.

You Can Grow Hops on Mars, So Let's Go Already

This could be the next era of extreme craft brewing.

Creating the Perfect Beer for the End of the World

Dogfish Head created a beer packed with eight times more nutrients than a standard lager.

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12 Great Beers for Winter Hibernation

Less daylight means more acceptable drinking hours.

Jim Beam Made Its Own Alexa and All It Does Is Pour Whiskey

All jokes aside, we're getting this for the office.

We Made a Beer: How the Popular Mechanics '1902 Lager' Was Born

In partnership with Blue Point Brewing Company, Popular Mechanics celebrates 115 years in print the only way we know how—with beer.

What Happened When I Drank a Ton of Beer and Tried to Run a Marathon

I drank a lot of pints, logged a lot of miles, dug up some scientific studies, and called a few Olympians to find out.

Samuel Adams' $200 Beer Is Illegal in 15 States

The recommended serving of this 28% ABV brew is just 1 oz. at a time.

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heaven-hill-distillery Hit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Sip the World-Famous American Spirit

Tour and taste in the Bluegrass State's top distilleries.

The Wooden Bike Made of Scotch Whisky Casks

Nobody needs a $7,000 limited edition scotch bike, but don't let that stop you.

9 Oktoberfest Beers to Welcome the Fall

It's a beer-lover's favorite time of year.

Add One Ounce Science: How to Hack Your Booze

All the (weird) things you can do to liquor to make it taste great.

10 Beers You Can Drink for Breakfast

It's nine o'clock somewhere?

You Need to Know About Real, Boozy Ginger Beer

The authentic stuff is beer, not soda. And it's delicious. And it's made in Pawtucket by a goat farmer.

6 Patriotic Beers For Celebrating Independence Day

Whether made from natural ingredients or with a name like #merica, these brews have a specifically American inclination.

Coffee Liqueur, the Forgotten Ingredient, Is Finally Joining the Revolution

A distiller elevates coffee liqueur—a weird, forgotten beverage—to the top shelf.

The 10 Best IPAs You've Got to Try

We tried 99 different IPAs, and these are the ones that stood out.

A Look Inside the World's First Beer Pipeline

When congested European streets make exporting impossible, build a beer pipeline.

The Whiskey Makers Who Are Discovering New Flavors in Old Barrels

An innovative new distillery conjures explosive new flavors from old barrels.

New Beer Tap Turns Barrel-Aged Brews into Nitro Pours

Barrel-aged beer meets nitro carbonation in the latest brewing innovation from the Dogfish Head Brewery.

What Makes a Lager?

Although ales reign supreme for craft brewers, lagers still remain the world's most popular style of beer.

Guinness Is Opening an American Brewery and This Is Why it Matters

It won't be making Dublin's most popular stout, but what it might make is definitely American in tradition.

Scandinavia's Favorite Booze Is Coming to America, and Here's What You Need to Know

How a spirit from 16th-century Norway made its way to Montana. And why it should be in your glass.

The Craft Beer Movement Killed the Beer-of-the-Month Club—Almost

Once a haven for beer lovers, the monthly beer club faces extinction. But one great exception survives.

The Beginner's Guide to Brewing Beer

If you can cook, you can make beer. DIY brews are cheaper in the long run than store-bought suds and give you the pride of creation. Here's how to get a DIY brewery hopping.

How to Make Beer Taste Like a Pastrami Sandwich

Pastrami, asparagus, and pie—this is what happens when brewers get creative.

This Beer Contains Yeast From a 200-Year-Old Shipwreck

The beer, called Preservation Ale, could be a window into the diet and health of people living 200 years ago.

This Beer Is Basically an Entire Brunch In a Bottle

Carnivores rejoice, meat beer is finally here.

Beer Bottling 101: The Complete Guide

You've brewed beer, it's bubbled and now you're ready to take it to the final stepput that liquid into the bottle. Here is your step-by-step guide to bottling basics.

How to Turn a Pumpkin Into a Keg

Beer O'lantern? Pumkeg? Who cares, this is great.

Can You Really Make Drinkable Beer From Concentrate?

One company is trying to let you make a fresh beer the way you'd make a K-Cup of coffee.

The Science of Why Beer Is So Delicious

We know that yeasts produce the molecules that make ales and lagers so aromatic. But why do they do it?

10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Beer

That IPA is good for a lot more than drinking. Though, maybe you should use the leftover Hamms for some of these.

The Science Behind the Craft Beer Explosion

Chris Baugh is a molecular biologist and brewing scientist at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. As craft beer rapidly rises in popularity in the US, brewing scientists are finding plenty of new niches to study. From brewing with wild yea

What is a "Session Beer," Anyway?

Move over, extreme IPAs. It's session beer season.

How to Build Your Own Home-Brewing Mash Tun

To get started brewing that crisp summer beer or black-as-night porter, youll first need a specialized brewing container called a mash tun. A mash tun is where a brewer steeps grain with hot water to produce a sugary liquid that will eventually beco

Better Beer from Genetically Engineered Yeast

PopMech talks to Kevin Verstrepen, a leading yeast geneticist at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology and the University of Leuven, Belgium, and Troels Prahl, the head of research and development at the Southern California yeast repository White Labs,

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pins and white diamonds, and the deleted segments indicated in yellow. Scientists Create Synthetic Yeast Chromosome (And Unlock the Future of Beer)

Man-made yeasts are coming, and could irreversibly change everything from the biofuel to the brewing industry.

Physics Explains Why Tapping Your Beer Makes it Foam Over

Why does tapping the top of an open beer bottle make it foam over? It turns out the physics are very similar to those of a mushroom cloud.

4 Home-Brewing Mistakes Most Beginners Make

When you start home brewing, mistakes can be discouraging. But they don't have to be. What you see as a mistake could turn out to be a learning experience on the path to great home-brewed beer. Here are four of the most common brewing mistakes and what yo