Beer 101 for Beerknurds in training. Or, perhaps you may need a refresher of the basics.


Top of the hops

The explosive popularity of IPAs over the past few years has led, naturally, to an increase in conversations about how “hoppy” a beer is or isn’t. But that doesn’t tell us much. “Hoppy” could mean bitter, fruity, floral, dank, earthy, piney, grassy — or simply that a beer isn’t malt-forward. So we’re gonna break it…

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Beers that kick ass like Daredevil

You’ve probably heard of the 2003 movie Daredevil, which featured Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock and the eponymous hero. But have you been keeping up with the Daredevil original Netflix series? The show is now in year two — the entire second season is available on Netflix — so there’s no better time to grab some beers…

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Make it a craft beer St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that unites us all under the power of beer. Even people who don’t drink beer any other day of the year drink beer on St. Patrick’s Day. Luckily, you don’t have to drink light, flavorless yellow stuff that’s been loaded with green food coloring. Trust Flying Saucer to be…

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Happy anniversary to Reinheitsgebot

Five hundred years ago, in the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt, Dukes Wilhelm IV and Ludwig X approved a law that has since come to define German beer. This Reinheitsgebot or “beer purity law” may have been designed to promote food safety, or it may have been a consequence of competition between brewers and bakers for staple grains…

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Homebrewing FAQs

So you think you want to homebrew. In this day and age, it’s easier than ever to find the answers you need to pressing questions such as: “What’s a beer gun?” “Why does my beer smell like cheese?” And our favorite, “How long do I have to wait before I can drink it?” We’ve got…

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The why and how of beer glasses

Tankard, schooner, shaker: common beer glasses you’ll encounter. They may sound like novelties or like simple ways for breweries and bars to advertise themselves, but those odd-shaped vessels really do have an effect on the quality and taste of the beer they contain. But how? And which beers are best served in which glasses and…

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Dubbel, Trippel, Quad: What’s the difference?

For Americans raised on the distinctions between lager, Pilsner and the now-dizzying array of “light” beers, the nomenclature surrounding the great brewing traditions of central Europe can be a bit confusing. A great example: Belgian Trappist ales, some of which are among the most distinctive and celebrated anywhere in the world. The descriptions frequently encountered…

What to drink for the Super Bowl

What we’re drinking for the Big Game

Nothing goes better with football than beer. So, with the biggest game of the year coming up, we asked some of our Flying Saucer insiders what they’re drinking this Sunday and what Beerknurds can expect to find at their local Saucer.   Chris Swearingen, assistant GM, Charlotte Flying Saucer   What will you be drinking?…

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Your Big Game beer starting lineups

If you carefully think about it — and we did — it’s funny how much the brewery scenes in Colorado and Carolina mirror the football teams they harbor. On one hand, Colorado is a long-established, traditional powerhouse of beer and football that instantly comes to mind for either subject with scores of GABF medals, championship rings and constant…

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