Category Archives: The Beer Hacker

The Beer Hacker: 5 Tips for Extract Brewing

Having brewed extract-based beer for years (I still haven’t made the jump to all grain), I thought I’d share some hacker-ish tips to help improve your extract brewing. These are tips that are aimed more for the beginning homebrewer, though hopefully more advanced brewers will appreciate them too.

The Beer Hacker: Beer and brewery maps

I’ve blogged about the Beer Mapping Project before, but I thought it deserved an in-depth look and would make an ideal topic for this Beer Hacker column. For the uninitiated, the Beer Mapping Project is a great resource that combines the power of Google Maps with one of the most complete listings of breweries, brewpubs, beer bars and even beer stores that I’ve ever seen. They have larger-scale US Brewery Maps, organized by region, that … Continue reading →

The Beer Hacker: Best of the cheap beers?

At the risk of using an inflammatory headline, "cheap beers" seemed easier to convey than what I really mean: American macrobrewed light lagers. Yes, the Millers, the Buds, the Coors… if you have to drink them (say you find yourself at a party with only the cheap stuff), which one(s) should you choose? I thought this would be an amusing topic to write about for my first "Beer Hacker" column, though I kind of wish … Continue reading →

The Beer Hacker

No, "The Beer Hacker" doesn’t refer to a new blog or site (that I know of), but rather the name of a new "column" I’ll be writing here semi-regularly (once a week or so). They will be longer articles covering all sorts of beer-related topics, with (I’m thinking) the underlying theme of getting the most out of beer in various ways (homebrewing, relating to the internet, etc.). Why am I doing this? I think it’ll … Continue reading →