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No pumpkin? No problem.

For years the craft beer industry has been focused on making sure the market is flooded with piles of traditional Oktoberfest/Marzens and a wide array pumpkin ales. While I can’t speak any ill will towards some of the great choices that are…

Fall Time. Beer Time.

Sweatshirts, football games, and temps in the 50s. Only thing missing there is a great, malty beer. Let’s dig into some of the better fall choices. Let’s start light with Hofbrau’s Oktoberfest. Not a traditional “marzen” in that it’s not…

Pizza. Beer. No Brainer.

The best part about pairing beer with food is that you can come at it from all sorts of angles. Pizza is no different. You can get a beer that’s bitter or highly carbonated to help cut the fat from the meat, cheese and heaviness from the…

Summer Brew Time

I’m not going to try to blow anyone’s mind with new beer trends in this month’s column... Summer time is here, and like everyone else, I just want to sit outside, enjoy some sun, a nice breeze and a few good beers. Here are a few…

Homebrew Fest 2017

What’s your favorite style of beer? Think about it for a second. Are you an IPA person? Wheat beer? Sour beer? Stout, porter, saison? Chances are, whatever beer it is that you really enjoy was inspired in some way, shape or form by…

Best of Columbia 2017

Photos by L.G. Patterson Drum roll please, the Best of Columbia food and drink winners are… Passionate Columbians have cast thousands of ballots… and now, those ballots have been tallied. Inside Columbia is pleased to present this year's…

Spring Beers to Savor

Freedom! There’s no special theme to this month’s column, just some wonderful brews available this spring that I think the Columbia beer drinking community should keep an eye on. Here’s a quick and interesting concoction that is one of my…

Grilling Time

Time to get outside and fire up the grill. While the food can stay traditional, let’s talk about some different options for what to drink with the meal. Unibroue Trois Pistoles is my go-to when looking for a brew to take the place of the…

St. Paddy’s Beers

Of course we are going to talk about my go-to beers for St. Paddy’s day. The beauty of most of the Irish-style beers is that they are usually extremely “sessionable.” What does that mean? It means you can go out and have more than one or…

Sweet Beers

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and what better way to enjoy your traditional sweet and chocolate treats than in beer form. Beer becomes more and more diverse every day, and rest assured you can get everything you want this February in…

Sour Beer? You bet.

If you want to talk about what’s hot right now, we need to discuss sour-forward beers. Beers ranging anywhere from tart and refreshing to mouth-puckering, enamel-on-your-teeth-reducing sour. Bear in mind that some of these beers will be…

Winter Warmers

It’s winter — time to drink some big, boozy beers. A lot of folks are scared off by these  “darker” beers, but they’re much more approachable — and often far lower in alcohol content — than you might think. Their “heft” is perfect for…

Beautiful, Belgian, Beers.

Alliteration aside, Belgian beers still have my heart after all these years.  They are the beers that really got me from merely interested, to passionate about craft beer.  American brewers have taken nearly every “traditional” style of…

Summer Brews

It certainly isn’t a “new” thing in craft, beer, but the trend of putting great beer in cans is growing daily. This is especially true for styles that would work in summer (or spring) and are more likely to see time outdoors and in places…

NIGHTCAPS

When we think of “nightcaps” or beverages for a relaxing night on a terrace or patio, we usually think about a high-end whiskey, a stiff cocktail or a bold glass of wine. But you don’t want to overlook the beer options out there that…

Canny Choices

The weather is nice, and we want to get outside. As with many activities, a good beer usually only enhances the experience. Lucky for us, there is a serious selection of quality, refreshing options available to tag along with you on your…

Brews & Q

Beer and barbecue are American staples. Both continue to evolve, offering greater variety for devotees of smoked meats and fermented brews alike. So what’s new on the beer front to enhance your summer BBQ experience? If you love the…

Farm Fresh

One of the most approachable yet intriguingly versatile craft beer styles around is the saison, aka “farmhouse” ale. This pale, spicy ale is the perfect “gateway” for anyone looking to transition from lighter options to bigger, bolder…

Flat Branch Celebrates 20 Years!

In the late 1980s and early ’90s, Columbia was noticeably devoid of brewpubs and local beers. Then, along came Tom Smith. A St. Louis native, Smith came to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri, then worked in California briefly…