The Ale-Soaked Medieval Origins of the Witch's Hat

The tall pointed hats we associate with witches in pop culture were first worn by women hawking homemade beer.
Danielle Wayda

Brewing Beer Has Always Been a Woman's Game

Women have been brewing beer since the days of ancient Egypt, and it was only after the Black Plague that it fell into the hands of men. Thankfully, women are now reclaiming an industry that was pretty much birthed by them.
Maya Oppenheim
Restaurant Confessional

What It’s Like to Serve Drunk Sports Fans in a Members-Only Bar

I learned fast that to these people, I was invisible as a person. I was there solely to pour beer for their unquenchable thirst.
Daisy Meager

You Can Now Drink Beer Brewed by New Order

The British post-punk band has partnered with a Lancashire brewery to create a “golden ale with hints of citrus fruit and lychee.”
Daisy Meager

How Two Students with a Van Started Manchester’s Coolest Brewery

ShinDigger Brewing Company all began with a home brewing kit George Grant and Paul Delamere bought using their student loans. Now, their beers are stocked in bars across Manchester and the pair are launching a beer delivery app.
Kamila Rymajdo

Inside London's Secret Homebrewing Club

Based above a London beer shop, the club meets to discuss brewing techniques and swap tasting notes. “You’re making smaller batches than commercial brewers so you can afford to take risks,” says one attendee.
Chloe Scott-Moncrieff

How Beer Made from Leftover Bread Could Help End Global Food Waste

Toast Ale is the first British beer to be made with bread that would otherwise be sent to landfills. “We want to start a global movement of using bread to make beer,” says creator and food activist Tristram Stuart.
Laura Martin

Scientists Are Genetically Modifying Their Way to New Types of Beer

From brews to biofuels, this new method for making hybrid yeasts will have its perks.
Daniel Oberhaus

What It’s Like to Brew Beer at 11,000 Feet

Cerveza Zenith brewery in the Peruvian Andes battles an altitude of 11,150 feet above sea level to produce its pale ales and porters. “Altitude is obviously an issue. No one is 100 percent sure on the rules,” says owner Zac Lanham.
Tony Dunnell

This Beer Sommelier Is Trying to Teach Germans to Drink American Brews

Sylvia Kopp is one of the world’s top beer sommeliers and Europe’s official American craft beer ambassador, but at home some people equate her taste with heresy.
Barbara Woolsey

These LGBT Ale Drinkers Are Taking on Britain's Beer Industry

Britain’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) organisation is often criticised for its sexist marketing campaigns and lack of diversity, but the Lesbian and Gay Real Ale Drinkers group is pushing for this to change.
Andrew Anderson
beer brewing

This Beer Is Brewed with Fog

In one of the driest deserts on Earth, scientists have managed to capture the moisture in fog and turn it into water. Naturally, a local brewer is turning that water into beer.
Munchies Staff