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1. Ananke (Freetail Brewing, San Antonio, TX)

Style: American Sour Ale, ~6% ABV
Details: A soured golden ale aged in wine barrels. With two well-received batches and one raspberry variant under their belt, Freetail’s flagship sour proves it can hang with the big boys.
When: Spring, annually.
MARS[1]: 3

Falling into the lighter side of the style, this oak-aged American sour is tart, crisp, and refreshing. Boldness of the flavors subsides quickly, finishing dry and just a tad watery. Yeast imparts more citric flavor than raw funk, and this affords Ananke an inoffensive, easily approachable flavor profile friendly to those unfamiliar with the style. The raspberry variant ramps up the sourness considerably, holding true to the nature of its added fruit. Aroma is a bold raspberry puree with acidic funk undertones. Soft fruity sweetness in the middle. Much more in-your-face than the base, and likewise better suited for the more experienced drinkers in your household.

—from 20 of the most coveted craft beer releases in America

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If I had one more ‘dirty weekend’ in Brighton

If Brighton was a person it would be a vegetarian with fluorescent dreadlocks and a healthy love for cider and real ale…. 

As Friday loosens its tie I would board the train from London Victoria (leaving at 19 and 49 past the hour if I’m not mistaken). It may as well leave from platform Nine and Three-Quarters — it gives me the same buzz I imagine the Weasleys get. I’d have an overly priced beer on the train as it peels away from London through the fields of Surrey and into the rolling hills of East Sussex. In under an hour you jailbreak from the quick-stepping capital to find refuge in a beanbag town where everything is in walking distance from pub to restaurant, club to beachfront. And you will walk a lot.

—excerpted from If I had one more ‘dirty weekend’ in Brighton

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how to pour a perfect pint of Guinness.

From “Things I know are true about Prague”:

It’s true that some of us watch a lot of shitty old American TV – Sex and The City, Friends – dubbed in a way that tries to mimic a laid-back cowboy-style American accent within the cadence of a completely different language. It sounds terrible. But it’s also true that every night in Prague, a city of 1.2 million people, the theatres and concert halls put on shows for 3.4 million seats, and not all of them are empty.