The latest Beervana Podcast is live. This week, we delve into the netherworld of "malternatives" (aka "progressive adult beverages" and "flavored malt beverages")--those weird quasi-beer products on the fringes of the beer world. We discuss what they are and how they're made; why even products like Twisted Tea, Smirnoff Ice, and Hard Lemonade are malt-based; and how the category bleeds over into products like shandies, radlers and, lately, hard root beer made by craft brewers. You don't have to like these products (and you won't) to find their presence a curious quirk of the beer world, and I think you will find our discussion of them interesting.
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