Aaron Goldfarb

Aaron Goldfarb lives in Brooklyn and is the author of The Guide for a Single Man and The Guide for a Single Woman. His writing on beer has appeared in Esquire, Playboy, The Daily Beast, Draft Magazine and more.

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Who Invented the Shotski and Why?

The shotski—a literal ski off of which multiple shots are taken—has a murky history, with two countries laying claim to its origins and several American entrepreneurs cashing in on it. Aaron Goldfarb seeks to get to the bottom of the après-ski ritual by way of its fans.

Why Don’t Beer Geeks Like Wheat Beers?

Welcome to “I’d Tap That,” in which Aaron Goldfarb and a panel of tasters pit “whales” against “shelf turds” in an effort to understand everything from Imperial IPA to gose. This round, iconic German wheat beers vs. their new-age American peers.

Who the Hell Invented Edward Fortyhands?

From whence did the genius who first suggested taping 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor or beer to each hand come? Aaron Goldfarb seeks out the origin stories of the idiotic, and ever-popular, Edward Fortyhands.

Why Are Beer Geeks So Obsessed with Ratings?

Wine ratings are increasingly becoming a metric of the past. But to beer aficionados, user-generated ratings on platforms like BeerAdvocate and Untappd remain highly esteemed metrics of geek appeal. Aaron Goldfarb on why it’s become the beer world’s preferred method of criticism.

Are the World’s Most Iconic Lagers Just Bud in Different Bottles?

Nearly every country has its own claim to beer fame, from Imperial in Costa Rica to Mythos in Greece. But just how many of these beers are truly connected to their homes? Aaron Goldfarb digs into the origin stories of some of the most iconic international lagers.

Drinking with Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh

The prolific director of Erin Brockovich and Magic Mike talks with Aaron Goldfarb about everything from the best bar scenes in film to his obsession with the obscure Bolivian spirit, singani.

A Brief History of Collaboration Beers

Since Russian River and Avery launched beer’s first “collaboration beer” in 2006, high-profile partnerships between breweries have become a fixture of the industry. But how many of them are actually greater than the sum of their parts? Aaron Goldfarb on the collaborations that have defined craft brewing history.

Can Big Beer Really Make Great Beer?

Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors have both launched independent brewing laboratories to experiment with making more esoteric “credibility beers” that take cues from the margins of the craft beer scene. Aaron Goldfarb visits these R&D centers and asks whether Big Beer can ever, truly, succeed in making great beer.

Confessions of a Beer Ticker

The psychology behind amassing alcohol often harkens back to childhood collection obsessions—from baseball cards to Bourbon County Stout, from pogs to Pappy. Aaron Goldfarb on his own collecting evolution and what it means to be a beer “ticker.”

The American Brewers Redefining Farmhouse Ale

Farmhouse ales, long the domain of Belgium and France, have been co-opted and riffed on by American brewers. Aaron Goldfarb on the ten breweries—on and off the farm—who are redefining the style.