A Good Nip Blog


Love that we now know nips are 9 dimes tall (photo: A. McLeod?)

A Good Beer Blog‘s Alan McLeod recently posited on some “beer words (that) need more use.” The words?

  • Acrid
  • Drain
  • Heat
  • Lick(ing)
  • Water(y)

And two more that particularly stand out, one of them being “vom” which I honestly hadn’t heard before. If you don’t know from vom…it is not hard to figure out. But for our purposes, the one we love best, naturally, is nip. McLeod defines a nip as “the appropriate size for beer of 9% and more. Sounds like when you drain one quick around the corner when no one is watching.” Incidentally, his reviewed nip of choice is Anchor’s Old Foghorn. In typical fashion, meaning he busts out some of the best descriptors for beers we’ve had the pleasure of reading, he says the first American craft barleywine tastes like “Leathersweet Mennonite apple butter.”


About Brian
Author of beer books "Red, White, & Brew" & "Oregon Breweries." Championing responsible packages for responsible beer lovers. #Nips!

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