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The SommBeer Team

A Tribute to the Sommbeer Team Contributors – We’ve grown so much since that first contributor dared to write for this site (@hopscanary 7/24/14).  In a very short period of time, we’ve grown into a beer community and now boast a full team of contributors.  Let’s keep growing, I’m enjoying the ride. – David Adam McIntosh      @The1MacAttack Adam is a craft beer and mustache aficionado who majored in philosophy to implore the nature of craft beer. He is also an avid Detroit sports fan and…

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Bell’s Oberon Beer Review

Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13  Here in the state of Michigan we endure a lot with out winters.  Frigid temperatures, snow storms, the Detroit Lions, horrid road conditions and all kinds of other annoyances that encompass our winters. Lucky for us there is no shortage of amazing stouts and ales to help keep us warm through the winter the as we trudge on until just after St, Patrick’s day for one of the most festive days in Michigan, Oberon day!  Oberon of course is the seasonal…

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Atwater Brewery’s Vanilla Java Porter – Beer Review

Featured Contributor Katie  @PunkRockPoet84 The Setup: So, my uncle breezes into town this afternoon and says to my cousins and me, “Hey, let’s go out to dinner!” So we wind our way through downtown Traverse City (me with an unsightly cold I caught while gallivanting through Boston last week) until we arrive at a cute little place called the Blue Tractor. We sit, and I am delightfully stunned at their selection of Michigan craft beers. I look the list up and down, having tried all…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout by Hideout Brewery – Beer Review

Featured Contributor:  Bill Lowe  @BillsBeerReport While checking my Untapped news feed I saw a very interesting beer check-in from a local radio personality, Spike from the channel 95.5 Mojo in the Morning Show. The check in was for a Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout by Hideout Brewery. A Peanut Butter Stout is something I had never tried before, and I had never heard of Hideout Brewery. Spike had given it a good review so it was worth trying to find. I figured he had to have tried…

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The Top 5 Belgian Style IPAs

Featured Contributor:  Don Manfredi  @profmanfredi Belgian Style IPA’s – An Underappreciated Style? It took me a few years to develop a taste for Belgian beers. The delay can be attributed to some inaccurate information provided to me when I was a beer “noob”. It all came down to a bad experience with a sour (full disclosure, I am still not a fan of sours) that was identified as the typical style of Belgian beer by a confident but under informed server. For a few years I…

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2015 KBS and the Bourbon Barrel Obsession

Editors Note: This celebrated beer demands a lot of attention and I thought some additional input from a few of us would be fun. Don created the foundation for this post, John and I contributed our thoughts at the footing.  This is KBS! Featured Contributor:  Don Manfredi  @profmanfredi I have always said that the best thing to mix with alcohol is alcohol. Drinks like Manhattans and Martinis are perfect examples of this theory in practice. This idea is one reason why aging beer in bourbon barrels works…

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Dragon’s Milk – Beer Review

Featured Contributor:  Bill Lowe  @BillsBeerReport Sommbeer’s Note: I love this rich, easy to find beer and rated it myself -This Dragon has a Bite. Here is another beer review. Tonight its a Bourbon Barrel Stout by New Holland Brewing. Let me know what you think. Another night another show on TV. Its been a good day of working from home, a lot of work has been done, now its time to sit back, relax, and grab a beer. My wife is a Real World fan, and this…

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Craft Beer: Who Cares What It Is?

Featured Contributor: Andrew Gavrin @abvbeer Craft Beer: Who Cares What It Is? To be or not to be considered a Craft brewer?  That is the question.  And it’s a question that’s been asked a lot recently.  It’s gotten a lot more attention recently not only because of Craft’s tremendous growth, but also a couple of events that have taken place in the market.  The Brewers Assocation (more on them below) altered their definition of Craft.  And, our (ahem) friends* at ABInbev have gone on a little…

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Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout – Beer Review

From the editor – Sommbeer Ice cream or Samuel Smith’s Imperial stout.  Seriously, that question entered my mind.  When I get the ice cream out for my kids I really don’t give it much thought until the sprinkles come out.  I go weak for sprinkles.  Problem is I just feel like I’ve got this daily allotment thing for calories.  If I exceed the mystery limit, all heck is gonna break loose and I’ll have to wear “stretchy pants” to work tomorrow. I chose the stout.…

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Pliny the Elder – Was it Worth all the Trouble? Beer Review

Featured Contributor:  Don Manfredi  @profmanfredi I swear that I am not one of those people who are tough to impress. You know the type; yawning at the base of the Great Pyramids. Yet after drinking one of the “Holy Grail” DIPAs I am going to come off as sounding unimpressed. I know right, how could I come away from drinking a Pliny the Elder saying “meh”? One thing I can say with certainty – my luke warm reaction did not come because the beer was bad…

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