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Why Beer and Biking Work Together

Featured Contributor – Beth @brewcitybiker1 from Milwaukee, WI Beer is a local thing. Think about your local breweries and brewpubs. They are spaces to gather with friends and neighbors, hang out and talk about our lives. Many of us beer aficionados make pilgrimages to our favorite breweries outside of our city to taste the brews from the source. Biking is also a local thing. It gets you around within your community. You can bike to your favorite brewery or craft beer bar and you will see more of…

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Saugatuck Neapolitan Milk Stout: Beer Review

Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Some beers are weird. Some beers are so weird that the entire time you drink them you’re pondering and wondering “what the hell am I drinking?” Sometimes that’s a good thing and sometimes not. Neapolitan Milk Stout is certainly unique and could easily fall in that weird category.  For better or worse this beer is exactly as advertised.  It pours jet black with minimal head and immediately hits you in the face with the intensity of 57 cartons of…

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The Future Of The Craft Beer

Featured Contributor: Adam McIntosh @The1MacAttack Nano-Breweries are the future of the craft beer boom. Let me put it simply. While everyone else is hyping over Hopslam or Oberon, even debating when a microbrewery is no longer one I’m out scouting breweries who have a 3BBL system (A 3 barrel brewing system) or less. In Petoskey Michigan there is one such called Beards Brewery, tucked away in between two shops housing a 1BBL system. These small tap rooms and brew houses are the future of craft beer.…

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Drinking Beer the Hard Way

Featured Contributor Matt  @SportsNCraftBeer Recently, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) – you may know them as the parent company of Goose Island Brewery and Elysian Brewing, began running ads that championed their status as a macro-brew and claiming that while craft brew junkies (like the ones that drink Goose Island) are busy fussing over their beer, Bud is doing it the “hard way.” Apparently, they feel that craft brew enthusiasts (like those that enjoy Elysian), can go ahead and “enjoy their pumpkin-peach ale” while Bud continues to make…

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Beer for Wrinkles – The Health Benefits of Drinking Beer Part 1

Featured Contributor @roxydillon30 Beer for Wrinkles Roxy Dillon BSc MSc It started in Japan. One of the managers in a beer factory noticed that the taster had very smooth, unwrinkled skin. That was a single, though very interesting, observation, but now science is almost daily providing evidence that beer contains a whole range of anti-aging compounds, which are able to diminish wrinkles, and produce a whole range of beneficial effects. I shall write about all of them in my posts. Beer contains three major anti aging…

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(Beer) Book Review: Maureen Ogle’s “Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer”

Featured Contributor Matt  @SportsNCraftBeer In Ambitious Brew, Maureen Ogle explores the history of brewing in America from the middle of the nineteenth century through 2005. Ogle demonstrates that brewing beer demanded both an extensive knowledge of brewing and deft business sense, noting that names such as Busch and Pabst rose to prominence congruently with names like Rockefeller and Ford. Additionally, she examines the brewing process and beer culture within the context of broader historical themes, such as immigration, the Great Depression, Prohibition, wars, and mass-consumerism.…

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Frankenmuth Brewery Review

Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Frankenmuth started making beers in 1862 and is Michigan’s oldest craft brewery.  Centralized in downtown Frankenmuth the brewery still stands as my home base for visiting the Bavarian village a couple times a year.   The trip is always worth it, Frankenmuth is an ideal spot to bring a family for an afternoon full of unique shops, bakeries, and craft boutiques to spend the day in before finding your way into the brewery for dinner and a drink.  Before…

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A Tale of Two Dark Beers

Featured Contributor Matt  @SportsNCraftBeer Beer Review #1: Deschutes Brewing’s  Black Butte Porter I purchased a six-pack of Deschutes Black Butte Porter with knowledge from several beer-rating sites of its overall popularity. However, I am rather picky about my porters, notably since I do not prefer porters that are overwhelmingly coffee flavored – I am not a coffee drinker. I also rarely enjoy porters laden with chocolate. In general, I like my darker beers to exude balance and present a level of skill in appealing to…

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Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout: Beer Review

Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Southern Tier is a wonderful brewery that is based out of Lakewood New York and is best known for their very highly regarded Pumking and Warlock pumpkin beers that release every year in fall.  Those beers are great, especially if you like the annual pumpkin invasion, but in my opinion Southern Tier really excels at the art of making beautifully rich stouts that manage to separate themselves from some other imperial offerings hitting shelves in the beginning of the year.…

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Beer Culture in the Eurozone

Featured Contributor – Beth @brewcitybiker1 from Milwaukee, WI During a month-long solo backpacking tour across Europe, I discovered some of the best beers in the world. My route led me from Copenhagen south to the global city of Berlin and later to historic Munich. From there, I ventured into France, not known for its beer, but gleaning quite a bit from neighboring Belgium. I pushed south once more into the Mediterranean region and visited southern France and Barcelona before trekking to my final destination of Madrid. Each region…

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