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Host of Sommbeer Faith, Family and Beer always in that order. "We don't take serious beer too seriously" "I encourage you to accept my opinions as fact." "I'm a beer magnet"

Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing

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Your vote counts!Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing – Beer Review If you know me, you know I’m not the “flower beer” type, or at least I want to think that you wouldn’t think of me as the “flower beer” type. One thing is for sure, I am an adventure drinker. I always try to push myself out of my comfort zone and try new stuff. I’ve found some real gems this way like Massacre,  Duvel, and Fullers ESB.  It was only after my infamous review…

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Draught Horse Brewery – A Lesson in how to build a successful brewery

Draught Horse Brewery – DHB, New Hudson, MI Let’s be honest, our beloved craft beer industry has matured since it exploded just a decade or so ago.  As with all maturing markets, participants need to continuously adapt and “up their game” to survive.  It’s a demanding market as the novelty of craft beer is gone and breweries have to focus on more than just good beer. That’s why I was so excited to review one of my local breweries because they “get it”.  Draught Horse Brewing (DHB)…

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Microbreweries and brewpubs deliver 90% craft brewer growth in 2016

From www.brewersassociation.org Boulder, CO • March 28, 2017—The Brewers Association (BA)—the trade association representing small and independent1 American craft brewers—today released 2016 data on U.S. craft brewing2 growth. With over 5,300 breweries operating during the year, small and independent craft brewers represent 12.3 percent market share by volume of the overall beer industry. In 2016, craft brewers produced 24.6 million barrels, and saw a 6 percent rise in volume3 on a comparable base and a 10 percent increase in retail dollar value. Retail dollar value was…

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Double Knot – Four Peaks Brewing – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Double Knot from Four Peaks Brewing – Tempe, Arizona Hops hops hops were dancing in my head as I approached this new beer. I haven’t had many beers from Arizona so this was going to be a beer journey without leaving my house. The added bonus was prominently displayed on the label – this was an Imperial IPA. To me an Imperial IPA is like a bourbon barrel aged stout. You’ve taken something great and made it even better. The bottle is screen printed and…

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How to Make a Beer Cellar

In an earlier post, I wrote about beer cellaring and all the wonders that hobby has to offer. If you think that KBS is delicious today you will not believe how much it improves after 3 years. For even more advice read the Art of Cellaring Beer by Rod Jones. Now that the world is downloading and playing with the Sommbeer App, I thought it would be fun to write about how I made my beer cellar. The timing seems right as our app was…

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Hopslam 2017 : Beer Review

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Your vote counts!A review of Hopslam from Bells Brewery I don’t chase down Hopslam, it comes to me. Here in Michigan the annual release of Hopslam is a crazy time where thousands scramble to find this hoppy elixir in select grocery and beer stores.  At times, the pursuit of Hopslam hits a level of hysteria that I am not comfortable with.  No matter, there’s enough attention on the subject that my beer mules always seem to track down a six pack for me. The year,…

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Bad News for Budweiser in Brazil

From CNN.com Brazilians aren’t drinking as much beer as they used to, which is giving the biggest beer brewer in the world — Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) — a major hangover. The Belgian-based company said beer sales dropped nearly 9% in Brazil in the last quarter, which slammed the company’s overall profitability. And remember, this is the same quarter that Brazil hosted the Olympics. The world’s biggest sporting event wasn’t enough to convince residents to drink and celebrate, as the country is mired in its longest…

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The Brewers Association Craft Beer Year in Review 2016

Every year I watch the “Year in Review” segments from various news sources. This year the BA has provided us with a Beer Year in review, that I thought was interesting. Cheers, David   On the 83rd anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, the Brewers Association—the national trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—takes a look back on the year in beer. The 2016 Craft Beer Year in Review from the Brewers Association can be found in the release below and online. A…

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Brew News – Beer Thieves steal 100 year old beer

These guys should be glad they didn’t steal my beer. Not cool. From the Tacoma, WA News Tribune;  “The owner of a popular Tacoma brewery is hoping that whoever stole six 100-year-old bottles of beer from his truck late Sunday doesn’t try to take a swig. If they do? “It’ll taste like vinegar or putrid water,” said Steve Navarro, co-owner of Pacific Brewing and Malting in downtown Tacoma at 610 Pacific Ave. Unlike scotch or wine, most beers don’t age very well.” Read more here:…

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Pedal Pub Approved for major metropolitan areas

Detroit is the latest large city to receive approval for the newest beer drinking trend – pedal pubs.  A group of friends or complete strangers jumps aboard one of these mobile pubs so they can drink and socialize.  For me, I think it would also be fun to have already worked off a few hundred of the calories I’ve just consumed. Read more here

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