All posts by David

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"

What is beer?

There’s an old story about a man who walked through the center of a village with a dual-colored hat on.  The left side of his hat was red, the right blue.  It’s not long after the man had walked through the village that the townsfolk find themselves in a dispute.  What color was the hat? One of them asks.  “It was red” argue those on the left “It’s blue” argue those on the right. Both are right both are wrong – we simply see things…

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Sharing a Beer with Shannon Long – America’s Beer Export Pioneer

This is the story about an influential member of our craft beer community, Shannon Long. I should start this paragraph about her background and her passion for beer. Now I’m on the 3rd sentence and I’m still not doing this right..  You know why? Because when I sat down for beers with Shannon and her brother Johnny, she brought up their dad and how he helped her at a young and influential age.  I’m a dad too so this part of our conversation really resonated…

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Baseball, Beer and Mr. Mike

A man named Edward Demming helped save Detroit’s automotive industry in the 1980’s by pushing quality improvement.  He was a great man that communicated arcane concepts clearly and simply.   He believed that if you want to learn something new always go to the Master, do not waste your time with those of lesser ability.  I wanted to learn about beer and it’s relationship to baseball, so I went to the master.  I sat down with Mike Chezick, America’s #1 baseball fan. I’ve known the guy…

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Tavour Delivers – Alewerks

Alewerks Brewing Company, from Williamsburg, Virginia It was Friday and Tavour had delivered.  A special shoutout to my wife for being at the house when it arrived.  She left it near the door so I picked it up to take it safely downstairs where it could chill.  My muscles strained to pick it up.  This box was heavy but compact.  What could it be? It was full of bombers!  I love the delivery service from Tavour, they make for fun weekends. This box featured a brewery…

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Fizzics – Beer Tool Review

Fizzics sent me one of their machines and I’m not returning it. Grown men don’t get many happy surprises.  We go to work, we take care of our loved ones, we drink beer.  Then we go back to work.  The arrival of a new beer tool from Fizzics broke this endless cycle and I was pumped.  I had heard about this device but was skeptical.  Was it worth the $169 list price?  Would it make my beer better? I love tools, especially power tools.  Tools…

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Fury For A Feast 2016

This political season, I’ve had the displeasure of listening to each candidate tell me just how good they will be for our country.  “Vote for me and I will make our country better.” they implore  It’s all rubbish.  Only you and I can make this country better. The famous words of John F. Kennedy ring true “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country“.   Amen. I believe we make our country better with the individual…

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Pure Brews – S2 – Ep 1

John Fahrner and I are always on the lookout for something new and fun in the beer universe.  We look low and high to the far reaches of this world to find interesting items for our readers.  Imagine our surprise when we discovered, the TV series Pure Brews America , produced right in our backyard.   Pure Brews is an innovative and entertaining show that takes viewers on a journey to beer and breweries.  John and I met the hosts, Shannon and Ryan, and were…

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Sun King – Brewery Review

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Your vote counts!Sun King Brewery, located in Indianapolis, Indiana I have so many strong attachments to Indiana that I sometimes forget I’m not actually a Hoosier.  My firstborn was born there and I received a degree from Indiana Wesleyan, oh and I work a lot with the world’s very best diesel manufacturer that happens to be located in Southern Indiana.  With that pedigree, I just feel like I’m still a part of that state despite my home back in the Motor City .  At a…

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Wolverine State Brewing Co. – A Sommbeer visit and review

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Your vote counts!Wolverine State Brewing, located in Ann Arbor Michigan My buddy, Renee from Ypsilanti, wrote a review on Ann Arbor’s Wolverine State Brewing Co.  A few weeks ago, Mark from my ‘hood cracked open a bottle of Massacre Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Dark Lager that floored me with its rich intensity.  During a family gathering two weeks ago, my nephew Ryan (young kid, fresh liver) mentioned that we were overdue to meet at Wolverine’s Tap Room after work.  The last straw was John Fahrner, who…

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Beer tap handle display for DIY home bar

How to Build a Beer Tap Display – DIY Home Bar

How to build a beer tap handle display for your home bar. I bought 11 beer tap handles a few weeks ago.  I honestly don’t know how to start this article any other way.  I met a trader, (The Beer Sign Guy) that I found from a Google search, for a couple of beer signs and he rolled out 3 tubs of beer tap handles.  Every single tap handle he pulled out of those Rubbermaid tubs seemed to hold some special meaning to me.  It didn’t…

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