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"

List of Top Beer Cities in the U.S.

List of Top Beer Cities in the U.S.   From InfoGroup  “Where do beer or wine drinkers live, and what kind of lifestyles do they lead? In an ongoing series of consumer and business insights, Infogroup ranked top beer and wine cities in the U.S., utilizing Infogroup’s verified business database of more than 15 million records. The study analyzed U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs1) of more than 1 million in population based on their concentration of beer and wine businesses per 10,000 residents. Further, each…

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Worthington’s White Shield – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!WORTHINGTON’S WHITE SHIELD – BEER REVIEW White Shield IPA (5.6% abv.) made by Molson Coors brewery located in Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom. This is the real thing, as near as you can get to drinking an authentic pint of English cask ale short of actually getting on the plane and flying across the pond to England. Worthington White Shield is a bottle conditioned strong beer and can claim to be one of the original India Pale Ales that were first brewed in…

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Beer News – What The Election Results Mean For Beer

What The Election Results Mean For Beer By Matt Sandy  |  November 11, 2016  | Paste Magazine National: Beer makes America great Though the presidential race certainly led to much anxiety-induced tippling, there were a few notable election results related to craft beer. In Oklahoma, SQ 792 will relax ABV caps at convenience and grocery stores, allowing them to sell beer above 3.2% while also allowing wine and liquor stores to have up to two locations and sell non-alcoholic items. Up in Maine, Heather Sanborn,…

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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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