Category Archives: Beer Wisdom, Debate & Commentary

Who put the cardboard in my beer? Aging and oxidation of Beer

Who put the cardboard in my beer? Aging and oxidation of beer. by Will Deutschman Check out Will’s article on the Myth of the 100+ IBU IPA There has been much talk lately of cellaring beer. Some are for it, enjoying collecting treasures to savor slowly over the years. Some do it so they can have ‘vertical tastings’ of different vintages of the same brew. Some do it accidentally because beers get ‘lost’ in the basement. (The author sheepishly raises his hand here.) And, of…

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The myth of the 100+ IBU IPA

The myth of the 100+ IBU IPA by Will Deutschman Check out Will’s article on Beer Aging and Oxidation (tastes like cardboard) We are a country that is all agog about IPAs right now. Regular IPAs has become the norm. No brewery worth its salt is without one, and for the craft beer consumer it has very nearly become the Bud Lite of the day. Now it seems people compete to stand at the top of the heap of the biggest, baddest, hoppiest IPA out there.…

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A Stroll on the Sour Side: Understanding Sour Beer

Tart, sour, wild. Lacto, brett, pediococcus. How about koelschips, kettle sours, and krieks? In an age of craft beer enlightenment, the terminology around sour beers can still read as inscrutably as the side of a prescription drug bottle. More importantly, the odd words belie a legitimate concern for sour consumers: with all the confusion around what a sour is, it can be damn near impossible to know what the next beer you try will smell or taste like, let alone whether it’s worth the often…

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Seven taster glasses of beer.

Down with Craft Lager

I didn’t realize the passion some folks have about lager until I sent a hyperbolic tweet the other day, in which I said I don’t like the craft lager trend. Since the tweet aroused so much emotion, I thought I would give a little more detail here about my thinking on this topic. 140 characters isn’t usually enough for a nuanced discussion! Over the last year or so it struck me that many more craft breweries are making lager (and Pils, Helles, and other similar beers)…

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Introducing the Sommbeer App!

Download the App HERE Sommbeer had been around for a couple years now and one of the things we’ve been working on during that time was the development of a Sommbeer app. This is an app built for you based off feedback from our readers, beta testers, and of course our own wants and desires for a definitive beer app. We want this app to be a one stop shop for finding new beers, navigating to new breweries, updating and maintaining a personal inventory for…

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The Best Beers for the Super Bowl!

The Super Bowl is the biggest Football game of the year.  It’s also the biggest television event of the year, so big that people even tune in specifically to watch the commercials.  People all over the world throw house parties to enjoy the big game and all those house parties are loaded with snacks, food and beer.  So what beer should you buy or bring to a Super Bowl party? Unless you want to drink swill don’t take the advice of the NFL, no good…

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Patriots vs Falcons has turned into Samuel Adams vs Sweetwater

Its Super Bowl week, which means there will be constant coverage of both lucky football franchises, along with the antics of the fans, businesses and cities each team hails from. And while there’s sure to be buzz about what the local Atlanta and Boston governors bet each other and anticipation, or dread, or the latest Budweiser Super Bowl spot, there’s one interesting bet from two prominent breweries that has me intrigued: Sweetwater (ATL) vs Samuel Adams (NE). Maybe you saw that a local Georgia gas…

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Bell’s Big Packaging Shift

Bell’s Brewery has become one of the larger craft brewers in the U.S. due to the quality of beer they produce and the loyal following they’ve amassed. To meet this growing demand, Bell’s did what any growing company would do – they expanded their production capability and distribution lines. In 2015, Bell’s announced a $50 million expansion plan to their primary brewery which will add in additional bottling and production capabilities. More recently, Bell’s continued their quest to distribute nationwide by announcing that they would begin to distribute in…

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7 Craft Beer Predictions for 2017

For as tumultuous as 2016 was, one thing that stayed consistent throughout it all was the craft beer market. As we enter into 2017, craft beer fans and casual drinkers alike will have more choices, more breweries and more beer styles than ever to choose from. Not only does this lead to an increase of creativity among brew masters, but also a healthy dose of competition that will make sure that beer drinkers get the best product, at the best prices.  2016 was a year…

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Shut out of another bottle release

                After once again being shut out of another bottle release, I find myself in limbo about my feelings towards the community that I have begun to love.  Since giving into my passion of drinking great beer over 3 years ago, I have spent most of my free time learning understanding and analyzing the craft beer industry.  As a former sneaker head throughout my 20’s, I’ve noticed similarities between the two.  And it all stems from one word, “HYPE”.   Check out these tips to survive…

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