Category Archives: Beer Wisdom, Debate & Commentary

Beer Brand Bias – Say it Fast

We all have biases. In Michigan we have lots of Coney Island restaurants with lots of different brands.  I’m convinced the best Coney Island is “National”.  Other folks like to duke it out between two different shops located in downtown Detroit Coney Island Rivals. When I travel to Ohio, I enjoy their Chili.  It tastes great and is served on top of spaghetti noodles which is kinda weird but good.  To me, the best chili is Sky Line. I wonder though, can one shop really…

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Beer Battle: Germany vs. England

Beer Battle: Germany vs. England ….. The ultimate beer showdown, who will win? I recently traveled to Germany and England for a business trip.  The trip was carefully scheduled and manipulated to provide for ample beer sampling in each of the cities that I traveled to.  Anticipating this trip for many weeks, I contemplated all of the wonderful German beers that I was going to enjoy.  After all, they adhered to the German Beer Purity Law otherwise known as- Reinheitsgebot.  The law, established in 1487, dictates…

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BEER RULE #6 – Don’t be that (wine) guy

BEER RULE #6 – Don’t be that (wine) guy Checkout all 7 of Sommbeer’s Beer Rules I recently watched a film called SOMM, that held my full attention for 93 minutes.  It was about a group of guys that devoted their lives to the study of wine.  They neglected friends and family for months to study and obtain the esteemed status of “Master Sommelier”.  In each scene I watched them twirl, sniff, taste, think and talk about their wine (actually they spit out the wine, forbidden in…

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Cellaring and Aging Beer – Updated Pics

So you might think the wine guys are the only ones that age their stash.  Nope, beer geeks do too.  I was excited to do this myself last year after I made a wine cellar in my basement.  It was a big project, but I had hundreds of websites to help guide me.  When I decided to store beer however, there was frightfully little help.  This page has been created to help the cause.  This is a journey and I’m still learning. Beer Aging – Conditions…

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BEER RULE #5 – If the Beer has Class Pour it in a Glass

BEER RULE #5 – If the Beer has Class Pour it in a Glass Checkout all 7 of Sommbeer’s Beer Rules Good beer deserves a glass.  The very act of pouring it into the glass “breaks” the beer and allows it to oxidize,  the aroma is released as the carbon dioxide breaks free.  When I pour a beer into a glass I savor the smell, bubbles and color.  When it’s still in the bottle however, all of that sensation has to be observed through that small port hole.  Stop…

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BEER RULE #4 – no Corn no Rice

BEER RULE #4 – no Corn no Rice Checkout all 7 of Sommbeer’s Beer Rules My kids love cereal, love it. I’m always the first to wake up at my house and I start with coffee.  Strong lumberjack coffee.  By the time my kids and better half come downstairs I’m juiced, but hungry.  Too often it’s everybody for themselves, so I grab my flax seed, wheat bran, frozen tofu yogurt (I’m regular). The kids grab their favorite sugar laden cereal.  They are essentially eating corn or rice…

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Buddy Beer !

Buddy Beer: Cheap beer that you hand out to your buddies (or in-laws). The guys show up in your garage and stay awhile.  It’s your obligation to start handing out beers.  Do you give them $5 Belgian Lambics?  How about a cherished KBS, a stout so smooth it will make a grown man wait in line to get one (grown men don’t wait in lines).  The answer is no.  You give them something as cheap and available as water, you give them Buddy Beers.  Please…

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BEER RULE #3 – No Twisty Caps

BEER RULE #3 – No Twisty Caps Checkout all 7 of Sommbeer’s Beer Rules Ok, I run the risk of being labelled an elitist, part of the beer bourgeoisie (had to look that up). No matter, this rule is an important step towards your appreciation and complete understanding of good beer. Mass produced, bland, cheap beer tends to be made by companies with a lot of money.  They have enough money to invest in the machines required to put twisty caps on their crappy beer.  They…

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English Pub Beer – An American’s Opinion

Location: Darlington, England So why did I drink 4 pints?  For one, I didn’t drive but mainly because the beer was fantastic.  It took a couple of pints to calibrate my American beer tastes.  On the 3rd pint I recognized what these guys were trying to do.  Only then could I appreciate their brilliance.  The flavors are subtle.  They rely heavily on things like local water characteristics and special yeasts.  If the beer was colder and carbonated I would not have been able to detect…

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BEER RULE #2 – No Light Beer

BEER RULE #2 – No Light Beer Checkout all 7 of Sommbeer’s Beer Rules Beer is for flavor and fun.  If you want to lose weight don’t drink beer.  This same principle applies to non-alcoholic beer, don’t do it. See those limes?  This beer violates Rules #1 and #2, completely unacceptable. Has anyone tried this?  I might, on a dare. Check out :    SommBeer’s 7 Beer Rules The precise opposite of light beer, is one of these… Expedition Stout   Here’s one exception to…

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