Category Archives: Beer Wisdom, Debate & Commentary

Sommbeer’s Top Thanksgiving Beers!

Thanksgiving is great! It’s a holiday that is filled with family, food, football and in many cases beer! So what kind of beer should you be drinking for Thanksgiving? There’s really not a wrong answer here but some beers certainly pair with the day better than others. These are Sommbeer’s favorite Thanksgiving beers! Bell’s Best Brown – #BestBrown taking in a beautiful Colorado view. Cheers to @derekcronk for sharing this great photo! #BestPartOfFall A photo posted by Bell’s Brewery (@bellsbrewery) on Oct 26, 2016 at…

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The Strangest Beer Ingredients

Water, barley, hops…goat brains? Casting aside constraints imposed by the centuries-old German Purity Laws, these beers test the limits of chemistry, imagination, and beer drinkers’ famously adventurous palates. Dogfish Head Midas Touch | Saffron Okay, so saffron’s not going to scare off too many craft beer fans. You’ve probably spotted a few threads of this red wonder in your foodie friend’s spice cabinet or perched atop a paella. But consider this: a single pound of this delicate, grassy spice, a key ingredient in Dogfish’s flagship…

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The Fight Against Sensory Overload Temporary Amnesia #SOTA

The Fight Against Sensory Overload Temporary Amnesia When I was growing up there were a couple of places that I used to frequent that are slowly starting to disappear. One was the record store, and the other was the video store. Both of these brick and mortar businesses had something in common for me: they induced sensory overload temporary amnesia (SOTA). Here is how it worked: before I went to the record store I thought of at least ten albums I wanted (for those of…

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Want to own part of a brewery? Now you can

The top craft brewers do a lot to create, engage and retain their customer bases. Whether it be a one-of-kind-brewery tour, beer-themed music festival, nationwide beer camps or pop-culture themed beers, craft breweries nationwide are very in-tune with what their drinkers want, both in their beer and in their ownership. And while many people remain committed to their favorite beers and brewpubs, others decide to set off on their own to create their own beer and foster their own story – with only themselves to…

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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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Breckenridge IPA Three Ways

Your vote counts!

Your vote counts!IPAs are so yesterday, right? IPAs are boring, right? IPAs are the opposite of innovation, right? Think again. Single hop. Dry hop. Wet hop. SMaSH. First wort. Mosaic. Amarillo. Citra. English. American. It seems that IPAs are evolving as quickly as the industry that made it famous. Where hops used to be the star of the IPA show, hops often play a secondary or tertiary part alongside an incredible complex set of flavors and aromas in today’s IPAs.  Meanwhile, farmers continue to breed…

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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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A Rose By Any Other Name, Would It Truly Smell as Sweet?

A Rose By Any Other Name, Would It Truly Smell as Sweet? 4,144 breweries in the United States in December of 2015, each with an average of say, six-year round beers, another four seasonal beers, and maybe eight one-off releases. Many have far more than that. Now imagine you are charged with providing a unique name for each one. The closest job to this might be a municipal street namer, where (like the beers), names eventually get re-used because of appeal, descriptive accuracy, environment or…

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Beat the Heat with these Beers

The Dog Days of Summer are upon us. There are many ways to beat the heat, but few are as enjoyable as cracking a cold one. It is hard to go wrong when picking a beer to quench your thirst. There are, however, some brews that shine a bit more when the sun is shining at its brightest. Summer Time Brews These brews have been quenching thirsty drinkers’ thirst for more than a season or two. Anchor Summer: A very refreshing brew with a light…

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