Category Archives: Hops

Grow Local Drink Local

It’s common to hear people talking about drinking “local beer,” but does anyone ever drink truly local beer?   While one frequently sees “Local Farms, Local Food” stickers, “local beer” stickers have yet to make an appearance.  Most malt still comes from a handful of major mid-west malt houses while it is rare to find locally grown hops. Thankfully, this is rapidly changing. So what is the definition of a local beer or drinking local?   Is it having a pint that is made locally…

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Beer for Wrinkles – The Health Benefits of Drinking Beer Part 1

Featured Contributor @roxydillon30 Beer for Wrinkles Roxy Dillon BSc MSc It started in Japan. One of the managers in a beer factory noticed that the taster had very smooth, unwrinkled skin. That was a single, though very interesting, observation, but now science is almost daily providing evidence that beer contains a whole range of anti-aging compounds, which are able to diminish wrinkles, and produce a whole range of beneficial effects. I shall write about all of them in my posts. Beer contains three major anti aging…

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Bell’s Hopslam Review

Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Bell’s has a variety of brews that are released every year as part of their annual release series, none of those beers are more sought after than Hopslam.  Hopslam has been a staple of the of the craft beer  hunter for as long as I can remember and has rightfully earned it’s place as a beer that sells out usually within hours of hitting shelves.   What I will never understand with Hopslam is the group of hipsters inside…

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Great Lakes Brewing Company – Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale

Featured Contributor – Nick  @QuickSud What makes a cult classic? Usually a few key ingredients are involved: A dedicated fan base A controversial or hard to find product It has been said that the 1920s film, Nosferatu, was the very first cult classic movie. The film was certainly quite controversial in its time, being labeled as an unauthorized take on Bram Stoker’s original Dracula. Film makers however never officially obtained rights to the original film, and because of this, the Stokers sued, won and ordered all existing copies of the film…

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Homegrown (hops) – Now Legal in Michigan

My wife left for the afternoon to go shopping.  Everything was on “sale” and she was going to save us money.  Not sure how spending saves me money.  Anyway, I had spent some of our money the day before on a double top secret purchase. I had traveled over one hour to pick up my hops (rhizomes actually) from my favorite homebrew shop.   I was crazy excited and I hid those bad boys in the back of the fridge.   With the wife shopping,…

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