Tag Archives: beer debate

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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The Top 5 Open Secrets about AB InBev

The AB InBev machine has secrets that they are obligated to share with you. The outpouring of grief and drama every time AB InBev buys an independent craft brewer is starting to wear me out.  The internet just seems to explode with news articles, twitter feeds and conspiracy theories.  There just seems to be so much energy spent on trying to guess what they will do next and what their underlying strategy is.  This is a silly waste of time. AB InBev is a publicly traded…

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Is Homebrewing Still Relevant with the Expansion of Craft Beer?

Contributor Perzell Brewing (@perzellbrewing ) First off, if you know me, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, you know that I am an avid homebrewer.  I love crafting a good beer, tasting it for the first time, and watching others enjoy something I made from scratch.  That is why this is going to be a very difficult topic to discuss as I am obviously biased. Craft Beer on the Rise I don’t think it is any big secret.  Craft beer has been on the rise…

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Proper Title…Maybe It is Crafty

Editors Note: This post features contributions from Rod Jones, John Fahrner and Don Manfredi   A thought from my last visit to Chicago was what do we do with breweries like Goose Island and their place? Many have looked to exclude them as craft beers since they had been purchased by AB InBev, but they still produce a fine quality craft beer. I have heard companies like this beginning to be described as ‘crafty.” What are your thoughts? I can see the “crafty” title, but…

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“Rock, Paper, Scissors” – Glass Bottles Always Win

From David- Founder of Sommbeer: Glass Bottles Always Win for Long Term Storage When John Fahrner wrote about Cellar Phobia, he wrote about me (not true). I buy, hoard and store a great deal of beer.  I made a cellar in my basement with solid walls and a lockable exterior door, just to store my stash.   My wife says I’m preparing for Armageddon in a manner that any good Irishman would do. Not sure about that, but I do call my cellar the “panic…

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I Don’t Save Beer !

Featured Contributor: Bryan Alkire  @balkire19 I know this is blasphemy. I know that my beer fan credentials may be revoked. I also know this may make my first post here my last but I have to be honest I don’t have a beer cellar. I don’t store beer in a closet, and I don’t save any for a special occasion. I buy it, I drink it, and I move on.   First let me clear up one thing. I love good beer. I have stood in…

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Up For Whatever

Senior Editor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 I think I’m getting old. Maybe I spend too much time on social media but I simply don’t understand the pointless bickering that goes on over opinions. Budweiser makes really crappy beer, if you are reading this post you have likely already come to that realization on your own. Still it amazes me how much time people spend actively pointing this out. We’re at a point in which Budweiser is definitely starting to notice smaller breweries as a threat and it’s…

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Craft Beer: An Argument for Civility

Featured Contributor:  Don Manfredi  @profmanfredi Editors Note: See Jamie Tierney’s original post Here. The recent blog post “From the Other Side of the Counter” really got me thinking. As I write this I am still not sure what my feelings are about that post (other than it was well written and thought-provoking) and more specifically how I feel about the current state of affairs in the world of beer. So instead of taking a stance I am going to present some evidence and let the readers decide.…

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The Case of the Missing Growler Station

Guest Contributor: Conrad B. @inbituinthebrew So, I’ve been missing from the Interwebs… again. Mainly because I wrapped up a 5,500 mile round trip drive from California to Georgia a couple weeks ago. That was a great time, which happened to suck the life out of my truck. Sorry, truck. I have also been missing because not 8 hours after said trip did I separate my radius and ulna from my humorous humerus. Either way, it was not funny. And for those who have been patella deep in Brewers…

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An American Reinheitsgebot

 Featured Contributor: Andrew Newton  @DrinkMeLocal In Andrew Gavrin’s recent article he talked about the need to better define what exactly craft beer is. In the end he laid out his own definition, including that craft beer should not contain any adjuncts. This level of brewing ‘purity’ sounds an awful lot like an American Reinheitsgebot, our own twist on the so-called Bavarian Purity Law that restricted brewers to malted barley, hops, water, and yeast. The reality is that the Reinheitsgebot is an idealized and romantic notion; more…

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