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Places to Find the World’s Rarest Beers

Anything but Everyday: 7 Places to Find the World’s Rarest Beers Sometimes the most renowned beers seem like the hardest to find. Be it a vintage sour, small-batch imperial stout, or Trappist-born tripel, rare brews often become legends, the kind of thing you hear stories about but never get to taste for yourself. So take heart, beer fans, in the knowledge that bars across the country have begun panning the backwater streams of craft brewing for liquid gold. Here is a small sampling of the…

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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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Worthington’s White Shield – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!WORTHINGTON’S WHITE SHIELD – BEER REVIEW White Shield IPA (5.6% abv.) made by Molson Coors brewery located in Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom. This is the real thing, as near as you can get to drinking an authentic pint of English cask ale short of actually getting on the plane and flying across the pond to England. Worthington White Shield is a bottle conditioned strong beer and can claim to be one of the original India Pale Ales that were first brewed in…

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Owd Rodger Country Ale – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Owd Rodger Country Ale made by Marstons Brewery located in Wolverhapton, United Kingdom Owd Rodger, made by English brewers, Marston’s, caught my eye as it is both a strong beer and a dark, sweet brown ale. It is styled as a “Country Ale” but this is an appellation which does not appear in any of my beer reference books. To me this is a strong or Imperial Brown Ale and the brewers should be justly proud of it. Owd Rodger pours a dark brown…

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Strohs from the “D” – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!If we’ve said it once on this site we’ve said it a thousand times, Detroiters are a prideful bunch. It’s been over 30 years since Stroh’s Brewing Company had brewed their iconic beer in Detroit and recently the news was dropped that the classic Bohemian Style Pilsner would once again be produced in the Motor City at Brew Detroit.   Since Sommbeer has some pretty strong Detroit and Michigan roots Don Manfredi pitched the idea that he, David, and myself (John) should dive in…

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The 5 Beers I’m Drinking this Fall

Ah, Fall. For me, it’s easily the best time of the year. Not only does it offer the best range of temperatures (in my opinion), but it also means football is back, sweatpants are acceptable – oh, and the beer gets really good. Gone are the fruity wheats and saisons; in are pumpkin ales and Oktoberfests. If they could concoct the smell of a fall bonfire into a beer and sell it in cans – that’s all I would drink during this time of year…

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Saugatuck Brewing

Saugatuck Brewery – Blueberry Stout…and so much more.

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Your vote counts!Mea Culpa. I once wrote a light-hearted article here on Sommbeer focused on ingredients in beer that, no matter how popular, no matter how many friends love them, just aren’t for you. For me, blueberries existed as the one thing in beer I simply could not stomach. I wrote: I do not like blueberry beer. Actually, I hate it. The worst part of blueberry brews, I argue, has to do with flavoring that reminds me of blueberry syrup, not blueberries. Tasting a blueberry…

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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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Brooklyn Brewery Quintaceratops – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!The ever expanding craft beer industry is great not just for the beer itself, but that as the industry grows, brewers become more creative, trying new styles, methods of brewing and reviving old styles as well. This leads to some new amazing brews, some duds that leave you disappointed, and some that leave you scratching your head or perhaps jumping up and down with joy pausing just long enough to check in the beer on Untappd. Today I cracked open Quintaceratops from Brooklyn…

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Dark Lord Stout Review – A two-fer with a non-binary twist…

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Your vote counts!There are times in your life where the disappointment is palpable and stays with you. Like when you asked a girl to dance and she said “no”, or you got to the cafeteria late on stromboli day and had to eat a day old cheeseburger. Maybe not life changing disappointment but something I categorize as “slumped shoulder events”. The events that you walk away from the same way Charlie Brown did all the time. There are also times when something pleasantly surprises you.…

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