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The Whale Hunters: Into the Depths of Beer Trading

You’ll find them in cellars, basements, and dark closets across the country: row after row of boxes, some unmarked, others scribbled over with marker or pen. They’re packed with a hard-earned hoard, treasures amassed from months or years of research, meetings, and negotiations. These are some of the rarest beers in the country, and perhaps the world. Unless you’re the type of jet-setting beer geek who devotes your life to full-time beer tourism, this kind of collection is pretty much impossible to get without beer…

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Shut out of another bottle release

                After once again being shut out of another bottle release, I find myself in limbo about my feelings towards the community that I have begun to love.  Since giving into my passion of drinking great beer over 3 years ago, I have spent most of my free time learning understanding and analyzing the craft beer industry.  As a former sneaker head throughout my 20’s, I’ve noticed similarities between the two.  And it all stems from one word, “HYPE”.   Check out these tips to survive…

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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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Beer News – What The Election Results Mean For Beer

What The Election Results Mean For Beer By Matt Sandy  |  November 11, 2016  | Paste Magazine National: Beer makes America great Though the presidential race certainly led to much anxiety-induced tippling, there were a few notable election results related to craft beer. In Oklahoma, SQ 792 will relax ABV caps at convenience and grocery stores, allowing them to sell beer above 3.2% while also allowing wine and liquor stores to have up to two locations and sell non-alcoholic items. Up in Maine, Heather Sanborn,…

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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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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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Suds and cellphones: Craft beer’s growing dependence on mobile

Mobile is king. Whether you’re on the train, at your work or at the park, there’s a good chance most of the people you see will be more infatuated with their phones than their surroundings. And much like the new Pokemon craze that’s sweeping the nation, craft beer drinkers are constantly on their phones searching for the newest, the rarest, and the most sought after beers on the market. The trend makes sense when you look at the mobile-focused millennial generation that’s crowding the market,…

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