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Craft Beer is Dead

I grew up in a suburb just outside of Detroit.  It was there, in my youth, that I started to form my identity; and while forming that identity I always found myself gravitating to things that were different.  When I was growing up and other kids we’re listening to Nirvana and Pearl Jam, I was into The Misfits and Black Flag.  When the kids in my neighborhood were raving about the blockbuster hit movie Independence Day I was hunkered down in my basement watching old…

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All things in moderation

“All things in moderation” or “How I had McDonalds 3 times on the same day” From David, founder of Sommbeer @SommBeer Don was a couple of decades my senior but worked for me as one of my salesman.  It was awkward, or at least it should have been, but it wasn’t because Don always put me in my place.  We travelled a lot together and it didn’t matter who reported to who, we were just busy trying to sell industrial equipment to everybody in the world.…

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Beer: It just keeps giving

Beer: It just keeps giving   Winter has finally grasped the Midwest in its evil, cold clutches and my brother-in-law and I note that, without beer, that grasp would only be more depressing. That got me to thinking….beer is a “giver”……..it gives us so much over the course of our lives! If you are mature enough to have graduated to craft beer enthusiasm, I hope to you have you nodding in agreement by the end of this article.   Let’s have a look. For legal…

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David vs Goliath… The Beer Edition

I (like so, so many people) get insanely excited for a beer release like Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout. The down side to that is living in a location where it’s hard to even go to a bar where you can get a taste of it after it’s released. This past December I waited patiently for 4 hours just to hopefully get a chance of buying a single bottle of it. I managed to be one of the lucky ones to walk away with…

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Pick 1 beer for the rest of your life.

Writers were given the challenge to select and write a response to the ultimate beer  question: ” If you had to pick one beer to drink for the rest of your life, what would it be? “ From the Sommbeer Team of Writers: Don Manfredi @profmanfredi Heady Topper First I want to say that if I can only drink one beer for the rest of my life then I hope my life is short. Second since I have to choose I think everyone knows that I pick…

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How to Drink Great Beer on a Budget

Keeping up with new and seasonal releases and following new breweries can end up costing quite a bit of money. Exploring great craft beer doesn’t have to break your budget. Here are a five ways to enjoy all that great beer has to offer. Make a Wish List Doing a little research ahead of time could end up saving you serious cash. Make a wish list of the standout beers you definitely want to try. Choosing brews that get universally positive reviews and that have…

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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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Beer Order

From David- Founder of Sommbeer: Do you drink the same beers all evening?  Not me, I like to shake things up. An IPA, Stout, Porter hey let’s split a Belgian! Whew that was some night.  But unless I’m at the beach or bonfire,  “Random Beer Order” never works for me.  On a serious craft beer evening I want a methodical approach towards what I drink ie. – my “beer order”. Our palates can only take so much beer before we lose the finer aspects of what…

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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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Sharing is for suckers…and beer nerds.

Guest Contributor The Thirsty Giraffe @thirstygiraffe We can always find a reason to celebrate at least once a month with a bottle share. Thirsty Thursday, New Brew Tuesday, Sunday Sips, or, you know, FRIDAY; all good reasons to gather your friends and pop open some bottles you have been wanting to try. There are many versions of sharing, here are some ideas for ways to conduct your next bottle share. Mix Six! This is a great way to introduce those who aren’t into the craft beer…

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