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A Stroll on the Sour Side: Understanding Sour Beer

Tart, sour, wild. Lacto, brett, pediococcus. How about koelschips, kettle sours, and krieks? In an age of craft beer enlightenment, the terminology around sour beers can still read as inscrutably as the side of a prescription drug bottle. More importantly, the odd words belie a legitimate concern for sour consumers: with all the confusion around what a sour is, it can be damn near impossible to know what the next beer you try will smell or taste like, let alone whether it’s worth the often…

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Fear and Loathing In Livonia

I saw a t-shirt once that had the saying “you can’t drink all day if you don’t start early” emblazoned on the front of it.  Don’t get me wrong, I have always been a gigantic fan of day drinking. Some of my fondest memory lapses have come on the tail end of all-day drinking marathons. Thing is, it has probably been over 20 years since I decided to saddle up to a bar stool in the a.m. with the intention of staying until after dark.…

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Seven taster glasses of beer.

Down with Craft Lager

I didn’t realize the passion some folks have about lager until I sent a hyperbolic tweet the other day, in which I said I don’t like the craft lager trend. Since the tweet aroused so much emotion, I thought I would give a little more detail here about my thinking on this topic. 140 characters isn’t usually enough for a nuanced discussion! Over the last year or so it struck me that many more craft breweries are making lager (and Pils, Helles, and other similar beers)…

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Florida Brewers Guild Festival – Tampa

Tampa, Florida is a great place to be in  general, but especially the first weekend in March. Aside from the great weather, it is the time when Beer week kicks off. What Better way to kick off a Beer Week than with the Florida Brewers Guild Beer Festival. This was my third time attending this festival, and if you have not made it there yet, it should be a definite  must on your Craft Beer bucket list. I am still amazed how many craft beer lovers…

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First Impressions of 2017 KBS

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Your vote counts!Well, my love hate relationship with Founders has reached a new level with 2017 KBS. As I patiently waited for the release in Southeastern Michigan, I was able to get a bottle to try from KBS week. If you remember last year, I was floored by how strong the coffee was in the 2016 version. In that post I mentioned that I would age some and try them at 6 months and 1 year. I am happy to report that some age on 2016…

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Stout Brewer’s Reserve by Central Waters Brewing Company – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Stats Style: Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout Package: 12 oz Bottle ABV: 9.5% I’m a sucker for a good bourbon barrel stout, but let’s be real who isn’t. Being in Michigan has spoiled me with breweries like Founders, Dark Horse and Bells brewing up some of the best BBA stouts in the world. I’m a self-proclaimed craft beer connoisseur so sometimes I need to see what other states have to offer. One of my more recent bottle acquisitions was the Brewer’s Reserve Stout by…

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Double Knot – Four Peaks Brewing – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Double Knot from Four Peaks Brewing – Tempe, Arizona Hops hops hops were dancing in my head as I approached this new beer. I haven’t had many beers from Arizona so this was going to be a beer journey without leaving my house. The added bonus was prominently displayed on the label – this was an Imperial IPA. To me an Imperial IPA is like a bourbon barrel aged stout. You’ve taken something great and made it even better. The bottle is screen printed and…

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How Now Brown Cow by Odd Side Ales – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Stats Style: American Brown Ale Package: 12 oz bottle ABV: 6.00% IBU: 21 Everyone remembers that old saying, “How now brown cow” used to teach children those rounded vowel sounds. Well, Odd Side Ales How Now Brown Cow taught me what a classic American Brown Ale should be. My wife and I have been on brown ale kick lately. We picked up several browns from varying Michigan breweries trying to narrow it down to one or two browns that we can keep on…

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How to Make a Beer Cellar

In an earlier post, I wrote about beer cellaring and all the wonders that hobby has to offer. If you think that KBS is delicious today you will not believe how much it improves after 3 years. For even more advice read the Art of Cellaring Beer by Rod Jones. Now that the world is downloading and playing with the Sommbeer App, I thought it would be fun to write about how I made my beer cellar. The timing seems right as our app was…

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Introducing the Sommbeer App!

Download the App HERE Sommbeer had been around for a couple years now and one of the things we’ve been working on during that time was the development of a Sommbeer app. This is an app built for you based off feedback from our readers, beta testers, and of course our own wants and desires for a definitive beer app. We want this app to be a one stop shop for finding new beers, navigating to new breweries, updating and maintaining a personal inventory for…

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