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5 Things I Learned Reviewing 45 Craft Breweries & 225 Beers in 2 Months

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Your vote counts!It has been two months since I launched my beer blog (CraftBeerInSanDiego.com) and it just passed 1,100 page views. I’m excited that people are finding and reading what I’m writing. It has been a great deal of work, and on a few occasions when I have felt the pressure to get the next post out, it has made drinking beer feel like a chore instead of a joy. But overall beer blogging has been a great experience. If beer blogging is something you feel…

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Profmanfredi’s Top and Bottom Beers of 2016

Before I launch into my best and worst here are the qualifications: all the beers listed were tried for the very first time in 2016. It does not matter when the beer was released, only that I tried it for the very first time in calendar year 2016. Please note that the bottom ten are mostly styles that I tried and did not like and are not a slam on the brewery or the beer, just not my cup of tea for whatever reason (although…

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I Went Down to the Crossroads, and You Should Too – Indiana Beer

When I cross the state border on I-80, the sign calls Indiana the “Crossroads of America.” One website encouraging people and businesses to relocate here cites the number of pass-through highways as a chief selling point. If I didn’t know better, I’d say this is a state that’s proud of helping you get somewhere else as quickly and painlessly as possible. While growing up on the Illinois side of the state line, I remember one Indiana waterpark’s commercials assuring me that “there’s more than corn in…

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Groundswell Brewing Company, Grantville, San Diego – Brewery Review

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Your vote counts!Groundswell Brewing Company, Grantville, San Diego There’s something really attractive about this tasting room that is hard to put my finger on. Perhaps it is the dimensions and colors and horizontal salvaged-wood wall accent, but it is making me think of Scandinavian architecture and design. There are about 24 seats plus two cushioned L-shaped bench in corners. The bartender, Stefanie, was immediately welcoming and friendly, and clearly has good relations with her regulars (of which there are many: always a good sign). There’s no official…

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Holiday beer review: Tröegs Mad Elf

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Your vote counts!Holiday beer review: Tröegs Mad Elf By Stephanie L. Smith Elves can easily be found on many shelves across the country this holiday season, but there’s one elf who only appears in the beer cellars of those living in the upper East Coast and Ohio: Tröegs Mad Elf. Founded in 1996 by brothers John and Chris Trogner and located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Tröegs Brewing Company produces 16 beers, which are divided evenly between year-round and seasonal offerings, while limiting distribution to nearby states…

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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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Drinking a Beer with Dad

You know, every now and then, you have a beer that gives you a “next level” experience, it’s more than just a great tasting liquid in a bottle. Sometimes, it’s about who you are with, or where you are, or maybe the food you have with that liquid, but when you have finished that bottle of beer you have done more than just quenched your thirst, you have enjoyed a craft beer experience! For me, I had one of those experiences last weekend. But before…

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Holiday Beer Review: STONE XOCOVEZA

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Your vote counts!Holiday Beer Review: STONE XOCOVEZA (Mocha Stout with Holiday Spices, 8.1% ABV) An interesting Mexican-hot-chocolate-inspired beer from Stone Brewing you should try. Stone Brewing is well known to the craft beer world. They are the ninth largest craft brewery in the country, and in 2008 they were voted the “Top All Time Brewery on Planet Earth” by readers of Beer Advocate. Stone’s (extremely) hoppy IPAs are their most famous offerings, and they own the Arrogant Bastard brand. They also make some good stouts,…

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Sixpoint Brewery – Evolution of the Beans

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Your vote counts!3Beans, 4Beans, 5Beans. As much as this sounds like the beginning of a children’s nursery rhyme, Sixpoint Brewery’s Beans series of imperial porters is a distinctly adult pleasure. With the recent release of 5Beans, it’s a great time to revisit my own history with the beers and see how the newest entry stacks up. 3Beans First seeing wide release in 2013, 3Beans incorporated cacao, coffee, and romano beans, a longtime barley replacement that added heft to an already sizable malt profile. At 85…

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The Brewers Association Craft Beer Year in Review 2016

Every year I watch the “Year in Review” segments from various news sources. This year the BA has provided us with a Beer Year in review, that I thought was interesting. Cheers, David   On the 83rd anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, the Brewers Association—the national trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—takes a look back on the year in beer. The 2016 Craft Beer Year in Review from the Brewers Association can be found in the release below and online. A…

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