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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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Stone Cow Brewery – Review

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Your vote counts!Stone Cow Brewery Review Barre, Massachusetts Massachusetts has quickly become a beer lovers paradise with more than 125 breweries currently open and more on the way.  Western Massachusetts specifically has become home to some of the top breweries in the state despite, according to many Bostonians, being in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do.  The relatively rural and quiet region of Western Mass has no shortage of wonderful craft breweries and was recently named a Top 11 Beer Destination by Thrillist Magazine.  You…

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Breckenridge IPA Three Ways

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Your vote counts!IPAs are so yesterday, right? IPAs are boring, right? IPAs are the opposite of innovation, right? Think again. Single hop. Dry hop. Wet hop. SMaSH. First wort. Mosaic. Amarillo. Citra. English. American. It seems that IPAs are evolving as quickly as the industry that made it famous. Where hops used to be the star of the IPA show, hops often play a secondary or tertiary part alongside an incredible complex set of flavors and aromas in today’s IPAs.  Meanwhile, farmers continue to breed…

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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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Vermont Brewery Tour

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Your vote counts!Vermont is truly a wonderful state.  Endless green mountains, pristine country views,  rolling rivers, and of course beer.  As if this state does not already have enough positives, it is additionally home to some of the, if not the best, craft beer in the country.  With breweries such as The Alchemist, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, and Hill Farmstead, this state attracts beer lovers from all over the country and sends beer geeks scurrying to snatch up beers such as Heady Topper and Sip of Sunshine. While I…

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Rogue Cold Brew IPA – Coffee and Hops

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Your vote counts!Rogue’s Cold Brew IPA provides enough coffee to wake up any dead guy while simultaneously offering plenty of old-fashioned west coast hops to please any hop head. The Rogue Cold Brew IPA includes just enough coffee taste to remind one of a good porter or stout, but this medium-bodied brew is remarkably “easy drinking.” Interestingly, this writer continues to find himself drinking coffee-flavored beer, despite possessing a serious disdain for the morning brew. Somehow, brewers continue to demonstrate their skill and artistry by…

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How To Introduce Your Friends to Craft Beer

How To Introduce Your Friends to Craft Beer 22oz bottles. Cases. Cans. Kegs. Growlers. Beer comes in lots of packages.  But it’s the 6-pack that’s ubiquitous. It’s also a great way to organize beers. A 6-pack of my favorites. A 6-pack of beers to try when you visit Philly.  A 6-pack of beers that I was excited to buy before they were bought by ABInbev.  But my favorite is a 6-pack of beers to introduce a new drinker to craft? The craft beer world is…

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Do Those Fancy IPA Glasses Really Make a Difference?

Featured Contributor: Beth Pickard @brewcitybiker1  Created through a collaboration between Spiegalau glassware, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada, Spiegalau’s IPA-specific glasses claim to showcase the unique aromas and flavors of American hops. The glass that may come to mind when you think of a beer vessel was actually designed to mix cocktails. It was used to serve beer in bars because it was easily stacked, cheap and durable. However, when craft beer and hop-heavy beers came onto the scene, there was a need for…

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Hopslam vs. Brother Benjamin: Honey Flavored Head to Head

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Your vote counts!Featured Contributor:  Don Manfredi  @profmanfredi March is a great time of year. There is the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the start of spring, and the release of Hopslam from Bell’s Brewery. Now if you follow Sommbeer at all you know that many of us are not fans of tricked out beers and a few of us have strict rules about what should and should not be in beer. Honey is one that I used to think had no place in beer until I tried Hopslam…

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Heady Topper Review: We Can’t get a Topper, but They Don’t have any Shorts (or Bells or Dark Horse or…you get the idea)

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Your vote counts!Featured Contributor:  Don Manfredi  @profmanfredi The summer of whales has continued and I was able to score a can of Heady Topper from The Alchemist in Vermont. Before I rave on and on about how incredible this beer was I want to marvel at what the Alchemist is. This is a true home town specialty that, according to their website brews 180 barrels a week and focuses on Heady Topper as their main beer. They don’t serve at their brewery and they don’t really…

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