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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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“Earth, Wind and Beer” Trader Session IPA – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Featured Contributor: Craft Brew Gal @CraftBr3wGal Uinta Brewing Co. Is located on 1722 Fremont Drive in Salt Lake City Utah. Uinta started off brewing in a renovated mechanic’s garage, in 1993.  After they started bottling the demand became so outrageous they relocated to their current location… A 26,000 square foot facility. They have VASTLY expanded their distribution!! Here we go… They now distribute to: ME, RI, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, OH, KY, NC, SC, GA, FL, IL, MO, MN, KS, TX, NM, CO, WY,…

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Fort Collins Brewery: Lunch Box (12-Pack Sampler) Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Featured Contributor Matt  @SportsNCraftBeer The 12-pack “Brewer’s Lunch Box,”  from Fort Collins Brewery,  includes five varieties of session beers. Anyone that has read my previous posts knows I have an affinity for the breweries located in Fort Collins, both because of the quality of beer they produce (I argue), and because that is the place where I transformed from “beer fan” to “beer snob.” Beers range from common to “out of the ordinary,” such as the pomegranate wheat beer. Sample packs commonly have…

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Sommbeer’s Favorite IPA’s

As a beer loving community the Sommbeer crew has decided to do a series of collaborative post’s that we will be calling “Sommbeer’s Favorites”.  The purpose of these posts are just to give a brief look at some of each contributors favorite brews are of a particular style.  This post is dedicated to Sommbeer’s favorite IPA’s Alex: I am a big fan of Boulevard Single Wide IPA. This is the beer I got my start in craft beer with. It is a nice crisp beer.…

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Zombie Dust; A Beer Good Enough to Wake the Dead – Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Featured Contributor:  Don Manfredi  @profmanfredi With the popularity of the Walking Dead, zombies are really in vogue. There is even a beer that is brewed with goat brains. You heard me right; last year Dock Street Brewing in Philadelphia released an American Pale Stout brewed with smoked goat brains named “Walker” (remind me to ask the founder of SommBeer to add brains to beer rule #1). The characters in the Walking Dead call the zombies “walkers”, “biters”, “roamers”…in fact no one on the show…

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The Top 5 Belgian Style IPAs

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Your vote counts!Featured Contributor:  Don Manfredi  @profmanfredi Belgian Style IPA’s – An Underappreciated Style? It took me a few years to develop a taste for Belgian beers. The delay can be attributed to some inaccurate information provided to me when I was a beer “noob”. It all came down to a bad experience with a sour (full disclosure, I am still not a fan of sours) that was identified as the typical style of Belgian beer by a confident but under informed server. For a few…

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“Taking a Break from the IPA”

Featured Contributor – EdWhoLikesBears @TheOnlyFeed “Taking a Break from the IPA” If you’re anything like me (and let’s all hope you’re not) there’s nothing better in this world than when you find a new beer you like. Food tastes better. The sun shines brighter. That thing that you hate about yourself doesn’t seem like such a big deal. But the problem is that somewhere along the line I stopped trying new and different beers and only started trying new and different IPAs. In my defense, it’s because…

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Humble Harvester from Rock Art Brewery Beer Review

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Your vote counts!Featured Contributor @BeerBallyhoo There are rare occasions when I drink a certain type of beer (or wine, for that matter), that I find myself transported. The aromas and flavors act as a time machine that sends me, in my mind’s eye, to a place that I in some way cherish. Think of those York Peppermint Patty commercials, and you’ll kind of get what I mean. The first time I tasted the Humble Harvester IPA from Rock Art Brewery, I imagined myself sitting in a newly-mown…

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