BottleKeeper : The Tactical Koozie

I drop things, it’s not my best quality but it happens. Occasionally I drop bottles of beer and of that leads to broken bottles, spilled beer and an overall mess. We’re just a few days away from kicking off the 2016 football season and that of course means we’re coming up on some premier tailgating. The first requirement for a great tailgate is beer, and if you’re doing it right, you’re going to need a koozie. But like everything else in the world of beer the koozie…

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Brewery Ommegang Belgium Comes to Cooperstown (BCTC) 2016

Brewery Ommegang , from Cooperstown, NY Central New York enjoys a long history of brewing and providing hops to the entire country. One of its most famous breweries, Ommegang, threw its annual beer festival Saturday, August 6th. The festival included a Bill Murray theme, but Murray did not show. Still, it’s hard not to enjoy a day filled with beer, food, music, and fun.   Mingling around the tents you’ll find conversation easy with fellow beer lovers.  Stopping to chat with complete strangers and asking…

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Barrel Aged Fury : Fury For A Feast Beer Preview

Over the last few weeks we have been talking quite a bit about the upcoming Fury for a Feast taking place at Witch’s Hat Brewing Co. on August 27th.  Throughout this series of posts we have talked about the brewery, some of the flagship beers, the base beer for many of the barrel aged beers, and of course the event itself.  I want to reiterate that this event is about the charity drive first and foremost. Beer is great but the bigger goal, by far,…

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Revolution Brewing Citra-Hero -6-Pack Review

As a Chicago resident, I’m very familiar with Revolution Brewing. In fact, an Anti-Hero IPA was one of the first beers I drank when I got here, and it’s solidified my love of Revolution Brewing beer ever since. Since opening in 2010, Revolution has been a staple in the Logan Square community. They make strong, flavor packed beers that are hard to forget and easy to try again. Beers like A Little Crazy, Fist City and Rosa are all beers that stand out to me,…

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A Rose By Any Other Name, Would It Truly Smell as Sweet?

A Rose By Any Other Name, Would It Truly Smell as Sweet? 4,144 breweries in the United States in December of 2015, each with an average of say, six-year round beers, another four seasonal beers, and maybe eight one-off releases. Many have far more than that. Now imagine you are charged with providing a unique name for each one. The closest job to this might be a municipal street namer, where (like the beers), names eventually get re-used because of appeal, descriptive accuracy, environment or…

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Brewery Review: Excelsior Brewing Co.

I live in Chicago but I was born and raised in Minnesota. Like many people know, Minnesota has a ton of lakes and a ton of people who enjoy them, but it only has one brewery that really encapsulates that lifestyle, and that’s Excelsior Brewing. Quick disclaimer, I’ve been to Excelsior Brewing Co. tap room numerous times, so it only makes sense that I wrote a review on what is probably my favorite brew spot in Minnesota. A few weeks ago I got a chance…

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Tavour Delivers – Alewerks

Alewerks Brewing Company, from Williamsburg, Virginia It was Friday and Tavour had delivered.  A special shoutout to my wife for being at the house when it arrived.  She left it near the door so I picked it up to take it safely downstairs where it could chill.  My muscles strained to pick it up.  This box was heavy but compact.  What could it be? It was full of bombers!  I love the delivery service from Tavour, they make for fun weekends. This box featured a brewery…

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Saugatuck Brewing

Saugatuck Brewery – Blueberry Stout…and so much more.

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 beer reminds…

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Train Hopper – Beer Review

If you walk into just about any brewery one thing they all have in common is a flagship IPA, on draft all the time.  There’s no denying that IPA is at the forefront of the craft beer boom and for a lot of brewers a solid IPA can make or break the brewery.  Beers like Two Hearted Ale by Bell’s and 60 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head are brews that you’re likely to see anywhere in the country and for good reason, they pack a…

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Fizzics – Beer Tool Review

Fizzics sent me one of their machines and I’m not returning it. Grown men don’t get many happy surprises.  We go to work, we take care of our loved ones, we drink beer.  Then we go back to work.  The arrival of a new beer tool from Fizzics broke this endless cycle and I was pumped.  I had heard about this device but was skeptical.  Was it worth the $169 list price?  Would it make my beer better? I love tools, especially power tools.  Tools…

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