New Holland Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout

New Holland Brewing Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout

First brewed in 2001, New Holland Brewing describes Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout as, “A stout with roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath.” Sometimes flowery descriptions provided by breweries fail to materialize once one sips the beer, but not Dragon’s Milk. Although all beer ratings are subjective, most rate Dragon’s Milk highly, with good reason. Dragons may breathe fire, but the immense salvation provided by the mere sight of this delicious beer will douse any flame. ABV:…

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Pure Brews Season 2 Ep. 5 Preview

Pure Brews America is back! It’s been a long break since we last got to watch this acclaimed show featuring some of the best breweries in the state of Michigan. Starting this Saturday, October 1st,  thanks to the good people at Meijer and their fantastic Beer Frontier to bring Pure Brews America to life and back to televisions and computer screens everywhere throughout October! For this stretch of the season Shannon and Ryan will take you behind the scenes of Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Mountain…

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What is beer?

There’s an old story about a man who walked through the center of a village with a dual-colored hat on.  The left side of his hat was red, the right blue.  It’s not long after the man had walked through the village that the townsfolk find themselves in a dispute.  What color was the hat? One of them asks.  “It was red” argue those on the left “It’s blue” argue those on the right. Both are right both are wrong – we simply see things…

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Lazy Dog Cafe – Brewery Review

Everyone is trying to cash in on the meteoric rise of the craft beer industry. Outside of the highly publicized purchased of craft breweries by the macro-producers (maybe they are just highly publicized in the stuff I read) there is also the growth of the craft beer restaurant. On paper, the concept seems great. Beer and food go together like Southern Tier’s Pumking and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day (I’m sure there is a better analogy but we are all beer snobs here so why…

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An enthusiastic hand for Left Hand Brewing

I live in an apartment within the city limits of Denver. Fresh hops are about as close to my mind as horseback riding in the nude when I’m putting together a brew recipe. In fact, I’ve never had the opportunity to even get my hands on fresh-grown hops until a friend of mine asked if I wanted some freshies. Um, yes? What started as a quick pick up, turned into a fun little afternoon at Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado. I got to…

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Sharing a Beer with Shannon Long – America’s Beer Export Pioneer

This is the story about an influential member of our craft beer community, Shannon Long. I should start this paragraph about her background and her passion for beer. Now I’m on the 3rd sentence and I’m still not doing this right..  You know why? Because when I sat down for beers with Shannon and her brother Johnny, she brought up their dad and how he helped her at a young and influential age.  I’m a dad too so this part of our conversation really resonated…

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Strohs from the “D” – Beer Review

If we’ve said it once on this site we’ve said it a thousand times, Detroiters are a prideful bunch. It’s been over 30 years since Stroh’s Brewing Company had brewed their iconic beer in Detroit and recently the news was dropped that the classic Bohemian Style Pilsner would once again be produced in the Motor City at Brew Detroit.   Since Sommbeer has some pretty strong Detroit and Michigan roots Don Manfredi pitched the idea that he, David, and myself (John) should dive in and review…

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Hamilton Family Brewery – Brewery Review

Hamilton Family Brewery, located in Cucamonga, California Jetlag leads to Hamilton Family Brewery Traveling for work can be a drag. It’s even worse when you have to leave your house at 4:25am on the east coast to make a noon meeting on the west coast. You quickly learn that there can be more than 24 hours in a day. It’s exhausting. Nothing makes an agonizingly long day worthwhile like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that is the local craft…

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Can Epic Brewing out-epic its own namesake? Possibly.

Epic Brewing Company opened its doors to the Denver public on September 28, 2013. Their original brewery opened in Utah in 2008. Have you heard the story yet? The long and short of it goes Utah law made opening a brewery in Denver very attractive for a number of reasons. Google can provide a more in-depth explanation. I’m not one to repeat the internet; I’m just the voice of us drunken wanderers of the world. Their building is in the budding RiNo (River North) neighborhood…

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No Pumpkin Here: Alaskan Brings Coffee Brown Ale to Fall Lineup

No Pumpkin Here: Alaskan Brings Coffee Brown Ale to Fall Lineup Isolation breeds innovation up here in Juneau, Alaska. This season, Juneau-based brewery, Alaskan Brewing Company used a radical technique to concoct the coffee creation, Alaskan Heritage Brown Coffee Ale. Alaskan Brewing Company teamed up with Juneau-based Heritage Coffee Roasting Company to come up with a unique way to infuse the brown ale with a subtly bold coffee flavor. Like mad scientists, the brewers and roasters worked alongside each other to roast the malt in…

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