Profmanfredi’s Favorite Holiday Beer

I have heard it said that it is about the journey not the destination. I agree with this most of the time but the beer I look forward to every year created an embarrassing start to my Belgian beer journey. Before I go there, I want to talk about the Blues. No, not seasonal affect disorder caused by lack of sunlight that some of us experience during the holidays, but the grimy gut bucket music that I love so much. Listening to Albert King or…

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. Christmas Ale – 6-Pack Review

As the seasons change, so does the beer. For me, the winter period gives the beer community some of the most flavorful and poignant beers you can find. Barrel-aged stouts, smoky porters and Christmas-time ales are all some of my favorites. And although you might not be able to chug these like you would a summer lager, these winter beers are worth sipping and savoring – none more so than the Christmas concoction Great Lakes Brewing Co. has perfected year after year. The aptly named…

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Pedal Pub Approved for major metropolitan areas

Detroit is the latest large city to receive approval for the newest beer drinking trend – pedal pubs.  A group of friends or complete strangers jumps aboard one of these mobile pubs so they can drink and socialize.  For me, I think it would also be fun to have already worked off a few hundred of the calories I’ve just consumed. Read more here

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Sommbeer’s Top Thanksgiving Beers!

Thanksgiving is great! It’s a holiday that is filled with family, food, football and in many cases beer! So what kind of beer should you be drinking for Thanksgiving? There’s really not a wrong answer here but some beers certainly pair with the day better than others. These are Sommbeer’s favorite Thanksgiving beers! Bell’s Best Brown – #BestBrown taking in a beautiful Colorado view. Cheers to @derekcronk for sharing this great photo! #BestPartOfFall A photo posted by Bell’s Brewery (@bellsbrewery) on Oct 26, 2016 at…

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Places to Find the World’s Rarest Beers

Anything but Everyday: 7 Places to Find the World’s Rarest Beers Sometimes the most renowned beers seem like the hardest to find. Be it a vintage sour, small-batch imperial stout, or Trappist-born tripel, rare brews often become legends, the kind of thing you hear stories about but never get to taste for yourself. So take heart, beer fans, in the knowledge that bars across the country have begun panning the backwater streams of craft brewing for liquid gold. Here is a small sampling of the…

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List of Top Beer Cities in the U.S.

List of Top Beer Cities in the U.S.   From InfoGroup  “Where do beer or wine drinkers live, and what kind of lifestyles do they lead? In an ongoing series of consumer and business insights, Infogroup ranked top beer and wine cities in the U.S., utilizing Infogroup’s verified business database of more than 15 million records. The study analyzed U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs1) of more than 1 million in population based on their concentration of beer and wine businesses per 10,000 residents. Further, each…

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DESTINATION:Extreme Beer Fest, Boston #beerfest

  Anyone who has been to Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Fest will tell you it’s nothing short of epic. Any fest boasting 70 breweries and at least 250 beers is amazing, but consider this; Extreme Beer Fest brewers get to attend by invite only. The result is a no holds barred, mind blowing, often once in a lifetime beer offering, and each year the beer list gets more amazing. With a price tag of about $60 per ticket, no one can argue that Extreme Beer…

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The Strangest Beer Ingredients

Water, barley, hops…goat brains? Casting aside constraints imposed by the centuries-old German Purity Laws, these beers test the limits of chemistry, imagination, and beer drinkers’ famously adventurous palates. Dogfish Head Midas Touch | Saffron Okay, so saffron’s not going to scare off too many craft beer fans. You’ve probably spotted a few threads of this red wonder in your foodie friend’s spice cabinet or perched atop a paella. But consider this: a single pound of this delicate, grassy spice, a key ingredient in Dogfish’s flagship…

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Worthington’s White Shield – Beer Review

WORTHINGTON’S WHITE SHIELD – BEER REVIEW White Shield IPA (5.6% abv.) made by Molson Coors brewery located in Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom. This is the real thing, as near as you can get to drinking an authentic pint of English cask ale short of actually getting on the plane and flying across the pond to England. Worthington White Shield is a bottle conditioned strong beer and can claim to be one of the original India Pale Ales that were first brewed in C19 for…

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The Fight Against Sensory Overload Temporary Amnesia #SOTA

The Fight Against Sensory Overload Temporary Amnesia When I was growing up there were a couple of places that I used to frequent that are slowly starting to disappear. One was the record store, and the other was the video store. Both of these brick and mortar businesses had something in common for me: they induced sensory overload temporary amnesia (SOTA). Here is how it worked: before I went to the record store I thought of at least ten albums I wanted (for those of…

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