Fat Lad from Right Brain Brewery – Beer Review

Fat Lad from Right Brain Brewery –  Beer Review  Stats: Style: Russian Imperial Stout ABV: 9.2% Package: 22 oz. bottle or draft. Availability: December  Being born and raised in the Mitten state has given me an appreciation for the great outdoors and damn good beer. As a Michigander, when the snow melts and the grey skies of winter recede, it’s only natural to head north for the summer to enjoy what this great state has to offer. My northern destination is Traverse City; a foodie…

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Grow Local Drink Local

It’s common to hear people talking about drinking “local beer,” but does anyone ever drink truly local beer?   While one frequently sees “Local Farms, Local Food” stickers, “local beer” stickers have yet to make an appearance.  Most malt still comes from a handful of major mid-west malt houses while it is rare to find locally grown hops. Thankfully, this is rapidly changing. So what is the definition of a local beer or drinking local?   Is it having a pint that is made locally…

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Marker 48 Brewing – Weeki Wachee, Florida

Marker 48, located in Weeki Wachee, Florida With over 150 Craft Breweries (and counting) Florida is fast becoming a mecca for the craft beer aficionado and the Tampa Bay area is arguably the Capital of the craft beer scene in Florida. As both a long time resident and a craft beer lover, this makes a very desirable place to be indeed. Most craft beer lovers have heard of the flagship brewery in Tampa Bay – Cigar City.  A brewery known for its signature Jai Alai IPA. Although a…

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Occupy your Jazz Hands with a Beer at Spangalang Brewery

Spangalang Brewery, Denver Colorado Are you a beer hep cat looking for an out of this world place to enjoy some beers and kick back in a fly environment? I’m booted, daddy-o and know just the place for you to get down. It’s Spanaglang, baby. One of the hottest joints in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver. By now, you’re probably aware of all the breweries in Denver, but I’d be a goof not to mention this solid venue for some of Denver’s finest beer.…

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Beer Dinner Break Down

When I talk to friends and fellow beer fans about upcoming events, I’m surprised by how many are unfamiliar with or even intimidated by beer dinners. The general concept is simple: attendees pay a fixed price for multiple courses of food, each of which is paired with one or more beers. Beer dinners are growing increasingly popular as restaurateurs recognize the quality and versatility of craft beer, not to mention its ability to complement all styles of cuisine. Beer-themed events can attract customers on less-busy…

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Moo-HooChiato – Beer Review

Moo-hooChiato?  Moo-Hoo thank you very much! Beer Facts: Style: Sweet Stout Brewery: Terrapin Beer Company ABV: 8.5% Availability: One Time Brew? Have you ever woken up on a Saturday morning, after a long Friday night, longing for another beer or hair of the dog, but seriously really aching for chocolate milk? Well, why not have both?! My very good friend, Trish, a Georgia native, is a stout lover/wine connoisseur.  Whenever she is out at any of the many local eating establishments near us, and she…

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Bell’s Big Packaging Shift

Bell’s Brewery has become one of the larger craft brewers in the U.S. due to the quality of beer they produce and the loyal following they’ve amassed. To meet this growing demand, Bell’s did what any growing company would do – they expanded their production capability and distribution lines. In 2015, Bell’s announced a $50 million expansion plan to their primary brewery which will add in additional bottling and production capabilities. More recently, Bell’s continued their quest to distribute nationwide by announcing that they would begin to distribute in…

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Hopslam 2017 : Beer Review

A review of Hopslam from Bells Brewery I don’t chase down Hopslam, it comes to me. Here in Michigan the annual release of Hopslam is a crazy time where thousands scramble to find this hoppy elixir in select grocery and beer stores.  At times, the pursuit of Hopslam hits a level of hysteria that I am not comfortable with.  No matter, there’s enough attention on the subject that my beer mules always seem to track down a six pack for me. The year, 2017, Hopslam is…

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Beer Review: Sapporo Premium Black Lager

We all know that lagers are yellow, and we all know they come from Germany — or nearby, at least. Duh, that’s a given. So knowing that, let’s discuss Sapporo Premium Black — a black lager from Japan. Wait, what? Ah, little did many of you know that black beer — or Schwarzbier — is quite popular in Japan. And now the oldest beer maker in Japan wants to bring that beer to the U.S. Throw in the 22oz. slick-looking, steel can and you’ve got…

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Perro Tonto Barrel Aged Premium Amber Ale – BEER REVIEW

Perro Tonto Barrel Aged Premium Amber Ale – Beer Review Perro Tonto Barrel Aged Premium Amber Ale – brewed by Purity Brewing, Warwickshire, England Barrel aged beers are not that common in the UK so I was very pleased to receive this fine specimen just before Christmas.  Perro Tonto is Spanish for silly dog and the beer was brewed in memory of the brewery owner’s dog, who died some time ago.  Perro Tonto is a single brew beer which was aged in sherry casks for…

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