How to Make a Beer Cellar

In an earlier post, I wrote about beer cellaring and all the wonders that hobby has to offer. If you think that KBS is delicious today you will not believe how much it improves after 3 years. For even more advice read the Art of Cellaring Beer by Rod Jones. Now that the world is downloading and playing with the Sommbeer App, I thought it would be fun to write about how I made my beer cellar. The timing seems right as our app was…

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Dragons Milk Reserve Tripled Mashed by New Holland Brewing Company – Beer Review

Stats Style: Triple Mashed Stout Aged in Oak Barrels Package: 12 oz Bottle ABV: 17% New Holland brewing Company’s Dragons Milk has been around for a while. Over the years they have released several reserve series such as: Raspberry & lemon, Coconut Rum Barrel, Coffee & Chocolate, Vanilla Chai Spice and Triple Mashed. These reserve series are highly sought after and due to the limited availability, are difficult to acquire. Typically, for beers that are this difficult to acquire, I will call my local bottle…

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Beer Pairing 101

In my recent article about beer dinners, I touched on the importance of pairing beer and food appropriately. This topic struck a chord with some readers, who asked for more information about how pairing works and the effect it can have on your overall experience. At its core, beer pairing is about combining two of life’s great pleasures: craft beer and high-quality food. Almost every beer fan drinks with some of their meals already—why not put some thought into how the food and drink work…

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Chocolate Wheat by Short’s Brewing Company – Beer Review

Stats Style: American Porter ABV: 7.3% Package: Draft & Bottle 30 IBU One of my favorite breweries in northern Michigan has to be Shorts Brewery Company. Shorts is located in a small town called Bellaire. Getting there is kind of a journey, but it’s a beautiful drive through northern Michigan. It’s a popular destination, and once you get into town you will soon realize that the cars lining the streets are there for one reason; to visit Shorts. Be warned, the pub and mart are packed…

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Setting off a Chain Reaction of beer, friends and family

Chain Reaction Brewing Company, Denver Colorado Chain Reaction Brewing Company is located slightly south of downtown Denver riding along the edge of a residential neighborhood and a slew of small businesses. Normally it might be a “blink and you’ll miss it” unassuming building in an area like this, but once you spot the parking lot, usually complete with a Denver food truck parked in front near their newly added patio, it’s a welcome beacon of craft beer light. Upon walking into the building, you’re greeted by…

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The Best Beers for the Super Bowl!

The Super Bowl is the biggest Football game of the year.  It’s also the biggest television event of the year, so big that people even tune in specifically to watch the commercials.  People all over the world throw house parties to enjoy the big game and all those house parties are loaded with snacks, food and beer.  So what beer should you buy or bring to a Super Bowl party? Unless you want to drink swill don’t take the advice of the NFL, no good…

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Patriots vs Falcons has turned into Samuel Adams vs Sweetwater

Its Super Bowl week, which means there will be constant coverage of both lucky football franchises, along with the antics of the fans, businesses and cities each team hails from. And while there’s sure to be buzz about what the local Atlanta and Boston governors bet each other and anticipation, or dread, or the latest Budweiser Super Bowl spot, there’s one interesting bet from two prominent breweries that has me intrigued: Sweetwater (ATL) vs Samuel Adams (NE). Maybe you saw that a local Georgia gas…

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