Brewery Travels #5: Twin Cities

We’ve spent some quality time in Milwaukee, but before continuing in Wisconsin, let’s take a journey across the Mississippi. My parents recently moved to a suburb outside the Twin Cities, and therefore I will have a plethora of opportunities in the future to visit the expanding craft beer scene there. In this article, I will review four of the breweries I visited; 1 in Minneapolis, and 3 in St. Paul. Let’s get to it! Surly Brewing: Minneapolis, MN Lake Monster Brewing: St. Paul, MN Burning…

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Why is There Beer Raining From My Ceiling?

What causes a beer to “Gusher”? by Will Deutschman We’ve all had the experience: You open a bottle of that beer you have been cherishing – saving for just the right moment – and an instant after you pop the cap, your only thought is, “Why is it raining beer from my ceiling right now???” credit: Research Gate http://tinyurl.com/l2ygt9h  OK. Perhaps you have been lucky enough to not have that experience. But, in a milder form, have you ever opened a bottle and had it…

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Brewery Travels #4: Milwaukee (Southside), Part 2

Welcome back to the Walker’s Point neighborhood on the Southside of Milwaukee! Remember how I said there were eight breweries in this area? Well, there are actually currently nine. Eagle Park Brewing was a tricky place to find, but with their addition, we will be discussing five breweries today! So buckle up, here we go: MobCraft Brewing Milwaukee Brewing Co. Third Space Brewing City Lights Brewing Co. Eagle Park Brewing MobCraft Brewing Oh man, do I sure love MobCraft. They have one of my favorite…

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#BrewNews – Wild Variances in Global Beer Pricing

From the Business Insider: Deutsche Bank analysts collected data on the prices of various services for a recent report to clients. Among them, they included how much it costs to get a beer (500 mL or 1 pint) in a neighborhood pub in an expat area of a given city in 2017. Beers are the cheapest in Prague ($1.30), Johannesburg ($1.70), and Lisbon, Portugal ($2.00). On the flip side, they are the most expensive in Oslo, Norway ($9.90), Singapore ($9.00), and Hong Kong ($7.70). Read…

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The 100 IBU Ale: When 100 Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

  As Americans, we have a thing about 100. “100” indicates good, excellent, perfect, exceptional. 100 on your test is a perfect score. 100% means everything, all of it,  totality. 100 has become a milepost, a yardstick…and a horribly unreliable one at that. Beer is maybe the best example. “100 IBU” is derived from a measurement system based on the International Bittering Units, a loose worldwide agreement we all use to measure the hops content of any beer. But the deceptive part of that sentence…

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Brewery Travels #3: Milwaukee (Southside), Part 1

Today we will be venturing to the South side of Milwaukee, specifically the Walker’s Point/Bay View neighborhoods. As you can see in the picture below, this area is littered with breweries, as well as two distilleries and a cider company. Of course, our focus will be on the eight breweries, most of whom have only recently came onto the scene. As I mentioned at the end of my last article, eight breweries would be too much to do for only article, so I have broken…

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What’s in the glass? Beer Glassware Guide

By The Dirty Hallion The optimist says the glass is half full, the pessimist says the glass is half empty. But the beer drinker asks “What’s in the glass?” When I was younger and first dipping my toes into the pub scene most beer came in one of two glasses, the pint and the half pint. However as I grew older I realised this wasn’t the case everywhere, different countries and regions had different glasses to suit their different styles of beer. This was never more apparent…

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The Whale Hunters: Into the Depths of Beer Trading

You’ll find them in cellars, basements, and dark closets across the country: row after row of boxes, some unmarked, others scribbled over with marker or pen. They’re packed with a hard-earned hoard, treasures amassed from months or years of research, meetings, and negotiations. These are some of the rarest beers in the country, and perhaps the world. Unless you’re the type of jet-setting beer geek who devotes your life to full-time beer tourism, this kind of collection is pretty much impossible to get without beer…

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