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Host of Sommbeer Faith, Family and Beer always in that order. "We don't take serious beer too seriously" "I encourage you to accept my opinions as fact." "I'm a beer magnet"

Hopslam 2018 Release

Hopslam 2018 Release The 2018 release of Hopslam from Bells Brewery is scheduled for release this week. According to their website it’s actually due in less than 2 days. If you haven’t tried it, you owe it to yourself to try it this year. It packs a punch at 10% abv, 294 calories and enough hops to knockout even the craziest hophead.  From our observations at Sommbeer however, it seems this beer can be delightful even to those that don’t normally like IPAs.  The added…

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Griffin Claw Launching Big Plans In 2018

Griffin Claw Launching Big Plans In 2018  GriffinClaw_BeerRelease_2018_circles PRESS RELEASE FROM: Griffin Claw Brewing Company  Click here for the Griffin Claw Release Calendar Griffin Claw may only be 4 years old but 2018 looks to be a huge year for production and expansion. Griffin Claw has been operating solely out of their Birmingham facility, on Eton Street, for 4 years. All of that will change in 2018 with the opening of their brand new facility in Rochester Hills. The new production facility is twice the size…

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Street Side Sushi – Food Truck for Brewery Visits

StreetSide Sushi – How the food business is helping breweries. I may not intend on having a meal when I’m at the brewery but only too often, my hunger is triggered after a pint. The latest trend with food trucks sitting conveniently next to breweries is a real blessing.  I think the food truck concept is a blast as I’m kinda forced into trying something I’ve never had before. I love my cheeseburgers but food diversity is good too. My wife and I found ourselves…

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How to Make Drunk Marinade

I’m not a chef and I’m not even the primary cook in my family.  Honestly, I think my family keeps me around just for the spare kidney and my grilling/smoking skills.  My primary cooking function is to take the workload off my wife.  So I do it for fun and I have a lot of freedom to mess around.   While my wife has to worry about making a balanced meal for the kids with vegetables, meat, fruit etc… I focus my energies on things…

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Mad Hops – Craft Beer Flavor from a Bottle

Mad Hops – How to turn “College Beer” into craft.  Well not quite, but it does greatly improve a bad or ordinary beer and turn it into something enjoyable. Remember those days when beer was fun? When this product arrived at my doorstep I was skeptical.  We get a lot of products to review at Sommbeer and not all of them are good. Some of them frankly are scary. When I heard about the beer flavorings, I really wondered if flavor extracts added to beer…

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Summit Brewing Co. Suspects Russians of Meddling With Imperial Stout

By Summit Brewing Brewery Announces Sixth Union Series Beer Six months ago, Summit Brewing Co.’s Head Brewer Damian McConn used his Outlook Calendar tool to reserve the brew house for a day and kicked out all the other brewers. Armed with an authentic British recipe from the 1840s, he set about brewing the kind of classic Imperial Stout he liked to drink 20 years ago in the UK. Aging since June 2017 at 50 degrees in a 300-barrel stainless steel fermentation tank, it’s possible that…

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St Arnold Offers Plan for Free Lifetime Beer

HOUSTON TX Houston’s craft beer scene just keeps getting better. In the same week that Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company revealed its plans to open a massive new brewery in Sawyer Yards, Saint Arnold Brewing Company has finally shared details of its long-awaited beer garden. Slated to open next summer, the new addition will be located next to Saint Arnold’s brewery on Lyons Street. As seen in the renderings above, the space, which is designed by local architects Natalye Appel + Associates and landscape architects Office…

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Keurig vs. Tassimo – A side by side comparison #Coffee

Keurig vs. Tassimo – How to make bad coffee slightly better An evening of beer is great but only if I get my coffee the next morning. Oh now stop it. We’ve all lowered ourselves for a quick caffeine fix. These single serve coffee makers are perfect when you want a quick cup of ordinary to awful cup of dark hot liquid.  They are on the same shame level as a foodie going to McDonalds or a beer nerd drinking a macro beer. It happens.…

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Why I stopped Going to the Bar

My first job out of college was brutal. I was a corporate trainer and had to support 16 plant locations all over the USA. My home was the airport, hotel and bar. My bar time, wasn’t all about drinking my home sickness away.  Nope, I gravitated to the bar or “bar area” in restaurants when travelling because of a little secret I learned from extensive travel. You get the best service when you sit at the bar. Sure it meant eating a steak with it…

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Sommbeer Recognized as a Top 50 Beer Community

September, 13: This week, two rating sites have now ranked Sommbeer.com in the top 50 of all craft beer related sites. Amongst the thousands of beer sites we think this is quite an honor. We are proud of this achievement and thank our growing team of writers and readers. Sommbeer on FeedSpot Ranked #47  Sommbeer on ShoutAbout.org Ranked #31   

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