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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"

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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The 1 Best Beer from Each State – Sommbeer Readers Choose

Actually 2 beers from each state. The Sommbeer readers list of the best beer from their state. It’s almost impossible, we admit, to pick just 1 beer.  It’s what makes this mind game so much fun. This list is a living document and will be updated from your comments and feedback. A lot of states still need entries! Your State’s Best “Daily Drinker” – It’s your “Go To Beer” sold at grocery stores. Your State’s “Trophy Beer” – Words like amazing, complex and hard to…

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Lucky Duck Distillery – South Carolina Moonshine

Lucky Duck Distillery in Yemassee, SC Meet one of the Nation’s youngest distillers – Fletcher Chase Flowers, making moonshine in South Carolina. It was a hot day in South Carolina, really hot.  My wife and I were more accustomed to Michigan summer weather and we were travelling around Yemassee, SC swimming in humidity. I found a local distillery on Google Maps and we made that our goal to visit for the day.  The distillery description said it was owned and operated by the Nation’s youngest…

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Bell’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Expedition Stout 2017 – Beer Review

Some of my friends in my beer circles claim I loved this beer before I even tried it. They allege my love affair with the “normal” Expedition stout and hoarding of it (113 beers aging in the cellar from 2013) is proof of my inherent bias. I’m not fit, they say, to critically judge this masterpiece and should recuse myself from judging this fine elixir. Not true not true.  I love this beer.  This beer is another data point to prove that a good beer,…

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Introducing the Sommbeer Team of Authors

You can be a part of the Sommbeer team too – Read this first A Tribute to the Sommbeer Team Contributors – We’ve grown so much since that first contributor dared to write for this site (@hopscanary 7/24/14).  In a very short period of time, we’ve grown into a beer community and now boast a full team of contributors.  Let’s keep growing, I’m enjoying the ride. – David  

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Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing

Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing – Beer Review If you know me, you know I’m not the “flower beer” type, or at least I want to think that you wouldn’t think of me as the “flower beer” type. One thing is for sure, I am an adventure drinker. I always try to push myself out of my comfort zone and try new stuff. I’ve found some real gems this way like Massacre,  Duvel, and Fullers ESB.  It was only after my infamous review of Bud…

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Draught Horse Brewery – A Lesson in how to build a successful brewery

Draught Horse Brewery – DHB, New Hudson, MI Let’s be honest, our beloved craft beer industry has matured since it exploded just a decade or so ago.  As with all maturing markets, participants need to continuously adapt and “up their game” to survive.  It’s a demanding market as the novelty of craft beer is gone and breweries have to focus on more than just good beer. That’s why I was so excited to review one of my local breweries because they “get it”.  Draught Horse Brewing (DHB)…

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Double Knot – Four Peaks Brewing – Beer Review

Double Knot from Four Peaks Brewing – Tempe, Arizona Hops hops hops were dancing in my head as I approached this new beer. I haven’t had many beers from Arizona so this was going to be a beer journey without leaving my house. The added bonus was prominently displayed on the label – this was an Imperial IPA. To me an Imperial IPA is like a bourbon barrel aged stout. You’ve taken something great and made it even better. The bottle is screen printed and bold. It…

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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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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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