All posts by David

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"

I’m looking for an Everyday Drinker

I’m looking for an “Everyday” Drinker. Wine fans call it table wine.  A bottle of wine that is neither exceptional nor objectionable.  That’s what I need but for beer. Let me state that I don’t drink beer everyday, I have responsibilities and a family that loves me.  That said, I need a beer that I can grab without much thought.  Just something to grab on a Wednesday when I fire up the smoker or bbq.  I don’t want to ponder deeply into it the glass…

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BEER RULE #7 – Avoid Mental Vanilla

BEER RULE #7 – Avoid Mental Vanilla Checkout all 7 of Sommbeer’s Beer Rules Hundreds of ice cream flavors and the top selling flavor is plain old vanilla.  Why?  Vanilla is comfortable and offers no risk. It’s important to pull yourself out of your routine and try something new. It’s easy to shuffle along that a well worn path in the beer store and pick up the same stuff you had the week before.  Ahhhhh, you think there’s comfort and familiarity and there’s no risk.…

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Homegrown (hops) – Now Legal in Michigan

My wife left for the afternoon to go shopping.  Everything was on “sale” and she was going to save us money.  Not sure how spending saves me money.  Anyway, I had spent some of our money the day before on a double top secret purchase. I had traveled over one hour to pick up my hops (rhizomes actually) from my favorite homebrew shop.   I was crazy excited and I hid those bad boys in the back of the fridge.   With the wife shopping,…

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Beer Brand Bias – Say it Fast

We all have biases. In Michigan we have lots of Coney Island restaurants with lots of different brands.  I’m convinced the best Coney Island is “National”.  Other folks like to duke it out between two different shops located in downtown Detroit Coney Island Rivals. When I travel to Ohio, I enjoy their Chili.  It tastes great and is served on top of spaghetti noodles which is kinda weird but good.  To me, the best chili is Sky Line. I wonder though, can one shop really…

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Fuller’s London Pride vs. ESB – Beer Review

It was late in the evening when I found myself in London.  I had just fallen off a 3 hour train ride from the north and was exhausted.  Loaded with with baggage and attire that screamed corporate casual I couldn’t have felt more out of place.  By day I’m a Corporate Clown  because I have to be, but by night I need to transform back into a human being.  I was now faced with transportation to my crappy hotel by Heathrow airport.  I could take the “Underground”…

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Beer Battle: Germany vs. England

Beer Battle: Germany vs. England ….. The ultimate beer showdown, who will win? I recently traveled to Germany and England for a business trip.  The trip was carefully scheduled and manipulated to provide for ample beer sampling in each of the cities that I traveled to.  Anticipating this trip for many weeks, I contemplated all of the wonderful German beers that I was going to enjoy.  After all, they adhered to the German Beer Purity Law otherwise known as- Reinheitsgebot.  The law, established in 1487, dictates…

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BEER RULE #6 – Don’t be that (wine) guy

BEER RULE #6 – Don’t be that (wine) guy Checkout all 7 of Sommbeer’s Beer Rules I recently watched a film called SOMM, that held my full attention for 93 minutes.  It was about a group of guys that devoted their lives to the study of wine.  They neglected friends and family for months to study and obtain the esteemed status of “Master Sommelier”.  In each scene I watched them twirl, sniff, taste, think and talk about their wine (actually they spit out the wine, forbidden in…

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Cellaring and Aging Beer – Updated Pics

So you might think the wine guys are the only ones that age their stash.  Nope, beer geeks do too.  I was excited to do this myself last year after I made a wine cellar in my basement.  It was a big project, but I had hundreds of websites to help guide me.  When I decided to store beer however, there was frightfully little help.  This page has been created to help the cause.  This is a journey and I’m still learning. Beer Aging – Conditions…

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BEER RULE #5 – If the Beer has Class Pour it in a Glass

BEER RULE #5 – If the Beer has Class Pour it in a Glass Checkout all 7 of Sommbeer’s Beer Rules Good beer deserves a glass.  The very act of pouring it into the glass “breaks” the beer and allows it to oxidize,  the aroma is released as the carbon dioxide breaks free.  When I pour a beer into a glass I savor the smell, bubbles and color.  When it’s still in the bottle however, all of that sensation has to be observed through that small port hole.  Stop…

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Dogfish 120 – The beer that ruined my IPA stash – Beer Review

This beer is really hard to find.  By hard I mean, I’ve developed a network of beer buddies who alert me when they find a bottle.  I have befriended a beer store owner who promised he would hide a bottle under the counter.  One guy I know got a Saturday morning call at 7am from his beer store owner.  He dashed out in his jammies and bought 2 bottles @ $8/bottle.  This is a highly coveted beer, in short supply for a limited amount of…

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