Category Archives: Beer Wisdom, Debate & Commentary

Community minded craft breweries

What’s Crafting A Cure? Five years ago my wife and I started a fundraiser in Cornwall Ontario. You see, between us we have four kids, and two of those have Type 1 Diabetes. One night my wife and I were sitting in the living room watching hockey and enjoying some local craft beer. I remember it was Lug Tread from Beau’s All Natural Brewing. We all had a “gateway beer” and that one was mine. That smooth, crisp lagerred ale with so much flavour changed…

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#FOMO and the Instagram IPAs

# FOMO and the Instagram IPAs by Anthony Gladman Just a thought, but is there such a thing as too many beers? I know, I know, it sounds heretical. Beer is good so more beer must be better, right? But lately I’ve wondered… Don’t get me wrong, I love a short-run seasonal beer as much as the next beardy white guy. Just look at my Instagram and you’ll see plenty of them on parade. Only lately I’ve started to ask myself whether certain breweries aren’t…

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Beer Cloning

How to make a clone of your favorite beer right in your kitchen. By Luke Henslick, Renegade Brewing Supplies in Turlock, California At Sommbeer we of course love craft beer, and enjoy exploring new beer styles and breweries that may be popping up in our local areas.  We may even wish to travel to breweries we enjoy, but have you ever thought, “Gee, I can clone my favorite beer style right in my kitchen?” The hobby of homebrewing has exploded in the last 20 years, and has…

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Beer and an Active Lifestyle

BEER AND AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE COMBINE The enjoyment of beer and an active lifestyle are combining like they never have before. Americans are increasingly spending their time competing in 5ks, 10ks, marathons, triathlons, mud runs and obstacle courses. Equally, after these races there are more and more opportunities to drink a refreshing malt beverage. In the United States the growth trend in the number of breweries has mirrored that of running participation. In 1990 there were 284 breweries (Source: Brewers Association) and 5 million runners…

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What I Learned Teaching Beginners About Beer

What I learned Teaching Beginners About Beer By David Nilsen It’s been my privilege to lead a monthly beer class and tasting program called the Craft Beer Education Series in my small Ohio town. I started the class a year ago without really knowing what to expect. Would anyone sign up? Would newcomers be too intimidated to participate? The response has been nothing but positive, and I’ve learned a lot during the last year of leading this class. The things my attendees have taught me…

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The lazy, hazy days of summer (beers).

Or: Why those tasty, tasty New England IPAs are legit cloudy – mostly. There has been a surge lately in the number of beers being sold that are, how shall we say it…. less than clear in their visual appearance. For some styles, this is, of course, historically accurate and fully appropriate. Think Bavarian hefeweizen, or Belgian wit. For most other styles, a hazy beer is considered a fault and a mark of an improperly crafted beer. Of late, it seems that idea is being thrown…

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Right Beer for the Season

As the weather is finally becoming more seasonal and resembling something more like summer, my wife and I decided to go have a drink on the patio.  We decided on one of our favorite watering holes, ESCA Gourmet Pizza & Bar.  Now if you ever travel to Cornwall Ontario, you have to visit this restaurant. Great food, great people and of course craft beer. It’s a gorgeous night, hot with a little shade thanks to the table umbrella. My wife Cherie takes the chair in the full sun, and…

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Canada Day and Beers

It’s our National Long weekend here in Canada.  We call it Canada Day or Dominion Day, and it’s normally celebrated enjoying some cold beverages with friends and family.  It’s also a time of year on social media where we read all kinds of posts saying “Happy Canada Day, what beer will you be enjoying?” Wow, what a question.  I mean, for those of you who know me I’m a huge advocate for Ontario Craft Beer.  But how do I choose which one is best for…

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How to Homebrew Beer like a Chef

Beer recipes are as common as brewers, and each recipe you find, if brewed more than once, is probably very tasty to someone. Many homebrewers go through a homebrew career having never created a recipe. I’m here to tell you – it’s a worthwhile endeavor. When considering the next beer for my pipeline, I follow a fairly consistent plan. What’s for supper?  Brewing is cooking. A recipe is just that – but you can probably handle more than a few meals without the book right?…

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All Day All Week All Month: 30 Days with Founders’ Session Ale

The challenge was simple: make Founders All Day IPA the only beer I drank for 30 days. So why did friends, acquaintances, and people I barely knew tell me I was crazy? Why did I feel like I was somehow betraying my duty as a craft beer citizen – the duty to explore the far reaches, skip daily between styles, strengths, and sources? To take a step back, why do it at all? Addicted to New We live in an era where craft beer fans…

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