Category Archives: Beer Wisdom, Debate & Commentary

Festa de Reis: Lisbon Beer District

A look into Portuguese Craft Beer @beer4strgclimat  Julie Boatman Filucci  (Beer for Strange Climates) Festa de Reis: Lisbon Beer District In the midst of our bar crawl of the LBD, we ducked into a cafe for a snack, making our way through the low light of the fluorescents barely illuminating the counter. Through a mix of gestures and our slowly improving Portuguese, we picked out salgados (“salty snacks”) including shrimp rissois and sausage empadas, and the inevitable croquettes of bacalhau (salt cod). With our tasters…

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Trump Beers

It has now been over a year since Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. He is controversial, divisive, arrogant, unpredictable, and a catalyst for widespread protests. His approval ratings have been fluttering around 40%, and the list of people/groups he has offended throughout the years is too long for this article. Simply put, he causes a lot of people to reach for the booze. Luckily for us, the beer community is diverse, passionate, and proud. Many within the industry…

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Pairing Beer for the Big Game – Super Bowl 52

Like a gourmet meal, a great football game is filled with platefuls of deliciousness and can be greatly enhanced when paired with the proper beverage. This quick guide will help you determine which beer to drink and when to drink it as the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots go to battle on Tremendous Sunday (not sure if we can say Super Sunday?) First, be sure to have the following varieties of beer available…there’s nothing worse than being sent to the concussion protocol tent because…

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Tony Soprano’s Booze of Choice

Today on Sommbeer we explore what this fictional character would choose to drink – Tony Soprano’s Booze of Choice  It is infrequent that a grand idea lasts the transition from a drunken stupor to a sober hangover. Therefore, I have given up on grand ideas, and now choose to focus on ideas that are simple and amusing. This project, born from a mix of strong IPA’s and multiple glasses of French red wine, is one that I hope invokes much discussion and enjoyment: Step 1…

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Thinking Outside the Box With Your Hop Bill

Thinking Outside the Box With Your Hop Bill I was recently at a brewery here in British Columbia and was impressed with their interesting hop usage.  Persephone Brewing, a farm based brewery on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, made their IPA with Centennial and Cascade and their pale ale with Citra.  What I found interesting is that if you were to ask most brewers which hop would be used in which beer, most would guess that the Citra would be used in the IPA and Centennial…

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Profmanfredi’s Top and Bottom Beers 2017 Edition

Once again, before I launch the 2017 installment of my best and worst, here is the rule reminder: All the beers listed were tried for the very first time in 2017. It does not matter when the beer was released, only that I tried it for the very first time in calendar year 2017. As always, the bottom ten are mostly based on styles that I tried and did not like and are not a slam on the brewery or the beer, just not my…

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How to Take Your Brewing Operation to the Next Level

How to Take Your Brewing Operation to the Next Level So, you’ve been brewing beer for a while now and everyone agrees; you’ve gotten really, really good. You’re confident in your ability and have decided it’s time to turn your beloved pastime into a full-blown business venture. This venture, of course, is starting a brewery. As many will attest, operating a brewery is a business experience unlike anything else. The craft beer industry in the United States is booming. As of last year, the market…

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The Science Behind ZēLUS Beer

Back in July we introduced our new beer company, ZēLUS (pronounced zee-luhs). We talked a lot about our approach to the beer industry and our involvement in running and sporting events. This time we want to focus on how we craft beer for the active lifestyle by maximizing flavor and refreshment in beer with less than 5% ABV. The brewing process and ingredients are what makes each beer unique. Historically, new beer styles came out of what are now known as some of the classic…

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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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How to fill your bar with customers

How to fill your bar with customers? Having a bar filled with customers is not the mission impossible, but it requires constant improvement because one of the most common things every successful bar has in common is great quality. It doesn’t matter if I am talking about the service, the menu, the interior or the entertainment, every aspect of your bar has to be the best. A satisfied customer can easily become the regular customer. If you want to improve your business, keep an eye…

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