Category Archives: Beer Wisdom, Debate & Commentary

Kid Invasion: Why Not Bring Kids to a Brew Pub?

From David- Founder of Sommbeer: SOMMBEER BEER DEBATE #2 Check out this follow-up  on the Federalist  We Bring Our Kids To The Pub Kid Invasion: Why Not Bring Kids to a Brew Pub?   Sommbeer: Good brew pubs have relaxing atmospheres that invite conversation and fun.  Part of this includes bringing your kids.  Heck the brew pubs often make and push root beer.  Root beer!  I loved that stuff when I was 8.  Which is precisely my point.  The brew pubs encourage comes to visit.…

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Beer and Food Pairings for The Craft Beer Football Fan

Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan It’s mid August and football season is upon us once again.  Football is a great game not only for the sport and the tradition, but for many people like myself it’s an event that provides the opportunity for social gatherings.  With Social gatherings comes serving of great food and of course enjoyment of great beer!  This clearly is an opportunity to make sure that you, and possibly your guests, are getting the most out of your food and beer…

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What’s Wrong with Beer Marketing?

From David- Founder of Sommbeer: I want to thank @hopscanary for contributing to this post.  I value her opinions even (especially) when they fail to agree with mine. Please visit her website:  Hops Canary Beer and Travel Adventures What do you think about the current marketing of beer? Sommbeer: The marketing for craft beer is almost non-existent.  Even the local brew pubs seem inept in this regard.  As for the big brewers, I think they are a mess too.  I have to turn the channel…

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A Guide to Brew Pub Etiquette

From David- Founder of Sommbeer: Mind your Manners! It drives me crazy when I bring someone to  “my”  brewpub and they misbehave.  It’s a place that I go to relax, it’s me refuge after a long day.  I know the menu by heart, I can even tell when they’ve slightly tweaked a recipe (leave it alone thanks).  Most important of all, I know the staff and they know me.  When I want to act like an idiot I’ll go to your brewpub not mine.  So…

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Time for a Gender Bender

When I visit my local bar or sit outdoors with my wife and enjoy a beverage I sometimes observe a repeating pattern.  Women generally drink differently from men.  No no I don’t mean straws vs. cups.  I’m talking about our drink choices. A recent data point from last weekend.  Checkout the near beer on the left.  With all the bright cartoonish colors they felt a need to state “contains alcohol” for goodness sake. Legal Notice:  While I’m not much on Political Correctness, I do live…

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BEER RULE #0 – Don’t Become a Bicycle Rider

BEER RULE #0 – Don’t Become a Bicycle Rider Checkout all 7 of Sommbeer’s Beer Rules See all those guys riding their bikes to work?  Some of them ride bikes because they want to, some out of necessity.  They are Bicycle riders because they got caught drinking and driving.  Let’s all be careful out there. Beer Rule #0 – Don’t Drink and Drive, Don’t Become a Bicycle Rider Here’s a Guide to help Identify a “Bicycle Rider” 1. No Spandex 2. Flower Basket with briefcase 3.…

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Sounds like Dr. Seuss

The Dirty Secret – What the Big (M)ass Brewers Don’t Want You to Know

I’m not a conspiracy theorist but I can tell you there is a serious threat to our craft beer.  This threat is created when a brewer decides to drive profits at the expense of quality.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a capitalist.  I just don’t think brewers need to deceive their loyal customers to increase their margins. Years ago I used to really enjoy Oberon from Bell’s Brewery.  It had a beautiful orange color and a relatively high abv.  It was seasonal and its annual…

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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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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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