Category Archives: Beer Wisdom, Debate & Commentary

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Down with Craft Lager

I didn’t realize the passion some folks have about lager until I sent a hyperbolic tweet the other day, in which I said I don’t like the craft lager trend. Since the tweet aroused so much emotion, I thought I would give a little more detail here about my thinking on this topic. 140 characters isn’t usually enough for a nuanced discussion! Over the last year or so it struck me that many more craft breweries are making lager (and Pils, Helles, and other similar beers)…

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The Best Beers for the Super Bowl!

The Super Bowl is the biggest Football game of the year.  It’s also the biggest television event of the year, so big that people even tune in specifically to watch the commercials.  People all over the world throw house parties to enjoy the big game and all those house parties are loaded with snacks, food and beer.  So what beer should you buy or bring to a Super Bowl party? Unless you want to drink swill don’t take the advice of the NFL, no good…

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Patriots vs Falcons has turned into Samuel Adams vs Sweetwater

Its Super Bowl week, which means there will be constant coverage of both lucky football franchises, along with the antics of the fans, businesses and cities each team hails from. And while there’s sure to be buzz about what the local Atlanta and Boston governors bet each other and anticipation, or dread, or the latest Budweiser Super Bowl spot, there’s one interesting bet from two prominent breweries that has me intrigued: Sweetwater (ATL) vs Samuel Adams (NE). Maybe you saw that a local Georgia gas…

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Bell’s Big Packaging Shift

Bell’s Brewery has become one of the larger craft brewers in the U.S. due to the quality of beer they produce and the loyal following they’ve amassed. To meet this growing demand, Bell’s did what any growing company would do – they expanded their production capability and distribution lines. In 2015, Bell’s announced a $50 million expansion plan to their primary brewery which will add in additional bottling and production capabilities. More recently, Bell’s continued their quest to distribute nationwide by announcing that they would begin to distribute in…

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7 Craft Beer Predictions for 2017

For as tumultuous as 2016 was, one thing that stayed consistent throughout it all was the craft beer market. As we enter into 2017, craft beer fans and casual drinkers alike will have more choices, more breweries and more beer styles than ever to choose from. Not only does this lead to an increase of creativity among brew masters, but also a healthy dose of competition that will make sure that beer drinkers get the best product, at the best prices.  2016 was a year…

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Shut out of another bottle release

                After once again being shut out of another bottle release, I find myself in limbo about my feelings towards the community that I have begun to love.  Since giving into my passion of drinking great beer over 3 years ago, I have spent most of my free time learning understanding and analyzing the craft beer industry.  As a former sneaker head throughout my 20’s, I’ve noticed similarities between the two.  And it all stems from one word, “HYPE”.   Check out these tips to survive…

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Drinking a Beer with Dad

You know, every now and then, you have a beer that gives you a “next level” experience, it’s more than just a great tasting liquid in a bottle. Sometimes, it’s about who you are with, or where you are, or maybe the food you have with that liquid, but when you have finished that bottle of beer you have done more than just quenched your thirst, you have enjoyed a craft beer experience! For me, I had one of those experiences last weekend. But before…

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time For A Beer

This article was originally published on 12/15/2015 Oh the weather outside is frightful, but a well crafted brew is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go, seasonal beer seasonal beer seasonal beer.  Ok maybe that’s not the best rendition of  a classic Christmas song but I’ve never claimed to be a lyricist.  As I write this we are only a handful of days away from Christmas, the gift list almost completed and I’m on the tail end of my first of 3 family…

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Sommbeer’s Top Thanksgiving Beers!

Thanksgiving is great! It’s a holiday that is filled with family, food, football and in many cases beer! So what kind of beer should you be drinking for Thanksgiving? There’s really not a wrong answer here but some beers certainly pair with the day better than others. These are Sommbeer’s favorite Thanksgiving beers! Bell’s Best Brown – #BestBrown taking in a beautiful Colorado view. Cheers to @derekcronk for sharing this great photo! #BestPartOfFall A photo posted by Bell’s Brewery (@bellsbrewery) on Oct 26, 2016 at…

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The Strangest Beer Ingredients

Water, barley, hops…goat brains? Casting aside constraints imposed by the centuries-old German Purity Laws, these beers test the limits of chemistry, imagination, and beer drinkers’ famously adventurous palates. Dogfish Head Midas Touch | Saffron Okay, so saffron’s not going to scare off too many craft beer fans. You’ve probably spotted a few threads of this red wonder in your foodie friend’s spice cabinet or perched atop a paella. But consider this: a single pound of this delicate, grassy spice, a key ingredient in Dogfish’s flagship…

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