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Holiday beer review: Tröegs Mad Elf

Holiday beer review: Tröegs Mad Elf By Stephanie L. Smith Elves can easily be found on many shelves across the country this holiday season, but there’s one elf who only appears in the beer cellars of those living in the upper East Coast and Ohio: Tröegs Mad Elf. Founded in 1996 by brothers John and Chris Trogner and located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Tröegs Brewing Company produces 16 beers, which are divided evenly between year-round and seasonal offerings, while limiting distribution to nearby states to maintain…

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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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Holiday Beer Review: STONE XOCOVEZA

Holiday Beer Review: STONE XOCOVEZA (Mocha Stout with Holiday Spices, 8.1% ABV) An interesting Mexican-hot-chocolate-inspired beer from Stone Brewing you should try. Stone Brewing is well known to the craft beer world. They are the ninth largest craft brewery in the country, and in 2008 they were voted the “Top All Time Brewery on Planet Earth” by readers of Beer Advocate. Stone’s (extremely) hoppy IPAs are their most famous offerings, and they own the Arrogant Bastard brand. They also make some good stouts, including barrel…

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Places to Find the World’s Rarest Beers

Anything but Everyday: 7 Places to Find the World’s Rarest Beers Sometimes the most renowned beers seem like the hardest to find. Be it a vintage sour, small-batch imperial stout, or Trappist-born tripel, rare brews often become legends, the kind of thing you hear stories about but never get to taste for yourself. So take heart, beer fans, in the knowledge that bars across the country have begun panning the backwater streams of craft brewing for liquid gold. Here is a small sampling of the…

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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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Worthington’s White Shield – Beer Review

WORTHINGTON’S WHITE SHIELD – BEER REVIEW White Shield IPA (5.6% abv.) made by Molson Coors brewery located in Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom. This is the real thing, as near as you can get to drinking an authentic pint of English cask ale short of actually getting on the plane and flying across the pond to England. Worthington White Shield is a bottle conditioned strong beer and can claim to be one of the original India Pale Ales that were first brewed in C19 for…

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Owd Rodger Country Ale – Beer Review

Owd Rodger Country Ale made by Marstons Brewery located in Wolverhapton, United Kingdom Owd Rodger, made by English brewers, Marston’s, caught my eye as it is both a strong beer and a dark, sweet brown ale. It is styled as a “Country Ale” but this is an appellation which does not appear in any of my beer reference books. To me this is a strong or Imperial Brown Ale and the brewers should be justly proud of it. Owd Rodger pours a dark brown colour and…

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Strohs from the “D” – Beer Review

If we’ve said it once on this site we’ve said it a thousand times, Detroiters are a prideful bunch. It’s been over 30 years since Stroh’s Brewing Company had brewed their iconic beer in Detroit and recently the news was dropped that the classic Bohemian Style Pilsner would once again be produced in the Motor City at Brew Detroit.   Since Sommbeer has some pretty strong Detroit and Michigan roots Don Manfredi pitched the idea that he, David, and myself (John) should dive in and review…

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The 5 Beers I’m Drinking this Fall

Ah, Fall. For me, it’s easily the best time of the year. Not only does it offer the best range of temperatures (in my opinion), but it also means football is back, sweatpants are acceptable – oh, and the beer gets really good. Gone are the fruity wheats and saisons; in are pumpkin ales and Oktoberfests. If they could concoct the smell of a fall bonfire into a beer and sell it in cans – that’s all I would drink during this time of year…

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Saugatuck Brewing

Saugatuck Brewery – Blueberry Stout…and so much more.

Mea Culpa. I once wrote a light-hearted article here on Sommbeer focused on ingredients in beer that, no matter how popular, no matter how many friends love them, just aren’t for you. For me, blueberries existed as the one thing in beer I simply could not stomach. I wrote: I do not like blueberry beer. Actually, I hate it. The worst part of blueberry brews, I argue, has to do with flavoring that reminds me of blueberry syrup, not blueberries. Tasting a blueberry beer reminds…

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