Tag Archives: beer wisdom

What is beer?

There’s an old story about a man who walked through the center of a village with a dual-colored hat on.  The left side of his hat was red, the right blue.  It’s not long after the man had walked through the village that the townsfolk find themselves in a dispute.  What color was the hat? One of them asks.  “It was red” argue those on the left “It’s blue” argue those on the right. Both are right both are wrong – we simply see things…

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A Rose By Any Other Name, Would It Truly Smell as Sweet?

A Rose By Any Other Name, Would It Truly Smell as Sweet? 4,144 breweries in the United States in December of 2015, each with an average of say, six-year round beers, another four seasonal beers, and maybe eight one-off releases. Many have far more than that. Now imagine you are charged with providing a unique name for each one. The closest job to this might be a municipal street namer, where (like the beers), names eventually get re-used because of appeal, descriptive accuracy, environment or…

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Beat the Heat with these Beers

The Dog Days of Summer are upon us. There are many ways to beat the heat, but few are as enjoyable as cracking a cold one. It is hard to go wrong when picking a beer to quench your thirst. There are, however, some brews that shine a bit more when the sun is shining at its brightest. Summer Time Brews These brews have been quenching thirsty drinkers’ thirst for more than a season or two. Anchor Summer: A very refreshing brew with a light…

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Suds and cellphones: Craft beer’s growing dependence on mobile

Mobile is king. Whether you’re on the train, at your work or at the park, there’s a good chance most of the people you see will be more infatuated with their phones than their surroundings. And much like the new Pokemon craze that’s sweeping the nation, craft beer drinkers are constantly on their phones searching for the newest, the rarest, and the most sought after beers on the market. The trend makes sense when you look at the mobile-focused millennial generation that’s crowding the market,…

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Craft Beer in Taiwan

Good day everyone. My name is Matt Wraxall and I am a former British man and current long term resident of Taiwan. What is Taiwan? Well, depending on who you talk to it is either a small country off the south coast of China, or it is a large Chinese city, located just off the south of the mainland. I tend towards the former and try not to get into the politics of the latter. And it is definitely not Thailand, which I still find…

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Craft Beer is Dead

I grew up in a suburb just outside of Detroit.  It was there, in my youth, that I started to form my identity; and while forming that identity I always found myself gravitating to things that were different.  When I was growing up and other kids we’re listening to Nirvana and Pearl Jam, I was into The Misfits and Black Flag.  When the kids in my neighborhood were raving about the blockbuster hit movie Independence Day I was hunkered down in my basement watching old…

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All things in moderation

“All things in moderation” or “How I had McDonalds 3 times on the same day” From David, founder of Sommbeer @SommBeer Don was a couple of decades my senior but worked for me as one of my salesman.  It was awkward, or at least it should have been, but it wasn’t because Don always put me in my place.  We travelled a lot together and it didn’t matter who reported to who, we were just busy trying to sell industrial equipment to everybody in the world.…

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Beer: It just keeps giving

Beer: It just keeps giving   Winter has finally grasped the Midwest in its evil, cold clutches and my brother-in-law and I note that, without beer, that grasp would only be more depressing. That got me to thinking….beer is a “giver”……..it gives us so much over the course of our lives! If you are mature enough to have graduated to craft beer enthusiasm, I hope to you have you nodding in agreement by the end of this article.   Let’s have a look. For legal…

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David vs Goliath… The Beer Edition

I (like so, so many people) get insanely excited for a beer release like Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout. The down side to that is living in a location where it’s hard to even go to a bar where you can get a taste of it after it’s released. This past December I waited patiently for 4 hours just to hopefully get a chance of buying a single bottle of it. I managed to be one of the lucky ones to walk away with…

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Pick 1 beer for the rest of your life.

Writers were given the challenge to select and write a response to the ultimate beer  question: ” If you had to pick one beer to drink for the rest of your life, what would it be? “ From the Sommbeer Team of Writers: Don Manfredi @profmanfredi Heady Topper First I want to say that if I can only drink one beer for the rest of my life then I hope my life is short. Second since I have to choose I think everyone knows that I pick…

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