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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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How to Drink Great Beer on a Budget

Keeping up with new and seasonal releases and following new breweries can end up costing quite a bit of money. Exploring great craft beer doesn’t have to break your budget. Here are a five ways to enjoy all that great beer has to offer. Make a Wish List Doing a little research ahead of time could end up saving you serious cash. Make a wish list of the standout beers you definitely want to try. Choosing brews that get universally positive reviews and that have…

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The Top 5 Open Secrets about AB InBev

The AB InBev machine has secrets that they are obligated to share with you. The outpouring of grief and drama every time AB InBev buys an independent craft brewer is starting to wear me out.  The internet just seems to explode with news articles, twitter feeds and conspiracy theories.  There just seems to be so much energy spent on trying to guess what they will do next and what their underlying strategy is.  This is a silly waste of time. AB InBev is a publicly traded…

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Beer Order

From David- Founder of Sommbeer: Do you drink the same beers all evening?  Not me, I like to shake things up. An IPA, Stout, Porter hey let’s split a Belgian! Whew that was some night.  But unless I’m at the beach or bonfire,  “Random Beer Order” never works for me.  On a serious craft beer evening I want a methodical approach towards what I drink ie. – my “beer order”. Our palates can only take so much beer before we lose the finer aspects of what…

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