Tag Archives: beer

Build Your Own Counter-pressure Bottle Filler!

Of late, I have been bottling a lot of beer for friends. That probably has something to do with the fact that I have been running a serial repitch experiment at work that is turning out 30 gallons of beer every couple of weeks. Now, I have a strong liver and all, but… there’s no way I can deal with that much volume. And, while the beer is free, I still can’t bring myself to dump any of it at the end of the experiments.…

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Fighting Brewery Fatigue: A Visit to Tired Hands

It’s a new route, but the steps feel familiar: an abrupt highway exit, a few turns followed by a stretch of road that leaves the civil side of civilization behind. Then signs of industry, creeping suggestions that we might just be on the right track. After visiting more than 60 breweries, the things that used to be exciting can become rote. What once felt like fun quirks of location or setup become tropes, items to check off a well-worn list. But as beer fans, we…

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Brewery Travels #12: Suburban Milwaukee

In previous articles, we explored everything Milwaukee has to offer when it comes to craft breweries. However, venturing outside the city into the suburbs will show this area has much more to offer. In this article, I will choose my four favorites from the surrounding outskirts. Two are located to the south, while the other pair is located west of the city. One common theme among these breweries: great food to go along with the beer. Explorium Brewpub: Greendale St. Francis Brewing Company: St. Francis…

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The Bruery “Raspberry Sundae” Review

Beer Review: Rasberry Sundae from The Bruery  by Jess Reed We’d been talking it up for nearly two months. A casual back and forth waiting for somebody to eventually break down on their next trip to the grocery store and fork over the cash for this dicey 12-pack. That was, until my Dad showed up at the door gripping that blue box. ‘Across the World’ – Sierra Nevada’s newest installment in their 3rd annual collaboration project. This year Sierra decided to expand the idea, incorporating…

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Brewery Travels #11: #Chicago Area

As the third largest city in the country, it is no surprise that there are plenty of options in Chicago when it comes time to drink local. And when you throw in the rest of ‘Chicagoland’, you have a massive area that has seen an explosive of craft brewery growth in the last decade. I have not had time to fully dive into what the area offers. However, thankfully I’ve dabbled at least a little. From the two breweries I would call the most centrally…

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Muskoka Brewery and Moonlight Kettle Series

Once again this week my wife and I found ourselves at ESCA Gourmet Pizza & Bar. This time, we were there for something specific. You see, each month Muskoka Brewery releases their Moonlight Kettle Series and I wasn’t about to miss out. ESCA is the only place in Cornwall who serve up these “one offs” and they generally don’t last long. The Muskoka Region of Ontario is a popular getaway for cottagers and campers alike. Waterways and lakes cover the area, and the scenery is just…

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Beer and an Active Lifestyle

BEER AND AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE COMBINE The enjoyment of beer and an active lifestyle are combining like they never have before. Americans are increasingly spending their time competing in 5ks, 10ks, marathons, triathlons, mud runs and obstacle courses. Equally, after these races there are more and more opportunities to drink a refreshing malt beverage. In the United States the growth trend in the number of breweries has mirrored that of running participation. In 1990 there were 284 breweries (Source: Brewers Association) and 5 million runners…

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Mosey on into Saloon Cuts, the bar your barber doesn’t want you to know about

Saloon Cuts, perfect place for a haircut while enjoying a beer, located in Broomfield, Colorado.  A review by Samuel Sly. “How is this not already a thing?” I said to myself walking into Saloon Cuts. No, that wasn’t a typo on Salon; Saloon Cuts is a new barber shop and bar that is focused on beer in Colorado. Here you can get a great cut, shave and brew and walk away feeling literally like a million bucks. Sounds good, right? Well the word around town…

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What I Learned Teaching Beginners About Beer

What I learned Teaching Beginners About Beer By David Nilsen It’s been my privilege to lead a monthly beer class and tasting program called the Craft Beer Education Series in my small Ohio town. I started the class a year ago without really knowing what to expect. Would anyone sign up? Would newcomers be too intimidated to participate? The response has been nothing but positive, and I’ve learned a lot during the last year of leading this class. The things my attendees have taught me…

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The lazy, hazy days of summer (beers).

Or: Why those tasty, tasty New England IPAs are legit cloudy – mostly. There has been a surge lately in the number of beers being sold that are, how shall we say it…. less than clear in their visual appearance. For some styles, this is, of course, historically accurate and fully appropriate. Think Bavarian hefeweizen, or Belgian wit. For most other styles, a hazy beer is considered a fault and a mark of an improperly crafted beer. Of late, it seems that idea is being thrown…

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