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Street Side Sushi – Food Truck for Brewery Visits

StreetSide Sushi – How the food business is helping breweries. I may not intend on having a meal when I’m at the brewery but only too often, my hunger is triggered after a pint. The latest trend with food trucks sitting conveniently next to breweries is a real blessing.  I think the food truck concept is a blast as I’m kinda forced into trying something I’ve never had before. I love my cheeseburgers but food diversity is good too. My wife and I found ourselves…

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Brewery Travels #21: Boston Area

As I said at the end of my last article, the Boston beer scene has exploded in recent years. While many associate the city with one of the biggest names in the craft industry, gone are the days when the Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) was the only major player. The growth is especially evident as you move into the suburbs. Whether you head north to Cambridge, Somerville, and Everett, or drive south to Canton and Norwood, options abound. But make sure to take time…

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The Science Behind ZēLUS Beer

Back in July we introduced our new beer company, ZēLUS (pronounced zee-luhs). We talked a lot about our approach to the beer industry and our involvement in running and sporting events. This time we want to focus on how we craft beer for the active lifestyle by maximizing flavor and refreshment in beer with less than 5% ABV. The brewing process and ingredients are what makes each beer unique. Historically, new beer styles came out of what are now known as some of the classic…

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How to Make Drunk Marinade

I’m not a chef and I’m not even the primary cook in my family.  Honestly, I think my family keeps me around just for the spare kidney and my grilling/smoking skills.  My primary cooking function is to take the workload off my wife.  So I do it for fun and I have a lot of freedom to mess around.   While my wife has to worry about making a balanced meal for the kids with vegetables, meat, fruit etc… I focus my energies on things…

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Armageddon is Coming to New Jersey

Armageddon Brewing is the culmination of a shared dream of four sons of New Jersey with a passion for hard apple cider and mead. Just like so many, these four close friends are huge craft beer advocates, that love the huge variety of microbrews now available from coast to coast. Unfortunately, a few years back, founding member, Christian was diagnosed with Celiac disease, meaning that beer was out of the picture for him, since it’s basically gluten juice. It was this sudden change that lead Christian…

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Brewery Travels #20: Portland, ME Area

Portland, Maine has established itself as one of the top beer destinations in the Northeast. From established breweries to several newbies, there is plenty for your taste buds to explore. I have visited a dozen breweries in the what I would call the Greater Portland Area. The majority were in Portland itself, with a few scattered in nearby towns. One unfortunate things about visiting so many is that I do not have time to properly write about each place I visit. I’ve selected the four…

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Mad Hops – Craft Beer Flavor from a Bottle

Mad Hops – How to turn “College Beer” into craft.  Well not quite, but it does greatly improve a bad or ordinary beer and turn it into something enjoyable. Remember those days when beer was fun? When this product arrived at my doorstep I was skeptical.  We get a lot of products to review at Sommbeer and not all of them are good. Some of them frankly are scary. When I heard about the beer flavorings, I really wondered if flavor extracts added to beer…

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Brewery Travels #19: Vermont

Wow. Vermont lived up to the hype. Everyone in the craft beer community knows about this wonderful state. The most breweries per capita of any state, bucket-list breweries in the small towns that dot the landscape, and more great beers than you can shake a stick at. I did not get to every brewery (only reached 10), but the ones I did blew me away. For this article, I tried to pick four that stuck out the most, but I am hoping to do an…

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How to fill your bar with customers

How to fill your bar with customers? Having a bar filled with customers is not the mission impossible, but it requires constant improvement because one of the most common things every successful bar has in common is great quality. It doesn’t matter if I am talking about the service, the menu, the interior or the entertainment, every aspect of your bar has to be the best. A satisfied customer can easily become the regular customer. If you want to improve your business, keep an eye…

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Keurig vs. Tassimo – A side by side comparison #Coffee

Keurig vs. Tassimo – How to make bad coffee slightly better An evening of beer is great but only if I get my coffee the next morning. Oh now stop it. We’ve all lowered ourselves for a quick caffeine fix. These single serve coffee makers are perfect when you want a quick cup of ordinary to awful cup of dark hot liquid.  They are on the same shame level as a foodie going to McDonalds or a beer nerd drinking a macro beer. It happens.…

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