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Brewery Travels #14: Road Trip (Milwaukee, WI to Portsmouth, NH)

As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, my wife recently became a travel nurse. For her first assignment, we left our home in Milwaukee and drove to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We took three days to get out to the East Coast, and took the scenic route, with stops in places such as Cincinnati, Niagara Falls, and a small town in Vermont. I managed to find time to hit six breweries during this trek. Below, I select and describe my four favorites. Not surprisingly, the breweries were…

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#FOMO and the Instagram IPAs

# FOMO and the Instagram IPAs by Anthony Gladman Just a thought, but is there such a thing as too many beers? I know, I know, it sounds heretical. Beer is good so more beer must be better, right? But lately I’ve wondered… Don’t get me wrong, I love a short-run seasonal beer as much as the next beardy white guy. Just look at my Instagram and you’ll see plenty of them on parade. Only lately I’ve started to ask myself whether certain breweries aren’t…

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The 1 Best Beer from Each State – Sommbeer Readers Choose

Actually 2 beers from each state. The Sommbeer readers list of the best beer from their state. It’s almost impossible, we admit, to pick just 1 beer.  It’s what makes this mind game so much fun. This list is a living document and will be updated from your comments and feedback. A lot of states still need entries! Your State’s Best “Daily Drinker” – It’s your “Go To Beer” sold at grocery stores. Your State’s “Trophy Beer” – Words like amazing, complex and hard to…

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Brewery Travels #13: New Orleans

Bad news. During our move out east, I somehow either misplaced or forgot my notes from the Milwaukee Brewfest. I was planning on writing an article on the event, but without my notes I feel it would be incredibly lackluster. Because of this, I will just be continuing my Brewery Travels series featuring my visit to New Orleans. I managed to hit four breweries on my brief stay there after my wife and I returned from a cruise, each one providing a unique experience. While…

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Wittekerke Wild Beer Review

You know that one guy. You’re out at a restaurant or a bar together and, without fail, the waiter comes walking back and apologizes- they’re fresh out of whatever your friend just ordered. Just sold the last one actually. Just emptied the keg actually. Michelle just sold our last bottle a minute ago. Sorry about that. It seems like it’s always that guy. Everywhere you go, he gets the short stick. Sometimes you wonder to yourself if he offers up a decoy meal in the…

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Lucky Duck Distillery – South Carolina Moonshine

Lucky Duck Distillery in Yemassee, SC Meet one of the Nation’s youngest distillers – Fletcher Chase Flowers, making moonshine in South Carolina. It was a hot day in South Carolina, really hot.  My wife and I were more accustomed to Michigan summer weather and we were travelling around Yemassee, SC swimming in humidity. I found a local distillery on Google Maps and we made that our goal to visit for the day.  The distillery description said it was owned and operated by the Nation’s youngest…

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Beer Cloning

How to make a clone of your favorite beer right in your kitchen. By Luke Henslick, Renegade Brewing Supplies in Turlock, California At Sommbeer we of course love craft beer, and enjoy exploring new beer styles and breweries that may be popping up in our local areas.  We may even wish to travel to breweries we enjoy, but have you ever thought, “Gee, I can clone my favorite beer style right in my kitchen?” The hobby of homebrewing has exploded in the last 20 years, and has…

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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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