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The Qualifications of BA Qualified – Qualified from Taxman Brewing Beer Review

Beer Review – Qualified from Taxman Brewing, Bargersville Indiana by Frank Yates The Qualifications of BA Qualified I like beer and I imagine you probably do too.  Am I professional beer taster? Beer reviewer? Writer? Nope.  I am just regular guy who enjoys craft beer, different beers from all over the world, and I definitely would not be so snobby as to turn my nose up at an ice cold PBR after doing lawn work on a hot and muggy summer day.  I can’t go…

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Brewery Travels #15: Coastal New Hampshire (Part 1)

Fun fact: New Hampshire has the fewest miles of shoreline of any state that bumps up against the ocean (about 18 ½ to be exact). Within this short stretch are multiple touristy towns with beautiful beaches, an old, quaint city, and of course some great breweries. In this first article, we will mainly focus on Portsmouth (incorporated in 1653). Although Portsmouth may not technically lie on the coast, it is on the Piscataqua River, only a few miles from where it merges with the ocean.…

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Why I stopped Going to the Bar

My first job out of college was brutal. I was a corporate trainer and had to support 16 plant locations all over the USA. My home was the airport, hotel and bar. My bar time, wasn’t all about drinking my home sickness away.  Nope, I gravitated to the bar or “bar area” in restaurants when travelling because of a little secret I learned from extensive travel. You get the best service when you sit at the bar. Sure it meant eating a steak with it…

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Community minded craft breweries

What’s Crafting A Cure? Five years ago my wife and I started a fundraiser in Cornwall Ontario. You see, between us we have four kids, and two of those have Type 1 Diabetes. One night my wife and I were sitting in the living room watching hockey and enjoying some local craft beer. I remember it was Lug Tread from Beau’s All Natural Brewing. We all had a “gateway beer” and that one was mine. That smooth, crisp lagerred ale with so much flavour changed…

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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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