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Craft Beer: Who Cares What It Is?

Featured Contributor: Andrew Gavrin @abvbeer Craft Beer: Who Cares What It Is? To be or not to be considered a Craft brewer?  That is the question.  And it’s a question that’s been asked a lot recently.  It’s gotten a lot more attention recently not only because of Craft’s tremendous growth, but also a couple of events that have taken place in the market.  The Brewers Assocation (more on them below) altered their definition of Craft.  And, our (ahem) friends* at ABInbev have gone on a little…

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Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout – Beer Review

From David- Founder of Sommbeer: Ice cream or Samuel Smith’s Imperial stout.  Seriously, that question entered my mind.  When I get the ice cream out for my kids I really don’t give it much thought until the sprinkles come out.  I go weak for sprinkles.  Problem is I just feel like I’ve got this daily allotment thing for calories.  If I exceed the mystery limit, all heck is gonna break loose and I’ll have to wear “stretchy pants” to work tomorrow. I chose the stout.…

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Pliny the Elder – Was it Worth all the Trouble? Beer Review

Featured Contributor:  Don Manfredi  @profmanfredi I swear that I am not one of those people who are tough to impress. You know the type; yawning at the base of the Great Pyramids. Yet after drinking one of the “Holy Grail” DIPAs I am going to come off as sounding unimpressed. I know right, how could I come away from drinking a Pliny the Elder saying “meh”? One thing I can say with certainty – my luke warm reaction did not come because the beer was bad…

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The Craft Beer Community: 99% “Jerk” Free

Featured Contributor: Eric Seifert  @inthebeerandnow Okay 1%, you know who you are. Time to cut that <crap> out! Sam Calagione, the ever-present founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery made that 99% statement a few years back and for the most part it still holds true today. The craft beer community (other than a few trademark infringement tiffs here and there) tends to genuinely root for their brethren and live with a “there’s plenty enough to go around” attitude that has led to ginormous growth, spurred innovation…

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In Opposition – The Future of the Craft Beer

Editors Note:  Beer debate within our Craft Beer community is healthy and fun.  A certain amount of “confrontation” within any community helps to drive and refine opinions, advance thought etc…  Dougie read Adam McIntosh’s Post The Future of The Craft Beer and provided us with the following counter-point. Featured Contributor: Dougie Craig  @BeerSnobDougie With every Utopian novel of the 20th century comes a counter Dystopian point of view. The future unfolds and reality ends up somewhere in the middle. Contributor Adam McIntosh shared his romantic calling…

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The Missing Spark in The Craft Beer Industry

Featured Contributor: Adam McIntosh @The1MacAttack The craft beer industry is right on the cusp of another boom. Some would say that the boom is already happening with roughly 3,000 craft breweries currently in the United States . It seems though that the craft beer industry is missing a link between the world of IT (or computers) and itself. Yes there are dozens of sites, such as this site itself, BeerAdvocate, and various other sites.  There are countless blogs, podcasts, and even media sites dedicated to craft…

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Going Dry for 30 Days

Going Dry for 30 Days Featured Contributor –    Ed Goldsworthy If I had to judge my overall health right now I could sum it up this way: not good. I am not in the best shape of my life. I’m in my worst. And it’s a really terrible feeling. I mean seriously. Why did I eat so many Doritos? Is it because they are so delicious? The answer is yes! So, I recently decided that I simply have to do something about this. I’ve done…

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Drinking Beer the Hard Way

Featured Contributor Matt  @SportsNCraftBeer Recently, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) – you may know them as the parent company of Goose Island Brewery and Elysian Brewing, began running ads that championed their status as a macro-brew and claiming that while craft brew junkies (like the ones that drink Goose Island) are busy fussing over their beer, Bud is doing it the “hard way.” Apparently, they feel that craft brew enthusiasts (like those that enjoy Elysian), can go ahead and “enjoy their pumpkin-peach ale” while Bud continues to make…

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Beer for Wrinkles – The Health Benefits of Drinking Beer Part 1

Featured Contributor @roxydillon30 Beer for Wrinkles Roxy Dillon BSc MSc It started in Japan. One of the managers in a beer factory noticed that the taster had very smooth, unwrinkled skin. That was a single, though very interesting, observation, but now science is almost daily providing evidence that beer contains a whole range of anti-aging compounds, which are able to diminish wrinkles, and produce a whole range of beneficial effects. I shall write about all of them in my posts. Beer contains three major anti aging…

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(Beer) Book Review: Maureen Ogle’s “Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer”

Featured Contributor Matt  @SportsNCraftBeer In Ambitious Brew, Maureen Ogle explores the history of brewing in America from the middle of the nineteenth century through 2005. Ogle demonstrates that brewing beer demanded both an extensive knowledge of brewing and deft business sense, noting that names such as Busch and Pabst rose to prominence congruently with names like Rockefeller and Ford. Additionally, she examines the brewing process and beer culture within the context of broader historical themes, such as immigration, the Great Depression, Prohibition, wars, and mass-consumerism.…

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