Tag Archives: craft beer

Tony Soprano’s Booze of Choice

Today on Sommbeer we explore what this fictional character would choose to drink – Tony Soprano’s Booze of Choice  It is infrequent that a grand idea lasts the transition from a drunken stupor to a sober hangover. Therefore, I have given up on grand ideas, and now choose to focus on ideas that are simple and amusing. This project, born from a mix of strong IPA’s and multiple glasses of French red wine, is one that I hope invokes much discussion and enjoyment: Step 1…

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Brewery Travels #23: Louisville, KY

There are many things that come to mind when you think about Louisville. The well-known baseball bat company and a certain famous horse race for starters. Beer is not even the first type of alcohol that people think of when Kentucky is brought up. While whiskey still may reign supreme, there has been a significant uptick in craft beer production, thanks to several new breweries opening in the area. It was interesting to me that only one of the breweries I visited in the area…

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Thinking Outside the Box With Your Hop Bill

Thinking Outside the Box With Your Hop Bill I was recently at a brewery here in British Columbia and was impressed with their interesting hop usage.  Persephone Brewing, a farm based brewery on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, made their IPA with Centennial and Cascade and their pale ale with Citra.  What I found interesting is that if you were to ask most brewers which hop would be used in which beer, most would guess that the Citra would be used in the IPA and Centennial…

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Hopslam 2018 Release

Hopslam 2018 Release The 2018 release of Hopslam from Bells Brewery is scheduled for release this week. According to their website it’s actually due in less than 2 days. If you haven’t tried it, you owe it to yourself to try it this year. It packs a punch at 10% abv, 294 calories and enough hops to knockout even the craziest hophead.  From our observations at Sommbeer however, it seems this beer can be delightful even to those that don’t normally like IPAs.  The added…

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Brewery Travels #22: Road Trip #2 (Portsmouth, NH to Nashville TN)

My wife and I are excited about spending the next three months in Nashville, Tennessee! To get here from New Hampshire we took a meandering route down the East Coast. I visited 11 breweries as we spent nights in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Raleigh, and Myrtle Beach. As it often is with road trips, we wished we had more time at each spot, but are thankful for the opportunities we did have! Highlights included the Liberty Bell, the National Mall in D.C., and of course the…

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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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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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