Tag Archives: craft beer

Brewery Travels #10: Twin Cities Area (Part 2)

Heading back over to the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the breweries we will visit this week range in the extreme when it comes to location. From downtown Minneapolis, to a small town located along the Mississippi, these breweries prove that you can drink local pretty much anywhere you go. Besides the two with the severe discrepancy in location, we also will stop over in Stillwater. This suburb is often called the birthplace of Minnesota. Fun fact: Stillwater could have been the capital, but chose to…

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Canada Day and Beers

It’s our National Long weekend here in Canada.  We call it Canada Day or Dominion Day, and it’s normally celebrated enjoying some cold beverages with friends and family.  It’s also a time of year on social media where we read all kinds of posts saying “Happy Canada Day, what beer will you be enjoying?” Wow, what a question.  I mean, for those of you who know me I’m a huge advocate for Ontario Craft Beer.  But how do I choose which one is best for…

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Brewery Travels #9: Madison, WI (Part 2)

Last article, we looked at four breweries in the Madison area, although only one actually was inside the capital city’s limits. That changes this time around, as all four call Madtown home. As it worked out, they also all are set up on the Northwest side, falling within 3 miles of each other. The four featured today are also fairly new, with the oldest being founded in 2006, with the others being 5 years old or younger. With that said, these are some unique spots…

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How to Homebrew Beer like a Chef

Beer recipes are as common as brewers, and each recipe you find, if brewed more than once, is probably very tasty to someone. Many homebrewers go through a homebrew career having never created a recipe. I’m here to tell you – it’s a worthwhile endeavor. When considering the next beer for my pipeline, I follow a fairly consistent plan. What’s for supper?  Brewing is cooking. A recipe is just that – but you can probably handle more than a few meals without the book right?…

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Brandi To the Main Stage by Odd Side Ales – Beer Review

I love a good beer release. They bring out the diehard craft beer fans and add a level of excitement when you don’t know if the brewery will run out. I was lucky enough to have the time to drive the 200 miles to the Odd Side Ales for the Morning Wood and Brandi to the Main Stage bottle release party. To be honest, I drove all that way for the Morning Wood *insert inappropriate joke* and ended up picking up a bottle of Brandi…

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Pure Brews America To Return for Season 3

Last year we got to go on a journey through the great beer state of Michigan all from the comfort of our home. Each week we had the chance to go explore and learn about some of the best beers available in the great lakes, and perhaps even plan our own road trips after watching a lovable crew be our video tour guide every Saturday afternoon.  Of course I am talking about the Michigan Emmy Winning program titled Pure Brews America, and starting Saturday July…

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Bell’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Expedition Stout 2017 – Beer Review

Some of my friends in my beer circles claim I loved this beer before I even tried it. They allege my love affair with the “normal” Expedition stout and hoarding of it (113 beers aging in the cellar from 2013) is proof of my inherent bias. I’m not fit, they say, to critically judge this masterpiece and should recuse myself from judging this fine elixir. Not true not true.  I love this beer.  This beer is another data point to prove that a good beer,…

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Brewery Travels #8: Madison, WI (Part 1)

Situated between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, Wisconsin’s capital city of Madison has a diverse craft beer scene. I always enjoy visiting Madison, whether it be to attend a Badgers athletic event on campus, or to take advantage of the numerous outdoor opportunities. In terms of breweries, there are both established, well-known names, as well as some new players. This will be the first of two articles detailing a total of eight breweries in the Madison area. We will start with those located on the…

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This Camp Ain’t For Kids

The first time I brewed beer was an absolute debacle. I was a fresh-faced new home owner in a neighborhood full of empty nesters and retirees.  Jim Dandy was my neighbor on the west side of our house and he liked to tip them a little. OK, more than a little. Good news is he liked to share. Many afternoon drinking sessions started with Jim flagging me down while I labored behind an obnoxiously loud hand me down lawn mower, then passing me a Pacifico…

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Brewery Travels #7: SE Wisconsin (Kenosha/Racine)

The eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan is dominated by Chicago, and to a lesser extent, Milwaukee. However, in between the two urban areas lie Racine and Kenosha, two mid-sized cities nestled along the lake in Southeast Wisconsin. Craft breweries are still a fairly new offering in this area, as the oldest brewery in this article is just about to celebrate their 5-year anniversary. But although they are fresh to the scene, I was blessed to sample some incredibly unique and delicious beers. Three of the…

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