Tag Archives: craft beer

St Mel’s Brewery, the long return

Featured Contributor – Rob Nesbit   @ThisDrinkinLife  from Ireland St Mel’s Brewery, the long return St Mel’s Brewery, Longford Something is stirring in the centre of Ireland. A new and exciting brewery has opened, the first in the midlands region in about 150 years. St Mel’s Brewery, based in Longford Town, has decided to dip its toe into the ever increasing market in the country for craft brewing. St Mels brewery is a new venture started by Liam Hanlon and Eoin Tynan. Two local lads who have decided…

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Bell’s Hopslam Review

Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Bell’s has a variety of brews that are released every year as part of their annual release series, none of those beers are more sought after than Hopslam.  Hopslam has been a staple of the of the craft beer  hunter for as long as I can remember and has rightfully earned it’s place as a beer that sells out usually within hours of hitting shelves.   What I will never understand with Hopslam is the group of hipsters inside…

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Beer History/Culture: America’s Second Attempt at Craft Brewing

Featured Contributor Matt  @SportsNCraftBeer Who would have imagined that one day, a person could walk into a 7-11 and buy a Big Gulp and Pumpkin Ale at the same time? Americans are in the midst of a craft beer craze — the number of U.S. breweries rose from less than 100 to more than 3,000 since the 1980s, much of that in the last ten years. Despite dips in the sales of beer, overall, craft brew sales rose 15% during 2012 and 18% in 2013.…

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Elysian Brewing Company – Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout

Featured Contributor – Nick  @QuickSud Coffee and beer – these are a few of my favorite things… So when I heard that Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Company was taking Seattle Stumptown coffee and combining it with a traditional, creamy milk stout, I felt the need to rush out to and get my hands on it – unlike many of the gifts I procrastinated in purchasing this year. (oops) So many craft beers today promise that they are the next big thing – especially stouts – and unfortunately they don’t always…

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Great Lakes Brewing Company – Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale

Featured Contributor – Nick  @QuickSud What makes a cult classic? Usually a few key ingredients are involved: A dedicated fan base A controversial or hard to find product It has been said that the 1920s film, Nosferatu, was the very first cult classic movie. The film was certainly quite controversial in its time, being labeled as an unauthorized take on Bram Stoker’s original Dracula. Film makers however never officially obtained rights to the original film, and because of this, the Stokers sued, won and ordered all existing copies of the film…

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“Taking a Break from the IPA”

Featured Contributor – EdWhoLikesBears @TheOnlyFeed “Taking a Break from the IPA” If you’re anything like me (and let’s all hope you’re not) there’s nothing better in this world than when you find a new beer you like. Food tastes better. The sun shines brighter. That thing that you hate about yourself doesn’t seem like such a big deal. But the problem is that somewhere along the line I stopped trying new and different beers and only started trying new and different IPAs. In my defense, it’s because…

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You’re drinking Your Beer Wrong.

Featured Contributor: Adam McIntosh @The1MacAttack   “You’re Drinking Your Beer Wrong.” Let’s get straight to the point- you’re drinking your beer wrong, it’s not your fault, you were taught that beers are best served chilled, maybe even at a temperature of 45 degrees. But you were taught wrong. And that has been preventing you from having the best quality of beer possible. Even breweries who serve you a draft cold are doing you a disservice. Now, that doesn’t mean you should stop enjoying (and supporting) your…

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“More Drinking. Less Talking.”

Featured Contributor – EdWhoLikesBears @TheOnlyFeed “More Drinking. Less Talking.”  My brother in law is a lot of things. Husband. Father. Knockoff Oreo cookie eater. But more than any of that he’s completely wrong about beer. And that’s a huge problem.  It’s not like he doesn’t possess the refined palate to appreciate a great IPA. Or the reasons Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout is better than Guinness. He just chooses not to. He likes the idea of drinking High Life and saying things like “I know you need a fancy…

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Rogue Dead Guy Ale Beer Review

Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Maibock’s, a style of beer traditionally available in spring, are in my opinion a welcome change of pace that start to pop up once the earth starts to defrost and my beer taste moves from heavy stouts to lighter selections.  One of the reasons why I really enjoy a maibock is because it’s not offered by a lot of breweries, and many brew pubs that do offer maibocks have limited quantities and are only available on tap in a…

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Stone Brewing Company’s GoTo IPA Review

Featured Contributor – Nick  @QuickSud For this session, I chose a true ‘session’ beer – Stone Brewing Company’s new 2014 offering, the GoTo IPA. Before we get into the brew, let’s quickly talk about the Session style of beer. In basic terms, this is a beer with a lower ABV, lending itself well to a proper 2-3 hour drinking ‘session.’ Yes, this is a beer that you can indulge in over the course of a few hours and not immediately feel its effects. With that…

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