Tag Archives: craft beer

Beer and an Active Lifestyle

BEER AND AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE COMBINE The enjoyment of beer and an active lifestyle are combining like they never have before. Americans are increasingly spending their time competing in 5ks, 10ks, marathons, triathlons, mud runs and obstacle courses. Equally, after these races there are more and more opportunities to drink a refreshing malt beverage. In the United States the growth trend in the number of breweries has mirrored that of running participation. In 1990 there were 284 breweries (Source: Brewers Association) and 5 million runners…

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Mosey on into Saloon Cuts, the bar your barber doesn’t want you to know about

Saloon Cuts, perfect place for a haircut while enjoying a beer, located in Broomfield, Colorado.  A review by Samuel Sly. “How is this not already a thing?” I said to myself walking into Saloon Cuts. No, that wasn’t a typo on Salon; Saloon Cuts is a new barber shop and bar that is focused on beer in Colorado. Here you can get a great cut, shave and brew and walk away feeling literally like a million bucks. Sounds good, right? Well the word around town…

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What I Learned Teaching Beginners About Beer

What I learned Teaching Beginners About Beer By David Nilsen It’s been my privilege to lead a monthly beer class and tasting program called the Craft Beer Education Series in my small Ohio town. I started the class a year ago without really knowing what to expect. Would anyone sign up? Would newcomers be too intimidated to participate? The response has been nothing but positive, and I’ve learned a lot during the last year of leading this class. The things my attendees have taught me…

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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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