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The myth of the 100+ IBU IPA

The myth of the 100+ IBU IPA by Will Deutschman Check out Will’s article on Beer Aging and Oxidation (tastes like cardboard) We are a country that is all agog about IPAs right now. Regular IPAs has become the norm. No brewery worth its salt is without one, and for the craft beer consumer it has very nearly become the Bud Lite of the day. Now it seems people compete to stand at the top of the heap of the biggest, baddest, hoppiest IPA out there.…

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Brewery Travels #1: Milwaukee (Northside)

Brewery Travels: Milwaukee (Northside) by Joel Geier Hi all, welcome to my first article! My name is Joel, and I will be taking you along my journey to visit as many craft breweries as can (currently 45 across 20 cities in 5 states). As of now, I have just been going to breweries around the areas I’ve lived (Oregon and Wisconsin), but starting this fall my wife is becoming a travel nurse, so we will go bouncing around the country, allowing me to taste what…

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Black Shirt Brewing – Searching for Rebels? Look for the people in Black Shirts

Black Shirt Brewing, Denver Colorado Black Shirt Brewing operates under the mantra of rebellion. Black shirts are both in their namesake and part of their standard apparel. A huge portrait of Johnny Cash flashes his middle finger to the entire tap room and every single one of their beers is a red ale in some shape or form. Yes, even the dark ones have a certain degree of malts that you would find in a red ale. How many red ales could one brewery possibly…

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Mikerphone Brewing Review

Mikerphone Brewing Review, Elkgrove Village, IL By Steve Thanos      One of the most anticipated brewery openings took place this past Saturday, March 18, 2017. The following for Mikerphone Brewing has certainly entered cult status, and rightfully so. Some noticeable offerings include: Imperial Smell Like Bean Spirt, a 10% Imperial Stout with maple syrup and coffee and Special Sauce, an 8.5% New England style Double IPA which is brewed at various times with a single hop that is showcased. Mike Pallen, co-owner and head brewer,…

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Draught Horse Brewery – A Lesson in how to build a successful brewery

Draught Horse Brewery – DHB, New Hudson, MI Let’s be honest, our beloved craft beer industry has matured since it exploded just a decade or so ago.  As with all maturing markets, participants need to continuously adapt and “up their game” to survive.  It’s a demanding market as the novelty of craft beer is gone and breweries have to focus on more than just good beer. That’s why I was so excited to review one of my local breweries because they “get it”.  Draught Horse Brewing (DHB)…

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2017 Oberon by Bell’s Brewery – Beer Review

Checkout the Sommbeer review of Oberon from 2015 has it changed?   Stats: ABV: 5.80 % OG: 1.06 Availability: Seasonal (March-August) You may have thought that spring in Michigan started on March 20th, but you are wrong. The real start to spring in Michigan is March 27 – Oberon Day! What is Oberon day you may ask? It’s the first day Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo unleashes its seasonal American wheat ale upon stores, bars and the masses across the state of Michigan and in more…

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A Stroll on the Sour Side: Understanding Sour Beer

Tart, sour, wild. Lacto, brett, pediococcus. How about koelschips, kettle sours, and krieks? In an age of craft beer enlightenment, the terminology around sour beers can still read as inscrutably as the side of a prescription drug bottle. More importantly, the odd words belie a legitimate concern for sour consumers: with all the confusion around what a sour is, it can be damn near impossible to know what the next beer you try will smell or taste like, let alone whether it’s worth the often…

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Double Knot – Four Peaks Brewing – Beer Review

Double Knot from Four Peaks Brewing – Tempe, Arizona Hops hops hops were dancing in my head as I approached this new beer. I haven’t had many beers from Arizona so this was going to be a beer journey without leaving my house. The added bonus was prominently displayed on the label – this was an Imperial IPA. To me an Imperial IPA is like a bourbon barrel aged stout. You’ve taken something great and made it even better. The bottle is screen printed and bold. It…

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Setting off a Chain Reaction of beer, friends and family

Chain Reaction Brewing Company, Denver Colorado Chain Reaction Brewing Company is located slightly south of downtown Denver riding along the edge of a residential neighborhood and a slew of small businesses. Normally it might be a “blink and you’ll miss it” unassuming building in an area like this, but once you spot the parking lot, usually complete with a Denver food truck parked in front near their newly added patio, it’s a welcome beacon of craft beer light. Upon walking into the building, you’re greeted by…

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The Best Beers for the Super Bowl!

The Super Bowl is the biggest Football game of the year.  It’s also the biggest television event of the year, so big that people even tune in specifically to watch the commercials.  People all over the world throw house parties to enjoy the big game and all those house parties are loaded with snacks, food and beer.  So what beer should you buy or bring to a Super Bowl party? Unless you want to drink swill don’t take the advice of the NFL, no good…

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