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Archive for April, 2008

Polygamy is something I know nothing about. I have one wife, and I like it that way. With the recent news about the FLDS compund in Texas, you might wonder, what’s the deal with polygamists? I watched Big Love, and while I was entertained, my questions remained. So I turned the the answer to all of life’s problms, and cracked a bottle of Polygamy Porter from Wasatch Brew Pub. (more…)

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Previously I wrote about the opening of Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol. It has been a long time waiting to walk through the doors of Dean Biersch’s latest venture, and what better way to experience it than with Dean himself. Along with resident sommelier Anastasy, I got a nice look around the place as well as a minute to talk with the minds behind the new tavern and even sample a couple beers. (more…)

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Looks like the trend of mergers and acquisitions that marks other industries is making its way to craft breweris.  The newest merger involves the West coast’s Pyramid Breweries and the East coast’s Magic Hat Brewing Co.  (more…)

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Did you know that the first Saturday in May is National Homebrew Day?  The Brewer’s Association coordinates an event called the Big Brew.  Basically, it is a day to introduce the hobby of homebrewing to all of your non-brewing friends.  Keep reading for more details and find a way to participate in the Big Brew 2008.  (more…)

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I wrote a few weeks back about Michelob being set free from Anheuser-Busch. Michelob has always brewed a better beer, in my opinion at least, than the typical A-B offering. Recently, Michelob has been branching out into the craft beer forum. I felt now would be a good time to try one of their first craft brews, Amber Bock. (more…)

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One of the things about brewing that I ove is being able to freestyle and create whatever it is you want to drink. As homebrewers, we can add weird ingredients, blend styles, and hope the results are as good as we imagined, but usually we settle for them being drinkable. When you brew 5 gallons at a time, you have the luxury of being able to toss out a batch if need be, even if it does suck. When you’re brewing large batches for sale and your livelihood, as well as those of others, is riding on it, experimenting isn’t always a good idea. At Firestone Walker, they brewed a dark ale that leaves leaves the comfort of traditional styles and created something truly amazing. (more…)

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Summer drinking usually invokes images of tubs of ice filled with swilly macro beers.  It’s hot out, the beer is cold, might as well drink it, right?  Thankfully, craft brewers are looking out for us.  Here are a couple summer brews from a couple well known California breweries to help you beat the heat as summer approaches.  (more…)

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