Monthly Archives: September 2008

What Makes a Favorite Watering Hole?

You’ll have to excuse the lack of “news” postings around here lately but it’s tough to keep current with beer news when I have limited Internet access and am on the road for “work” in a different town in a different New England state each week. That being said, I found myself in the Three Needs Brewery & Pub in …

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Photo Tour of the Magic Hat Brewery

Last week during a visit to Burlington, Vermont we were lucky enough to get a tour of the Magic Hat brewery (which I later learned isn’t really done right now due to the on-going construction). Our tour guide Chris showed us around, let us taste lots of great beer from Magic Hat and their organic off-shoot Orlio; we learned all …

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Beer Blogging Contest Winner Having a Contest of His Own

As you may or may not remember, Dave of Tailgating Ideas won the grand prize of a flip video camera (care of MarketLeverage) on the contest that took place ’round here a couple of weeks ago. Well, the camera showed up on his doorstep yesterday and he made the following kick ass little video thank you, which I couldn’t help …

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Presidential Debate Drinking Games

If you live on the east coast, chances are you’re rained in tonight and what better way to spend a wet Friday evening than watching the first 2008 Presidentail Debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. And what better way to make it through the debate than by playing a fun little drinking game with a small group of your …

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Interview with Russian River’s Funky Brewer on Chow.com

I’m stopped half-way between some high school visits in Northern Connecticut and some mini college fairs in southern Massachusetts but I wanted to point out an interview with Russian River Brewing Company’s Vinnie Cilurzo on CHOW.com. Vinnie Cilurzo is regarded as one of the most innovative microbrewers in the country. He’s often credited with inventing the Double IPA, an ultrahoppy …

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The New Wine?

There was an article in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution entitled Is Beer Becoming the New Wine? The article didn’t say much and was mostly just a press release for an upcoming beer dinner at a place called Twain’s in Decatur. Although the article did preface the information about the beer dinner by saying, The nose is just a little bit forward, …

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Beer And Food Pairings that DON’T work

Worldofbeer.com this weekend has a feature which lists 10 food and beer pairings NOT to try (an interesting twist) and why. And nicely, below each non-pairing is a recommendation of what to try instead. The 10 DON’Ts were: 10. spicy food and mainstream American lager 9. salty food and malty beer 8. sweet desserts and bitter beer 7. brie and …

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A Brief Photo Tour of Vermont Beer Spots

Outside The Shed – Stowe, VT Me with one of The Shed’s famous “Skis of Beer” (left to right: Canadian-style Golden ale, Amber ale, their IPA, Porter, The Shed’s Mountain Ale — an English-style Old Ale which was voted no. 1 ski town beer by Ski Magazine — and the Imperial Stout). Outside the Vermont Pub & Brewery – Burlington, …

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Vermont is for (Beer) Lovers: A First-Hand Discovery

I’m in Burlington, Vermont for work for the next three days, and I’m trying to cram as much of the famous Vermont Beer Scene in as I possibly can (working around my “day job” schedule). Today I paid a visit to The Shed Restaurant & Brewery in Stowe, VT, where I was able to try one of their famous “Skis …

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A Good Night for an Original Flag Porter

I recently bought a bottle of Original Flag Porter from Downeast Beverage here in Portland but just got around to cracking it open tonight; what an interesting beer! It tastes exactly like what I would imagine an old-world, nineteenth century English porter to taste like. Here’s a little history of the beer. Apparently, Flag Porter is brewed from a traditional …

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Announcing the Winners of The Mother of All Beer Blogging Contests

Well, it’s been a fun first 11 days of the month and the response to ‘The Mother of All Beer Blogging Contests’ was great; I’d definitely consider it a success. And now, as my own 24th birthday comes to a close, I’d like to announce the 5 winners of the contest. First, the winner of the 5th place package (A …

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Help Me Discover Some New Beer

As some of you may know — and plenty of you don’t — I recently started a new job and beginning next week I’ll be hitting the road for a good six or eight weeks. The area of the Northeast that I’m scheduled to cover includes the majority of Vermont, all of the state of Connecticut, a few stops in …

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Clarifying Some of the Contest Rules

It’s great to see the influx of activity on the ‘Mother of all Beer Blogging Contests‘ that has happened today but, with a little over 24 hours to go in the contest, I wanted to clarify a few rules because I know they’ve been overlooked and I want to make sure everyone gets their fair chance at the prizes. You …

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Reminder: The Contest Ends Thursday

Just wanted to write a reminder that the contest I’m sponsoring here on BlogAboutBeer ends THIS THURSDAY September 11th at 10pm EST. So far there have only been a handful on entries so your chances of winning one of the 5 overall prize packages is pretty darn good. So, why not enter? There are over $500 worth of prizes and …

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Hops in the News

It’s always interesting to me to see stories about the worldwide hops shortage continue to pop up in strange places – the most recent of which hit me when I opened the most recent issue of Inc Magazine which arrived at my doorstep a few days ago. The story, which is also available on inc.com, certainly didn’t reveal anything new …

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Three Maine Pubs Make List of 100 Best in America

Imbibe Magazine today announced its picks for the 100 best places to drink beer across the United States.  Imbibe’s editors and readers set off in search of the best beer spots this country has to offer, and three spots in Maine made the list. According to a press release put out by Imbibe – a wide array of beer bars, …

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Announcing The Mother of all Beer Blogging Contests

This is it one and all – I know you’ve been waiting with baited breath for weeks and now it’s time. In conjunction with the first year anniversary of this blog, It is with great pleasure that I announce the official BlogAboutBeer.com “Mother of all Beer Blog Contests” with well over $500 in sweet, sweet prizes and schwag! First, the …

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