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Video Game Review: Beer Tycoon

I had the opportunity to play the video game Beer Tycoon this morning and am here to report that it’s a very good time and definitely could be added to the top holiday gifts for beer lovers post I wrote a few days ago. Beer Tycoon, which was released in the US in 2007 as another installment in the now …

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My Journey to the Chalice Room at Novare Res

Editors Note: This is a guest post by Matt ‘Hokie’ Hokanson, co-editor of Incessant Rambling.  As an avid beer drinker and occasional home brewer, he’s very happy to be contributing to this beer blog.  Feel free to follow him on Twitter, @mhokie or send him an e-mail. If you would like to contribute a story or article to BlogAboutBeer.com, please …

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The Top 10 Gifts for Any Beer Lover

Since today is the first day back to work for many after the long holiday weekend and is also what many have now come to call “Cyber Monday“, I thought it would be fitting to write up a fun post to get you in the holiday spirit. And one which would hopefully prove helpful to some. Without further adieu, here …

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Happy Thanksgiving 2009

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! May you all have great beer, great food, great friends, great family and a great time together this holiday. And as always, thank you so much for your continued support and readership of BlogAboutBeer.com! If you haven’t yet planned your beer consumpsion for today, click here to see some posts I’ve written on the subject in the …

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Long Trail Ales to Buy Otter Creek/Wolver’s Brewing Co.

Famed beer blogger and author of  The Good Beer Guide to New England, Andy Crouch, is reporting that Vermont mega (as craft breweries are concerned, anyway) brewer Long Trail Brewing Co. is in the process of purchasing neighboring Otter Creek/Wolver’s Brewing Co. According to Crouch, Long Trail Brewing Company of Bridgewater Corners, Vermont, is in the process of purchasing the …

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Review: Newport Storm Cyclone Series Luke

Needless to say, I was really excited when a friend who was up visiting from Massachusetts recently brought with him a bottle of Newport Storm (Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.) Luke. ‘Cause, well, that’s me. So maybe, given the beer’s name, I’m a little biased as I write my review. But regardless, this was one damn tasty brew! The bottle describes …

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Beers To Try (And Why) This Thanksgiving

Needless to say, I’m a big advocate of beer rather than wine ’round the Thanksgiving dinner table. And I’ve written about it at Thanksgiving time every year the blog’s been around (last year’s post here). And the fact remains, if you want to wax traditional this holiday, than wine has no place at the Thanksgiving feast. The Pilgrims, after all, …

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The Case Against Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic

This is a guest post by Russ Phillips — one half of TwinBeer.com (the only international beer blog run by identical twins). Check out his blog posts here and follow TwinBeer on Twitter @TwinBeer. If you’d like to contribute a guest post to BlogAboutBeer.com, please feel free to contact me. Cranberry Lambic, two simple words that push the tongue out …

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Why Can’t I Buy an Individual Bottle of Beer in Washington D.C.?

I’m just back from an exhausting five-day whirlwind trip through our Nation’s Capital where unfortunately my beer-buying opportunities were limited. Mostly because many of the craft beer stores I visited all had one major flaw in common: they didn’t sell individual 12 ounce bottles. While most of the stores I visited had very good selections of beer I can’t find …

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Bottle of Beer from the Hindenburg Goes to Auction

The world’s most expensive bottle of beer is heading to the auction block this weekend. And is expected to fetch a winning bid of anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000. A price which makes the cost of the Sam Adams Utopias look like chump change. The bottle is a 62-years-old bottle of Lowenbrau which had been discovered (and signed) by a …

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Highlights From the 2009 Maine Brewers Festival #mebrewfest

Unfortunately friend and Maine Beer Writers’ Guild booth-mate Josh at BrewsAndBooks.com beat me to the summary post — it’s taken me three days to recover — of this year’s Maine Brewers Festivals and he touched on everything I wanted to make a point of saying. I think the biggest single take-away from this year’s festival, though, was what a huge …

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Pictures and Updates from the 2009 Maine Brewers Festival #mebrewfest

We’ve added a Flickr photostream of pictures from the #mebrewfest to www.flickr.com/photos/mebrewfest and you can see lots of fun twitpics from @shipyardbrewing and @seadogbrewing of the Maine Beer Writers Guild and Maine Brewers Guild table. And don’t forget to check out blogaboutbeer.com/mebrewfest for up-to-the-minute Tweets from everyone at the festival. And by all means, if you’re here (or going to …

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Follow Updates from the Maine Brewers Festival

Just a reminder that Josh (from brewsandbooks.com) and I are blogging, Tweeting and streaming live from the 2009 Maine Brewers Festival all day long today. If you’re going to be here, please be sure and stop by and say hi, or have any questions about beer you have answered. If you’re not here or are coming later and still want …

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Pugsley Signature Series Brews Win Silver and are Cellar Aged

Of course it’s always a treat to see local boys doing well, so I was pleased to hear the news this morning that Shipyard’s XXXX IPA (the third installment in the brewery’s four-beer-strong Puglsey Signature Series) recently won a silver medal at the Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival in the “Ale Modern Style 6% and Above” category. According to the …

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Watch the IamaCraftBrewer.com Videos!

I’m really not sure how I missed this one when it first arrived but I discovered these videos yesterday and thought that they were so good, I wanted to make sure no one else missed them either. Apparently the longer version of the first video embedded below served as the introduction to the keynote speech by Greg Koch, CEO of …

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Craft Beer Clothings – Wear a Real Ale Shirt

In the vein of Shoemoney’s famous “Free Shirt Friday“, many thanks are in order for my own free shirt (Tuesday?) from the folks at CraftBeerClothing.com. According to their site, CraftBeerClothing.com was, created to sell clothing just for craft beer enthusiasts. Craft beer is about flavor, color, complexity – it is an art to the thousands of brewers in the world. …

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Recommend Some Beer Stops in The D.C. Metro, Please

Just a quick request for recommendations: I’m going to be traveling through both the Washington D.C. and Baltimore Metro areas (and everywhere in between) next week from Wednesday through Sunday visiting family. I already know of some of the on-premise places I plan to hit — The Brickskeller, Olney Ale House, and Franklin’s in Hyattsville — but it’s been awhile …

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Happy Halloween!

Just wanted to wish all the BlogAboutBeer.com readers a very happy, safe and (good) beer-filled All Hallows’ Eve! There’s still plenty of great autumn and some good pumpkin-themed beers out there and since the Halloween is on a Saturday for once, what better excuse to do you need to get crackin’? Enjoy! More on the history of Halloween from Wikipedia: …

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REVIEW: Redhook Limited Addition Treblehook Barleywine

The good folks at Redhook sent me a bottle — yes, FTC the bottle and the glass were both free — of their newest limited release bomber, the Treblehook Barleywine-style Ale. Redhook really did up the packaging right, including the accompanying snifter-style “limited release” glassware from drinking the beer from. The one thing I’m not sure about, however, is whether …

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The 2009 Maine Brewers Festival

Just a quick update/reminder/announcement that the annual Maine Brewers Festival is coming right up. Maine’s largest brewfest is next Saturday November 7th at the Portland Expo Building here in Portland, Maine. This year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever, with many old-time Maine favorites returning to the festival after various hiatuses (hiati?), including Allagash Brewing and DL Geary’s. …

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@Kegerators Giving Away a Free Kegerator on Twitter

Although alerting everyone to this contest will certainly hinder my chances of winning, I’m just a nice guy like that. It appears that the folks at Kegerators.com are hoping to build their Twitter following and are giving away some free kegerators to do so. Here’s the low down: They are going to give away an EdgeStar Kegerator on February 1st. …

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Addicted to Beer Trading

This is a guest post by a good friend of mine, Josh Christie. Josh is the author of brewsandbooks.com and a fellow member of the Maine Beer Writers Guild. You can also follow Josh on Twitter @jchristie. My name is Josh, and I have a problem. I’ve become addicted to beer trading. To be fair, I’m not making a serious …

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VICTORY FOR ROCK ART! VICTORY FOR THE VERMONSTER!

It’s official! Initial reports out of the Rock Art camp (both at rockartbrewery.com and the company’s Facebook page) are that Hansens Beverage and Monster Energy drinks have dropped their lawsuit against Rock Art for copyright infringment from their use of the name “Vermonster” on the company’s 10th anniversary barleywine (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, see my …

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Craft Beer in October Issue of Entrepreneur Magazine

Discovered this little blurb which appears in the October issue of Entrepreneur Magazine today (via the Oskar Blues Facebook page) about 2009 being a “very good year for beer”. The article describes the fact that craft beer is really weathering the “recession” storm in the U.S. quite well and states the fact that, so far in 2009, Sales of premium …

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Notes from the Allagash Vagabond Release Party

I just returned home from the Allagash Brewery release party for the Vagabond Ale – the second installment in their now famous Limited 375ml Series which began last spring with the release of Gargamel. Unfortunately, I rarely have all of my wits together at 8 o’clock in the morning so I very embarrassingly forgot my camera. So if you weren’t …

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New Hampshire’s Pennichuck Brewing Company to Close its Doors

I just received word that New Hampshire’s Pennichuck Brewing Company is closing its doors. The following statement was released yesterday by Phil Jewett, the brewery’s President, This is our first initial announcement that Pennichuck Brewing Company of Milford, New Hampshire, will be closing for good. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the many family, friends, brewing professionals, industry …

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What’s Your Favorite Beer Store? Why?

What’s your favorite liquor store, packie, or whatever else you want to call it? I was thinking about this today. Here in Portland there are probably three main places for good beer to go — Whole Foods, RSVP Liquors and Downeast Beverage. Sure you can get booze just about anywhere in town — grocery stores, gas stations, even wal*mart and …

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A Video Response and More on the @RockArtBrewery Legal Case

Update on the Rock Art case: above is a YouTube video featuring Matt Nadeau of Rock Art Brewery. I had the pleasure of visiting with Nadeau at his brewery in October of 2008 and to put it quite simply, Rock Art is a great brewery producing great beers in a great part of the country. So please hop on Twitter, …

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Rock Art Brewery, Makers of The Vermonster, Told to Cease & Desist

The owners of Monster Energy Drinks, which operate under the name of Hansen Beverage Co.(based in Corona, California) and is actually owned by Anheuser-Busch, have filed a cease and desist order against Rock Art Brewery, LLC of Morrisville, VT, claiming that their beer, “The Vermonster,” infringes upon its intellectual property rights. According to the Burlington Free Press, “The Vermonster” beer …

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BrewDog Atlantic IPA (My Review)

This is the follow-up post to the other day’s description of BrewDog’s new Atlantic IPA. You may remember that thebeer spent nearly 2 months on on a fishing trawler in the north Atlantic before finding its way into a bottle and eventually into my gut. I split the bottle the brewery sent me with buddy Russ — co-author of TwinBeer.com …

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BrewDog Limited Release Atlantic IPA

This will be a two-part posting. The first part (this part) is an introduction to a beer I received in the mail a few days ago. The second part will be my own personal review of the beer. But this is definitely a one-of-a-kind brew that needs a little more of an upfront introduction. So here goes: The folks at …

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Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection

America’s largest independent brewery, The Boston Beer Co. — the folks behind Samuel Adams — has announced the upcoming release (release dates to be decided) of a new series being called “The Sam Adams Barrel Room Series”. Each beer in the series shares the common characteristic of having first been aged in oak barrels. But that’s where the similarities seem …

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Allagash Brewing Co. to Release Vagabond Ale

Maine’s most well-known beer geek brewery, Allagash Brewing (the only Maine brewery to win a medal at the 2009 GABF), has announced the release of the second beer in their new 375 ml series: Vagabond Ale. Vagabond is the follow-up release to the brewery’s now famous Gargamel Ale, which was released this past May. Vagabond was aged for four years …

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Winners From the 2009 Great American Beer Festival

This past weekend marked the 2009 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, Co. In case you’re unfamiliar, the GABF is the largest — and arguably most prestigious — commercial beer competition in the world. The number of entries in this year’s competition crushed the previous record (held by the 2008 GABF) with 3,308 entries from 495 breweries. Gold, silver …

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Beer & Cheese Pairings in The Wall Street Journal

It’s always great to see beer & cheese pairing discussed in the mainstream news, as it’s certainly still an up-and-coming notion in much of the mainstream world. So I was psyched to find an article on the topic a few days ago in the Wall Street Journal, of all places. The article, entitled “Trouble Brews for Wine; Cheese Chooses Beer” …

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Brooklyn Brew Shop Introduces Apartment-Size Homebrew Kits

Saw this little tidbit yesterday in the New York Times and thought it was too good of an idea not to pass along. Two Gen Y-ers like myself, Stephen Valand, 23, and Erica Shea, 25 of Brooklyn have quit their respective day jobs to start theirown homebrew supply shop, of sorts. Their new venture, the Brooklyn Brew Shop, makes one …

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Magic Hat Fall ’09 Odd Notion (A Review)

As I sit here on a crisp autumnal Sunday afternoon flipping back-and-forth between the Red Sox and Patriots games and munching on some homemade nachos, I decided to dive into the bottle of Magic Hat Odd Notion (Fall ’09) which was sent to me by the brewery a few days ago. The Burlington, VT-based brewery describes their Fall ’09 Odd …

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Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day, Maties!

Avast, me Hearties! Alright, it doesn’t have a whole lot to do with beer (although I can assume that pirates, when not swigging rum, enjoyed their fair share of tankards of ale) but today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day and I just wanted to wish you all a happy and prosperous one, full of bounty and booty. Here …

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Dogfish Head Punkin Ale is Really, Really Good

I love fall. I love fall beers. When a brewery gets a pumpkin-flavored beer right, I love pumpkin beers. One brewery to get their pumpkin beer right is, of course (because they get everything right), the good folks at Dogfish Head. I picked up a couple of bottles of the Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale at Treats in Wiscasset on my …

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Michelob Releases New Fall Sampler Pack But Who Cares?

I got an email this morning from the folks at Michelob Brewing Co. (owned by Belgium’s largest brewery – Anheuser-Busch) alerting me to the release of their new “Ale Sampler Pack”. Usually when I receive press releases from any of the brewing behemoths like Michelob, they go straight to the virtual trash can. But, for whatever reason, I guess they …

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On My 25th Birthday, a Look Back at How I Got Into Better Beer

Four years ago today was the day after I turned 21 (so, if you’re keeping score at home, that means I turned 25 yesterday, September 11th, 2009). I was a junior in college at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. My parents came down from Maine to celebrate with me and, being the kick ass parents they were, took me on …

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Canned Craft Beer on NPR’s Weekend Edition

The good folks at National Public Radio ran a piece this weekend during Weekend Edition Saturday which discussed the benefits of Good Beer in Cans and the recent explosion in popularity of canned craft beer. As any long-time reader of Blog About Beer knows, I’m a huge advocate of beer in cans, so I was especially pleased to hear the …

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Shipyard Brewing Smashed Pumpkin (Review)

If you’ve ever spent any time in Maine right around this time of year than you already know, Shipyard Brewing’s Pumpkinhead is BIG here. Like huge. To the point where, even though it’s far from my favorite pumpkin beer (or even my favorite Shipyard ale), even I succumb to the temptation a few times each autumn. But even more than …

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Upcoming Beer & Cheese Social at Portland’s The Salt Exchange

The folks at Redhook and Widmer Bros. (who run their East Coast operations out of their brewery in nearby Portsmouth, NH) have announced an upcoming Portland (Maine) event, which sounds like a definite do-not-miss! On Tuesday September 15th, join the Redhook folks at Portland’s new The Salt Exchange (245 Commercial St. Portland, ME) for a “Beer & Cheese Social” featuring …

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Badass Baltimore Beer Week Kickoffs with Boog Powell

As I’m sure many of you know, these days I reside in the beautiful Pine Tree State. But what you might not know is that I actually grew up in Washington D.C. (and still have a good deal of family in the D.C. Metro). And, having grown up in the Nation’s Capital in a big baseball-loving family at a time …

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BlogAboutBeer.com is Two Years Old Today!

It was exactly two years ago that I started BlogAboutBeer.com. At the time I knew almost nothing about beer and even less about blogging – since then my love for both has grown by leaps & bounds. I am still amazed on a nearly daily basis at all of the truly awesome opportunities writing this blog has afforded me — …

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Sweet Beer Blog Contest at TwinBeer.com

A close friend of mine Russ Phillips — who locals might remember from ilovemainebeer.com and Maine Beer Writers Guild fame a little while back — and his identical twin brother Kelly have launched a new beer blog and beer review engine at TwinBeer.com (get it?) and they’ve been blogging at a mind-boggling pace to get some great information and reviews …

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