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Guest Post: The Boulder Beer Scene

The following is a guest post written by Brian Burns, a full-time writer and part-time beer drinker, living in Boulder, CO. Brian is a fellow Clark U. grad and the author of brianlburns.com. You can also find him on Twitter @brianlburns My name is Brian. I live in Boulder, CO — a place most people just call paradise. It’s true …

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Beer News Briefs for the Week of March 22nd(ish)

There are lots of little things coming across the Beer News Wire today so I thought it would be most beneficial to post them all at once and let you troll through for anything you might need. To start, The Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Androscoggin Bank Colisée to produce the second annual Maine Grains …

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Peak Organic Releases a New IPA

Portland’s own Peak Organic Brewing has released their own IPA and I have to say, it’s the single best Peak beer yet! After trying a pint myself at $3 Dewey’s a few days ago, I had the chance to ask Peak muckety-muck Geoff Masland about the new brew. Geoff says, It’s been a beer we’ve had on our mind for …

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21st Amendment Brews Very First #twitterbrew

It seems that the Craft Beer Community is increasing their participation in all things New Media at an incredible clip, with their presence on Twitter really taking the helm. One such community member however, San Fransisco’s 21st Amendment Brewing, took the beer-on-Twitter phenomenon to new heights. Just yesterday 21st Amendment brewer Shaun O’Sullivan brewed the very first #twitterbrew. The beer, …

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Everyone!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, one and all! Despite my recent gripes about Guinness/Diageo and the holiday’s commercialization, it’s still a fun day and a good excuse to celebrate, regardless of your own cultural heritage. So, in order to celebrate ‘round here, I’ll share a joke that my brother sent me this morning. The original joke, from this video provided by …

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Utah = Epic Fail

You may remember earlier this month when it was reported that the Utah State House of Representatives approved a bill (by a vote of 58-2) which would raise the state’s legal draft beer Alcohol By Volume to “full-strength”, rather than the watered-down, measly 4% it is today. Well, apparently not everyone in the Utah State Government is equally open-minded not …

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How to Build a Great Home Bar

The following is a guest post from the good folks at AllBarStools.com. If you would like to submit a guest post to BlogAboutBeer.com, please visit the Write for BAB page. Anyone who has the space has to agree that having a home bar would be an ideal situation. After all, who could complain about having a space to entertain friend …

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Beer Mugs – Glass or Pewter?

Note: the following is a guest post written by Kevin Flynn and the patrons of Bridgid’s Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA. It does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the editor and owner of BlogAboutBeer.com. The patron’s of Bridgid’s restaurant in Philadelphia, PA are composed of people with sophisticated palates and an understanding of finer beers. Discussing the finer …

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My First All-Grain Adventure

This past weekend I had the distinct pleasure of brewing my first batch of all-grain beer. The brewing took place in the basement homebrew setup — complete with exhaust hood, temperature controlled refrigeration units, a warm room and much more… yeah, it’s that awesome — of a good friend and professional brewer, Ben. Ben was nice enough to put together …

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Utah Goes Normal. Well, Almost.

Forever beer on tap in the state of Utah has barely been beer. In Utah, draft beer can contain no more than 3.2% ABW (alcohol by weight), or 4% ABV (alcohol by volume). According to the Salt Lake Tribune, though, that’s all about to change. It seems that this past Tuesday, the Utah House voted 58-2 to allow the sale …

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Beer Review: Widmer Bros Drifter Pale Ale

The Folks at Widmer Brothers Brewing and the Craft Brewers Alliance were kind enough to send me some advanced samples of their new pale ale — which is currently available on draft an in 6 packs in select West Coast states and will be available here on the right side of the country by mid-April — called Drifter Pale Ale. …

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BlogAboutBeer.com Featured in the Latest Issue of Mutineer Magazine

The newest issue of Mutineer Magazine arrived at my doorstep yesterday and in it (on page 36) is an article entitled Beverage 2.0: Beer Blogs with a list of blogs worth reading. The story highlights and recommends a handful of beer-themed blogs, including niche giants hop-talk.com, Lyke 2 Drink, and yours truly: BlogAboutBeer.com! Each highlight features “three recent posts”, a …

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Why I Say No to “Proposition 3-17”

This is the second year in a row I’ve received a press release about the Guinness/Diageo marketing campaign called Proposition 3-17 (I’m not supplying a backlink, just Google it if you want to find out more) in which the brand is trying to “make St. Patrick’s Day an officially-recognized holiday in the United States”. While I love a good marketing …

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First MBWG Meeting of 2009: Aged Beer Dinner

The first quarterly meeting of 2009 — we moved to quarterly meetings after monthly meetings proved just too problematic — of the Maine Beer Writers Guild was held this past Friday evening at the condo of Jan (of BeerBloggers.com) and his wife Sally here in Portland. The theme of the evening was aged beers and the lineup was one which …

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It’s Easier to Reach Your Beer When Your Blanket has Sleeves

It appears that a pretty ingenious group of folks in the Windy City have combined two of my favorite things: pub crawls and Snuggies. On Saturday April 18th, the nearly 21oo people who have signed up (so far!) through SnuggiePubCrawl.com will trek across Chicago in their sleeved blankets to multiple bars, each with live entertainment and drink specials. And the …

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Michigan Brewing Co. to Brew Kid Rock Beer (Yes, You Read That Correctly)

Remember last August when Jessica Simpson started pimping out beer? Yeah, me either. But one Michigan brewery is hoping that celebs, regardless of level of celeb-dom, will still drive sales. Enter the Michigan Brewing Co. and none other than Kid Rock. The difference, though, between the Kid Rock deal and the Jessica Simpson deal is, however, it sounds like Rock’s …

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Review: Portsmouth Brewery Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout

Well, I don’t know if it’s the “best beer in America” or not, but it’s certainly one of the best I’ve ever had. I am, of course, talking about the Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout from the Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH. Kate the Great was named the “best beer in America and second best beer in the world” …

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Got me Some Kate!

Much to my surprise, good friend @jchristie sent me a Tweet this morning to alert me to the fact that he had come back from yesterday’s Kate Day at the Portsmouth Brewery with a bottle of Kate The Great for me. This will be my first bottle of the supposed Best Beer in America. I’m really excited to see what …

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Review: Blind Salamander Pale Ale

The folks at Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. in Forth Worth, TX were kind enough to send me a couple bottles of their new brew Blind Salamander Pale Ale for review. First, a little background of the beer and the Blind Salamander: Blind Salamander Pale Ale is the first of a series of Rahr beers called Rare Breed. These beers …

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Which Was the Best Beer-Themed Super Bowl Commercial?

Well, like usual, yesterday’s Super Bowl was full of beer commercials. Even if they were all for pretty terrible beer (but what’d you expect?), it doesn’t mean they’re all terrible commercials. Although I must admit that this year was probably the most disappointing year for Super Bowl commercials in recent memory. Anywho, here are the beer-themed commercials from the Big …

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What I’ll be Drinking During the Super Bowl (How ‘Bout You?)

As I’m sure you all know, tomorrow night is the Super Bowl (the 43rd to be exact) — the biggest televised event in America and one of the best publicly-supported drinking events of the year. But while Budweiser, Miller and Coors may be the ones dominating commercial air time, many of us have picked up (or picked out) some extra-special …

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I’m Back (and Other, More Beer-Related News)

First off, I wanted to thank everyone for the generous outpouring of support after the loss of my mom. The letters of condolence I received here, on Facebook and via email were all very touching and very much appreciated. Needless to say, I have an awful lot of catching up to do — both online and in the real world. …

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Raise Your Glass and Sing the Praises of a Fallen Soul

At 11:56 this morning, just about the time that Yo Yo Ma was beginning to belt out “Simple Gifts”, my loving mother lost her four year battle with breast cancer. I guess she thought she was leaving the country in more capable hands and, just about the time that Barack was getting ready to take over, she was finally able …

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New Belgium Releases First Official Sustainability Report

New Belgium Brewing Co. — the third largest craft brewer in the country — has officially released their 2007-2008 “Sustainability Report” outlining the results of New Belgium’s “Triple Bottom Line” approach to business using metrics and data gathered over a five-year period. The “Triple Bottom Line” measurement looks at the environmental, economic and social effects of the brewery. The report …

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The World’s First (Reported) Communal Twitter Beer Tasting

This Saturday January 17th will mark a great day in the growing emergance of craft beer on the popular microblogging & social networking platform Twitter. At five o’clock PST (that’s 8:00pm for those of us here on the East Coast), beer and Twitter enthusiasts the world-over will gather at Twitter Taste Live — a site originally launched to do real-time …

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Lessons in Homebrewing: Temperature

When it comes to homebrewing, you learn something new with every batch. And that’s just what happened to me the last few days. This past Saturday I brewed the Bourbon Barrel Porter extract kit from NorthernBrewer.com and everything seemed to go just fine with the brew. I used dry yeast but re-hydrated it before pitching (and had done so according …

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UPDATED: Lots of January Maine Beer Events

Temperatures may be down (waaaay down) in Portland, but the beer events seem to be up (waaaay up). First, Gritty’s has developed a small-batch porter to support the Portland Pirates hockey team.  Named after the Pirates’ mascot, Salty Pete Porter is available at Gritty’s Portland brew pub only, and only for a limited time. According to the official press release, This porter is …

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Win a Case of Kate The Great

Yeah, you read that right. Looks like The Portsmouth Brewery will be giving away an entire care (and then some) of their famous Kate The Great Imperial Stout (the beer which was named the number two beer in the world by BeerAdvocate last year) on the next “Kate Day” which will take place on Monday, February 9, 2009, at precisely …

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Upcoming Dogfish Head Beer Dinner in Lewiston, Maine

YPLAA (that’s Young Professionals of the Lewiston/Auburn Area to you) is hosting a Beer Tasting Dinner at Fuel Restaurant on Lisbon St. in Lewiston, Maine on January 20th. The dinner, hosted by Allen Reitz of Dogfish Head Brewery, will be a 5 course meal professionally paired with a variety of beers from Dogfish Head Brewery. Reitz will be explaining the …

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How To Make Bottle Cap Magnets

Some breweries have some pretty damn cool bottle caps and it’s always a shame to just toss them in the garbage after every beer. So I’ve decided to turn a few of my favorite caps (or favorite breweries) into a little art project so I can continue to show them off, well after the beer is gone: Bottle Cap Magnets. …

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Find Other Beer Fans on Twitter with Just Tweet It

Beer folks are all over Twitter these days — @beersage is working on An Intro to Craft Beer on Twitter and @chipperdave mused a few weeks ago that Twitter is in fact the “New Beer Pub”. Hell, even I’m an active Tweeter. So when I saw a brief write-up of a new service called Just Tweet It on Mashable.com this …

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Happy 2009 Everyone

Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you all had a safe but delicious, beer-filled New Year’s Eve. I just wanted to take a second and thank the thousands of you who visited blogaboutbeer.com during 2008; thank you for coming, for reading and for your on-going support. General readership and especially RSS subscribers continued to climb at an impressive clip all …

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A Look Back at Beer in ’08 and a Look Ahead to ’09

In addition to my own resolutions, at the end of 2007 I also made some predictions for the beer industry as a whole in 2008. And I fared much better with those than I did with my own resolutions. My three predictions were: The price of beer will go up There will be more breweries “going green” The giant breweries …

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A Look Back at my 2008 New Beer’s Resolutions

Exactly one year ago I made some Beer-in-the-New-Year resolutions for 2008 (part 1 & part 2). So, how did I do? Let’s just say that I should be ashamed… Part One was a list of five beers I was hoping to try in 2008. Here’s how I did: St. Bernardus Abt 12 – fail Stone Brewing Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale …

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Student’s PhD Work Will Save Beer from Spoiling

Monique Haakensen, a 26-year-old PhD candidate from the University of Saskatchewan may just be the beer industry’s next savior. As you may or may not know, The University of Saskatchewan is home to one of only two labs in the world that studies beer spoilage — enter Haakensen. According to Montreal’s The West Island Chronicle, Haakensen has helped discover three …

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Twenty of the Best Holiday Beers

I sure do love “Top 10” lists – especially top 10 lists that pertain to beer. So when I found two of them today, I was pretty thrilled. The first, from Denver’s Westword.com, is a list of “10 Holiday Beers to Help you Forget 2008” (don’t we all need that!) compiled by Jonathan Shikes. The ten beers on the list …

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Happy Holidays from BlogAboutBeer.com

Let me start by wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a very happy holidays! I’ll do some more “looking back on the year that was” posts next week before New Year’s but for now just the well-wishing. I hope that this holiday you find yourself out of harm’s way, able to put the stresses of daily life …

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Make Your Christmas Merry(er)!

The following post is a guest post written by Michael Mulligan. Please note that the opinions in the article are those of Michael’s and not necessarily mine (I don’t feel nearly as strongly about Pumpkin Head, for instance). But I always appreciate guest posts and, if the submitted post is half-way decent, I’m happy to post it. Thanks for the …

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6 Gifts For the Beer Fan in Your Life

The Saint Petersburg Times/Tampabay.com has a list today of six gifts for “the beer nut” on your list this holiday season. The list is made up of: Saranac 12 Beers of Winter Sam Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale Corsendonk Christmas Ale Wychwood Bah Humbug Christmas Ale Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve The Sam Adams Winter Classics Sampler Interesting choices but clearly lacking …

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Beer on the Discovery Channel This Week

On December 18th at 8:00pm, The Discovery Channel’s “How Stuff Works” will air an hour-long feature on the essentials of beer making. The episode will feature footage of Charlie Papazian’s home hop garden, homebrew “garage” beer stash and sampling procedures. As well as Dogfish Head owner Sam Calagione and his perspectives on “how stuff works” for the small brewer. So …

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Shipyard Beer Featured in a Nationally Snydicated Comic Strip

While we don’t all have the accent, the Non Sequitur folks were pretty spot-on with the artifacts that represent the greatest accomplishments of human existence: beer & duct tape. But what makes this particular comic strip even more fun is its reference to local favorite Shipyard Ale. Since Non Sequitur is a nationally syndicated strip, any reference to craft beer …

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Interactive Beer & Food Pairing Map

If you’ve been here before, you already know I’m a big fan of beer & food pairing, especially with holiday meals. So, needless to say, I was psyched to find this fun little interactive menu from Michigan’s MLive.com today: Winter is the time when Michiganians like to “nest” indoors with our favorite comfort foods, to gather with family around the …

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A Photo Essay of the Most Popular Beers in 116 Countries

I certainly don’t want to steal any thunder or enthusiasm away from the awesome photo contest Alan (A Good Beer Blog) and Stonch (Stonch’s Beer Blog) are colaberating on, for sure, but I couldn’t help but point out an gorgeous photo essay the folks at sloshspot have put together (one incredible piece of link bait which I am happy to …

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Top 10 Winter Warmers

I discovered the Draft Magazine Top 10 Winter Warmer list today (thanks to a tweet from @flyingdog) and, well, I’m a sucker for top 10 lists. The reported top winter warms are: Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Santa’s Little Helper Imperial Stout by Port Brewing Co. Double Dog Double Pale Ale by Flying Dog Brewery He’brew Jewbelation 12 by Shmaltz …

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Homebrewing on Boing Boing

As I was finally sitting back down to my computer this afternoon, after a few much needed days off, to get re-acquainted with the Internet’s beer happenings, the last place I expected to come across anything Beer was Boing Boing but in fact, there it was – a great post on homebrewing and what makes it such a genuinely special …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! May you have all that you’re thankful for around your dinner table today. Good friends, good family, good times & good beer. Peace and happiness, Luke

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Events in Portland Tonight

Hey Portlanders, I know it’s last minute but here are a few head’s up which were too good not to pass along: First, off Rob Todd and the guys from Allagash will be tapping one of only a handful of casks of Allagash Black out right now at Vignola in the Old Port. The keg will be tapped right around …

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