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Order San Diego Based Modern Times Beer Online

Modern Times Beer

What’s better than a delivery from FedEx that contains beer? That’s right, a delivery from FedEx that contains amazing beer. Our friends at InsideTheCeller.com have added the complete year-round lineup from Modern Times Beer out of San Diego to their website. For those outside of Southern California, you may have not yet heard of the greatness that is Modern Times …

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7 Awesome IPAs You Can Buy Online

7 Awesome IPAs You Can Buy Online

A few weeks back I wrote a post called The Top 5 Beers in the World that seemed to strike a chord with many readers. One of the big takeaways is that I’ve never been a huge fan of definitive lists. However I do enjoy a good list that helps me discover new things, especially if that “thing” is beer. …

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Mother’s Day & Beer

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Okay, I don’t want to hear any “your Mom” jokes. It’s Mother’s Day so let’s show a little class! She gave birth to you, she clothed you, fed you, cleaned up after you, and possibly also had a day job on top of all that. If she was a stay-at-home-mom, Forbes.com estimates she should have earned $115,000 a year for …

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Ninkasi Releases Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout

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Eugene, Oregon based Ninkasi Brewing Company just announced a new addition to their year round lineup of beers. Expected to hit stores in 22oz. bottles any day, Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout should be found just about everywhere Ninkasi’s current distribution reaches. “Aged on whole natural vanilla beans, Vanilla Oatis is a unique and delicious take on our traditional Oatmeal Stout,” sai Nikos …

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Valentine’s and Beer: A Cure For Whatever “Ales” Your Heart

Valentine’s Day. Whether it excites the butterflies in your love-stricken heart or antagonizes your gag reflex… it’s happening. But don’t despair or avert your eyes from these words until you’ve read just a tad more! If upon hearing the words “Valentine’s Day” you first think of the actual St. Valentine being martyred by beheading, or think of the 1929 St. …

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New Year’s Eve and Beer: Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot

It’s New Year’s, and that means a few things. Parties, noisemakers, kissing a special someone at midnight, and of course imbibing are all standard fare on December 31st. For years Champagne has dominated this celebration with all of its pomp and circumstance, but no longer! Champagne will become the “old acquaintance” that shall be forgotten. Not content with being considered …

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End of Days: Beers for the Apocalypse

The end is nigh! Every great civilization throughout history has fallen in one way or another and why should we be the exception? The Mayans, in all of their diligence regarding astronomy, have given us until December 21st of this year before the end of days. They say that the god Quetzalcoatl, depicted as a feathered serpent, will return from …

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Elysian Brewing: 3 Cheers for Pumpkin Beers

With the leaves falling off of the trees, the chill in the air, and the smell of Ticonderoga #2 pencils, the beer world is once again blessed with the bounty of the harvest in the form of Pumpkin beers. As the autumnal spices fly off the shelves and pumpkin goes into the mash to make beer, many breweries will be …

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A Guide To Pumpkin Beer

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Picking out a pumpkin for Halloween can be a daunting endeavor for sure. As the man or woman on the tractor tows you along as you sit perched on a bale of hay, and as your eyes scan the patch for the perfect pumpkin, you envision how your Jack O’ Lantern will turn out this year! Just as there are …

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Kriek Beers: It’s All Kriek To Me

Whether you are into craft beer, home brew, commercial brew, or even strange brew, the fact remains that we live in exciting times in regard to beer! With so many varieties and versions popping up seemingly daily, it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out a new beer to try. So if you’re looking to take a break …

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Oktoberfest Beer 101

Now I know there are plenty of you out there that will no doubt NOT need a reason to celebrate the much loved brew that you are probably enjoying as you read this. Tuesdays, Flag Day, Teacher In-service day, whatever! Crack one open! But for some the celebration is part of the ritual, part of the love that he or …

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What’s Your Favorite Winter Beer?

As November approaches, I’m noticing more and more winter seasonal beers showing up in stores around town.  While darker, high alcohol beers tend to dominate the shelves during the holidays, there is a lot of variety on what’s available. There are hundreds of lists out there on the web on what the best winter beers are. Instead of creating another …

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Las Vegas Craft Beer Suggestions

This time next week I’m going to be in Las Vegas for a few days for Blog World. Basically if you haven’t heard of it, Blog World is a conference for bloggers and new media related businesses. This will be my first time at the conference, and I’m hoping to make some good connections and learn some new things to …

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10 Oregon Beers You Need To Try

Craft beer and the state of Oregon go hand in hand.  With so many great beers coming out of the state, which ones should you drink? If you’re not located close by, here is a list I put together just for you of 10 Oregon beers you need to try. Some you may be able to find in your local …

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3 Beers To Drink During Shark Week

There is something glorious about watching sharks devour whatever is in their path.  They are incredible animals that seem so full of mystery, power, and beauty all at the same time.  Every year the Discovery Channel puts together Shark Week, which is 7 days full of shark packed TV.  Today we are in the middle of shark week and I …

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Reports From Portsmouth Brewery Kate The Great Day 2010

I’m just back from a successful, if not wet and chilly, Kate The Great Day at the Portsmouth Brewery in beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire. And what a wild & crazy morning it was. Josh Christie (of BrewsAndBooks.com fame), a few mutual cohorts and I piled into the car this morning around 3:50am and departed from Portland en route to Portsmouth …

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2010 Extreme Beer Fest Videos

In case you missed the BeerAdvocate.com Extreme Beer Fest (EBF) this year — don’t worry, so did I — the folks at FloridaSPL.com shot some video interviews with a few of the brewers on hand discussing the extreme beers their brewed for the festival. Watch them and feel like you were there. Or even more bummed that you missed it. …

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All-Time Top 25 Beers, Breweries, Pubs, Etc.

I’m a sucker for lists. The Top 10 This, the Best 5 That. So I had a bit of fun when I got my hands on the latest issue of Beer Advocate magazine (yes, they have a magazine. And it’s actually pretty good. I’d never pay for a subscription, but if you can find one of their free drop spots, …

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Maxim Magazine’s 25 Best “New” Beers

The February issue of Maxim Magazine hit the shelves late last week and for once included an article worth reading which wasn’t about hot girls. It was however about beer. The four-page spread was a run down of what Maxim decided are the 25 Best New Beers in America. No real explanation of what “new” means, since some of the …

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Is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Suddenly Too Tame?

There’s a great piece over at Chow.com entitled “The Beer with the Green Label” (and no, not ‘green’ as environmentally-friendly, although they do plenty of that too) which describes the sort of fall from grace that Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has seen among beer aficionados across the country and how the brewery has been dealing with the backlash. It’s an …

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Beer Review: Anchor Our Special Ale Christmas 2009

T’is the season for holiday ales. And a fantastic season it is. One of my favorite annual holiday beer traditions is the “Our Special Ale” which is produced annually from the folks at Anchor Brewing Co. in San Fransisco. Amazingly, they’ve been brewing their Christmas Ale every year since 1975 and every year the recipe for this beer is completely …

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The Top 10 Gifts for Any Beer Lover

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stone Brewing 13th Anniversary Ale (A Review)

If you can get your mitts on a bottle of Stone Brewing’s 13th Anniversary Ale, I highly suggest you do so. However, if you’re lucky enough to come into possession of such a thing, make sure you’re sitting down with nowhere in particular to go and that you’re well prepared for the ensuing flavor battle about to take place in …

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The Vermont Brewers Festival 2009 Recap

So I’ve returned to my desk, fresh off a weekend of fun and frivolity at the Vermont Brewers Festival in Burlington, VT and I cannot stress enough, if you live within striking distance of Burlington and you didn’t make it to this years festival, you missed out big time! I would strongly suggest you plan ahead now for the summer …

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Maine Beer News, Notes & Events

It’s been a crazy week plus ’round here. Chelsea and I are getting ready to move next week (still in Portland, just to another quieter and less expensive neighborhood) and it’s really unbelievable how much stuff we have packed into our current apartment over the last two years. I don’t even know where half of it came from! But I …

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Deschutes Twilight Ale Reviewed

I received three bottles of the new Deschutes summer Seasonal, Twilight Ale in the mail from the brewery the other day and it reaffirmed my jealousy of all you left coasters who have all of Deschutes tasty brews so readily available. The Twilight Ale is a great summer seasonal release because it’s light enough and “easy drinkin” enough to enjoy …

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Deschutes Brewing Mirror, Mirror and Red Chair IPA (Reviews)

The folks at Bend Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery were kind enough to send over some sample bottles of two of their newest beers, Red Chair IPA and Mirror, Mirror, a few days ago which is a huge treat for those of us on this side of the country without regular access to the Deschutes line of brews. The Mirror, Mirror is …

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One of My Favorite Beer & Food Pairings Yet!

Last night I happened across one of my new found favorite beer & food pairings and I wanted to share it with everyone. While it’s probably a pairing which would be pretty self-explanatory to anyone whose been pairing food & beer for awhile, I think it’s a great combination and a great introduction to the hobby for any pairing newbies …

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Long Trail Brewing Brewmaster Series Double IPA (Review)

I just recently picked up a 22oz bottle of the Long Trail Brewing Double IPA — the second release in the Vermont brewery’s new “Brewmasters Series” — from my local Whole Foods; what a tasty brew! The Long Trail dIPA is hoppy enough and complex enough for hop heads and beer geeks, but downright tasty enough for even the beer …

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Magic Hats Goes Wacko for Summer (A Review)

The folks at Magic Hat in Burlington, VT are up to their zany tricks again; going up to, over and quite off the wall. Magic Hat is introducing two new beers for the summer season — The first, their new summer seasonal, is called “Wacko”. And the second is their summertime Odd Notion beer (which will only be available in …

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Barnyard Beers on Chow.com

Chow.com today posted a very informative piece on the rise to fame of beers commonly described as “farmhouse funk”. These beers, which have been contaminated by Brettanomyces, or Brett for short — a wild yeast often found in the air that’s nearly impossible to get rid of once it invades your equipment — are gaining nationwide (or worldwide, really) notoriety …

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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 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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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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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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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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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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Don’t Forget the Beer this Thanksgiving

As the Thanksgiving holiday looms near here in the states, the Interwebs are abuzz with stories  about what best to do with your beer during your holiday festivities. First, the Dallas Morning News released a list of what beers to drink and when during a holiday party. First, Aperitif: As guests arrive, hand them something crisp and cold, light as …

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