Fun Beer Stuff

Happy Beer Day Iceland

To all my readers in Iceland (I’m sure there are hundreds, haha), happy beer day! You read that right, the country of Iceland has March 1st dedicated to the greatest beverage in the world, beer. The annual beer day in Iceland is celebrated every March 1st in honor of the end of prohibition.  Much like the USA, alcoholic drinks were banned …

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It’s a Pub, It’s a Bike… It’s Cycle Pub

I got a press release today and just had to write a post about it. Many beer fans know Bend, Oregon as a great beer city as it hosts many craft breweries including Deschutes Brewery. Other people know Bend as a great cycling town. I’m not much of a cycler, but I may just have to go down to Bend …

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Untappd: Step Aside Foursquare

I’ve never been a huge fan of location based social media such as Foursquare, Gowalla, Whrrl, or Loopt.  I’ve tried using Foursquare a little and ended up checking in about once a month.  To me, I don’t really care all that much that my friends “checked into” their office or the grocery store. As a fan of drinking beer, I’m …

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Learn The Language of Beer

I get sent tons of emails everyday from people with different articles or products they want me to push on the website.  Some good, some bad.  This week I was sent a graphic titled Learn the Language of Beer. It’s a pretty interesting graphic so I figured I’d share it with you (there are a few typos in it, don’t …

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5 Beer Gift Ideas Over $75

Today is the final post in a series of posts with gift ideas for beer lovers.  The previous two posts included beer gift ideas for under $25, and gift ideas between $25-$75. This post will spotlight those gifts that you want to spend a little more on. Specifically 5 gift ideas for beer lovers over $75. The Over $75 Beer …

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5 Beer Gift Ideas Between $25-$75

Last week I posted up the first in this series of posts on 5 beer gift ideas under $25 to help you get thinking about your holiday shopping for that craft beer fan on your list. Today is post 2 of 3 with 5 beer related gift ideas between $25-$75. Keep on the lookout for the next post if you’re …

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Did You Watch The Brew Masters Debut?

Last night the Discovery Channel premiered the first episode of Brew Masters, a show that follows Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, as he runs his business, brews new beers, and even does a bit of hip hop. This is a show that I’ve been really looking forward to as it exposes the world to the craft beer scene …

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5 Beer Gift Ideas Under $25

With the holidays coming up, it’s that time of year to shop for our friends and family and get them a gift they will love. What should you get if that person is a lover of craft beer? Have no fear, I have put together a series of blog posts filled with gift ideas for the beer lover. This first …

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What’s In My Beer?

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Maria Rainier, a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education performing research surrounding online universities and their various program offerings. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop. I’d like to say that I went on a pub …

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Craft Beer Tasting At Home

I came across this video from CraftBeer.com and really enjoyed watching it so I figured I’d share it with you. I’ve been meaning to have a beer tasting with some of my friends, and this is a great video to get me thinking about it. What tips do you have for having a beer tasting at home?

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Colorado Beer Facts

Today starts the beginning of the 2010 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO.  Unfortunately for me I’m not there. In honor of the festival being in Denver, here are some facts about beer in Colorado that I was sent. Hopefully next year I’ll be there.

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What’s The Worst “Diet” Beer?

This week I set out to drop a few pounds to hopefully be able to fit into my clothes again. To accomplish my goal I’m eating healthier and working out at least 5 days a week.  One thing I won’t be doing however is drinking crappy beer just because it is marketed as “healthy”. I’d much rather cut back on …

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Top 10 Songs About Beer

While sitting in my office this afternoon, I was starring at my drums and thinking about music. I love music almost as much as I love a good IPA.  Music and beer go hand in hand.  I believe that music is better if you have a beer in hand, and drinking beer is better with some good tunes rocking. It …

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Name the next BreweryFans.com Contest

BreweryFans.com is launching a huge and impressive summer contest, but they need help deciding on a contest name/title. They have narrowed the contest name down to six choices and are hoping to get people to choose one so they can roll out the most effective campaign. The choices are: 1. Fly me to the beer contest 2. The great american …

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Homebrewing Beer Now Legal in Oklahoma

Homebrewing beer has been legal in the eyes of the federal government since 1979. Little did I know, however, thatthere are still a few states which consider homebrewing to be illegal. I know — weird, right? But as of this week, the states which outlaw homebrewing is down by one (now only two states remain; Alabama and Mississippi). House Bill …

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Beer Lovers Guide to Serving a Gourmet Cheese Course

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Sara Kahn. If you would like to contribute a guest post to BlogAboutBeer.com, please contact me. Imagine my surprise at the results of one of our recent surveys of gourmet cheese lovers: men overwhelmingly preferred wine (73%) over beer when enjoying cheese. I suppose this shouldn’t be so shocking given how …

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BrewDog’s Tactical Nuclear Penguin Comes to the U.S.

Tactical Nuclear Penguin, the beer which had for a couple of weeks been the most alcoholic beer in the world — before German brewer Schorschbrau released a 40% ABV beer called Schorschbock and BrewDog fired back with their Sink the Bismarck!, which checks in at 41% ABV and a highly-alcoholic and somewhat pointless cock fight ensued — is now making …

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Obama to Receive the Gift of Maine Beer

In all of his “small town”, on-location speeches around the country, President Obama acknowledges a local businessperson who is thriving in that community. During his trip here to Portland last week, Obama gave a shout out to Bill “Bill the Beer Guy” Milliken, who owns Market House Coffee and Maine Beer & Beverage, both in Portland’s Public Market House. In …

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Introducing the 33 Beers Beer Review Sketchbook

The idea for the 33 Beers sketchbook “came to us after many failed attempts at note-taking during some of the West Coast’s many beer festivals”, says founder Dave Selden. “At some point in these experiences, laziness tended to take over, and the tasting notes stopped writing themselves. The next day, trying to recall the third bourbon barrel-aged porter became an …

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Craft Brewing April Fools Day Jokes Around the Interwebs

Yesterday was April Fools Day and craft breweries across the country took full advantage, flexing their creative muscles a bit. Of course you need to know a little bit about each brewery to fully appreciate their tongue-in-cheek pranks but here are some of the best I found across the interwebs (in no particular order): Orange County’s The Bruery introduced their …

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Beer-Themed LOLCats – Racecar Cat

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a dozen times – I’m a sucker for a good LOLCat. Especially ones involving beer (even more when it’s a beer I enjoy, like Long Hammer). Therefore, as always, I couldn’t resist this one which popped up in my RSS Reader this afternoon. Enjoy:

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Happy St Patrick’s Day 2010

Just wanted to wish everyone a safe, joyous and beer-filled St. Patrick’s Day. Irish or not, it’s a great day to celebrate and shake the winter doldrums and cabin fever, especially on a nearly 60 degree sunny day in Maine in mid-March when it feels like Spring finally can’t be that far off. To put you in the mood, I’ll …

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Beer Trading Getting Attention Across the Interwebs

The concept of trading hard-to-find beers among fans has been around for a long time and chances are that if you’re a self-proclaimed “beer geek” you’ve either traded beer yourself or have friends who do. I first wrote about (well to be fair, Josh @ brewsandbooks.com wrote a guest post and I published it) the phenomenon in October of last …

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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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Check me out at DrinkWithTheWench.com

If you want to learn more about yours truly than you ever thought you needed to, then check out the interview I just did with good friend and fellow beer blogger, Ashley “The Beer Wench” Routson over at her blog, DrinkWithTheWench.com (click here for the interview). For those just coming here for the first time from her site: welcome, thanks …

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The Brainchild Behind BeerMeMaine.com

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Chris Avantaggio of Beer ME Maine recently to discuss his new brand of Maine & beer-inspired duds and the brand he is silently but explosively building throughout the state (and beyond). Chris was also kind enough to pass along a “review copy” of one of their shirts and pint glasses so I …

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A Great Way to Keep Track of Your Beer Reviews

The following is a guest post video from beer blogger Billy Broas of BillyBrew.com. Billy’s on a mission to teach the world about craft beer. He thanks Luke for the opportunity to share his beer-geekdom with the Blog About Beer readers. (editor’s note: if you would like to contribute a guest post to BlogAboutBeer.com, please contact me)

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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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Bottle Cap Wall Art (AKA A Year in Beer)

The following is a guest post from Jesse King (AKA “Finks”). If you would like to contribute a guest post to BlogAboutBeer.com, please contact me. Enjoy! I love beer! I have known this since I was 18, errrm I mean 21 officer. I was raised in a home where my Dad drank Geary’s and my Mom Milwaukee’s Best Light. So …

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BlogAboutBeer.com on CNBC

Just a quick note that a quote from yours truly was featured in a story on CNBC.com yesterday about the addition of beer to the menus of Burger King restaurants in Southern Florida and a Starbucks on 15th Avenue in Seattle. Burger King says its decision to serve beer came from customer feedback. They’re specifically targeting touristy areas like Orlando …

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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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Beer’s Key Ingredient in the Fight Against Cancer

I always had a sneaking suspicion that drinking moderate amounts of beer was good for me. Turns out I’m right. The presence of the antioxidant Xanthohumol in the oils of hop leaves has been known for awhile (I first wrote about it in December of 2007), but this week even more reports and studies on Xanthohumol and its cancer-fighting agents …

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Chinese Frozen Beer Sculptures

This video was shared with me this afternoon (thanks Wren) and I had to share it with you. Apparently it was shot somewhere in China this most recent December on a chilly, -34 degree (Fahrenheit?) day using Harbin Beer (a subsidiary of, you guessed it, Anheuser-Busch). It’s pretty neat to watch, despite the awkward use of Sum41, and the outcome …

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Throw a Beer Party to Beat the Winter Doldrums

I’m not talking about a raging kegger, I’m talking about a clever, themed “Better Beer Party”. There are plenty of options for themes: beer and cheese pairings, beer and chocolate pairings, traditional beer tastings (especially fun if you have friends who aren’t yet converts, so you can really teach them about beer) or you can get extra creative like Josh …

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A Full Beer Stocking This Year

Now that the long Christmas weekend is behind us, it’s time to report on the beer-related bounty I obtained, as I do every year. This was a fun year and I got some great and unique beer-related fun. My girlfriend’s parents got me a new bottle tree and pressure-powered bottle rinser. Any homebrewer who still bottles and knows the woes …

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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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Carol of the Beers

I was sent the following YouTube video from its creator earlier this evening and had to share it. Not only is it full of Yuletide cheer, but it’s a great use for bottles of otherwise terrible beer! Have a listen and happy holidays!

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iReport Video Profile of Seven Brides Brewing Co.

First off, I want to apologize for the lack of posts over the last 4 or 5 days. I promise I haven’t gone anywhere, I’m just working on a new WordPress theme for the blog — one which I am attempting to hand-design and hand-code all by myself, teaching myself as I go, so it’s been a bit of a… …

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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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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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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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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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