Fun Beer Stuff

Fun Beer Links: Summer Brews, Beer & Cheese, New Brew Mag

Good evening, all – just wanted to share some fun beer-y things from around the web on this warm summer evening: First, a story from Primer Magazine entitled “The Beers I’m Drinking This Summer — And Why“, which goes beyond the American Light Lager to encourage folks to drink Blondes — like Pyramid Curveball Blonde (WA), Red Hook Blonde (NH/WA), …

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When All You Need is a Beer

As I mentioned in my previous post, I spent the first few days of this week at Affiliate Summit East in Boston. Monday was the longest and most grueling day of the conference and when it was over my co-worker Nate and I were in desperate need of a beer. While we’re both relatively familiar with Boston, neither of us …

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Beer Briefs: Benefits, Beer Blogs and Cask-Conditioned Gold Metals

It’s been a crazy couple of days – I just got back from three days at Affilite Summit East at the Seaport Hotel in wonderful Boston, Massachusetts. It was an exhausting, whirlwind trip but I met a lot of good people and learned a lot of great things. I’ll definitely be returning for Affiliate Summit 2009! But, with everything going …

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Beer Business Start-Up: Kegs on Legs

If you don’t know by now, I have a particular interest in entrepreneurship and start-up companies. So I tend to keep a weathered eye on business and entrepreneurial blogs and things of that nature, and when that interest and my interest in beer converge, it’s especially fun. And that’s just what happened today. I found a story on the Business …

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A Pub INSIDE a Tree!

Talk about having a beer in unique places! It appears that a bar literally inside the trunk of an enormous and ancient (estimated to be 7,000 years old; older than the Pyramids of Egypt) Baobab tree has tourists flocking from far and wide just to drink a cold beer in the amazing pub (which is complete with a dart board, …

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The Mother of all (Beer) Blog Contests: A Call for Prizes

This September I’ll be launching the mother of all beer blog contests (or so I hope). Why? Because contests are fun, silly. Anyway, I don’t want to let the cat too far out of the bag yet – especially because I haven’t yet hashed out all of the dirty, hairy details – but expect the requirements for entry to be …

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A Drinking Club With a Running Problem

My dad emailed me the link to a video on CNN.com today detailing a running club from Tuscon, Arizona who have planned a “30 Pack Marathon” in which every runner must “run a lap, drink a beer; run a lap, drink a beer…” Despite what you may think, the group is actually comprised of serious athletes who simply are looking …

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Win a Free Kegerator from Kegerators.com

What’s one thing every homebrewer (or really, every beer enthusiast) wants? Their own kegerator, obviously. Well, thanks to Kegerators.com, soon that will be a reality for one lucky homebrewer. All you need to do to win is “Make a funny, shocking, cool, stupid or impressive video showing what you would do for a free kegerator”. Then submit your video to …

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Around the Web in Beer: NBC

I don’t know if it’s in light of recent events (i.e. the A-B takeover) or if the folks over at NBC Universal just have a new-found interest in beer, but there seem to be an awful lot of sudsy stories popping up at CNBC and MSNBC. CNBC is airing a show tomorrow (Thurs July 17th) at 9pm EST called American …

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Around the Web in Beer

I’ll start by apologizing for the utter lack of posting around here lately; things have been extremely busy these last few days. But I guess that’s part of what Summer in Maine is all about. but its left me with very little time for posting, and even less time for research. So I figured I’d just share with you (those …

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Announcing the official BlogAboutBeer.com Store

Well, it was a rainy, lazy Sunday ’round these parts and while I should have been writing a review of yesterday’s inaugural Grains & Grapes Festival (which I’ll get to very soon, I promise), instead I decided to create a cafepress storefront for blogaboutbeer.com. Now you can get the blogaboutbeer.com logo on everything from hoodies, to thongs for the ladies, …

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Advertising in Unique Places

In the world of advertising, the most successful campaigns are those that are really “outside the box” (I mean, how many of you have memorized the ads above the urinal or inside the bathroom stall of your local watering hole? Thought so.). So, with that in mind, this new Trojan brand condom ad campaign is pure genius. Trojan has begun …

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A Beer (and Wine) 5k Run

Sorry for the infrequent posting but, as you read, due to the recent move my internet is a little spotty at best right now (I’m currently scoffing from a neighbor) but I did want to pass along a message I received the other day about Portland’s very first Beer (and Wine) themed 5k Run. The Wine Flight 5k is on …

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Tampa Strip Club Mogual to Try His Hand at Brewing

What do you do when you own all of the strip clubs, gyms, and most of the buildings in downtown Tampa Bay Florida? Run for local government? No, after that… open a brewery, of course! And that’s just what Tampa King Pin Joe Redner, along with his son Joey, plans to do. The pair would like to open Cigar City …

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The Web’s Best Beer Resources

Mashable.com today lists 13 of the web’s best (in their opinion, not necessarily in mine) resources for beer geeks lovers. Do you like beer? Are you one of those folks who always drinks the same brand, or are you willing to try something new? If the answer is the latter, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a wealth of …

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Beer & Sun Powered Hot Water Heater

Ma Yanjun, a Chinese peasant and carpenter, of Qiqiao village, Shaanxi Province has made a solar water heater – using only beers bottles and hoses. How does it work? Well, The beer bottles lie on a board in rows and are all connected by hoses, which allow cold water to flow through them. As the bottles and board lie outside, …

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Happy Mother’s Day!

To All the Mom’s out there: Happy Mother’s Day! And to my mom – thank you for everything you do for me. I love you! Let’s all raise a glass to the mothers, wives and girlfriends in our lives for all that they do for us and the balance they help maintain. l’chayim! My Mom, Dad and me at my …

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Weeding Out Drug References in Craft Beer

Vaune Dillmann, a craft brewer from Weed, California, thought that he had a great marketing gimmick when he labeled the bottle caps for his new Lemurian Lager after the name of his town. They read “Try Legal Weed”. But the Federal alcohol regulators didn’t get the humor: According to Beyondmadisonavenue.com, The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Responded that …

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Need a Vacation? A Summer Beer Fest Might do the Trick

If you need a break this summer and want to hit the road – why not center the next family vacation around a beer fest? June through October is the busiest time of the year for beer fests around the world and the perfect time (and place) to whet your whistle and flex your beer muscles. Here are just some …

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Buried in PBR

image via the Associated Press Bill Bramanti of South Chicago Heights, Ill is 67 years old and in perfect health; he doesn’t expect to be kicking the bucket any time soon. But that didn’t stop him from buying his coffin. Bramanti had his coffin specially made recently, and it’s designed to look like a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon. According …

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BrewPoll WordPress Plugin from Hop Talk

Al from Hop Talk has created a WordPress plugin which integrates a BrewPoll “vote” button into every blog post. BrewPoll  — the latest social networking site to hit the Interwebs — is a digg-like site where users share content from around the web with one another and “vote” on the articles they like the best. The posts and sites with …

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Beer & Cheese Pairing Going Mainstream

For anyone who missed it, I wanted to point you in the direction of a wonderful piece which appeared in Wednesday’s Chicago Sun-Times about why beer (not wine!) and cheese make an ideal match; it makes for a great Friday-afternoon-when-you-want-to-be-anywhere-but-the-office read. To quote the article a bit, It’s a preference borne of passion, but there is a strong scientific basis …

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The Canned Craft Beer Revolution?

They’re portable – perfect for tailgating, camping, golf (ball, or Frisbee), the beach or the kid’s lunch box (I kid, I kid); they’re 100% recyclable; and they block sunlight and oxygen better than bottles. I’m talking about cans, of course. But canned beer carries a very negative stigma with it – when canning beer became a popular option in the …

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Fueled by Beer, 101 Year Old Man Runs Marathon

Buster Martin completed the London Marathon this past weekend in just about ten hours. The 101 year old man set a new record for the oldest person to ever complete the marathon. So, what did he do to celebrate? Have a beer, of course. While it would be logical to assume that, since Martin appears in such great health, he …

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Sometimes I wish I lived in Vermont

Don’t get me wrong, I love Maine and the beer and bar scene around the state; there’s nowhere I would rather call my beer home. That being said, there are a number of things I wish my town did more like the town of Burlington, VT. Vermont seems to embrace their home grown beer like none other. From programs like …

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Build Yourself a Heineken Fort

Square Heineken bottles from the 1960’s. Because what better to do when you’ve emptied too many bottles of Heineken than build a (glass) fort?! source: neatorama (thanks Wren!) [tags]beer, Heineken, fun stuff[/tags]

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75 Years of Beer (and Local Celebrations)

“I think this would be a good time for a beer” – Franklin Roosevelt, April 7, 1933 While Prohibition officially ended on December 5, 1933, with the ratification of the 21st Amendment, something that is often overlooked happened earlier that year — newly-elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt took steps to fulfill his campaign promise to end the national ban on …

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The greatest LOLcat EVER

I don’t usually repost this sort of thing but I happened to see that icanhascheezburger had this evening what I think is the best LOLcat ever created: ’nuff said. [tags]Beer, LOLcats[/tags]

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How to Drink Better Beer, Part Six: Beer and Food

This is part six, the final post of a six-part series (click here for part one, part two, part three, part four & part five) on improving your beer drinking experience. While the series is written for Better Beer newcomers, it is advice that is beneficial to even the most seasoned beer drinkers out there. Cheers. image by Diana Nevermind …

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How to Drink Better Beer, Part Five: Temperature

This is part five of a six-part series (click here for part one, part two, part three, part four, part five & part six) on improving your beer drinking experience. While the series is written for Better Beer newcomers, it is advice that is beneficial to even the most seasoned beer drinkers out there. Cheers. I’m the first to admit …

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Beer, It Does a Google Good

Charlie Ayers, Google’s own chef, has just released a book entitled Food 2.0: Secrets from the Chef Who Fed Google in which he claims that much of Google’s success comes from an office diet of sushi and, well, free beer… Ayers told the Sydney Morning Herald that Google got top results out of it’s employees by, easing the computer engineers …

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How to Drink Better Beer, Part Four: Stemware

This is part four of a six-part series (click here for part one, part two, part three, part four, part five & part six) on improving your beer drinking experience. While the series is written for Better Beer newcomers, it is advice that is beneficial to even the most seasoned beer drinkers out there. Cheers. Part two of this series …

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How to Drink Better Beer, Part Three: Fresh Beer is Better Beer

This is part three of a six-part series (click here for part one, part two, part three, part four, part five & part six) on improving your beer drinking experience. While the series is written for Better Beer newcomers, it is advice that is beneficial to even the most seasoned beer drinkers out there. Cheers. Yes it’s true that some …

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How to Drink Better Beer, Part Two: Getting the Most Out of the Glass

This is part two of a six-part series (click here for part one, part two, part three, part four, part five & part six) on improving your beer drinking experience. While the series is written for Better Beer newcomers, it is advice that is beneficial to even the most seasoned beer drinkers out there. Cheers. If you’re drinking at home, …

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How to Drink Better Beer, Part One: Finding the Best Pubs

This is part one of a six-part series (click here for part one, part two, part three, part four, part five & part six) on improving your beer drinking experience. While the series is written for Better Beer newcomers, it is advice that is beneficial to even the most seasoned beer drinkers out there. Cheers. Nearly every town in the …

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Skeleton of a 4,000-Year-Old Brewer Unearthed in East Kent

BBC News is reporting that a 4,000-year-old Bronze Age skeleton has been unearthed by archaeologists working in east Kent (England). What does this have to do with beer, you ask? well, the skeleton was found in a crouched position with a “beautifully decorated” pot at its feet. A pot, it is believed, the person used as a beer mug! Education …

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(Beer) Flags of the World

The Boston-based advertising agency Arnold Worldwide created this cheeky “A World of Beer” flags ad campaign for The Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, Massachusetts. Belgium Brazil Japan via neatorama (thanks Wren!) [tags]beer, advertising[/tags]

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Are Self-Serve Bars a Good Thing?

Self-serve tables with their own draft taps (and metered displays) have begun popping up in European bars — Pilsen, Czechoslovakia’s new Pilsner Unique Bar and Dublin, Ireland’s 300-year old Baggot Inn, for instance — and they seem like a pretty cool idea. With them you’ll be able to sample a number of different brews, and be able to top off …

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What is Saint Patrick’s Day Really All About?

With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner (Monday to be exact), I got to wondering today what exactly St. Patrick’s Day was (other than an excuse for day-long beer drinking, that is) all about. Here is what I was able to find – a brief history and some fun St. Patty’s Day Trivia, courtesy of the History Channel. Who …

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The Beer-Lovers’ Airport Guide: For the Beer-Savvy Business Traveler

I received an e-mail tip this evening alerting me to a new service from cheapflights.com called the Beer-Lovers’ Airport Guide. The guide, which is available in either PDF text or download-able podcast form, shows where to find the best brews in 15 of the country’s busiest airports. Some of the highlights from the guide include, Gordon Biersch in Terminal D …

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Men Behaving Badly Star to Create the “Everyman’s Ale”

Men Behaving Badly star, actor Neil Morrissey, is launching his own brand of beer. According to MarketingWeek, the entire stunt is part of a three-part series called Neil Morrissey’s Perfect Pint, which has been commissioned by the production company Fresh One and talkbackThames. The series will follow the Morrissey and friend Richard Fox as they search for the “perfect pint …

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Beer: It’s Not Just For Drinking Anymore

I follow the frugal living blog Wise Bread pretty closely for inspiration for my other blog RealWorldReally.com, so I was quite surprised this evening when something popped up in my Google Reader from Wise Bread which was more appropriate for this blog: Wise Bread’s 21 Great Uses for Beer. The list includes everything from: 4: Take a beer bath …Drain …

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Madonna buys London pub

What do you do when you have an extra $5 million (£2.5 million) laying around? Why, buy a British pub, of course. And that’s just what Madonna — and husband Guy Ritchie — did. The pair have bought The Punchbowl, an 18th century pub in the Mayfair section of London. Apparently, a source close to Madonna tells People Magazine, “She …

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Which Beer Mag is the Best Beer Mag?

I spent some time in Borders this afternoon checking out 2008 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guides and happened across the beer section of the magazine department. To my amazement, there were six different beer-related magazines in stock (and that didn’t include either Beer Advocate Magazine or Celebrator). The magazines I saw before me included All About Beer, Draft Magazine, Beer (a …

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Harry Potter Loves His Belgians

Some of you may remember a few months ago (November, 2007 to be exact) when the story of the The Trappist monks at St. Sixtus monastery and their famous Westvleteren beer vaulted to everyday stardom, thanks to this story in the Wall Street Journal. Well, apparently their mystique has caught the attention of another high profile star – Harry Potter. …

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Try Your Hand at Beer Jeopardy

This is a guest post by Wren Schultz of BlogDuWren  I’m a pretty avid fan of Jeopardy. Last night, when a category about beer came on, I couldn’t help but want to share it. In poking around a little, I realized that our friend beer isn’t so uncommon a topic. If you had to go up against Alex on these, …

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Beer Barrel R2D2

I just thought this would be a fun way to wind down the work week: I found in my aimless Internet travels this morning an image of an R2D2 model the artist amoebabloke made from an old wooden beer barrel. image via deviantart.com The artist would like to see the piece go to someone “with a genuine love for this …

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How Many Taps is Too Many Taps?

There is a new bar opening here in Portland sometime in March called the Oktoberfest International Taphouse and they’re promising to have over 350 beers on the menu, including 100 beers on tap.This got me thinking yesterday: not that I know a whole lot about the behind-the-scenes work of draft beer but I do know that there are separate containers …

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Four Points by Sheraton Hires World’s First Chief Beer Officer

Twenty-eight-year-old Scott Kerkmans recently beat out nearly 8,000 applicants for the position of CBO: Chief Beer Officer for national hotel chain The Four Points by Sheraton. Yes, you read that correctly. The University of New Mexico grad has landed what is truly his (and beer lovers the world over) dream job. Kerkmans told National Public Radio, “At first, I thought …

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