Side Notes

The Ever Elongating Seasonal Beer Cycle

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At the time I first decided to write this post it was late July here on the east coast.  I was walking through one of the local beer stores I frequent, and thinking about what I was in the mood for that night.  I couldn’t stomach another round of shandys, fruit beers, or ciders, and was thinking actually that summer …

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Your Chance To Win Free Beer!

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If you follow me at all on Twitter, you may have heard me talk about a new book that I wrote on Oregon beer, simply called Beer Lover’s Oregon. Well the time has finally come where it’s starting to hit store shelves and available to order online. Finally! I started working on it last May and most of the content …

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Blog About Beer And The Future

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve written a new post on here and figured it was time to dust off the keyboard and give you an update on why I’ve been slacking. First off, I’m sure you’ve noticed a few posts coming in from my cousin Ryan on the site. All I can say is wow, he has a great …

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Where I’ve Been The Past Month

Wow, it’s towards the end of January and this is the first post I’ve had in a month. Ouch. I’ve been slacking. Well, to be honest my excitement for writing about beer definitely has been in a slump for me since I’ve started to make some changes to my health. Starting at the end of November I’ve been meeting with …

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Thanksgiving Beer Roundup

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in The U.S. which means a whole nation stuffing their faces with some great food. Along with the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and the rest of the usual food, many people pair wine with their holiday dinner. While I really enjoy wine, a nicely paired beer is definitely my preferred beverage of choice (both while stuffing my …

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A Quick Blog About Beer Update

For those of you wondering if I’m still alive, I sure am. I took a few weeks off of posting on here mainly because I’ve been swamped in my business and had to put Blog About Beer on the back burner for a few weeks. The good news is that I’m back and ready to start taking this blog to …

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My 50 Beer Challenge Update

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If you’ve been following my blog over the past two months, you’ve most likely noticed that I’ve been spending quite a bit of time reviewing beers in an attempt to achieve my goal of drinking 1 beer from each of the 50 states in 50 days. Read the details here. The deadline I originally set for myself was July 5, …

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50 Beers From 50 States In 50 Days Beer Challenge

Next Monday starts the beginning of American Craft Beer Week and to celebrate I am starting a new challenge. Starting Monday, I will be attempting to drink and review 50 beers in 50 days from each of the 50 states. Basically I am going to try and find a craft beer to try from every state in the country.  You …

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Happy 2011 – May It Bring Great Beer

I just wanted to take a few minutes and wish you a happy 2011.  Thinking back over 2010 it has been a pretty big year for me (I became a dad) and I’m looking forward to what next year brings. I’m also excited for all of the new beer that I get to try this next year.  Over Christmas I …

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Bacon S’mores – Making A Classic Even Better

Last week my wife had a brilliant idea. When I say a brilliant idea, you could almost say it was a life changing idea. For years one of America’s favorite camping treats, the s’more, has consisted of a graham cracker, chocolate, and a roasted marshmallow or two. Well my friends, the time has come to add a 4th ingredient to make the …

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The New Look Of Blog About Beer

The new site design for Blog About Beer is now live (in case you haven’t noticed). It was designed to give a nice and clean look to the site as well as speed up page load time. You might also notice that I added a new Blog About Beer logo to further brand the blog. Along with the new look …

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Blog About Beer On Your Cell Phone

I know I haven’t updated this site a ton since I took it over the beginning of this month, however I’ve been working on a few things and will start blogging close to daily come the middle of August. Until then, I’m in the middle of doing a nice redesign of this site, new logo, and adding more content. One …

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Happy 4th of July

Hey everyone, I just want to wish you a happy and safe 4th of July.  Hopefully you are taking some time out to hang with family and friends as well as get a chance to drink a nice beer or two. As for me, it’s my wifes birthday as well so there is two reasons to party.  Happy birthday Renee …

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Introducing A New Era For Blog About Beer

Hi everyone, my name is Logan Thompson and I am the new owner of Blog About Beer.  I wanted to take a minute and introduce myself as well as let you know my vision for this site.  As most of you probably know, Luke started up his own brewery (I’m a bit jealous about that still), and didn’t have time …

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So Long And Thanks For All The Beers

Well, I have officially sold BlogAboutBeer.com and after two years and 10 months of launching and running the site, it’s time for me to step down and let someone else take the reins and guide Blog About Beer into the future and beyond. I’ll let the new owner introduce himself so as not to steal his thunder or misrepresent his …

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Nominate BlogAboutBeer.com for the 2010 Portland Phoenix Best Of Awards

Nominations have begun again for the annual Portland Phoenix Best of Portland awards. As always, I’m making a minor organic push for votes. If you’ve got a second — even if you’re not a local reader — please take a moment and click here (or on the 125 x 125 Phoenix banner you see on the right-hand sidebar) and enter …

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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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2010 Mother of All Beer Blogging Contests Update

First I want to apologize – the last few days have been MUCH busier than I expected and I have yet to have enough free time to compile all of the entries into the 2010 Mother of All Beer Blogging Contests and draw the winners (which was supposed to happen Thursday evening). I do however expect I’ll have enough time …

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Happy New Year 2010 Everyone!

Wanted to wish everyone a happy, safe, fun and beer-filled New Year’s eve this evening (and New Year’s Day recovery tomorrow). I hope you are able to spend this holiday with friends, family and those you love. It may be a good day to think about pulling that special bottle you’ve been waiting on out of the cellar; it’s time. …

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Merry Christmas from BlogAboutBeer.com

Just stopping by amidst a few much-needed days (mostly) away from the computer to wish any and all a very Merry Christmas. Whatever this holiday means to you, I hope it is a joyous couple of days during which you are able to put aside life’s many stresses and enjoy the company of loved ones and the joy of some …

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Whole New Look, Same Great Blog

Hi All – You’ll notice a whole bunch of new changes to BlogAboutBeer.com today if you visit it from the web (rather than your RSS reader). While it’s not the handmade theme I mentioned a few days ago (unfortunately, due to an extreme lack of free time, that project will have to be put on the back burner for the …

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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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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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Where I’ve Been

Sorry for the non-posting all week. I think I forgot to explicitly mention that I was in the process of moving — just across town — and that, of course, Time Warner is taking their sweet time in getting my new Internet and television hooked up (I’m borrowing some from one of my part-time jobs at the moment). Thus, no …

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Major Life Changes

I know this blog is more about beer than it is personal commentary but let me go off-topic for a minute if you would, please, to make an announcement. After a lot of deliberation and careful consideration, I have decided to take a pretty enormous (although at least a little bit calculated) leap of faith and leave my cushy, full-time …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Presidential Debate Drinking Games

If you live on the east coast, chances are you’re rained in tonight and what better way to spend a wet Friday evening than watching the first 2008 Presidentail Debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. And what better way to make it through the debate than by playing a fun little drinking game with a small group of your …

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Moving

I believe Captain Hops from Beer Haiku Daily said it best way back on April 26th when he went through what I’m going through this weekend: My world in shambles And everything boxed away Beer still takes me home That’s right – we’re moving this weekend. While not all that far (literally, from the 3rd floor to the first floor …

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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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It’s Almost Time to Celebrate American Craft Beer Week

This coming week (May 12-18th) is American Craft Beer Week. Changed to a week-long event in 2006 (the inaugural American Craft Beer Week was recognized by the U.S. Congress with House Resolution 753), American Craft Beer Week has continued to grow by leaps & bounds. This year, however, the celebrations will be slightly different – For the first time, breweries …

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New at Blogaboutbeer.com

I hope by now that you’ve noticed the new look & feel of blogaboutbeer.com (if you only read through a RSS reader every day, definitely click through and check out the changes!) – it’s my attempt to make everything a little more attractive and user-friendly. I’d love to hear some feedback on the new look, including the new logo. Also, …

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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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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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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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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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Why Isn’t Beer & Wine Delivery Legal Already?

I read an article from the associated press today which reported that Maine state senator Lynn Bromley has sponsored a bill (which was up for review today) which would legally allow adults in Maine to have wine shipped to their homes. I was really astonished and annoyed… that this wasn’t already legal! Apparently this is the fourth time in the …

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Please Nominate me for Best Portland Blog!

Just a quick side-note to beg for your nomination for best Portland Blog in the The Portland Phoenix’s Best of Portland competition. Nominations are open now through February 14th (when the actual voting begins). Just visit: http://thephoenix.com/theBest/portland/ and click on the “City Life” section. Thanks for your support!

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What Beer Will Make it to the Super Bowl?

Just in time for the conference championship games tomorrow, RealSimple Magazine today announced a list of beers to correspond with each team in the NFL. Why? So that at your Super Bowl party you can, give your guests a selection of beers that reflect the names, the mascots, or the hometowns of the competing teams. Click here for a rundown …

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Thank You Celebrator!

Just a quick thank you to Adare and the folks over at the beer news magazine Celebrator for including BlogAboutBeer.com as one of the first to be listed on the industry blogs page of their newly revised (and snazzy-looking) website. They even called me an enthusiast! It’s the little things like this that make blogging so much fun. Cheers.

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Cancer Fighting Antioxident Found in Hops

There’s no question that the holidays are a joyous time of festivities and merry-making but, on a much darker note, it’s also the time of year that I find myself reflecting on loved ones lost (or sick) the most. There has been an amazing amount of cancer in my life, especially in the last few years – my mom and …

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A Beer After the Game is Good for Your Health

According to an article which appeared in England’s Telegraph today, having a beer after playing a game of football, a long run, or a strenuous round of golf can be good for the body, scientists are now reporting. In a bit of good news for those who enjoy their brew, Spanish researchers have announced that their findings suggest that beer can help someone who is dehydrated …

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How Sweet it is!

I can think of no better use for Bud Light! Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, 2007 champions of the world! [images via boston.com]

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Beer News Worth Noting…

Just a few things to note as they come across the wire at lunch time: For my loyal Maine readers: October 3 – Gritty’s L/A Brew Pub is turning two years old! Celebrate the L/A Brew Pub’s second “beerthday”! The festivities kick-off from 4-6pm with a special happy hour: plenty of free munchies, lots of beer and friendly faces. But …

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