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Drinking and dating: Those seeking a mate lay off the booze

The dating website just released a new study on singles and drinking, and the findings shed interesting light on how our attitudes towards alcohol change as we get more serious about finding a mate. The study involved 11 million singles between the ages of 21 and 50 who have set up profiles on the […]

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Design Legend Critiques Craft Beer Labels

Milton Glaser is a graphic design legend.  The 84 year-old has been in the business for longer than many of us have been alive, and has been responsible for everything from the now-ubiquitous  “I <3 NY” logo, to the visual identity for the upcoming Season 7 of AMC’s Mad Men.  The gentleman truly knows his […]

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Five Damn Good Reasons to Drink This Weekend

Well Friday is here, and if you’re like most black-livered red-blooded Americans, you’re likely thinking about taking a sip or two of an adult beverage over the weekend.  Here are five things from this week to inspire you to do just that. Google Is Skynet – I just learned about Google’s “Project Tango,”  an Android […]

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Free Beer Makes the Canadians the Most Attractive Athletes at the Olympics

The Olympics are known for national pride, rigorous competition, and lots of athlete-on-athlete sexytime.  After all, these are young people at the peak of their physical prowess surrounded by other world-class competitors – of course they’re going to go for a few belt notches as they go for the gold.  They’re even using the dating […]

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Courtesy of Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review

Beer Poll: Is Serving Beer at Movie Theaters a Good Thing or a Bad Idea?

Beer being served at movie theaters isn’t exactly a new thing.  AMC has had their Dine-In Theatres (complete with waitstaff that deliver beer or wine to your seat) for a while now, and most metro areas have one or two independent movie houses that offer a selection of tasty craft beers to enjoy while watching […]

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Canadian Beer Hockey in Action

About a month ago, I wrote a piece for about “Alcohockey,” a combination of beer pong and air hockey created by two bored Canadian university students. The idea is simple – take an old air hockey table, cut six cup-sized holes in front of each goal, place red Solo cups into said holes, and […]

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B&WB Exclusive: Jim Koch and Tony Magee Respond to the Rebel IPA Conflict

There’s a disturbance in the happy force that envelops the craft beer world, one that should have beer geeks thinking about the future of this little industry we love. Last month, Tony Magee took to twitter, claiming that Samuel Adams, who recently developed a West Coast India Pale Ale called Rebel IPA, were targeting the […]

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Denver We Have a Problem – Your Quarterback Wants a Bud Light

I had the NFL Network’s Denver-San Diego postgame coverage on last night for background noise as I was putting the finishing touches on a homemade sausage, onion and red pepper pizza (because I’m a Renaissance man!). Peyton Manning was at the podium answering questions, when the press corps suddenly erupted with laughter.  I find Peyton […]

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Whatcha Drinking This Weekend?: Broken Resolutions Edition

Well that didn’t’ take long.  I recently resolved to abstain from drinking alcohol for the month of January, but that pledge was recently undone by a good idea for a article. You may have heard about the accusations hurled by Lagunitas founder Tony Magee at Samuel Adams, saying that the country’s largest craft brewer […]

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Forget the Bubble, the Craft Beer Famine is Here!

WASHINGTON STATE HAS RUN OUT OF HOPS!!!! EVERYBODY PANIC!!!11!!!!!1!!! Okay, so maybe it’s not THAT bad, but a harsh economic reality has set in on the craft beer world, and it’s not the popping of the mythical sales “bubble” – it simple supply and demand. In this case, the supply of aroma hops from Washington […]

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Getting Suckered into No-Drink January

I’m a lemming, a sheep.  Forty plus years, and I’m still as impressionable as that ten-year old kid who loved to ride his red Baja bike around the town square of Fairfield, Iowa.  I, for lack of a better term, am a weak-minded dimwit. Why?  Because I’ve chosen not to drink this month after reading […]

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Small Brewer Hilariously Tells Starbucks to “F-Off” Over use of “F-Word”

Sometimes you can’t do your job without looking like a corporate tool.  That’s what Anessa Owen Kramer, a trademark lawyer for Starbucks, recently discovered when she sent a cease and desist letter to Jeff Britton, owner of the Exit 6 Pub and Brewery in Cottleville, Missouri. 

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Feeling Like a Criminal Walking Out the Beer Store Door

When I was about 12 years old, I lived in a small town in Iowa where there wasn’t a lot to do. My friends and I would head “up town” to kill some time wandering through the shops that dotted the town square (this was before Wal*Mart sucked the life blood out these small businesses […]

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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog takes on the Great American Beer Festival

Like many of you, I didn’t make it out to the Great American Beer Festival this year.  But luckily for us, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog did, taking to the floor and asking all the right questions, gems like “Tell me, what beer pairs best with a TV dinner and a broken marriage?” and, upon […]

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Infographic: Beer Versus Wine

This nice camparo between the world’s greatest beverage and one made with grapes is making rounds across the Internet, thanks to FinancesOnline. While it’s very informative and pretty to look at, it bothers me a bit that beer isn’t declared the hands-down winner at the bottom (I’m a sucker for a happy ending).  What’s more […]

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