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5 Reasons why SAVOR is the Best Beer Event in America

I had an excellent time at SAVOR this past weekend – it blended everything I like about beer festivals into one exceptional evening. I haven’t gone to every beer event in America, but I have to say that SAVOR is far and away the best I’ve ever experienced. Here’s why: 

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Staring Down the Barrel of Savor, America’s Premiere Beer and Food Event

It’s been a crazy week in these parts, but ol’ reliable Friday is here once again, and that means it’s time to start thinking about what we’ll be drinking this weekend.  For me that answer is easy: EVERYTHING! I’m going to be attending Savor in New York City, the premiere food and beer pairing event […]

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Brewers Association American Craft Beer Week Event Locator (A.K.A. Why NJ Sucks!)

If you live under a rock, then I have some news for you: American Craft Beer Week started on Monday!  It’s week full of special craft beer events across the nation, unless you live in New Jersey, perhaps the lamest craft beer state in America.  Sure, we get some pretty awesome beers here, but the […]

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Call Scotland Yard! BrewDog in the Center of Another Scandal…How Can This Be?

I know it is HARD to believe, but BrewDog is in the middle of a Media Kerfuffle. I know…what are the odds…right?  Well to set it up properly, BrewDog has been doing some pretty wonderful things to change the beer culture in their native Scotland.  They have introduced the Brew Pub in a totally unique and […]

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Beyond TODAY: My Drunken Train Ride from Hell

Beyond TODAY is an extension of our weekly column for the TODAY Show food blog. Over there, we’re talking about our experiences at the New York City American Craft Beer Festival. Over here, we’re talking about the train ride from hell I had to take to get there!  The first sign that it wouldn’t be […]

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The Best Beer at the NYC American Craft Beer Fest

What do you get when you put a pumpkin in a barrel?  You get hands down the best beer at this weekend’s New York City American Craft Beer Festival, at least in my humble opinion.  And it wasn’t even in the fancy VIP room, it was with the more common offerings on the main show […]

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The Great Whiskey Challenge of 2012 Has Begun

This challenge was given to me from our friends up at Selkirk Abbey, the new all Belgian brewery in Post Falls, Idaho.  Remember Ron Wallace and Jeff Whitman sent this box along with a challenge for me.  Four whiskeys, 1 top Shelf, 2 mid shelf, and 1 decidedly pedestrian whiskey from the nether reaches of […]

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Bud Light Platinum Ads Tank. The Most Expensive Worst Beer Ads Ever?! **UPDATED**

About a week ago when I got wind that Bud was going to make their big launch of Platinum during the Super Bowl, I thought it was a risky and short sighted plan.  Sure you would get a lot of eyes on the screen, but the Weego commercial is where Bud Light drinkers live, not […]

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The Letter and the Box: A Whiskey Challenge!

These little piggies in a bubble wrap blanket represent the biggest challenge to my whiskey palate ever!  This is a little concoction cooked up by those crazies in Northern Idaho Jeff Whitman and Rob Wallace.  The owners of Selkirk Abbey (Idaho’s only all Belgian brewery) have thrown down the gauntlet and are proposing a challenge […]

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St Bernardus Abt 12: I May Have Found the Perfect Belgian Beer

It has been a couple of weeks now since our ungettables gathering in Boise at Brewforia, but there were so many great beers that I had a chance to try I may never get them all posted on this site.  There were however a few standouts that I need to get up here, because they […]

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Duchesse De Bourgogne: Or How My Brother Jim Is An Idiot

I went to the Second Semi-Annual Ungettables Tasting at Brewforia last Monday evening.  It was an amazing time, and I got the chance to try some fantastic beers and some not so great beers from around the world.  This was an awesome event and some people really went all out bringing cases of different brews. […]

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An Ungettables Gathering: A Great Way To Kick Off The Holiday Season

Well it is November, and soon everyone’s attention will be focused on family gatherings, big meals, and shopping for presents.  And at this time of year a great amount of beer and whiskey is purchased and consumed, but it is rarely the focus of the gathering.  Instead it is Uncle Bernie and his fourth wife […]

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The East Coast Still Has Widespread Power Outages: Time to Drink Stouts!

I can’t believe that Saturday’s freak snowstorm on the east coast has left thousands of homes in the dark STILL!  With over 19 inches of wet and heavy snow falling in parts of Northern New Jersey over 600,000 homes were impacted, and this includes my better half on this blog,Jim.  He didn’t have power Saturday […]

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Guess Who’s Getting into Craft Beer? Here’s a Hint…

The world of craft beer keeps getting bigger and bigger.  Let me, just as an example, talk about the Boise, Idaho area.  First we had the Boise Co-op with their craft beer offerings.  Then we got a couple bottle shops in Brewforia.  Then Wine markets began to carry a larger and larger selection of craft […]

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GABF Gold Medal Winners Map

I saw this map on Facebook today, and thought I would share it.  These are all the breweries that won Gold at this year’s GABF.  It would be better if they had also included the beer and the category they won for, but I guess this is better than nothing.  Of course Idaho came up […]

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