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Canadian Beer Hockey in Action

About a month ago, I wrote a piece for TODAY.com 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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I Find it Hard to Care About Hard Cider

There’s something about hard cider that makes me pucker. It started a few years back when I saw the stuff stacked shoulder-to-shoulder with craft beers at my local beer store. What was this fruity interloper doing here? It has more in common with champagne than craft beer! I saw a scenario in my head where […]

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What’s The One Brewery You Cannot Live Without? My Choice Surprised Me

I was thinking (naturally) about beer yesterday afternoon, and came up with a question for myself – What’s the one brewery I cannot live without?  After giving it some thought, I was genuinely surprised by the outcome.

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Now that New Belgium is 100% Employee-Owned, It’s Time to Make a Few Changes

New Belgium, America’s third-largest craft brewer, has always had a strong employee ownership program at the center of their corporate culture.  It’s a great way to engender loyalty from the employees and to give them an actual stake in the success of the enterprise. Up until December 28th of last year, the employees owned 41% […]

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Brewers Association Calls Out Counterfeit Craft Beers

Things just got real.  As a beer geek with a little bit of a voice on the Internet, I’ve tried to educate people about the difference between real craft beers and the lookalikes that Big Beer pump out in an attempt to capitalize on the craft beer craze. Most recently, it was a review of […]

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Glad I’m Not A Hipster, Because Pabst Blue Ribbon Sucks!

Jim and I have discussed our family history with PBR, and I have even discussed PBR’s recent history on the blog here.  Jim and my history with this beer began when we were children.  Our aunt worked for Pabst for a long time (almost 20 years) and it was my father’s beer of choice for […]

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Bulleit Rye: More Rye Means More Better!

About 2 years ago the makers of Bulleit Bourbon came out with thier version of Rye.  About six months after that I picked up a bottle of said Rye, and put it in my bunker.  There it sat all lonely for these last 18 months.  I guess in some respects it kind of scared me […]

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Sierra Nevada May Have Torpedoed Dale’s Pale Ale as My Go-To Summer Beer

I’m a creature of habit.  I’ll eat the same thing every day for lunch without complaint, and I stick to a fairly strict routine in my life, which is great when I’m doing healthy stuff, and awful when I’m on a cheese and crackers binge.  All told, I’d be pretty easy to assassinate – just […]

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A Mini Ungettables Tasting

I love having friends that have beer!  And what’s better is I love having friends that have Whiskey!  And what’s better still is I love having friends that have beer and whiskey that I can’t get, and they are willing and eager to share.  So it went last time I went into my local bottle […]

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My Two Week Road Trip

I know I’ve not been around too much lately.  I’ve been trying to secure employment, and my journeys over the last two weeks have brought be all over the State’s of Oregon and Washington.  I told you about the Cascade Barrel house in Portland a while back, but I also went to Good Life Brewery […]

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Top 5 Beer, Whiskey and TV Pairings

More and more, folks are getting into pairing beer with food, and why not? The right marriage of beverage and bite can take your enjoyment of both to levels unreachable when tasted separately.  I’m just getting into food pairings and can’t wait to taste all the possibilities. One thing I’ve been into for awhile is […]

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Pong Beer to Expand Distribution to 20 States

HAHA Jim, looks like this is here to stay!  Here is a link to the very brief write up by our buddy Adam over at Beernews.org. http://beernews.org/2012/02/pong-beer-planning-to-expand-distribution-across-20-states/

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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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For the Whiskey Connoisseur That Has Everything

I found this little beauty on a Slovenian web site.    All I can say is I fear splashback.  I love the novelty of this.  Kind of reminds me of this fella. No, for me I’d much rather go with a traditional Christmas Present something like this. By the way this is available for purchase […]

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