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From the Cellar

Sam Calagione Wishes “Brew Dogs” Great Success

I just had a chat with Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione for a Today.com piece I’m working on.  While the topic wasn’t on the agenda, I just had to ask for his thoughts on Brew Dogs, the new craft beer television show featuring the brew-fueled antics James Watt and Martin Dickie from Scotland’s BrewDog craft […]

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Coffee Versus Beer Infographic Makes Me Want a Coffee Stout

I came across this infographic on The Roaming Pint’s Facebook page and just had to share it here.  It was created by a Japanese coffee fetish website (I mean really, who would be crazy enough to dedicate an entire website to a single beverage?!) called ilovecoffee.jp. It’s full of interesting facts about both coffee and […]

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Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch Gets Its Close-up on “True Blood”

HBO’s True Blood lost me after Season 2, when everyone starting turning into fairies and wood elves and whatnot, but I might just have to start watching again after a very special appearance in last night’s episode.

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Alt-Weekly Ransoms Stodgy Newspaper’s Twitter Handle for Beer

The olds will never figure out Twitter. Case in point, this article posted by the Cleveland Scene, an alt-weekly that squatted on the Twitter handle of that city’s venerable daily newspaper and then sold it back to them for a bounty of beer.

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A-B InBev Denies Packaging Similarities with Flying Dog Beers

I’ve always felt a little spoiled covering the craft beer industry, as most of the people I speak with are down to earth and share their thoughts fairly freely, from brew masters, to CEO’s, to the media folks from the larger breweries.  After reaching out to a large corporate brewery for the first time, I’ve […]

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Great American Beer Festival Sells Out in Under 20 Minutes, Internet Rejoices

If you’re thinking of going to the Great American Beer Festival, you should stop now. All the tickets to the October beer sampling extravaganza sold in in less than 20 minutes, with many people unable to click their way into a pass for the festival.  As you can imagine, these people are thrilled.

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Can “Brew Dogs” thrive where “Brew Masters” failed?

. . If you’re a long-term reader of this blog, you know I have a thing against the blokes from BrewDog, the Scottish craft brewers that pumped out such undrinkable, attention-whoring beers like Tactical Nuclear Penguin, The End of History (featuring roadkill stuffed with bottles), and Royal Virility Performance, a beer brewed with Viagra to celebrate […]

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Choosing the Right Beer to Pair With SyFy’s Original Movie “Sharknado”

. I’ll admit it – my excitement over tonight’s premiere of the the SyFy Channel’s original film Sharknado is probably a little out of proportion with the quality of the film itself.  I don’t know why, but this schlockfest about killer sharks thrown into peoples lives by a hurricane has me absolutely brimming with excitement. […]

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How to Sell a $90 Folding Chair to a Beer Geek

I like to consider myself a pretty savvy online shopper, which is where I purchase most of my bigger ticket items.  I research before I buy, I read online reviews with a grain of salt, and I ferret out the best price I can find from a reputable retailer before I pull the trigger. But […]

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WTF?! Consumer Reports Names Shock Top a “Best Buy” in Craft Beer

There was a time before the Internet put thousands of real-world user reviews at your fingertips that you would have to rely on publications like Consumer Reports to help sort out the bad dishwashers from the good, the most reliable VCRs from the tape eaters, and the sweet rides from the lemons.  Those days are […]

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For the First Time Since Prohibition, Homebrewing is Legal Across America

Today is July 1st, and besides being the first day of a short work week we’re all riding out to get to the fireworks, barbecue and beer, it also marks a significant milestone for homebrewers. Today, a law legalizing homebrewing goes into effect in Mississippi, which was the last bastion of backwards brewing bans.  That […]

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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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Next Game of Thrones Beer Reflects Darker Times Ahead

If you’re a regular watcher of HBO’s serial snuff flick Game of Thrones, you’ve become used to seeing what’s inside of the people you like; their blood, their bones, or maybe just the little pieces Ramsay Boldin clips off of them. Apparently the folks at Ommegang understand that the show has taken a dark turn, […]

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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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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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