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Lakefront Bridge Burner: The Beer that Made Milwaukee Matter

In some ways, Milwaukee is the spiritual home of the Beer & Whiskey Brothers. You see, our parents were born and raised there, and they love the place so much they retired there.  Don and I have scores of cousins and aunts and uncles in those parts as well, and there’s something about the place […]

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Video Review of Dale’s Pale Ale

I’m still playing with the new video cam, and took the opportunity to try a Dale’s Pale Ale from the can for the first time.  Check out the review below, and thanks to 52 Brews for turning me on to this beer! Have you tried this stuff?

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Brawlin’ with the Big Boys

I recently had the pleasure of joining Peter from the blog Simply Beer for one of his Beer Brawl podcasts. A Beer Brawl is really just an excuse to drink some great beers and learn about what makes them special (or not so special, as the case may be). For this Beer Brawl, we sampled […]

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Ho, Ho, Hum. St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

It might be a little early for a Christmas beer review, but the seasonal brews have hit the store shelves and I decided to get the reviews up while you can still actually buy these puppies. This is the first time I’ve had St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, and I didn’t know what to expect. But […]

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When Was The Last Time a Beer or Whiskey Blew Your Mind?

A libation revelation is a simple but magnificent event, when you have the perfect drink under the perfect circumstances. When this occurs, you taste the beverage in a new and wonderful way, and your newfound appreciation carries forward to every time you have that drink. I’ve had a handful of these moments over the past […]

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Does Your Significant Other Share Your Passion?

It occurred to me this weekend how lucky I am to have a wife who loves great beer just as much as I do.  She never complains about what I spend on beer.  She never turns up her nose at something new.  She’ll finish stuff that I don’t really like.   She does tastings with me […]

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A Sweet and Tender Hooligan

The first oak aged ale I can remember having is Innis and Gunn’s English Pale Ale.  It’s a well-mannered beer, a gentleman’s brew with a malty flavor and smoky scotch finish.  It’s a perfect companion for many situations and generally enjoyed by many folks, even mother-in laws who don’t normally drink beer. If Innis and […]

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You Can Always Go Home Again

It had been a while since I stopped by my local beer shop, so I decided to pop in the other day. I used to be a regular at this place until I got a new job and my routine changed a bit. The new gig put a big beer store with a great selection […]

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A Stupid Question

It’s been said that a stupid question deserves a stupid answer. But in this case, the question is so fundamentally flawed that it might actually deserve an intellectually informed, well-reasoned answer. At least that’s my hope.So here goes: Can you microwave beer? Now many of you are probably thinking the same thing, and that’s “WTF?!” […]

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Keep your Pumpkin Beer – I’m a Yam Man!

This weekend I had the pleasure of sampling Autumn Maple ale from The Bruery.  Instead of using pumpkin like many of the other seasonal ales, the Bruery decided to go with yams.  Yes, sweet, sweet yams. Are they nuts?  I wasn’t sure either and eagerly anticipated tasting this very unusual seasonal brew…

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Cheap Thrills

I’m a big fan of Long Trail Double Bag Ale, so I was intrigued when I saw they offered an Imperial Porter in a big bottle.  The fact that the bottle was labeled “Brewmaster Series” further piqued my curiosity.  The fact that it was less than $3.00 for a 22 ounce bottle and had an […]

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For Beer Nerds, By Beer Nerds

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a lot to learn about beer.  I usually try to do this before others have the chance to point it out, but unfortunately I give them plenty of opportunities (see all the posts below).  This is actually a great thing, because learning about beer is great […]

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Exotic, Mysterious and…Ordinary?

You see her in the slinky black dress, her green, almond shaped eyes twinkle in the twilight, and her high cheekbones and raven hair speak of the mysteries of far away places.  You absolutely need to learn more about this enigmatic vision of a woman.  You move closer, slipping in next to her at the […]

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The Monster of Morrisville

Don’t let the sweeping pastures or small-town-USA main drag fool you – there’s something lurking in the fertile hills of Morrisville, Vermont.  Something bold and cunning.  A creature that will attack your senses, yet leave you wanting more. The worst part is that this beast was created by a pair of seemingly charming people who […]

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Imagine if “The View” was a Beer…

I was in the beer aisle of my favorite store the other day, when one of the employees breathlessly raced to the shelf and grabbed at a bottle of Duchesse De Bourgogne.  He saw that I noticed his exuberance and probably felt he needed to explain himself.  “Have you tried this one?” he asked, his […]

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