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Can’t Miss Madison Craft Beer Week Events

29 April 2014

The list of events this year is as daunting as ever.  To help, I will be highlighting my “Can’t Miss” events for the week. Friday, May 2 Surly Brewing Company Tap Takeover Kickoff Party at Tipsy Cow.  Word on the street is Surly may be starting some limited distribution in WI later this year.  Get […]

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The IPA Glass: Yay or Nay?

The IPA Glass: Yay or Nay?

08 April 2014

I always used to drink my IPA’s out of a tulip glass.  I heard rumblings of the new IPA glass that was developed by a couple of companies that know hoppy beers.  Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada worked in conjunction with Spiegelau Glassware to create the ideal glassware for hoppy beers.  When I saw one […]

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Madison Craft Beer Week 2014 Preview

Madison Craft Beer Week 2014 Preview

05 March 2014

Spring isn’t the only thing that the people of Madison are anxiously awaiting.  This year marks the 4th annual Madison Craft Beer Week, which will take place from May 2 through May 11.  What started out as an idea amongst three beer-loving friends has turned into a 10 days festival built for beer drinkers of […]

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A New Player in the Sour/Wild Beer Market in Wisconsin

A New Player in the Sour/Wild Beer Market in Wisconsin

21 February 2014

January 24th, 2014 marked a pretty significant milestone in the Wild/Sour beer market in Wisconsin.  The first 4 beers in the collaboration between O’So Brewing Company and Funk Factory Geuzeria were released, which all of us Wisconsinites are hoping is a long and harmonious relationship.  It also marked the day that these two brewed their […]

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Top 30 Breweries in the World (according to me)

Top 30 Breweries in the World (according to me)

10 February 2014

I couldn’t help but get caught up in the buzz created by RateBeer when they released their Top 100 Breweries last week.  So I decided to put together my own personal list.  The criteria is pretty loose, but a few things I used to make my list…1) I have to have decent access to their […]

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Posted in Beer Stuff, Indiana Breweries, Maine Breweries, Michigan Breweries, Vermont Breweries, Wisconsin Breweries2 Comments

Your Guide to Chili Pepper Stouts

Your Guide to Chili Pepper Stouts

21 January 2014

The chili pepper stout revolution began in Tampa, Florida at Cigar City Brewing.  This beer was given its own festival starting in 2011 though notes show that this beer may have been produced as far back as 2008.  While chili peppers have been featured in a variety of styles of beer, stouts seem to be […]

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Brewery Spotlight: Black Husky Brewing

Brewery Spotlight: Black Husky Brewing

15 January 2014

There is a cabin nestled deep in the woods of Northern Wisconsin. But this is no ordinary cabin you see, deep within the woods in the town of Pembine there sits a cabin that is producing beer that is “rarely balanced, never boring.” This is the motto that Toni and Tim Eichinger choose to brew […]

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Best Beers of 2013

Best Beers of 2013

02 January 2014

I got the opportunity to drink a lot of ridiculously good beers in 2013 thanks to friends, family, trading partners, and just dumb luck.  You will notice this list is very sour heavy, with a good number of stouts and a few others sprinkled in.  Without further ado… 20. Toppling Goliath Sosus – This beer […]

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Brewery Spotlight: Bridge Brewing Company

Brewery Spotlight: Bridge Brewing Company

13 December 2013

I was doing some beer-research prior to a recent business trip to Halifax and stumbled upon Bridge Brewing Company.  I was quite intrigued by their unique beer line-up and goals for becoming a Zero Emissions brewery.  Due to meetings and a lack of transportation, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to make it […]

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Which Trappist Quad Will You Choose?

Which Trappist Quad Will You Choose?

04 December 2013

The holy trinity of Belgian Quadruples, Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus Abt 12, and Westy 12, were submitted to the blinded taste-off.  Knowing the Trappist brewing process, I expected this to be one of the more difficult varieties to distinguish between. Upon the first sip of each brew, my expectations came to life.  Subtle differences did […]

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Spending Time with Dorothy

Spending Time with Dorothy

04 December 2013

Current trends in the beer industry has breweries trying to cram more and more flavor into beers.  Every style now has an imperial version.  There seems to me no bounds or limits to IBU’s.  Breweries are barrel aging every type of beer.  Peppers in beer have become commonplace.  Every beer I drink seems to be […]

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Bells Expedition 3 Year Vertical

Bells Expedition 3 Year Vertical

04 December 2013

One of the main reasons I started cellaring beer was to set up verticals.  I just couldn’t restrain myself any long so I raided the cellar for bottles of Bells Expedition Stout from 2011, 2012, and 2013.  This beer has always been one of my personal favorites because of the perfect balance.  For me, balance […]

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Gift Ideas for the Beer Lover

Gift Ideas for the Beer Lover

26 November 2013

In case you are looking for the perfect gift for the beer lover in your life, I will share a few ideas which I wouldn’t mind seeing under the tree this year. For the “Gotta-Have-It” Person – The Convenient Bottle Opener iPhone Case Bottle Opener – This is the greatest beer accessory I have ever purchased.  […]

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My Night with Cantillon

My Night with Cantillon

19 November 2013

On a recent business trip to Toronto, I experienced one of the most amazing nights of beer consumption in my entire life.  Not only did I consume my first ever bottle of Cantillon, but also my second.  Such an interesting and stark contrast was noted, each was such a truly remarkable experience. The first bottle […]

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