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Kinkiz Cornouaille Cidre

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Manoir du Kinkiz is smaller "craft" cidre producer located just outside Quimper in Bretagne (Brittany). Kinkiz is a small grower-producer who specializes in traditional styles and apples. Kinkiz story starts with Hervé Seznec at the age of 19 when he...
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Pfriem Brett Wit – Bottle no. 3 4/15/2018

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This beer wasn't a guaranteed choice for aging in The Brux Project. A wit isn't a particularly age-worthy beer in most instances. Modern wits are intended as an enjoyable beer to consume fresh. I've always loved the style, particularly those...
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Pfriem Brett Trois Pale – Bottle No. 2 – 4/29/2018

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Pfriem's Brett Trois Pale Ale was the 2017 release of the brewery's Orval inspired Belgian-style Brett Pale Ale. This edition switched to the new house strain of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis “Trois.” The “Trois” strain is a proprietary strain that they’ve isolated....
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Ommegang Saison Rosé

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The newest trend or newest revived trend in drinks right now is rosé or pink drinks. If you're not familiar rosé, think pink wine. The rosé color is made through natural processes. Wine grapes have three color types: red skin with red...
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Editor's Note: On my recent trip to Belgium in the fall of 2017, this was my first stop and interview of two intense weeks of  travel, appointments, and interviews. Meeting Raf Souvereyns and trying his lambics as he described his meticulous...
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All About Beer – Beer in the Shadow of War

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Editor's Note: This was my first piece for All About Beer magazine. I spent two weeks traipsing across Belgium and Northern France talking to brewers about their family history and visiting World War I sites. It was a wonderful experience to be...
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AB-Inbev: Why It Matters Who Owns The Brewery

AB-Inbev: Why It Matters Who Owns The Brewery

Every few months the beer world is beset by the same argument whenever AB-InBev (the multinational conglomeration of Anheuser-Busch, Interbrew, & AmBev) buys yet another brewery.  It happened a few months ago when 10 Barrel Brewing succumbed to the international mega-corporation. It's happening again.  On Friday, Elysian Brewing of Seattle...
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Q & Ale – Can beer that’s cold be brought up to room temperature and stored without ruining it?

Q & Ale – Can beer that’s cold be brought up to room temperature and stored without ruining it?

Recently, my friend Bobby emailed with a beer question.  He had a charity event where they had cans of Hopworks chilled in tubs of ice.  He wanted to know if it was ok to bring them up to room temperature so they could be stored or if they had to...
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The Beers of Honduras – A Traveler’s Guide

The Beers of Honduras – A Traveler’s Guide

Part of going to any country is trying their local specialties and beverages.  For me, that means beer.  On my recent trip to Roatan, one of the bay islands of Honduras on the Caribbean side, I had an opportunity to try several Honduran beers brewed by Cerveseria Hondureña.  They're the...
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Q & Ale – How do you get a job in the beer industry?  Part 2: Brewery

Q & Ale – How do you get a job in the beer industry? Part 2: Brewery

I received this question via my "Contact Me" link.  Cody from Illinois asked this, to paraphrase " I was wondering if you knew a good way to go about  becoming employed by a craft beer company?" I chose to answer this question in 2 parts.  In the first part, Q &...
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Q & Ale – How do you get a job in the beer industry?  Part 1: Wholesaler

Q & Ale – How do you get a job in the beer industry? Part 1: Wholesaler

I received this question via my "Contact Me" link.  Cody from Illinois asked this, to paraphrase " I was wondering if you knew a good way to go about  becoming employed by a craft beer company?" I thought I'd answer this question in two parts and divide it based on the...
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The Brewing Monks: The Trappist Breweries (Part 1)

The Brewing Monks: The Trappist Breweries (Part 1)

Updated & Edited 12/03/2016 The Trappist Breweries In the first part of the article, The Brewing Monks: A Brief History of the Trappist Order and Monastic Brewing, I outlined the origins of the Trappist order and the tradition of breweries within monasteries. In the next part, we'll look at all...
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The Brewing Monks: A Brief History of the Trappist Order and Monastic Brewing

The Brewing Monks: A Brief History of the Trappist Order and Monastic Brewing

Updated & Edited 03/07/2014 The Trappist Decade The last few years have been very active ones for the Trappist breweries.  Chimay celebrated its brewery's 150 anniversary in 2012 with a special beer.  Stift Engelszell joined the ranks of Trappist breweries by achieving its certification in 2012 making it the 8th...
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Q & Ale – What is the “pissing boy” on the bottle of Blanche de Bruxelles?

Q & Ale – What is the “pissing boy” on the bottle of Blanche de Bruxelles?

One of the more common searches that leads to my page involves the label of Blanche de Bruxelles.  Blanche de Bruxelles (my review) is a Belgian Wit/Blanche beer brewed by Brasserie Lefebvre.  The question to be answered in today's Q & Ale  is: "What is the peeing (or some other derivation) boy...
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Q & Ale – Why are they called a dubbel, tripel, quadrupel?

Q & Ale – Why are they called a dubbel, tripel, quadrupel?

Today's Q & Ale question was brought to me via search engines such as Google.  I've actually seen some version of this question several times and thought I'd answer it as the first installment of Q & Ale. Why are they called a double, triple, quadruple? The "they" in question are...
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How to Build a Beer Travel Case

How to Build a Beer Travel Case

Part of the fun of beer tourism is bringing home a bunch of trophies you can't find at home. This is especially true when you're traveling overseas. Unfortunately, this complicates the process because of limited space and complex airline regulations regarding weight and size allowances. The solution? Build a beer...
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Glassware: A Victim of the Beer vs. Wine Culture Clash

Glassware: A Victim of the Beer vs. Wine Culture Clash

Apparently, there's quite a debate in the beer world about whether glassware matters.  I've read several blogs lately that fall all along the spectrum of opinions.  Those who believe it matters tend to fall under the "tradition" spectrum with the logic that the beer developed in concert with the appropriate...
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I’ve worked on projects for the Visit Flanders tourism board, travel blogs, The Equipped Brewer, Serious Eats, The Full Pint, and Belgian Beer and Food magazine.  I’m a beer and cider industry expert with 16+ years of experience writing about a variety of topics ranging from the beers of Europe, Industry topics, Cider, and the world of beer. All commissioned pieces are professionally edited by a third party before submission.

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