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Fortuna Komes Baltic Porter

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Beer in Miloslaw, Poland has long history dating back at least to 1626 when the city registered it's breweries. As many as 36 breweries were registered as paying taxes in the 17th and 18th centuries. Eventually Miloslaw began shipping its...
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Lindemans Ginger Gueuze

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The newest release from Brouwerij Lindemans is the next beer in their new botanical series. The first one was created in collaboration with Mikkeller and featured basil. The second botanical Gueuze they produced used elder flower and was called Blossom....
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Beer/Photo Cider of the Week: Unknown Soldier at Tyne Cot

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November 11th is Veteran's Day in the United States. In other countries, it's known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. It celebrates the end of World War I when the Central Powers; Germany, Austro-Hungaria, & Turkey, agreed to lay down...
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Hit the Ground Running: Side Hustlin’

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Seems like everyone has a side hustle. It is, after all, the "gig economy." I'm no exception. I've been writing about beer for a little over five years now. I've actually been getting paid to do it for the last...
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Scotch Silly Scotch Barrel Aged

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Scotch Silly is Brasserie de Silly's most famous beer. Created at the end of WWI to satisfy the thirst of Scottish troops stationed in the area, Scotch Silly has changed little in its nearly 100 year history. The biggest change...
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Ommegang Winter is Here “Game of Thrones”

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Brewery Ommegang just released the next beer in its ongoing Game of Thrones beer series. "Winter is Here" is a double wit featuring the seldom seen ultimate villain of the series: the Night King. This beer beer plays off the snow and cold...
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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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