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Bottle Logic │ The Spice Must Flow

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Bottle Logic │ The Spice Must Flow

3 years ago, a small group of intrepid beer nuts embarked on an epic failure of a mission to spread the love of pumpkin beer. This adventure had the best of intentions and was announced with clarity of purpose – enjoying all that is pumpkin. At the time, I was living in St. Louis and my brother in San Diego. I had a trip planned to visit sunny SoCal in October. Leading up to it, both of us bragged about the superiority of gourd based beers in our adopted cities. So, we decided to put it to a test. For about a month, we both stocked up on as...

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Sierra Nevada Stout

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Sierra Nevada Stout

Sierra Nevada is one of those breweries that just casually kicks ass day in and day out – for going on FORTY YEARS! That is a long ass time in the relatively recent explosion of craft beer hipness happening right now. That’s also an alliteration unplanned until now. I wrote about New Shiny Beer Syndrome regarding Stone Brewing last week but I’d postulate that Sierra makes Stone look like the new kid on the block. Sierra, in my opinion, is the Godfather of American craft brewing. That being said, I also suffer from this...

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Stone Ruination

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Stone Ruination

Perhaps its living in a part of the world that has not yet mastered the art of the West Coast IPA. Perhaps I suffer from New Shiny Beer Syndrome which causes me to pass over seemingly “old” craft brews for the latest and hype-iest beer on the shelf. In either case, Stone Ruination is not one to miss. I certainly miss the cornucopia of bitter IPAs readily available from coast to coast in the US. So knowing that Ruination is now constantly available here in Switzerland thanks to Stone’s operation in Berlin makes it easier to...

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BrewDog Cocoa Psycho

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BrewDog Cocoa Psycho

I’m a BrewDog fan. Their beer is excellent, their attitude makes me laugh and they’re opening up shop in Ohio. I’m not from the Buckeye State but I am from the United States so me likey. Of course, I now live in Switzerland which means I get to drink their beer all the time anyway. Its all very circular and strange. I particularly like the fact that they make a kick ass West Coast style IPA. Years of ruining my beer palate in the States via Hop Madness means that what most of Europe considers India Pale Ale – I would...

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High Water Brewing Campfire Stout Rebrand

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High Water Brewing Campfire Stout Rebrand

Have you ever had Campfire Stout from High Water Brewing? If not, imagine a freshly toasted s’mores and that’s it. The tagline is “Leaves you wanting s’more” for a reason. High Water arguably invented the s’mores beer category which is supported by the fact of winning a Gold Medal for the brew not once, but twice at the Great American Beer Festival. I first had it many years ago on a trip to California and once it arrived in St. Louis I couldn’t help but clear out the inventory all for myself. So when I got the opportunity to rebrand this...

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Stranger Things Beer Pairings

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Stranger Things Beer Pairings

  I was on a Netflix binge the other night and got to thinking about Stranger Things. Easily one of my favorite shows in recent memory, I now have a calendar counting down the days until Halloween for the release of Season 2. I’m a little excited. During said binge, I was consuming tasty beer and naturally started wondering what the characters from the Best Show on TV would embody (for the younger crew members) and actually drink for those of age? Would the monster just eat the can instead of drinking the beer? Is it possible Hopper...

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The Problem With Craft Beer On Instagram

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The Problem With Craft Beer On Instagram

There is a problem with craft beer on Instagram. I LOVE good beer and (mostly) love Instagram but I strongly dislike taking photos that are “good enough” to post. If you read any of the “10 Ways To Crush Instagram” type articles, they’ll mostly tell you to focus on quality over quantity and even give you tips on how to take professional looking shots. Which I really like the sound of but not so much the actual doing of.   An empty glass, nailed it Something about the lighting seems off Such a clean, uncluttered shot The Volvo in the...

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Einstök | Arctic Berry Ale

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Einstök | Arctic Berry Ale

When I visited Iceland going on 10 years ago, we somehow missed Einstök. We had lots of amazing experiences like: Outrageous hikes through valleys containing rivers running with hot water Snorkeling in the frigid water of a fissure between the North American and Eurasian continents Eating roasted puffin And let’s not forget Brennivin, also known as Black Death which paired, uh, interestingly, with putrified shark Yet, with all that and more fun times on this island of radness, we didn’t delve into the beer options from the coolest brewery...

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Hinano | Gold

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Hinano | Gold

“OUTSIDE!” came a sarcastic shout. “CHOPES!” came another. It was a frigid January afternoon on the 13 mile long New Hampshire coast. Epic conditions of 1-2 foot Hawaiian, top to bottom miniature close outs with 6 millimeters of smelly neoprene covering my brother, Craft Beard, and I from head to heel.   Chopes is corny surf shorthand for Teahupo’o which is a surf break in Tahiti known as one of the heaviest waves in the world. This NH day had many similar characteristics to a Code Red day in French Polynesia which is to say it had...

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Wychwood Brewing | Imperial Red

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Wychwood Brewing | Imperial Red

Imperial Red from Wychwood Brewing out of the UK was, perhaps unknowingly, made for Game of Thrones. Brewery Ommegang has the official GOT beers but Wychwood was arguably there first. Just get a load of His Imperious Self on the label and tell me he wasn’t at the Red Wedding. The rest of Wychwood’s lineup even manages to fall in line with some of the supernatural shenanigans going on in the Seven Kingdoms – goblins, wyches, and the wickerman (ok, maybe that’s Nicolas Cage but you get the idea). Now, this red ale may not quench the thirst of a...

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