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Beer and Baseball Celebrating Americas Pastime

Beer and Baseball: Celebrating America's Pastime

By: Conor O'Brien | June 12, 2017 | in: Beer Events

What's more baseball than freshly cut grass, the roar of the crowd, the crack of the bat, and the seventh inning stretch? The sound of someone yelling "cold beer here." Baseball and beer have had a tight-knit marriage since the early days of the American brewery boom. Historically, breweries had some of the first sponsorships in the sport. Baseball teams were onced owned by breweries, like the St. Louis Cardinals and Anheuser-Busch and Toronto Blue Jays and Labatt Blue. The Milwaukee Brewers were named to honor the city's huge beer industry. Even baseball stadiums like Coors Field and Busch Stadium have been named after the beer giants.

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Shandy The Official Beer of Summer

Shandy: The Official Beer of Summer

By: JP DeCarlo | May 30, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

The other day, while sitting at home, I heard a knock at my back door. Upon opening it, standing before me were the signs of summer. It's been a while since we've experienced a summer day, but when summer comes to visit, it brings some of the most refreshing, fruity, citrusy beverages we can imagine. One of these is called a shandy.

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Your Beer Guide For Memorial Day Weekend

Your Beer Guide For Memorial Day Weekend

By: Kaylie Radliff | May 24, 2017 | in: Beer Tips

It's finally that time of the year – the sun is hot, the grill is ready, and the beer is ice cold. Nothing screams "hello summer" like Memorial Day weekend. Whether you spend your weekend at a backyard BBQ, camping in the Adirondacks or boating along the lake, most of your weekends will have a common theme – BBQ and beer. Here are some food and beer pairings for your Memorial Day weekend.

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Homebrewing for Competition Part Two

Homebrewing for Competition: Part Two

By: Bill Ramsey | May 16, 2017 | in: Homebrewing

This year I decided to enter a couple of my homebrews into the National Homebrew Competition. The National Homebrew Competition is the largest homebrew competition in the U.S. and is held every year as part of Homebrew Con. Homebrewers from all over the country submit their beers to compete against their peers and this year there were over 8,600 entries. In order to judge all these beer, the first round of the competition is divided into 12 regions. The top three beers in each category from each region move on to the final round and are judged at Homebrew Con. From there, the best three beers are picked from each category and the brewer is awarded a gold, silver or bronze medal and the brewer of the best beer also gets a cool prize. The top beers in each category then duke it out for the best of show award.

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Samuel Adams Pour One Forward

Samuel Adams Pour One Forward

By: Guest Author | May 9, 2017 | in: Bars and Restaurants

Join Samuel Adams in their quest to support our servicemen and women this summer. Each 12-pack of Boston Lager bottles purchased at participating locations will contribute $0.50 to American Dream U, an organization that prepares transitioning veterans for their next career. American Dream U helps these brave men and women bridge the gap between their military careers and civilian life through online education, monthly meetups, mentorship and leadership speeches.

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Evaluating Your Beer (AATMF)

Evaluating Your Beer (AATMF)

By: Brian Coffey | March 28, 2017 | in: Beer Tips

When tasting beer, we often enjoy the intricacies of different styles and variations. We consider this evaluating beer. There are five steps to evaluating beer, which are Appearance, Aroma, Taste, Mouthfeel, and Finish.

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Ode to An Old Friend

Ode to An Old Friend

By: Zebadiah Pagerie | March 22, 2017 | in: Beer Tips

Remember when you were young and you found something exciting, then fell in love? Suddenly a new object, shiny and different came along, you got distracted and moved on to a new love, then another and most likely a few more; but you loved them all. Well, sometimes it pays to go back and visit your old loves. Obviously, I am talking about beer.

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What Are Hops?

What Are Hops?

By: Dave Wilfore | March 15, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

Today’s craft beer scene is all about big, hoppy beers. While it may seem like hops are the main ingredient in craft beer, they are actually one of four essential ingredients, along with barley, yeast and water. However, in many American style beers, they tend to steal the spotlight.

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