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How to Brew a Munich Dunkel

How to Brew a Munich Dunkel

By: Bill Ramsey | August 15, 2017 | in: Homebrewing

As a home brewer, I love to try different styles of beer. Name a style and chances are I tried it. One of my favorite styles, which isn't very well known, is the Munich Dunkel. Its name comes from the city it originated in Munich, Germany, while Dunkel is the German word for dark. It's a malt forward, brown lager that is low on hop bitterness and crisp and easy drinking. If you ask me, it's a great change of pace from all those super hoppy double IPAs on the market.

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Best Beverages to Drink on the Golf Course

Best Beverages to Drink on the Golf Course

By: Tim LaFore | August 1, 2017 | in: Beer Tips

The weather is finally breaking, the sun is shining, and the days are longer. This can only mean one thing: it's time to break out the wrenches, golf season is here! Here at gotbeer.com, we strive to provide our customers with world class beverages that will satisfy your tastebuds. I have taken the liberty and privilege to select some drinks that'll maximize your experience on the links this summer. Whether you're chasing a green jacket or hacking shots into the woods, we have exactly what you need this season.

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Guinness The Perfect Introduction to Dark Beer

Guinness: The Perfect Introduction to Dark Beer

By: Zebadiah Pagerie | July 18, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

Previously in "Ode to An Old Friend" I talked about my first true love, Ithaca Flower Power. That post was wax poetic, exemplifying how much I loved that beer and how it molded me into the craft beer drinker I am today. Initially, I almost exclusively drank IPAs and wouldn't touch a dark beer. They were too mysterious.

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Wheat the Other Brewing Grain

Wheat, the Other Brewing Grain

By: MacKenzie Liptak | June 27, 2017 | in: Craft Beer

Brewers have been brewing with wheat for as long as they have brewed with barley. Like barley, wheat has high diastatic power, which refers to the malt’s ability to break down starches into fermentable sugars. This attribute is important because it gives wheat an advantage over other grains with low diastatic power. Wheat is also high in protein and starch. These qualities provide a creamy texture, hazy appearance, and great head retention to a finished beer.

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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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