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A Guide to Proper Beer Glassware Brown Ale

A Guide to Proper Beer Glassware: Brown Ale

By: Stephen Pendergast | October 16, 2018 | in: Beer Tips

It's at this point in the series that I am excited to cover possibly the most iconic beer glass in modern day drinking: the shaker pint glass and the slightly newer nonic pint glass. If you have ever ordered a beer at a local pub or sports bar, chances are it was served in a shaker pint glass. The shaker pint is a standard sixteen ounce glass with smooth walls that opens up a bit at the top. It's simple, strong and utilitarian in its purposes.

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What are IBUs?

What are IBUs?

By: Stephen Pendergast | October 4, 2018 | in: Craft Beer

When choosing a beer, International Bitterness Units, or IBUs, are often indicated right below the ABV. While some people may ignore both entirely and others focus solely on ABV, IBUs are worth noting as an interesting feature to beer that is often overlooked and misunderstood.

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A Guide to Proper Beer Glassware Märzen

A Guide to Proper Beer Glassware: Märzen

By: Stephen Pendergast | September 25, 2018 | in: Beer Tips

There are few things in the beer world as traditional and characteristic as the stein glass or the modern rendition often called the beer mug. I find that there's nothing better than drinking beer out of a stein when on a night out with friends. As soon as I see the server coming to the table holding a round of beer in steins, I cannot help but feel merry. It's a glass that demands a group of friends to start cheering and seems to embody the roaring good time that will ensue.

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Sierra Nevada Collaborates with Germany’s Weinstephan

Sierra Nevada Collaborates with Germany’s Weinstephan

By: Guest Author | September 19, 2018 | in: Craft Beer

Oktoberfest is a celebration of the changing seasons and the best way to celebrate is with friends! That’s why 4 years ago the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company set out to revamp the concept of the brewing collaboration by selecting authentic German brewers to partner with. This year’s partner Weihenstephan, the world’s oldest continuously operating brewery, might prove to be the best yet.

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Best Beers to Enjoy During Football Season

Best Beers to Enjoy During Football Season

By: MacKenzie Zarzycki | September 4, 2018 | in: Beer Tips

Football season is finally upon us. Whether you prefer a sports bar or the comfort of your own home, watching football is so much better when you have a cold beer in your hand. With that in mind, here are six crushable beers to drink during the game.

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A Guide to Proper Beer Glassware Hazy IPA

A Guide to Proper Beer Glassware: Hazy IPA

By: Stephen Pendergast | August 15, 2018 | in: Beer Tips

One of the most subtly important aspects of drinking a beer is the vehicle of the beer itself. While beer is drunk predominantly from cans, glass bottles, glasses, and even plastic cups, most beer drinkers can agree that the method of drinking is crucial to the enjoyment of the drink itself.

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Just What Is Summer Beer?

Just What Is Summer Beer?

By: Stephen Pendergast | August 1, 2018 | in: Craft Beer

July has come and gone, and by now most beer drinkers have checked out the various "summer beers" on the market. I know I’ve been overwhelmed by the variety of beers with the sub-name “summer” available at my local beer store. The style just didn’t seem to have a neat grouping, like fall has Oktoberfest, since summer beers range from IPAs to wheats to pilsners. This begged the question then: What even is a summer beer?

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5 Patriotic Beers for Your Summer Celebrations

5 Patriotic Beers for Your Summer Celebrations

By: MacKenzie Zarzycki | June 26, 2018 | in: Craft Beer

The summer has finally arrived! And with Fourth of July almost here, we’ve taken the liberty to compile a list of patriotic beers that you might want to enjoy this holiday.

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