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What to Eat with Oktoberfest Beers

What to Eat with Oktoberfest Beers

By: Ben Fredette | September 1, 2015 | in: Beer Tips

Summer is winding to a close, and despite what the thermometer may say, the cold winds of autumn will be here in no time. As Oktoberfest style beers begin to make their way to the bars and store shelves, our kitchen workstation moves slowly from the outdoor grill to the warmth of the oven. Fall is my favorite time to cook, and a perfect time to explore some fall beer and food pairings!

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Five Ways to Pair Food and Beer

Five Ways to Pair Food and Beer

By: Erik Budrakey | August 18, 2015 | in: Beer Tips

When one typically thinks about pairing food and beer you think about the direct interaction between them from simply taking a bite of the food and a sip of the beer. Flavors are complimented, accentuated and even cleansed. However, as the relationship between the two has been escalated, and the number of people using beer in the kitchen as well as on the dinner table, so has the number of ways in which they can be “paired.” Here are our five ways that we believe food and beer can best be paired.

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Pairing Beer With Music

Pairing Beer With Music

By: Matt Zaloga | August 10, 2015 | in: Beer Tips

There is no doubt that when you are enjoying a beer in public, there is most likely music playing. Whether it be in a bar with a bumping jukebox, at a music venue, or even a backyard party, there is a good chance that while you're consuming a few cold ones, you will have a soundtrack. This brought to mind the notion of pairing the beer you're consuming with the music you are listening to.

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Test Your Beer IQ

Test Your Beer IQ

By: Richie Hayes | July 2, 2015 | in: Beer Tips

The other night, I was in one of my accounts and a customer asked the bartender, after being told the draft selection, what's the difference between a Lager and an Ale was. The bartender fumbled through an explanation that really wasn't convincing. The bartender then asked me to help him through the explanation, which is entirely ok as I've been in this game for a while and I'm here to help out. This conversation sparked an idea that maybe a simple "beer quiz" would benefit the servers, bartenders and retailers out there and give them the confidence to answer these simple questions during their shift.

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Be Nice to the New Guy

Be Nice to the New Guy

By: Melissa Hildreth | June 16, 2015 | in: Beer Tips

Whether you are brand new to the craft beer world or an old timer, lets team up. If you see someone curious about a beer; help them out. Just remember we were all there once. You might now cringe at the thought of a macrobrew and be too cool for a sports bar, but I can guarantee you weren't drinking micros to begin your beer journey, so give the new drinkers a break. Even better, give them a hand!

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Beer Geeks Collaboration of Beer Books

Beer Geeks Collaboration of Beer Books

By: Melissa Hildreth | May 19, 2015 | in: Beer Tips

Regardless if you are new to the sensory overload that is craft beer or if you have been sipping on speciality beers since the 1980's, there is always more to learn. Between the ever changing style additions and the multitude of new breweries popping up constantly there is always something new to take away. Taking a look at what craft beer has become over the last decade will show you its not going anywhere but up!

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All-American Beers For the Fourth of July

All-American Beers For the Fourth of July

By: MacKenzie Zarzycki | July 3, 2014 | in: Beer Tips

Fourth of July is a day to celebrate pride and patriotism. This July, honor your country by drinking an all-American beer. Whether it’s at a picnic or afternoon barbeque, reach for one of these next time you find yourself at the beer cooler.

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Four Beer Myths Busted

Four Beer Myths Busted

By: MacKenzie Zarzycki | February 3, 2014 | in: Beer Tips

We've all heard some good myths and urban legends about our favorite alcoholic beverage. However, in this blog post you will find four popular myths debunked.

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