Craft Beer Articles, Interviews and Features

Indianapolis Road Trip

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Indianapolis is a 4.5 hour drive from Cleveland.  So when the weather is perfect for a road trip (sunny, blue skies, but still cold enough where you can’t reasonably be outside for any length of time), why wouldn’t you make that 8 hour round trip?  That is the question we asked ourselves one empty Saturday.  And of course the answer was, “Let’s do it,” which leads up to you reading this review.

Upland Brewing is located in Indiana.  There are multiple locations throughout the state.  There’s a brew pub, the production facility (both in Bloomington), a tasting room…

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Surly Darkness Day 2013

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This year, we decided to venture north and brave the elements for our first Darkness Day bottle release.  In October every year, Surly Brewing near Minneapolis, Minnesota, releases bottles of Darkness to the general public.  If you are willing to wait in line, you have the ability to purchase up to 6 bottles of this delicious Russian Imperial Stout.  Surly also throws a killer party on the day of the release.   As big fans of Surly, Darkness, and bottle releases in general, this sounded like the perfect event for us.

A good friend of ours had been to the release…

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SAVOR – NYC 2013

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It has been a few weeks since I attended this year’s SAVOR in NYC.  I wanted to get my thoughts about this festival digested before writing a post.

In the past, Savor has been held in Washington D.C.  This is the first year that the event was held in New York City.  My husband and  I love Manhattan and try to visit there at least once every year or two. It was about time for our trip, so we planned it around SAVOR.

SAVOR is billed as an event that is memorable for both craft beer lovers and foodies.  Since we…

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Michigan Beer Vacation

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This year’s KBS tap room release day, just so happened to coincide with my Spring Break.  And since we were already going to be driving 4 hours to Grand Rapids, Michigan, we figured, why not go a few days early and drive the extra 2 hours up to Traverse City.  Our plan was to hit North Peak, Right Brain, and Shorts.  A few days before we were supposed to leave, I also read on Facebook that Kuhnhenn, which is sort of near Detroit had cases of their Raspberry Eisbock on sale.  So, we added that stop to our trip.  Add in a couple…

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Voodoo Brewery Release

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I have to commend Voodoo on their first ever Black Magick and Big Black Voodoo Daddy release.

The hype on Beer Advocate suggested that with Voodoo supplying a tent and port-a-potties, the crowd was going to be huge.  Voodoo posted their bottle allotments and we knew that there were only enough bottles of Laird’s Apple Brandy Black Magick for the first 87 people in line.  In order to guarantee that we were able to purchase the full allotment, we arrived at Voodoo at 2AM.

Fortunately for us, we were one of the last people to set up our chairs inside…

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Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Fest 2013

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Wow!  Michigan sure knows how to put on a beer festival.  If you ever have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event, do not hesitate.  This year they sold out in 13 hours.  I will definitely be trying to score tickets for next year’s festival.

The Location

Grand Rapids is the perfect city for a beer festival.  With tons of breweries and craft beer bars, beer lovers didn’t have to look far to find options for events on Friday night, Saturday morning, and Saturday night after the festival.

We chose to attend a Bell’s Brewery Tap Takeover at The…

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Tickets or Lines?

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Beer releases can be quite a controversial topic.  Ask multiple beer lovers what their preferred way to score beer at a release is and you will most likely receive two very differing opinions.  The two strong contenders in the beer release debate are tickets vs. lines.  Obviously the beer at a release is sought after, or there wouldn’t need to be a release to purchase bottles.  So keep that in mind while we talk about the pros and cons of each.  Of course, I have my own opinion, so while I will attempt to be fair, my personal bias will most likely be involved.

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St. Louis Brewery Vacation

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The Rare Beer Tasting Event that is held each year as part of GABF in Denver is actually a fundraising event for the Pints for Prostates campaign.  Along with sampling many rare beers, a silent auction is also held and breweries donate tons of items for this great cause, including clothing, brewery tours, glassware, neon signs, and more.  Perennial Artisan Ales in St. Louis donated a “Brew Day.” The winner would have the opportunity to spend a day brewing with the brewmasters at Perennial.  As huge fans of Perennial, (Devil’s Heart of Gold, Peace Offering, Homefront IPA, and Abraxas) this was the silent auction item that we wanted…

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4 Elf Party – Dark Horse Brewery

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Steve and I started talking about attending the 4 Elf Release Party at Dark Horse Brewery back in October.  The party and release of this year’s 4 Elf Winter Ale was set to take place on December 8.  As more details continued to be released, we knew we were definitely going to be in attendance at this event.  Cases of Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th were going to be on sale, as well as Bourbon Barrel Monster 29.  In addition, the brewery began posting the draft list for the party, 46 Dark Horse beers.  So now the question wasn’t, “Were…

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GABF 2012 Highlights

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Been back from Denver for a couple of days now and finally feel ready and able to compose an article reviewing the highlights.  Hopefully I can give you a little taste of what the Great American Beer Festival scene and events were like.

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The Colorado Convention Center in Denver is host to GABF.  This year 580 breweries were represented and over 2,500 beers were tapped.  We were fortunate to be able to attend 3 of the 4 sessions.    Tickets are $65 per session, but I highly recommend purchasing tickets for more than one session if you are able.  Rationale will…

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