Month: August 2013

Why Bomber Sized Bottles of Beer, Chaps My Ass! #1stWorldProblems

  Being the lover of high quality craft beer but also having two kids and a mortgage payment, I drink in moderation. When I go beer shopping I usually look for beer in a six or four pack something that’s going to last the full week or at least until I have another opportunity to visit the beer store. My only caveat to beer shopping is my wants versus the products on sale and the quantity of said product. High quality craft is usually distributed solely in 22 ounce size bottles (bombers) which on average costs between $9-$13. While...

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Stuck in a Rut? Think Outside the Box…

  Brewer’s Block! This one goes out to a wide variety of people – all the would-be home brewers out there, eager to jump into this and make beer of their own, as well as the guys and girls who are already actively brewing, but hitting a speed bump in creativity. I am constantly brainstorming ideas for my next batch of beer. You can always go and pick up an extract kit and make exactly what they give you, although after a while the creative juices demand to be unleashed. This forces you to want more from your brew...

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What’s the Difference Between a Beer Blogger and a Wino?

I am a firm believer in needing an outlet to the mundane and often routine life we lead as adults. People find that release in many forms, some are runners, some are knitters, some are readers, some, like me, are bloggers.  There in lies my problem, people too often associate my hobby with being that guy, that drunk guy falling asleep or making a fool out of himself, solely based off of my passion to blog about beer. Its an unfounded assumption based off nothing more then a stereotype of what winos and drunks are. I am neither, I am a guy who is passionate about blogging and beer and I have combined the two into one forum that I call thekegtap.com. Beer bloggers have been stereotyped as being something they are not and have been ignored for what they are, passionate folks who have found a hobby to break up the routine of living an adult life. Am I merely re-branding my passion for beer or affinity for drinking under the guise of blogging? No. My typical day consists of one beer after dinner and yes that means one 12 ounce bottle of beer, not a 22 ounce, not a 40 ounce, not a pint. During the course of a week, I typically imbibe five bottles of beer, one a night for five out of the seven days...

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Dr. Strangebrew: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Hops

Sounds like a movie title right? DING DING DING!! Give yourself a cigar. The title is based on one of my all-time favorite movies – “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” – something I first saw with my retired veteran grandfather at the age of 12. In this classic movie, an insane general starts the countdown to nuclear holocaust, and a war room of politicans and generals try to stop this from happening. In my life, this is all about my own actions to stop myself from enjoying the pungent blast of...

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