Month: May 2014

Book Review – The Pocket Beer Guide

The Pocket Beer Guide: The Essential Handbook to the Very Best Beers in the World by Stephen Beaumont and Tim Webb   I was recently tasked with an interesting assignment – reviewing a book for this website and its viewers. The book is called The Pocket Beer Guide written by Stephen Beaumont and Tim Webb. The cover states that this is the essential handbook to the very best beers in the world. Hmm, we’ll be the judge of that.  Like the front, the back cover prides itself in being “an on-the-go, definitive guide to more than 3000 beers from around the world.” I better get into this thing. Looking inside, there is an instruction guide labeled “How to Use This Book” as well as an introduction and sections labeled “What is Craft Beer?” detailing the origins and history of craft brewing, “Beer Styles” and “Beer at the Table.” This no doubt covers beer and food pairing, but not just for dinner. They have pairings for lunch and even breakfast (yay!) meal items as well. Because let’s face it, regardless of where or when it is, it’s five o’clock somewhere. Going into The Pocket Beer Guide,  there are listings for a number of continents/regions (Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, etc)  as well as the countries within them. There are also corresponding, color-coded maps showing each region. This thing is pretty darn thorough, and I haven’t even gotten to the beer...

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Pouring Alesmith IPA (video)

Alesmith IPA 7.25% ABV 73 IBU I was lucky enough to be sent one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had, Alesmith IPA. From the aroma, to the taste and aftertaste, you’re never disappointed with this beer. This is one of those beers that reminds me why I love beer so much. Thank you Alesmith for making a near perfect beer! Enjoy the pour! Thirsty...

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New Brew from Shiner (White Wing) = Redemption?

Shiner White Wing 4.7% ABV 15 IBU I got my hands on a new flavor from an old home state brewery that I’ve known well since my early college days. It’s been almost twenty years since I was introduced to the Shiner label. I’ve grown in taste and palate preferences since then. Meanwhile, they have offered up various flavors over the years, some that frankly disappointed me. Is this new offering Shiner White Wing – their take on a Belgian White – going to be enough to sway my opinion of the label? Only one way to find out…...

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Homebrew = Community

Finding community in something you love is a beautiful thing.  When you find a community that is centered around learning, support, personal growth, respect and fun, there is little that will keep you from investing in this mutually beneficial relationship.  Community is exactly what I found in homebrewing.  This community is made up of a diverse group of people that differ in race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, new brewer, veteran brewer, and the list goes on.  Regardless of social identity and experience, one thing serves as the common thread and that is the love of making beer. Prior to my first...

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Cinco de Mayo: Mexican Independence day?

Cinco de Mayo is finally here and its time to break out the Corona’s and the Tecate and drink ourselves silly! Tequila shots, Mexican sombreros and Mariachis all ring in Mexican Independence day with a bang right? Well actually no, Cinco de Mayo has been so co-opted by commercial enterprise, that it’s true meaning has been lost. Much like St. Patrick’s Day here in the US the true meaning of Cinco de Mayo is much more than a round of drinks and far from being Mexican Independence day. Mexican Independence day is September 16, 1810, fifty years before the events of Cinco...

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