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Having trouble picking a a gift for the craft beer lover in your life? It doesn't have to be difficult. 
by Mike Billy It’s no secret that craft beer drinkers can sometimes be a finicky bunch. Each has his or her own favorite beer, brewery and style. But that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult to find...
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Have you ever wanted to make your own beer? Getting into homebrewing doesn't have to be difficult, or expensive.

by Mike Billy Originally published in The Times Newspaper Water, barley, hops and yeast. From stouts to IPAs, those four simple ingredients are the main building blocks of every beer you drink. They...
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In case you were ever wondering, this is how they unload a 15 hectoliter (400 gallon) brew house for a microbrewery. Yes, those are copper kettle :-D
 
Here's how they unload a 15 hectoliter (400 gallon) brew house. 
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Here's how they unload a 15 hectoliter (400 gallon) brew house. 
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+Mark Palmberg When I was watching and he first lifted the kettles, which are copper by the way, off the truck bed they teetered a little bit and my heart skipped a beat.
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Anyone know of a good alternative to Reddit? I'm getting a bit sick of it these days? 
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I'm a firm believer in un-moderated forums.  Lots of censors out there that think their censorship is necessary for the greater good.
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Heinenken has acquired 50 percent of @Lagunitas as part of a joint venture between the two companies.
(Press Release) Heineken N.V. (‘HEINEKEN’) (EURONEXT: HEIA; OTCQX: HEINY) today has announced the acquisition of a 50% shareholding in the Lagunitas Brewing Company, the fifth largest craft brewer in...
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Getting started with homebrewing doesn't have to be expensive. 
by Mike Billy Originally published in The Times Newspaper Water, barley, hops and yeast. From stouts to IPAs, those four simple ingredients are the main building blocks of every beer you drink. They...
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Have you noticed that easy-drinking session beers are becoming increasingly  popular.
by Mike Billy Originally published in The Times Newspaper If you’ve looked closely at the labels on craft beer bottles and cans lately, you’ve probably noticed the words “session” and “sessionable”...
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Sour Note Brewing has released their second fruited sour beer, a Blackberry Gose. Read the review here: http://bit.ly/1JxMYNe
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Funky Pumpkin, a sour beer from +Boulevard Brewing Co., will challenge you conceptions of what a pumpkin beer can be. 
If you’re looking for some variety in your pumpkin beers this fall, Boulevard’s Funky Pumpkin might be for you. The beer, from a brewery that was recently named the best in the country, is a tart take...
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+Mark Palmberg The pumpkin pie spices are fairly subtle, though noticeable. And it's not overly sour. It's a nice blend of funk, sour and spice IMO. 
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There's no reason to worry about the Lagunitas / Heineken deal — yet.
Almost as soon as it was announced that Heinenken purchased a 50 percent share in Lagunitas, Twitter and other social media sites blew up with sarcastic remarks from the craft beer community including...
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Beer review: New Glarus Staghorn, Oktoberfest beer. 
It’s fall and, as I’ve mentioned before, there is more to the season than pumpkin-spiced beers. One of my personal autumn favorites is the Oktoberfest, an easy-drinking fall beer that was always a...
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I will be at Oktoberfest in 3 weeks. Can't wait!!! #travel  
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