Too Many Hops? But this is America!

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A very interesting article critiquing the overuse, or supposed overuse of hops in american beer. What do you all think? Agree? Disagree?

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/drink/2013/05/hoppy_beer_is_awful_or_at_least_its_bitterness_is_ruining_craft_beer_s_reputation.html

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Beer And Cheese, the Ever Lively Couple

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Draft Mag is at it again with these awesome articles about beer and cheese. I think beer is hard to pair with cheese but nonetheless this starter article is super helpful. I love to just do what the article says and move forward with cheese and beer. Get out there and have some fun!

http://draftmag.com/features/pairing-big-cheese-beer/

Beer For Wine Drinkers

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Draft Magazine has some great articles. One thing they are particularly good at is helping the younger ones get their hands on better beer. For example this article about beer for wine drinkers is really helpful and great. I work at a restaurant and find this helpful because I want to introduce people to the beauty and complexity of craft beer who drink wine only. The tendency is to think of wine as the complicated drink. But because beer has more variables is tends to be more complex and wonderful. Enjoy this article and learn about this goodness.

http://draftmag.com/features/sixer-wine-minded-beer/

Brewers Association

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Just found out about the Brewers Association list of breweries per state. Very interesting for statistics. And for the brewing business as a whole it provides a very helpful global picture. Go check it out and see what your state has to offer for craft beer!

http://www.brewersassociation.org/category/insights/

Are You Looking For A Ranger?

This video is great. Its awesome when companies dont take themselves too seriously.

And the 90s is just rad.

Cellaring or Aging Beer

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There is lots of talk about cellaring and aging craft beer. I have been doing some research and just wanted to share some resources on this subject as of recent. And now for a few summary remarks. Not all, but a few things I have learned.

1) Store upright.
2) Away from light.
3) Store at 50-55 degrees if you can.
4) Humidity around 50-70%
5) Higher ABV Beers the better. Above 10% if possible.

Now for the links

http://imbibemagazine.com/Cellaring-Beer

http://www.dogfish.com/community/blogfish/members/justin-williams/5-things-you-should-know-about-aging-beer.htm

Until next time, pour proper my friends…

Find a Ranger, Find a Guide

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Rangers, at least in our national park system, are guides to the beauty’s of nature. In the same sense New Belgiums Ranger IPA is a perfect guide to the beauty of IPA’s.
New Belgium’s Ranger IPA skillfully guides one through the geography of IPA with a true and sure compass. The brewers at New Belgium are master guides to the hallmark of American Craft Beer.
Firstly, instead of tromping straight up a talus field of big bodied IPAs the Ranger takes you on easy switchbacks up the IPA Mountain with you its hop character with only %6.5 ABV. Approachable? I think so. But, don’t let this journey take you by surprise as you will get worn out after two or three because its so drinkable.
An easy hop aroma guides you up to the vista’s of the world of IPA and ranger casually says, “Look at that classic peaks of American IPA of Cascade, Chinook, and Simcoe. Aren’t they beautiful?” And you get forced into saying yes as you sink into this beer’s careful and tender hold.
And then as if yo witness the northern lights the citrus and piney aromas display to your nose a wide variety of flavors and aromas bursting nose and causing one to raise and arm, tip the glass, and let euphoria pour into your mouth.
Ranger serves as a wonderful guide to to the world of IPA. Readily available and an easy win Ranger is the perfect beer to keep in your fridge at home or take to a party!

Until next time, Pour Proper my friends….