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October 2016

Mr.Beer Buzz

Why A-B InBev Suddenly Chose to Go After Homebrewing

October 31, 2016
Homebrewing

Many proud homebrewers felt slighted when Northern Brewer & Midwest Supplies revealed their acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev this month, but what seemed especially curious for the beer brewing community was the underlying question – why a homebrew supply store? Beer fans have been well aware of craft brewery acquisitions by large conglomerates like A-B InBev (for example, those of Shock Top, Goose Island, Elysian Brewing, Devil’s Backbone) for years, to the point where shock has diminished. Many homebrewers feel protected…

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Craft Beer Craft Breweries

Tasting 3 of the Outstanding, Hop-Forward Ales of Toppling Goliath

October 27, 2016
Toppling Goliath Tasting

Our Warehouse Manager, Jackson, brought some essential Toppling Goliath ales back with him from Iowa, so we decided to taste them all. Back to back. And let me tell you – Toppling Goliath’s hop game is serious. We were all passing the bottles/cans around to figure out which hops we were tasting with each glass. To make the deal even sweeter, Tim with Customer Service let us taste some of the “That Voodoo That You Do,” he’d been brewing to…

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Beer Recipes

16 American Beers to Do You Proud on American Beer Day

October 27, 2016
American Beer Day

Happy American Beer Day, brewers! Time to revel in the greatness of the bold and delicious American beer styles we boast in our recipe pages. Here are just 16, including our 2 brand new clone recipes taken from Great American Beer Festival Gold Winners! Show your pride and esteem by brewing up something distinctively red, white and blue. Austin Pils (German-style Pilsner) Light grainy Pils malt aroma. Floral, spicy noble hops. Crisp, bitter, clean. Dry finish. Suava Java Cream Ale (Coffee Beer) Medium-roast…

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Craft Beer

Stone’s Xocoveza Varieties & the Diverse Flavor Profiles They Offer

October 26, 2016
Stone Xocoveza Tasting

It is that time of year again, when Stone’s “winter-spiced mocha stout” hits the brew shop shelves, and we all buy it up and hoard it best we can until the next winter arrives. The office decided that the best way to celebrate the arrival of Xocoveza was to taste test its many adaptations – whether barrel-aged, sour, or barrel-aged sour. Stone claims that the Xocoveza base beer is “the recipe of 2014 Stone Homebrew Competition winner Chris Banker, an…

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Beer Types

What is a Malt Liquor? + A Brief History Defending Its Honor

October 24, 2016
Malt Liquor

American malt liquor often gets a bad rap as “sleazy,” “bottom shelf,” or somehow exclusively for drunkards because of the inexpensive adjuncts added to the malted barley to get a higher ABV in the finished beer. Let us not forget that malt liquor is brewed with much the same ingredients and processes of strong American-style lagers, in fact, if you’re ever enjoyed an HG (High Gravity) Lager, you’re essentially drinking malt liquor. Legally, the term “malt liquor” includes any alcoholic…

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Mr.Beer Buzz

The Freedom to Brew Your Own Way: Coopers, Mr. Beer, & The Merger

October 20, 2016
Coopers Mr Beer Partnership

A small, family company (albeit a public one) was able to withstand the most strenuous and ingenious tactics of a large corporate group and its highly paid advisers. It managed to retain the loyalty of its shareholders to the astonishment of many observers. – John P.G. Lessing & Renaee Johns In late 2005, Coopers Brewery stands at the center of a hostile takeover bid by Lion Nathan, now known as Lion. Lion Nathan’s portfolio at the time includes names like…

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Food Pairings

Rich & Malty Stout Cupcakes to Bake for Chocolate Cupcake Day

October 18, 2016
Chocolate Stout Cupcake

It’s Chocolate Cupcake Day, so we thought we’d post our Chocolate Stout Cupcake recipe to show off just how delicious beer can make a cupcake! Stout in your cupcake, and Bailey’s in your buttercream if you’re feeling bold. Just imagine all of the rich, smooth, maltiness of a stout boosting the flavor of your chocolate cupcake. The fluffy sour cream addition keeps these cupcakes from getting too deep and roasty. So pop open a bottle of stout, and pour it…

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Craft Beer

When Just an IPA Won’t Do – A Black, Red, & Double IPA Tasting

October 17, 2016
IPA Craft Beer Tasting

This time we focused our efforts on taste testing hoppy beers – in this case IPAs and one dry-hopped California Common. The taste testing offered a broad spectrum of different hop flavors, and demonstrated that hops should not be synonymous with strict bitterness. Hop flavors ranged from citrusy to piney, bitter and resinous to almost herbal or floral. We also made note of which beers demonstrated a tasty hop/malt balance, and where the hops seemed to overpower or overwhelm all…

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Craft Beer Craft Breweries

Why Oskar Blues is the Arbiter of Cool, Canned, Craft Beer

October 7, 2016
Oskar Blues Brewery

Oskar Blues is serious about canned craft beer. They are said to be responsible for the first released canned craft beer in the United States, which was their Dale’s Pale Ale in November 2002. They still only package their beer in cans and kegs, never bottles. You may be saying “Pssh, what’s the big deal with cans?” but Oskar Blues would tell you, “cans keep beer fresher, longer by eliminating the damaging effects of light and ingressed oxygen while being…

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Beer Recipes

7 Dessert Inspired Beers to Brew on Apple Betty Day

October 4, 2016

October 5th is National Apple Betty Day, and while that may drive some to bake, the holiday motivates us to get brewing. We’ve got a favorite Apple Betty recipe of our own, and it’s called “Apple Brown Beery.” An Apple Betty or Apple Brown Betty appeals to us with the decadence of brown sugar, salted butter, hearty, warm bread, and tart apples – which many of us will top with smooth, vanilla ice cream. The Apple Brown Beery packs the…

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