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Renae Bowen

Craft Beer

The Top 4 Myths of Dark versus Light Beer

June 21, 2017

In the beer world, there are a couple of myths that are circulated so frequently that you may have begun believing them. They have become a part of beer marketing even. But they are not founded in fact, just appearances, so it’ll be easy to disprove them here. Once you understand the “beer science” behind them, you will be able to educate others. Then I won’t have to groan when I hear slanderous things about the dark-colored beers I love…

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The Best Beer Pairings for Memorial Day Grilling

May 27, 2017

Memorial Day weekend is here, and with it comes warmer temperatures, cold beer, and backyard grilling with friends and family. You might be thinking, “it’s a backyard BBQ, as long as the ice chest is full it doesn’t matter which beers are in there,” but I’m telling you some are going to wash that smoky, grilled meat down much better than others. Before the meat and fixins have even hit the grill, you’re going to want something refreshing to cool…

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What’s Overrated & Underrated in American Craft Beer?

May 18, 2017
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We’re currently in the middle of American Craft Beer Week, which lasts from May 15 – 21 this year. Given the occasion, I found myself wondering – what is the state of American Craft Beer right now? As I touched on in the blog about beer for non-beer drinkers, I feel like there is a beer for everyone nowadays. With microbreweries popping up around every corner and homebrewing becoming such an accessible hobby, I feel confident that no matter what…

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Mr. Beer Teams up with Funky Buddha to Release New Homebrew Recipe

April 21, 2017
Funky Buddha Brewery

This weekend Mr. Beer kicks off the newest homebrew recipe in our Brewery Spotlight Edition series, Funky Buddha’s Hop Stimulator Double IPA! This delicious partial mash brew is only available in limited numbers on, beginning Saturday, April 22nd. Funky Buddha Brewery Funky Buddha’s rich, bold flavors and fun, food-inspired brews made them an easy favorite for our team here at Mr. Beer. With beers like Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, No Crusts – PB & J Brown Ale, & Blueberry…

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A Beer Guide for Non-Beer Drinkers

April 17, 2017

You may already have a favorite drink – wine, whiskey, gin & tonic – or you don’t even have one of those, but you know you’d like to try out beer and don’t want to proceed blindly. You’ve come to the right place. Having a favorite drink will allow you to have a sort of starting point with this guide, but you won’t need one to confidently apply these tips the next time you choose a beer. Great Tips for…

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How to Best Enjoy Your Next Beer

March 20, 2017
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Excellent beer deserves to be enjoyed fully. I realize that not everyone means to make their casual beer consumption into a fine event, or that everyone is terribly picky about the quality of their beer. But for those who want to taste and smell the character of their beer, here’s a guide to make sure you’re not missing out by making small mistakes in the way you serve your beer. 1. Avoid frosted glassware It feels like this point has…

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Delight Your Cinco de Mayo Party Guests with These 5 Beers

March 8, 2017
Cinco de Mayo Tacos and Beer

Crispy, tender Carnitas. Crunchy, battered fish dowsed in lime. Bold salsas in red, green, and gold. Cooling guacamole and sour cream to chill your scorched tongue. Let’s talk about your Cinco de Mayo plans. Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s defeat of the French in 1862 in the Battle of Puebla. (It is not Mexican Independence Day, I repeat – NOT Mexican Independence Day. I hear that poor guess every year.) Though in America the day is more of a celebration…

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Why Drinking from a Snifter Will Better Your Beer

February 23, 2017

I once arranged an impromptu “these are my favorites” craft beer tasting for a group of friends and acquaintances in one of our tiny kitchens, hovered around the stove top. Nothing fancy, just wanted to share. Looking down into the red plastic cups we had on hand with the range hood light flooding them so I could pour fairly – I figured, “this’ll be fine right?” I mean, good beer is good beer, so I imagined that these beers would…

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The Best Hops to Boost Your Beer’s Aroma & Bitterness

February 13, 2017

Sure, you can identify that you like the hop flavor in your beer, but do you know which hop is doing the work? Craft breweries often list which hops were used on the beer’s packaging, but sometimes they leave it a mystery. Something smells like mangoes and papayas in there, and you know this isn’t a fruit beer. Maybe that piney taste really turns you off, and you want to know which hop is responsible. The 31 hop varieties I…

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