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How to Arrange Beers for a Tasting

January 19, 2017

Creating a particular order for the beers you and your friends are tasting may seem like too much fuss, but it can most definitely have an effect on the impression you get from each beer. If you line them up wrong you could have everyone hating a beer that is actually delicious, simply because it mixed with flavors still on their tongue from the last glass. This used to happen to me whenever a brewery or brewpub handed out a…

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The 4 Modern Times Beers You Need to Drink Already

December 21, 2016
Modern Times

Seriously, you have no excuse. Modern Times’ 4 year-round beers and their super-stylish cans just keep popping up everywhere. These San Diegans brew beer that manipulates style standards, putting an unexpected but welcome spin on craft beer flavors. I found our whole office going “well it doesn’t taste like a _____ but damn it’s good! Pour some more.” So drop your BJCP guidebook and let these sudsy gems surprise you. Lomaland Saison IBU 30 | 5.5% ABV   Pale, fizzy,…

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4 Winter Beers to Warm You to Your Toes

December 19, 2016
Winter Beers

We collected and tasted some standout winter craft beers, and had to share! At our own holiday party everyone in the office received bottles of our Lock, Stock, and Barrel Stout, so we felt that smooth beauty deserved a spot on our list as well. If you’re thinking that Lock, Stock, and Barrel Stout sounds delicious, grab some from our store and start brewing now. This beer takes 6-12 months to condition so if you get it going now it’ll…

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Gifts for Men

December 15, 2016
Mr. Beer Kit

If you’ve got a guy on your list who’s a bit hard to buy for, a Mr. Beer kit is the perfect gift. Mr. Beer brewing kits come in many varieties, boast high ratings, are user-friendly, and very affordable. All of the gift ideas listed below are less than $65! What’s more is that our fermenters are sturdy and reusable, so the gift recipient can look forward to many batches of flavorful homebrew. Our kits are an excellent choice for…

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Two Roads Brewing Co.

December 7, 2016
Two Roads Brewing Co.

Woof, this one’s been a long time coming. But with all of the holiday sales and madness going on around here at Mr. Beer, it took me time to settle in and collect all of our thoughts on Two Roads Brewing. Our Sales Managers and VP of Marketing were in Connecticut on business last month, and they brought a whole mess of tasty Two Roads brews back for the office. So many, in fact, that we had to split them…

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Colorado Beer Tasting

November 16, 2016
Colorado Beers

An unspoken agreement around the Mr. Beer HQ office seems to be that if you get the opportunity to travel, you bring back tasty local beer from wherever you were. Recently, our Sales Manager, Robert, took a trip to Colorado, and brought several delicious picks for the office to taste. We had so many choices that we did two tastings! This first round is focused on the ales of the lineup, Buffalo Gold, Hazed Hoppy Session Ale, and Moirai IPA,…

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International Stout Day

November 3, 2016
International Stout Day

It’s International Stout Day today! For our celebratory tasting we chose to focus on Milk Stouts, one of which was a Nitro brew. Though Stouts are known for their roasty, smoky, malt flavor and smooth mouthfeel, Milk Stouts also have to carry just the right amount of lactose sweetness. Finding this balance, while maintaining a full body, is what creates a standout Milk Stout. Our own Angry Bovine Milk Stout fits the bill, but we thought we’d get a taste…

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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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Stone Xocoveza

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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IPAs: Black, Red, & Double

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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