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A Tasting of Mighty Mouth-watering Brews from Colorado

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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3 Velvety Milk Stouts for Celebrating 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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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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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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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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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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The Search for the Best Fall Beers – Pumpkin, Cider, & Spice

October 3, 2016
Best Fall Beers

Our objective with this tasting was to try out some flavorful fall beers to celebrate the start of the season – with some malt liquor for good measure. (Actually, we tasted the malt liquor because we are working on our own recipe and needed to make sure we are hitting the mark). We tested out a pumpkin beer, a hard cider, a spicy beer (though not in the traditional fall spice vein), and some good ol’ Mickey’s malt liquor. I’ve…

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Fresh, Bright Citrus Beer for the Tasting, plus Scotch Ale

September 23, 2016

As we do every week, we enjoyed a Thursday afternoon beer tasting to inspire us when creating new recipes. The “common thread” here wasn’t particularly strong – we tasted a Scotch Ale, then compared and discussed the citrus flavors in the IPA and Saison. We talked about common vs. tropical citrus flavors, how much is too much citrus, and beers with a citrus flavor that tastes more like a cleaning product. Admittedly, we all feel very proud of how fresh…

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Brewers and Friends

September 15, 2016
Brewers and Friends

When learning how to brew beer, it’s helpful to taste new beers and find what makes them a hit for you. It’s also to your benefit to have friends try out your homebrew with you and let you know how they found it. Though as long as your beer makes you happy, we’re happy. For this week’s Thirsty Thursday, we tasted beer from our own team members, and friends of team members. I’ve got to say, there was some serious…

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Oktoberfest Märzen

September 7, 2016
Oktoberfest Marzen

We decided that with Oktoberfest approaching, this was as good a time as any to do some research on tasty Oktoberfest picks. Though these three were similar in terms of flavor notes, they each had their own strengths. We’d highly suggest doing a tasting of one particular beer style to really get in tune with where your homebrew should be when brewing in that style. Though, as you know, we are all about creativity and modification here at Mr. Beer…

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