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Attending Homebrew Con as a Newly-Certified BJCP Judge

June 22, 2017
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The National Homebrewers Conference (aka “Homebrew Con”) is a 3-day annual gathering of 3000+ homebrewing and craft beer enthusiasts hosted by the American Homebrewers Association. It takes place in a different city each year and consists of seminars, a homebrew industry expo, and LOTS and LOTS of beer. This year, which celebrates the Homebrew Con’s 39th anniversary, took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Minneapolis Convention Center. National Homebrew Competition Another event that takes place at the Homebrew Con every…

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What’s Overrated & Underrated in American Craft Beer?

May 18, 2017
american craft beer

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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How to Keep Your Fermenter Cool in the Summer

May 11, 2017
keep beer fermenter cool

Summer is almost here! When it comes to fermenting, proper temperature control is one of the most important factors for maintaining happy yeast. This time of year, as the temperatures start rising, you will most likely be looking for ways to keep your yeast cool during fermentation. Here are a few tips and tricks for keeping your fermenter cool and your yeast happy: A makeshift evaporative cooler (swamp cooler). Place your fermenter in a pan of water deep enough to…

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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 www.mrbeer.com, 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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How to Best Enjoy Your Next Beer

March 20, 2017
Beer Serving

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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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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Outstanding Things Mr. Beer Achieved in 2016

December 29, 2016

Why not finish the year by remembering the things that went really well? Seems like a good practice to me. In case you were busy brewing & sipping and happened to miss them, here are some awesome things that Mr. Beer did in 2016. 6 Craft Beer Kits that taste like your favorite craft beer Seriously. Just like it. Mr. Beer designed 6 beer kits with craft beers’ most popular flavor profiles in mind – and nailed it. Our American…

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7 Beers for Celebrating Higher ABV in Tennessee

December 26, 2016
Higher ABV in Tennessee

We heard that a new law goes into effect on January 1, which allows beer and cider brewers in Tennessee to create brews with stronger alcohol content. At the moment the legal limit is 6.2 percent ABV, but the new law will raise the limit to 10.1 percent. With such excellent news, we decided collecting some of our higher ABV gems for inspiration would only be fitting. Since this law covers beer and cider alike, we’ve added some of our Graffs…

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Choosing the Right Gift for the Men in Your Life

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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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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