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Beer Battle: Craft Mexican Style Lagers

This is our first take on what we plan to be a regular feature. We are pitting two similar beers against each other in a Beer Battle. We will rate two beers at a time and pick a winner, or since there are two of us it could end in a tie. The pairs will have…

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Craft Breweries on Twitter

I’m interested in beer and social media, so I took a look at where these worlds intersect on Twitter. Many of the 4,000+ craft breweries in the United States have a social media presence, but the size of that presence varies widely. I rounded up 100+ breweries and their current Twitter follower counts. I was loose with…

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21st Annual Soroptimist Chico Brewfest

For the tenth time I was a volunteer at the annual Bidwell Rancho Soroptimist Chico Brewfest this Saturday. I had a great time pouring beer and chatting with people at this fun event. There tend to be two types of beer festivals: those run by breweries or beer geeks that focus on unique breweries and beers,…

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Random Craft Beer on Twitter

I re-purposed the script that I used in my unsuccessful attempt to get into Beer Camp, and turned it into a twitter account. I modified it to suggest random beers to random breweries. A few times a day a random beer is generated, paired up with a brewery, and posted to twitter. The results are…

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Home Grown Cascade Hops

This post was originally from a previous beer blog that we’re shutting down. It was originally posted November 21, 2012. We’re moving it here for archival purposes. We grew some hops this summer and so far we’ve used them in two batches of beer. We chose Cascade hops, known for their floral citrus hop character.…

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Certified Beer Server

This post was originally from a previous beer blog that we’re shutting down. It was originally posted March 2, 2012. We’re moving it here for archival purposes. Months back I came across the Cicerone program, which is like a Sommelier for beer. While I don’t have any practical or professional need for such a thing…

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Christmas Red Ale

This post was originally from a previous beer blog that we’re shutting down. It was originally posted February 7, 2012. We’re moving it here for archival purposes. In December we decided to brew a red ale.  This was only our second homebrewing attempt, the first being a Real Ale earlier in the year.  We tried…