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What’s In A Beer Name?

Clever beer puns are all the rage, and bonus points if you can get the word “hop” sandwiched in there – Hops of Wrath, Hopsecutioner, Hoptimus Prime, Hoppy Ending, Tricerahops, [..]

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German postage stamp celebrating the Reinheitsgebot

Before the Reinheitsgebot, the Statuta Thaberna

Contrary to what you may believe, the Reinheitsgebot, the famous German beer purity law, was no trailblazer.  Almost thirty years earlier there was the Statuta Thaberna in Thuringia (see map).  [..]

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beer judge certification program logo
beer judge certification program logo

Make Your Malt

Ever think of making your malt to homebrew with?  Uncertain you can do it?  Sure you can.  You can make your malt and thus have complete control over its roastiness, diastatic power, everything. [..]

beer judge certification program logo
beer judge certification program logo

Starting the BJCP class!

Sometimes fate just calls your bluff.  I’ve been saying for a while now I’d like to take the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) certification – for mead, and maybe beer – [..]

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Chicks and Beer: Pint Glasses Are A Problem

Pint glasses suck.  They don’t bring out the best in beer, they hold more than I want at one sitting, and they’re uncomfortable to hold, particularly in a stand-up-all-night kind [..]