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Garrett Miller

Garrett brings a somewhat different perspective on beer to the table. While always thrilled to try any new, exotic brew that finds itself his way, Garrett finds that he's often quite satisfied with reliable, common craft choices. As such, Garrett is a fan of trying and reviewing these (admittedly less expensive) beers, and using them to introduce the exciting, flavorful world of craft beer to those not-yet-acquainted. Garrett’s favorite styles are IPAs and bourbon stouts, but won’t turn his nose up at anything. Find Garrett Miller on Google Plus

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Budget: Great Lakes Brewing Company – Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Budget: Great Lakes Brewing Company – Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

In the Budget column, I strive to write about beers that taste better than they cost.  Tonight’s entry fits squarely in that territory – an excellent exemplar of a style, that won’t even come close to breaking the bank. In this post, I take a look at the Great Lakes Brewing Company‘s Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. Great Lakes, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, is “committed to crafting fresh, flavorful, high-quality beer and food for the enjoyment of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Budget, Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Al’s of Hampden: A New Location! – Enola, PA

Al’s of Hampden: A New Location! – Enola, PA

The Trip: This past Saturday, The Beer Circle writers Garrett, Kenton, and Paige were fortunate enough to be able to make a rendezvous at one of their favorite beer establishments in the Central Pennsylvania region. The location of which they speak, however, is not the same Al’s of Hampden which they’ve visited on a previous beer tour, this was something new – something the beer community has been much abuzz about for some time now. We’ve … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries, Pizza Boy Brewing Co.

Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale

Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale

Sours just aren’t my thing yet. This is something I’m actively working to change, broadening my horizons to include this remarkably diverse style of beer. We all started somewhere, in fact, our own Russ Beck didn’t always care for the style. Weird faces aside, I’m always glad when someone offers to share something to better introduce me to the style.  This, much like the North Coast Pranqster I recently reviewed, was shared with me by a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Belgian, Brouwerij Van Steenberge, Monk's Cafe

Introducing: The Bud Circle!

Introducing: The Bud Circle!

Faithful readers of The Beer Circle: We come to you this day with incredibly exciting news: The Beer Circle has finally obtained full-time sponsorship! As such, we have been asked to rename our site, and you can expect to see almost exclusively reviews of cool, refreshing Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch/AB-InBev products, available at nearly all major retailers and beer distributors nationwide at excellent prices. You should also expect to see more frequent postings, as this sponsorship deal … Read entire article »

Filed under: Shenanigans

LiveBlog: Voodoo Brewery Barrel Room Collection Release

LiveBlog: Voodoo Brewery Barrel Room Collection Release

It’s finally here – the much-anticipated Voodoo Brewery Barrel Room Collection Release, held right at the Voodoo Brewpub in beautiful Meadville, PA. Our writers are on-site to enjoy some delicious beer and cover this highly-anticipated event, so check out what’s new below, and feel free to join in on the discussion if you’re here! Use hashtag #VoodooRelease to jump in. For the love of the beer! Note: if the stream below doesn’t appear immediately, just take … Read entire article »

Filed under: Voodoo Brewery

Voodoo Brewery Barrel Room Collection Release This Weekend!

Voodoo Brewery Barrel Room Collection Release This Weekend!

Ladies and Gentlemen this is not a drill. I repeat, Voodoo Brewery is set to release their Barrel Room Collection this weekend. Wait, you may ask, isn’t there basketball to watch?! Why yes, I would reply, and what better to go with buzzer beaters and Cinderella than Big Black Voodoo Daddy and a little Black Magick? Imagine the beer pictured to the right, but aged in various bourbon barrels. Don’t worry, we had to sit down … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Release, Voodoo Brewery

One Year of Good Beers!

One Year of Good Beers!

Ladies and Gentlemen of The Beer Circle, Today marks the start of our second year as a blog! Well, technically we won’t have a birthday for another three years as we actually launched on February 29th, Leap Day, but nobody needs to remember that. We have learned a lot over the last 365 days, but here are some highlights! Jeff is a certified brewing madman Garrett and Kenton like bringing beer into video games Russ could improve his shotgunning skills Paige … Read entire article »

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Our Favorite Bar in Blocks: Recreating Zeno’s Pub in Minecraft

Our Favorite Bar in Blocks: Recreating Zeno’s Pub in Minecraft

It’s no secret that for a few of our The Beer Circle writers, geekery is not just limited to the beer-geek realm.  Fortunately, these geek powers tend to be used for good, not evil.  But sometimes awesome.  The most recent bit of craft beer-fueled debauchery that Garrett and Kenton found themselves in was an undertaking to recreate their favorite college bar in Minecraft – as accurately as the game would allow.  This bar, Zeno’s Pub, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bars, Shenanigans

North Coast Brewing Company Pranqster

North Coast Brewing Company Pranqster

There are a lot of beers out there that are great, but probably wouldn’t catch my eye as I browse the aisles of an area beer store.  As such, I’m always delighted whenever a friend offers up a new brew to share, particularly when it’s one of these I otherwise might have passed over.  It’s even better when paired with great food. The Pranqster, by North Coast Brewing Company was one such beer – and was … Read entire article »

Filed under: North Coast Brewing Co., Strong Pale Ale

The Beer Circle – Now 250 Posts Strong!

The Beer Circle – Now 250 Posts Strong!

Ladies and Gentlemen of The Beer Circle, It is our distinct pleasure to take this moment to mark yet another momentous occasion – The Beer Circle is now 250 posts strong!  This post itself marks number 250 – and we look forward to providing you with many more in the time to come.  We once again would like to thank all of you who have stopped by to visit in our first two months of publishing, particularly … Read entire article »

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