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Paige Deckert

Paige is a fifth year graduate student at Penn State; she received her craft beer education while bartending during undergrad at the University of Illinois. Over several months, Rogue’s Dead Guy served as her gateway beer, because it was $2/pint on Thursdays, and thus offered the highest ABV/$. This eventually turned into enjoyment, and everything is history from there. Her first legal beer was Robert the Bruce on cask at the Blind Pig in Champaign, followed by the Duchess de Bourgogne. Paige has visited over 15 breweries, including Great Divide, Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, Three Floyds and Dogfish Head, with plans to add more in 2012 via trips to San Diego, Phoenix, and Austin. Paige became friends with Russ (and subsequently Garrett) when they became friends on untappd. She clearly remembers seeing a check-in of his and thinking, “Who is this clown checking into Miller Light at the Shandygaff?” Soon thereafter he introduced himself at a Zeno’s beerfest, and they bonded over their beer geekery (sans adjuct lagers). Find Paige Deckert on Google Plus

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Best Beers of 2013

Best Beers of 2013

We here at The Beer Circle like to think that we drink a lot of good beer. With that in mind, we decided to vote internally on what our favorite new beers of 2013 were. The criteria was simple: you had to have the beer to vote on it and the beer had to make its debut in 2013. The list ended up being, predictably, focused on Pennsylvania. Voodoo Pappy van Winkle Black Magick Probably the most sought … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Beer Facts, Bullfrog Brewery, Perennial Artisan Ale, Pizza Boy Brewing Co., The Beer Circle, Voodoo Brewery

DC Breweries Tour Recap

DC Breweries Tour Recap

This past Saturday, despite a continuous deluge of wintry mix in the Washington area, a car full of good friends drove across our nation’s capital to see five different breweries: DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works, Chocolate City, Right Proper, and Bluejacket. A testament to the success of craft beer right now, the longest drive between breweries was 15 minutes. The fun breweries paired with almost everyone being a bit sleepy and hungover made for a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Atlas Brew Works, Bluejacket, Breweries, Chocolate City, DC Brau Brewing Co., Right Proper Brewing Co.

Saturday, 14 December: DC Breweries Tour

Saturday, 14 December: DC Breweries Tour

Come one, come all to the finest craft beer breweries that the District of Columbia has to offer! On Saturday, 14 December, a group of us will be making stops at five breweries whose addresses contain Washington, DC (apologies to those in VA and MD!). Most of these breweries are new, and only offer growler hours to the public on Saturdays. So, barring another snowpocalypse, we thought it would be a good idea to stock … Read entire article »

Filed under: Atlas Brew Works, Bluejacket, Chocolate City, DC Brau Brewing Co., The Beer Circle, Three Stars Brewing Co.

Video Review: Stone Crime

Video Review: Stone Crime

About four months ago Greg had the idea that sparked a movement: A chili stout tasting. The movement wasn’t necessarily one of social importance, but more a movement of beers from the cellars of Paige, Greg, and Russ to make the tasting happen. After a delightful, two day event that including amazing beers including Barrel Aged Abraxas, Prairie Bomb!, and Red Wine Barrel Aged Mexican Cake, we ended with Stone’s Crime. Crime’s base is bourbon … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Beer, Blend, Stone Brewing Co.

Beer Giving Back

I was raised in a family where helping those around you was always considered very important, and it’s something that I still try to do. I’ve been on work trips to East Saint Louis, IL, Albuquerque, NM, Seneca, NY, and Wilmington, NC. (You’d never guess I’ve hung drywall and refinished hardwood, huh?) In State College I try to give back individually and through my graduate program. My program has adopted families through the Women’s Resource Center for at least six years, and we’ve also participated in blanket and food drives for the community. For my part, I’m a pen pal for a nine year old in the Bald Eagle School district. The day I get her letters is always one of my favorite day of the month.  As a result, I’m … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion

Bullfrog Brewery — Williamsport, PA

Bullfrog Brewery — Williamsport, PA

For Paige, living in State College means that she has easy access to Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, PA.  She went to their last beer release for OUD 15 and made the 70 mile trek back last Friday for their newest bottle release, Et Tu Brute. Et Tu Brute is a “malt beverage aged in oak barrels with cherries”, which in our book translates to “delicious.” Weather wise this release was a welcome change from OUD … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Release, Breweries, Bullfrog Brewery

Voodoo Barrel Room Collection Release 2: September 28, 2013

Voodoo Barrel Room Collection Release 2: September 28, 2013

We at The Beer Circle have been looking forward to the second Voodoo Barrel Room Collection release ever since we warmed up from the first one…which was not all that long ago. Paige was super excited for her first visit to the brewpub, as she had to miss the first release because of work commitments. Kenton and Greg, having both been to release number one, were happy for the forecast featuring a low of 50. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Release

LiveBlog: Voodoo Brewery Barrel Room Collection Release – The Second

LiveBlog: Voodoo Brewery Barrel Room Collection Release – The Second

As we speak, Paige, Kenton, and Greg of The Beer Circle are in Meadville, Pennsylvania to sample some of the fine beers being released at Voodoo Brewery’s second Barrel Room Collection Release!  This event promises to be a lot like their first, but hopefully a bit warmer this time around.  We’ve established this LiveBlog for updates on the weekend’s release festivities, so stick around, crack open a beer of your own, and feel free to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Voodoo Brewery

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.

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