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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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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 »

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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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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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Bullfrog Brewery’s OUD 15 Release

Bullfrog Brewery’s OUD 15 Release

On December 30th, Bullfrog Brewing announced on their Facebook page the release of OUD 15, with only 350 bottles available at $20 a bottle and a 3 bottle limit. I was really excited, because though I was in Illinois at the time, I would be back in Pennsylvania by the release on January 4th, and Williamsport is only a short drive from State College.  OUD 15 was described as a… …Flemish style sour ale was initially … Read entire article »

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Half Acre Beer Company – Chicago, IL

Half Acre Beer Company – Chicago, IL

It’s that time of year where my semester is over, and I’m back in the midwest for the holidays.  I typically drive back by myself, so I always stop in Chicago for at least a night, sometimes a few days, just to catch up with friends and drink tasty beer I can’t get in Pennsylvania. I usually get to chose where we go when I’m in town. Half Acre’s taproom is relatively new, but I had … Read entire article »

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Quintessential Holiday Beers: Our Picks

Quintessential Holiday Beers: Our Picks

With the holiday season now in full swing, many of us find ourselves surrounded by friends and family wanting to take a few moments to relax, catch up, and delight in the joy of sharing a few of our favorite brews together.  While our staff writers are busy preparing for trips back home, Christmas shopping, making gifts, or baking, a few of us wanted to be sure to take a few moments to share our … Read entire article »

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Maine Beer Company’s Lunch

Maine Beer Company’s Lunch

Maine Beer Company is defined in many ways by minimalism; their website, labels, and brewing facilities all reflect that mantra.  While many breweries may have some sort of long winded mission statement, Maine’s is simple: Do the Right Thing. At Maine Beer Company, doing the right thing means taking care of the environment and its creatures. They’re proud members of 1% for the Planet, which means that they donate a minimum of 1% of their sales … Read entire article »

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Cantillon Zwanze 2012 – Rhubarb Lambic

Cantillon Zwanze 2012 – Rhubarb Lambic

Now that we’ve covered Churchkey’s iteration of Cantillon’s Zwanze Day only one question remains: How was the beer? Typically when we review a beer it covers the thoughts of one person. Tonight you’re getting a review encompassing the thoughts of all who attended! Cantillon’s Zwanze is a special beer brewed once a year and typically is different each year. This year’s, however, is a recreation of the 2008 variation: a lambic brewed with rhubarb. Why … Read entire article »

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Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Churchkey – Washington, DC

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Churchkey – Washington, DC

Since adding Kenton to our regular cast of characters, we have been looking for a reason to get a bunch of us together for in-person introductions and a chance to share some celebratory beers. Figuring the weekend that held Cantillon’s Zwanze Day was our best bet, plans were set in motion and our cellars shivered at the destruction that was to come. Zwanze Day is in its second year; Cantillon’s head brewer Jean Van Roy sees … Read entire article »

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Beer Giveaway!

Beer Giveaway!

Update: We have a winner! Hoss Hewitt is victorious and has received his beer. We’ll leave the contest questions below if you want to fill it out anyway! Russ has a problem and our readers are about to benefit. To put it simply, he has too much beer. As a Bruery Reserve Society co-member with Bob, Russ came about three bottles of Sans Pagaie (an American Wild Ale aged on oak with cherries)…and loved it. After two … Read entire article »

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