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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 »

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Why Can?

Why Can?

Recently, the beer community has begun to see more and more of its beers, including certain top-tier selections, find their way into cans vs. bottles.  Why could this be?  Aren’t cans what you find macro selections like Budweiser, or the storied Natty Daddy in? We’re certainly not the first to mention it, but canning beer definitely has its advantages vs. bottling, which include: They recycle more efficiently. They block sunlight and oxygen better than glass, preserving your beer. They’re … Read entire article »

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Hollywood Taking Notice of Craft Beer with “Drinking Buddies”

Hollywood Taking Notice of Craft Beer with “Drinking Buddies”

I can’t decide whether I’m more excited for a movie set at a Chicago-based craft brewery–Revolution Brewery–or for a movie where I get to look at Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick duke it out (romantic comedy aside). Either way, craft beer fans are sure to pop open a nice bottle and settle in with their significant others for this 90 minute showing, which originally was released at SXSW this year. I have to say that … Read entire article »

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Hashing – The Next Olympic Sport?

Hashing – The Next Olympic Sport?

What is hashing, you may ask? Hashing mixes athleticism, hard work, and friendly competition mixed with a touch of hedonism. Hashing began in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1938, when a group of British colonial officials and expats founded a running club called the Hash House Harriers. They named the group after their meeting place, the Selangor Club, nicknamed the “Hash House.” The runs were patterned after the traditional British paper chase. A “hare” was given a head start to … Read entire article »

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AB InBev: Moving Forward Without The Past

AB InBev: Moving Forward Without The Past

While Hurricane Sandy does its worst to the Eastern US seaboard, I decided to have a coffee and read the internet (yes, the whole internet…who knows how long I’ll have power for, so I wanted to make sure I got it all). I came across a few articles detailing how Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev came about. As a beer lover, albeit someone who was not old enough to comprehend the rise of such a monster company, … Read entire article »

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Beer Stoppers: For When You Just Want Some

Beer Stoppers: For When You Just Want Some

I’m someone who loves variety; working on one project for too long without being able to task switch gets very tedious, and I’m the same way about my beer. If you look at my cellar, almost everything that lasts is in a 22 or 25oz bottle. Though I realize that drinking two 12oz beers is more volume, or at least roughly the same as those sizes, it’s just as frequent that I want variety as … Read entire article »

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Thoughts on 1000 Unique Beers

Thoughts on 1000 Unique Beers

Last week I passed 1000 unique beer check-ins on Untappd. That’s not too bad, especially considering that I’ve only been a member since January, 2011. I’ve been looking through my list recently and have some thoughts I’d like to share. I know that opinions are like a-holes–everyone has one, but I want to share some of mine now that I’ve earned the “Extraordinary” badge. I’ve had some great beers along the way: Dogfish Head 90 & 120min IPA, Russian River Pliny … Read entire article »

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Beer and Running

Beer and Running

Beer and running are two of my favorite things. Did I start running because I drink beer? Beer isn’t necessarily the evil that it’s portrayed as. Beer, like red wine, does provide some health benefits. The malt and hops used to make dark beers contain flavonoids, the same heart-healthy compounds in vegetables and wine that counter cell damage, thus reducing your risk of heart disease and cancer. Beer also contains B vitamins and chromium, which aid in … Read entire article »

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What is a “Church Key”? And why do we call it that?

What is a “Church Key”? And why do we call it that?

We craft beer enthusiasts certainly have a lot of drinking accessories.  We pride ourselves on the varieties of glassware that we collect for enjoying different types of beer, and collect brewery swag (coasters, beer coozies, and the like) at every single beer event.  But of the myriad of drinking accessories out there, there exists one that, without it, none of our craft beer enjoyment would be possible. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the church key-type bottle … Read entire article »

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