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Kahn’s Fine Wines – Online Store Review

Kahn’s Fine Wines – Online Store Review

Kahn’s Fine Wines is an Indianapolis-based retailer of some exotic, hard-to-find beers that don’t often make their way to our neck of the woods.  With three physical store locations, as well as an online presence, Kahn’s is where I often turn to find certain rarities. And now, a brief review: Kahn’s Fine Wines Nothing fancy for a web site or a store front but it is worth checking out.   … Read entire article »

Filed under: Kahn's Fine Wines, Online Stores, Three Floyds Brewing

Ultra-Budget: Anheuser-Busch “Natty Daddy”

Ultra-Budget: Anheuser-Busch “Natty Daddy”

Every now and then, a truly special beer comes along and finds its way into our hearts and gas stations. Bestowed upon us because we are deemed worthy of this ambrosia of the beer gods, it represents an experience so intense, so powerful, that only those with the greatest of intestinal fortitude even dare attempt to stomach these beers not intended for consumption by lesser beings. Somehow, the great American purveyors of craft beer, 7-Eleven, seem … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anheuser-Busch, Beer, Shenanigans

Budget: Budweiser Chelada

Budget: Budweiser Chelada

There are those who like their beer, and there are those who like their beer mixed with lime, salt, clam juice, and tomato juice. While this is a foreign concept to a freshly-minted college graduate from Suburbia, Clamatos are apparently all the rage south of the border. And if there’s one thing I learned from Spring Break, it’s that Mexicans know how to have a good time. Our good friends over at Anheuser-Busch have decided to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anheuser-Busch, Beer, Fruit / Vegetable Beer, Shenanigans

Is Major Brewery Ownership of Craft Beers a Bad Thing?

Is Major Brewery Ownership of Craft Beers a Bad Thing?

Is the move of major brewery conglomerates like AB/InBev and Miller Coors into the craft beer segment necessarily a bad thing? It all depends, really, on how you want to look at it. A few years ago that answer would’ve been unequivocally been a YES. But that is starting to change as the big boys are learning more and more about the tastes of craft beer drinkers. Most of those living in northern Virginia fondly remember Old Dominion Brewing when … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anheuser-Busch, Blue Moon, Craft Brew Alliance, Fordham Brewing Co., Grolsch, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Kona Brewing Co., Lost Rhino, MillerCoors, Old Dominion Brewing, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell, Redhook Brewing, Widmer Brothers Brewing

Event: Surly Brewing Company at Churchkey

Event: Surly Brewing Company at Churchkey

Last weekend at Churchkey, Washington DC’s famous beer bar, Surly Brewing Company out of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota was on display with 10 offerings available. Surly’s Founder Omar Ansari even flew in to mingle with patrons, talking about anything from why Surly doesn’t can Darkness to future plans for the brewery. I got out of work a little early and grabbed a seat by the windows to hunker down and get my share of Surly goodness. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Brown Ale, American Wild Ale, Imperial IPA, IPA, Russian Imperial Stout, Surly Brewing Co.

Crispin Cider Company: The Saint

Crispin Cider Company: The Saint

Though in a new blog there are a lot of “firsts,” I feel like I’m getting a number of the cool ones: cooking with beer, the first poorly reviewed beer, and now the first cider. I know, I know, this isn’t the cider circle. This is a deviation from traditional beer circle posts in a few ways: not only is it the first cider, but also as of February 21st, Crispin Cider is owned by … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cider, Crispin Cider Co.

Anheuser-Busch O’Doul’s

Anheuser-Busch O’Doul’s

Yep, you read the title correctly…I am reviewing O’Doul’s. I mean, when someone thinks about a craft beer blog, they think Anheuser-Busch’s non-alcoholic offering, right? Somebody at work had purchased a 6-pack to cook with, and I couldn’t resist cracking one open. This was the first time I had ever allowed a non-alcoholic beer to pass my palate, so I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Anheuser-Busch O’Doul’s Beer Stats Style: Low Alcohol Beer Serving: Bottle Size: 12oz ABV: 0.50% BA … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anheuser-Busch, Beer, NA