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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 »

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Guinness’ New Ad: Breaking the Mold

Guinness’ New Ad: Breaking the Mold

On the whole, beer advertisements tend not to be very kind towards men. More often than not depicted as fat, lazy, drunkards who seek nothing more than maximum-volume cheap beer delivery, juvenile humor, ogling at scantily-clad cheerleaders, and watching football without being disturbed by unbearable nagging wives, these tragic examples of the male specimen are glorified and idealized.  The dumber you are, the more manly you are, so long as you like watching football, and drinking foreign-owned, … Read entire article »

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Finding the Perfect Bar

Finding the Perfect Bar

This past Friday, I came across a common decision that I’m sure each of you have before – what bar should I choose to meet up with some friends? In this case, I was looking for a bar that I could watch the Penn State game while drinking a good micro-brew. Optimally, there would be something on draft that I have not tried before. In the end, I went with Arooga’s Rt. 22 and got … Read entire article »

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Online Beer Sales – Customer Service Comparison

Online Beer Sales – Customer Service Comparison

I have reviewed a number of stores that do online sales: Beverages 4 Less, Bine & Vine, Bruisin’ Ales, Kahn’s Fine Wines, and Luekens Liquors. I will only be talking about stores that I have directly ordered from. What I’ve realized is that the different retailers all treat their online customers differently. Some of the retailers treat all of their customers the same while others will only make certain rare releases available to their in-store … Read entire article »

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Pennsylvania Laws vs. Mug Clubs

Pennsylvania Laws vs. Mug Clubs

One step forward, one step backwards. Just when it was reported that Pennsylvania moved to fifth in the nation in beer consumption, I received an email from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant that they were temporarily suspending their Mug Club. Being a member, I was really interested in why. To quote the important parts of the email: Due to factors beyond our control, including decisions by state agencies that regulate the sale of alcohol, the Mug … Read entire article »

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