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Liter Steins and German Tradition at Munich’s Oktoberfest

Liter Steins and German Tradition at Munich’s Oktoberfest

After a quick stop in Belgium to investigate some traditional Belgian brewing practices, I hopped on a plane to Munich for the famed Oktoberfest. I got a sneak peak into Oktoberfest previously at J. Gilbert’s, but my sense was that the real thing would take it to the next level. The history is storied. Now the world’s largest fair held at Theresienwiese, die Weisn, to the locals, it got its start in 1810 as a celebration of … Read entire article »

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DC Beer Week: New Belgium Sour Blending Workshop

DC Beer Week: New Belgium Sour Blending Workshop

DC Beer Week is one of my favorite times of the year, I click through dcbeer.com‘s day-by-day chart of events like a child opening presents on Christmas day. This year, the event that piqued my interest more than any other was a sour blending workshop with New Belgium’s sensory specialist Lauren Salazar at Black Squirrel. It cost $55 and was one of only five venues for this rare event. I had a great time when … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Wild Ale, Beer, Beer Week, New Belgium Brewing Co.

Guest Post: SAVOR Craft Beer Festival: Good Beer, Great Food, Amazing Experience

Guest Post: SAVOR Craft Beer Festival: Good Beer, Great Food, Amazing Experience

Editor’s Note: This is another of what we hope are many contributions from our readers. These guest posts come from our friends, followers, and fellow beer geeks who have something they want to share. If you’ve attended a great event, tasted a rare beer, want to give your favorite brewery some love, or share anything else beer related feel free to send us an email at thebeercircle@gmail.com and let us know! Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending … Read entire article »

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Tröegs Scratch Beer Showdown: Jack Curtain vs. Lew Bryson

Tröegs Scratch Beer Showdown: Jack Curtain vs. Lew Bryson

Scratch Series Showdown Philly Beer Week 2012 triggered a very intriguing match of beers from two local beer writers. Jack Curtain, he of the Liquid Diet blog, and Lew Bryson, writes Seen Through a Glass and the Session Beer Project, each teamed up with Tröegs Brewing Company to create a Scratch Series beer. On Sunday, June 3, the beers faced off against each other at the Standard Tap House in Philadelphia. While I was unable to … Read entire article »

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SAVOR: Firestone Walker Beer Dinner at Churchkey

SAVOR: Firestone Walker Beer Dinner at Churchkey

I was very excited when I saw that Churchkey was kicking off SAVOR Beer Week with a dinner featuring beers from Firestone Walker Brewing Company. We’ve already taken a stab at a few of their beers on this site (Paige with Union Jack and Greg with 14th and 15th Anniversary) and I personally haven’t found a beer brewed by them that I didn’t like. All I knew going into the event was what beers would … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Pale Ale, American Strong Ale, American Wild Ale, Beer Week, Black IPA, English Pale Ale, Firestone Walker, Imperial IPA, Oak, Oatmeal Stout, Pappy Van Winkle, Porter

SAVOR Beer Week in DC

SAVOR Beer Week in DC

Welcome everyone to SAVOR Beer Week in the District of Columbia! You’ll notice that the majority of our posts this week will be centered around the various events and beers enjoyed in and around the District as we all prep for next weekend’s big SAVOR event. But what is SAVOR? Well, it’s a can’t miss beer event for beer geeks and foodies alike. Held in the National Building Musuem, this event features beers and food samples from … Read entire article »

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Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2012 Wrap-up

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2012 Wrap-up

I was fortunate enough to have a wedding and a work meeting in Pittsburgh during the inaugural Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week. Put together in less than six months, this event really was impressive for an initial attempt by a city. There were over 360 events planned at the city’s various bars, including some that were not craft-specific. It was great to see the city embrace the beer culture and expand upon its growing craft beer … Read entire article »

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