Drink Beer There Travel Tip Sheet – Nov. 24, 2014

A weekly report on beer-centric travel across America and around the world.

Lithuania is one of the great, mostly undiscovered beer destinations of Europe. I’ve made the trip once, and now that I’ve read Lars Marius Garshol’s excellent “Lithuanian Beer: A Rough Guide,” I’m ready to return.

His guide outlines the small nation’s incredible farmhouse brewing traditions, as well as its top beer styles, including Kaimiskas, or countryside beer. He writes: “The first thing you should do, before having your first ...

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Guinness goes luxe

GUINNESS is one of the greatest, most valuable brand names in beer. From its familiar harp logo to its stenciled typeface to Arthur Guinness’ famous signature, everything about it is immediately recognizable. Even its bubbles have a trademark look.

You think of Guinness, you think of rich, dark, smooth Irish stout – the biggest-selling, most famous dark beer on the planet.

The problem is, that’s the only thing you think of.

As good as Guinness is, it’s really only good for one ...

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Beer Radar – Nov. 19, 2014

Spencer Trappist Ale, the world’s first certified Trappist beer made in America, is now available in the Philadelphia area. The unfiltered Belgian-style single (6.5% abv), described as a patersbier, is brewed by monks in Massachusetts. Look for it in very classy 12-ounce bottles and on tap. Tria Taproom (Center City) is taping a keg today,… Also just arrived this week: Ninkasi Brewing from Eugene, Oregon. Naturally, they’ll be sending us some big-time IPAs , among other varieties…

Looks like Anheuser-Busch ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Founders Dissenter

DissenterFounders Dissenter is the Sixpack of the Week

Founders (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Imperial India pale lager
ALCOHOL: 8.7%

SIXPACK SEZ: At first gulp, Founders’ first lager in 12 years will remind you more of a fairly fruity ale with an assertive citrus aroma. But don’t turn your back on this one because it finishes with an unusually distinctive lager flavor in the finish. Label note: That’s the graphic designer’s father-in-law with his ...

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Free tix for Fegley’s Craft Beer Festival with Joe Sixpack

Kick off the holiday season with Fegley’s Brew Works Craft Beer Festival featuring Joe Sixpack. Enjoy 50+ craft beers from dozens of breweries with exclusive one-offs and a “meet-and-greet” VIP session with brewers and special guest Joe Sixpack. Tix are $35/$45 VIP, includes two-hour pub-fare buffet, vendors and more. Saturday, Dec. 6th, two sessions at 1 and 5 p.m.

Sign up now for Joe Sixpack’s Beer Week newsletter*, and you’ll be eligible to win a pair of tickets. I’ll ...

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Drink Beer There Travel Tip Sheet – Nov. 17, 2014

The Session, a weekly beer blogging exchange, tackled the topic of beer travel a couple weeks ago. Why is it important for us to visit the place the where our beers are made?

Over the years, I’ve been to enough breweries that tours can be a bit predictable. And as Alan McLeod writes at A Good Beer Blog, “why go to the beer when the beer is coming to you?”

As always for me, it’s not about the liquid – it’s ...

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When little guys sell out to Big Beer

LOOKING BACK on the takeover of a tiny Oregon brewery last week by Anheuser-Busch InBev, some years from now we may remember it as a turning point.

Or maybe we won’t remember it at all.

But right now, it feels like the Day the Music Died – the day when craft brewing took the inevitable step from the adolescent innocence of selfless idealism to the maturity of just another bottom-line business.

The moment came, fittingly enough, with the posting of an ...

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