The title to this was a toss up between New Beer's and Brew Year's resolution, but I opted for new beer's as it matches more with the spirit. 2015 has been a great year for the Beer Up Blog and has brought us some interesting experiences. Like most things, the more you learn, the more you want to know and beer is no different. With that said, there are a number of places, beers and destinations Beer Up aims to add to the itinerary in 2016. So while most are vowing to lose weight or drop certain vices, join us as we outline how we plan to gain weight and further indulge in our favorite vice in the year to come. Read More
Like judging hall of fame baseball players there are some arguments that always land in the theoretical and can never be settled. Nobody will ever be able to truly answer the question of Ted Williams vs. Hank Aaron and you cannot pit Mike Tyson vs Mohammed Ali to see who is the better fighter, but you can compare similar beers side by side to get a true in the moment comparison. There are many factors involved in evaluating beers as described in our beer up principles, the true acid test is to pit them against each other. So with no further ado, here our some recent results of heavyweight beer battles. Let's get ready to stumble! Read More
Sometimes I wonder if the things that bother me make me sound more like a crotchety old man (stay off my lawn!) or a crazed lunatic. Talking to a friend the other day though I did not get the usual eye roll or ribbing that I get when I bring up my myriad of first world problems, in fact he agreed with me. This epidemic is not one that I can can pin on one particular brewer as it seems they are all guilty. What I am talking about is sampler or variety packs. Those mixed twelve packs that typically feature a seasonal assortment of beers. The concept is great but the way they put them together is what confounds me.
This is the 2nd installment of our story regarding some readily available craft beer options. As a craft beer enthusiast, we all have our favorite bars and beer stores where we can be assured of new and interesting beer options. However sometimes life throws us a curve in the form of a hotel bar, an after work happy hour, or no time to get to our favorite retail stores. In these instances, there still are readily available options in most bars, grocery stores, and in some states- gas stations. Our first three beer options were Sam Adams Boston Lager, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Guinness Stout. The following is our next group of three.
In an earlier post, we discussed some survival techniques for making due with substandard beer offerings at a holiday party. This time we are discussing a different dilemma. As beer nerds we all enjoy the hunt for exotic beers as we try and one up each other's offerings. The search for and acquisition of these beers is as close to a treasure hunt as most of us will ever get. Unfortunately, there are times where our usual options are not available to stock up on beer. Maybe you are in a different area and cannot get to your usual beer store. Other times you may be short on time and need to grab something quickly. Another all too familiar scenario is finding oneself at a sports bar, restaurant or pub with substandard beer selection. Fear not beer drinkers, there still are reasonable options that will allow you to beer up without resorting to grabbing something that normally comes in a 24 pack. Here are the first three of six, readily available beers that also cover the spectrum of beer styles.
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Here it is… The 100th beer review! The decision of which brew to review for the big one hundo was not taken lightly, so I did what anyone making an important, career-defining decision would do… Ask social media! Deferring to the wisdom of the Twittersphere, I took the advice of Beer Up and decided to review the first beer I ever purchased upon reaching the age of legal consumption, Harpoon IPA.
We all have those moments in life. Maybe it's when you are sitting at home watching TV and some horrid program comes on and you shout "How is this still on? Who watches this garbage?". Other times you maybe walking through the aisles of your grocery store seeing marshmallow peeps, Cadbury cream eggs or circus peanuts and think the same thing. "People actually eat that garbage??" (Confession- I do like circus peanuts) In case the last two examples did not hit home, think of your typical day at work where you walk around looking at certain people wondering what they do or how they are still drawing a paycheck. Lately this has been happening me while buying beer where not only am I confused by who is buying this stuff, but also wondering what it is and how did it end up in the beer aisle. Maybe I am in the minority, but here's a list of beverages that I don't understand who is buying them or why.
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