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Event Recap | 2020 Uppers and Downers

February 26, 2020 |

Probably one of the smallest venues for a beer festival out there, the intimacy of Thalia Hall creates part of the charm of Uppers and Downers, one of the top festivals showcasing the versatility of coffee. Moving to a Sunday for the first time since the inaugural event, the day change didn’t impact the crowd size as once again beer and coffee lovers alike packed the Pilsen music venue for two sessions of coffee beers, cocktails, and more.

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Aslin Beer | You Call That a Knife

February 26, 2020 |

Aslin Beer Company has been producing some of the best beer in Virginia for quite a while now, and the addition of a new taproom in Alexandria, VA last year has upped their game to another level. Known for their high-ABV stouts, fruited sours and hazy IPAs, Aslin continues to hit the mark across the board with solid beers.

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Hops & Pie Team Opens Berkeley Donuts Concept Tomorrow

February 25, 2020 |

One of Denver’s best beer bars & pizza joints is about to get even more delicious. Hops & Pie founders, Drew and Leah Watson have teamed up with former Hops & Pie employee and jack-of-all-trades Audie Mauk, on Berkeley Donuts, … Read More

Ultimate 6er | Mardi Gras Beers

February 19, 2020 |

Fat Tuesday is right around the corner so it is time for the Ultimate 6er of Mardi Gras beers! Mardi Gras is a celebration that is dear to my heart after living in New Orleans for five years, so I am very excited to share my Mardi Gras beer recommendations with you!

These 6 beers are perfect for parade season. Whether you’re celebrating in New Orleans, Mobile, or on your couch, crack one of these and you’re ready to catch some beads.

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Ultimate 6er | Six New Coffee Beer Collaborations You Should Know About

February 19, 2020 |

Barrel-aged stouts dominate the Fall and Winter release calendars of many breweries as beer drinkers pine for a hearty, boozy beer that they can settle down with when the temperature drops. One of the familiar additions to these barrel-aged beers is coffee. It can add body, big flavors and huge aromatics that round out the barrel qualities and mellow the ABV burn. While I’m a huge fan of coffee in my boozy stouts, I get equally excited by breweries that look to collaborate with their community coffee purveyor or lighter offerings like lagers, cream ales, and simple stouts. Here are six recent coffee beer releases that fit that billing. 

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Brewbies Oceanside 2020 | Event Recap

February 13, 2020 |

February 8 marked the much anticipated Brewbies Festival at Bagby Beer in Oceanside, CA. For 11 years, the Brewbies organization has worked to bring breweries and the public together in support of breast cancer awareness. Working with the Keep a Breast Foundation, the festival has donated more than $540,000 to breast cancer research to date.

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Ultimate 6er | Iconic TV Couples

February 12, 2020 |

We’ve watched their love stories unfold in front of our TV sets. Some make us wistfully sigh when they embrace, while others have us scratching our heads at their dysfunctional behavior. Good or bad, these couples prove that relentless love prevails. This Valentine’s Day we’ve rounded up some of our favorite TV couples — and the best beers to pair them with. Read More

San Francisco Beer Week 2020 | Opening Night Gala Recap

February 12, 2020 |

San Francisco Beer Week is underway and us on the Pacific Regional team are finally rested up from the Opening Night Gala, ready to attend other upcoming events during the week, and are ready to share all the delicious beers and fun times we had. The Opening Night Gala was thrown by the Bay Area Brewers Guild and, boy, did they bring it this year! Here are some of the stand outs from the night.

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San Francisco Beer Week 2020 | Can’t Miss Events

February 6, 2020 |

We here on the Pacific Team are hella stoked on San Francisco Beer Week 2020 and enjoyed both the San Francisco and Berkeley media previews. Now that SFBW is knocking on our door, what better way to get pumped then finding some killer events to attend?! The first night, February 7th, is a no brainer – SFBW Opening Night Gala on Pier 35, put on by the Bay Area Brewers Guild. Our Team has combed through the massive amount of events being put on over the 10 day craft beer week, and honestly still looking cause wow there is a lot happening, and found some can’t miss events for ya’ll!

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Event Preview | 2020 Brewbies Festival

February 6, 2020 |

Of all of the beer events that are out there today, only a handful are as important and meaningful and well as educational as Brewbies. Started just about 11 years ago by Melanie (Mel) Pierce, it was the idea to help the community become more educated about breast cancer and checking for early signs while you get to support research foundations fight against the big C. (while of course drinking some rad brews!)

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Event Preview | 2020 Uppers & Downers

February 6, 2020 |

What started out as a beer festival for coffee beers has evolved into a full-blown celebration of coffee and all the unique ways it can be used in a wide variety of liquids.

After yet another successful event last year, Good Beer Hunting’s Uppers and Downers returns to Thalia Hall on February 23 with two sessions bringing together some of the most iconic coffee roasters, breweries, and distilleries under one roof. 

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The Marketing Magic Behind New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger IPA Series

February 4, 2020 |

Chances are, if you’ve perused a liquor store in the past few years you’ve passed a suspiciously sublime skeleton emblazoned on bright cardboard. Much like the aggressive hop bill inside, New Belgium Brewing Company brewed its Voodoo Ranger series to stand out both in flavor and branding. Launched in 2017, the Voodoo Ranger IPA series has quickly become a foundational pillar of the New Belgium portfolio. We asked New Belgium’s Director of Brand Marketing, Kyle Bradshaw, about the growth of the brand, how it has been able to connect so effectively with consumers and what comes next. 

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Dry January | A Month in Review

February 3, 2020 |

On January 1st, I nursed the worst hangover I hope to have all year. Your typical headache/nausea/gilt hangover combination only made possible by mixing all the different types of drinks as if the new year actually started with a clean slate when the clock struck midnight. I had already planned to do dry January for the second year in a row, but this helped to reaffirm my decision, fast. 

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San Francisco Beer Week Event Recap | San Francisco Media Preview

January 31, 2020 |

San Francisco Beer Week, February 7th through the 16th, spans much larger than the name might suggest. So when the Bay Area Brewers Guild threw media events this year, they decided to split them into two. One that took place on January 21st, with a write up found here. The second taking place this last Tuesday, January 28th with representatives of their Coastal, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley chapters of the guild.

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The State of Independent Hop Farming

January 28, 2020 |

Mighty Axe Hops is an 80-acre hop farm located near Foley, Minnesota, roughly a 90-minute drive northwest from Minneapolis. It’s the largest hop farm from Michigan to Idaho and grows 13 varieties of hops.

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2020 WeldWerks Invitational Initial Brewery List Announced

January 22, 2020 |

Last week, WeldWerks Brewing announced that tickets for their third WeldWerks Invitational beer festival will go on sale on February 8th, 2020 at 10:00 AM MST. Despite only its third year in existence the event has already risen to become regarded as one of the country’s best beer events in terms of collective talent of both breweries and beers. In the past, breweries such as Side Project, Perennial, Moksa, 3 Sons, and more have utilized the event as a platform to showcase their best and brightest. The Invitational also brings out WeldWerks’ own rarities in their Medianoches, Pastry Stouts, and Hazy IPAs. There’s so much to look forward to at this year’s event, which will take place on June 20, 2020.

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Inside Revolution Brewing’s Barrel Program Ahead of Cuvée De Grâce & Ten Year Beer

January 22, 2020 |

From late September through the end of February Revolution Brewing’s Marty Scott has one thing on his mind – barrel-aged beer. As the brewery’s Barrel Program Lead, he’s been working with the Deep Wood Series since the first bottle … Read More

Beer School | An Overview of the Country’s Best Beer Education Programs

January 16, 2020 |

Beer School is officially in session. To ease your nerves on the first day, I’d like to remind you why you’re here – for the love of beer, of course. No matter how technical beer school can get, just keep that in mind.

Today is about answering some questions about yourself. What do you want to do with beer? Why are you here? Is this something that you’d like to use as a future fun fact about yourself during an awkward work ice breakers or would you like to use beer school as a stepping stone for your future in beer? Let’s get started.

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Rhinegeist Brewery | Calfé

January 16, 2020 |

This Calfé Milk Stout will lift your spirits and warm your bones. Brought to you by Rhinegeist Brewery, this brew is everything a milk stout should be: dark, roasty and creamy.

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Ultimate 6er | DC Comics Heroes and Villains and Craft Beer

January 15, 2020 |

From the gritty streets of Gotham to the alien world of Krypton, we decided to take a look at what the DC Comic Universe’s most renowned heroes and villains would drink after a long day (or night) of crime-fighting and chaos creating.

The main set of DC Comics characters that come to mind in a Family Feud kind of way include Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman (The Dark Knight), Bane, The Joker and his chosen Gotham City siren, Harley Quinn. Each one of these deep, complex and foreboding characters loves a good solid IPA like Eliot from Ex Novo Brewing in Portland: clean, crisp and always solid with its hop-forward citrus, resinous and dank flavors.

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