gabf2014The world’s largest beer festival has come to an end and thousands of beer drinkers are suffering through what may be their crappiest work week of the year. It’s well worth it though.

Me? I had a blast.

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Sanke vs. Corny Kegs – what are the differences? How do these kegs work? I answer these in the video above.

If you’re thinking about building a kegerator, make sure to check out my keezer build.

Leave a comment below if you found the video helpful. Cheers!

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Pilsner Blind Tasting

by Billy Broas

Let’s stop and take a second to appreciate the wave of great pilsners coming to market. Not too long ago a tasting of this caliber wouldn’t be possible. We’d have Pilsner Urquell, Bitburger..and..umm…some other others? We’ve come a long ways. In the picture below you can see a few classic German & Czech pilsners next […]

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beercamp across america
Sierra Nevada has hosted Beer Camp for a few years now. It’s a beer lover’s dream come true. You get a VIP tour of the brewery, the chance to brew a batch of beer at their facility, and your beer gets packaged up and distributed. Yes, you can buy your own beer at the store.

But attending Beer Camp isn’t easy. It’s usually invitation-only unless you join the occasional contest where you must submit a video entry pleading your case to attend.

I’ve never been invited (tear…) and I’ve never submitted a video (lazy…) so I was pretty pumped when I heard that Beer Camp was hitting the road for a seven-city tour. Fortunately Denver made the cut.

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How to Ship Beer

by Billy Broas

Click through to the post to watch the video on shipping beer.


Have you ever wanted to ship beer to someone? You might be surprised how common beer trading and beer shipping really is. To make sure your package arrives at its destination in one piece, however, you need to make sure you properly pack your beer to ship.

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Miracle Frooties Beer TastingI had a surprise for Chris and Jeremy at the end of our Old Crustacean Vertical Tasting.

They were going to join me in a “flavor tripping” party. That’s right – we were going to pop some Miracle Frooties.

No, we weren’t about to put on house music and break out the glow sticks. Miracle Frooties turn bitter & sour foods sweet. They are capsules made from Miracle Fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) which is grown in West Africa.

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Rogue Old Crustacean Vertical Tasting
Every beer geek should do a vertical tasting at some point. A vertical tasting is when you try the same beer of different ages. It’s very popular in the wine world where different vintages are tasting in one sitting.

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To insulate or not? That is the question when building a keezer.

(Note: The link above goes to the home base for all keezer posts. If you’re new to this series, start there.)

For the longest time my wooden keezer collar remained uninsulated. I’m often asked why. Maybe some expect an intelligent answer, but I don’t have one. The real reason I haven’t insulated it?

I’m lazy.

Not just that, but it hasn’t been a high priority for me. Certain projects I get to the “good enough” stage and move on. This has been one of those. The estimated electricity use on my chest freezer is $27 per year. Obviously that changes when you add a wooden collar. On the flip side, the normal operating temperature is less than 0°F and I’m running it at 35-45°F.

The point being, at a few bucks per month I don’t have a large incentive to improve the electricity use. The bigger motivator is to save the chest freezer’s compressor by reducing how often it turns on/off. On that front, I’ve been very happy with how infrequently the compressor turns on.

That’s my case for not insulating. HOWEVER…..

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Fruit used to be the red-headed stepchild of beer ingredients.

Poor fruit. On its own it’s beloved. Quick, choose! Strawberries or broccoli? Easy choice. Screw you broccoli.

But put fruit in beer and it suddenly becomes a lower valued product. Beer snobs look down their nose at it, like when people add an orange to their witbier (btw screw you too beer snobs). Your buddies tell you “it’s for girls.”

In the past few years though fruit has redeemed itself. The main reason? Sour beers. Finally fruit has a home in beer. In a “clean” beer fruit turns it into some sort of juice. Or so they say.

In a sour beer however, it adds complexity and intriguing new flavors as the wild yeast and bacteria get their hands on it. The Belgian lambic brewers have known this for eons, but it’s a relatively recent trend in the States.

In this post I’m not going to take the easy way out and name 5 sour beers that use fruit. Nope. I’m proud to say that I enjoy clean fruit beers. Sure some taste like juicy juice, but if you look hard enough you’ll find some excellent ones that are neither sour nor juice-like.

Here are 5 to try:

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weihenstephanOn last year’s beer trip to Munich, one thing I didn’t get to do which I was kinda bummed about was visiting Weihenstephan, the famous Bavarian brewery in Freising, Germany.

Their Hefeweissbier is one of my all-time favorite brews and as the world’s oldest brewery they command enormous respect in the industry.

So when I booked our trip to Italy this year I was pumped to see that we had a 5 hour layover in Munich on the flight back. Interesting….

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