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Why do I drink craft beer?

This is a comment that happens way too often. “Why do you drink that frou-frou stuff? Why can’t you drink normal beer?”  Well, because I don’t like the taste of corn in my beer for a start. Historically beer contained

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Brewery tour: Back40 in Gadsden

Where: Back Forty Beer C0, 200 North 6th Street, Gadsden, AL, (256) 467-4912. How to find them: if your GPS gets confused like mine did, head to Blackstone Pub and Eatery on Broad Street, turn right onto 6th St and as

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Curry and beer

Although many people find it strange to pair anything other than a traditional lager/pilsner with a curry, there are many different options available to the more adventurous. Just remember: making the wrong choice won’t lead to disaster! (They lead to

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Straight to Ale Intimidator Doppelbock

9% ABV Poured from: bomber Appearance: cloudy brown with deep ruby highlights, thin effervescent head. A very attractive pour. Aroma: A light sweetness underlies a gentle hop aroma. It wouldn’t surprise me if STA used Noble Hops in their recipe,

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Video review: Beer Engineers Peanut Butter Porter

Video review of BE Peanut Butter Porter Changing things up a bit by doing a thoroughly irreverent video review with my buddy Joseph Baker wherein we touch on a little of the BS that breweries go through to get their

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Pairing beer and cheese

I love being asked unexpected questions about pairing beer and food, so when I got a request from a distributor to put together some pairings for a segment on a local TV station (ABC 33/40) I jumped at the challenge:

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Straight To Ale Laika Imperial Stout

Straight To Ale Laika Imperial Stout 9.75% ABV Poured from: bomber Appearance: jet black. Motor oil and used molasses. Thin off-brown head. Occasional sound of photons dying in agony as they hit the surface of the beer. Smell: very complex.

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Patriot Joe’s Ale

Currently Alabama has only one brewpub. This should change rapidly in coming years, but being the only one at present has put Patriot Joe’s into the spotlight. Introduction Heroes Grill – the restaurant that houses PJ’s – is a rather

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Breweries making a difference

Avondale Brewing, in Birmingham, has already transformed its neighborhood. First they converted an old firehouse to become their brewery and taproom, and then they offered 6 months of free rent to a local business which would both complement and augment

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Beer float

I thoroughly enjoy making people feel confused about beer.  There are so many preconceptions about beer caused by the advertising for mass brands that saying two words – “beer float?” – makes people come to a shuddering halt. Their confusion

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