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Falling Out Of Love With Craft Beer

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Falling Out Of Love With Craft Beer

     By Guest Blogger Josh Hall This is a Guest Post, the content posted does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Pints Templars blog or its parent company. I’m falling out of love with craft beer. That’s a terrible thing for a beer writer and someone that is currently trying to open a brewery to say, but it’s true.  The industry has changed tremendously in the two years I have been writing about it. There used to be a brotherhood, a bond forged over beer.  Brand loyalty is out of control. If you don’t like so and so’s beer you...

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Craft Beer Budget

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By Staff Blogger Ryan Hieronymus As a beer enthusiast it’s fun, almost a mission, to try as many new breweries and beers as possible. With the number of breweries growing around the country it’s nearly impossible to try them all. Beer trades and tasting parties are a great way to sample a variety of offerings, but beyond location and availability another limiting factor is money. Over the last week or so I made an attempt to hit up a few new places. Some of the spots were found due to excursions in the city to previously unexplored neighborhoods and others,...

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Are Board Games The hottest new trend in Craft Beer?

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Are Board Games The hottest new trend in Craft Beer?

By Pints Templars Founder JP Perkins Cover Image by JP Perkins   Ah! Board Games.  That staple of an 80's/90's childhood.  As far back as I can remember my family held weekly board game extravaganzas.  Every Sunday Afternoon we would gather around the dining room table, pizza and root beer at the ready, waiting in anticipation for the games to begin.  Friends and family would arrive, drinks and strategies in hand, each searching for glory, like champions descending on the arena of battle.  We played well into the night, struggling against one another, in epic contests that sometimes lasted days.  Those were the...

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The Shootout!

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The Shootout!

By Staff Blogger Tom Cramer   Disclaimer: this post has nothing to do with cowboys, gangsters or bank robbers.   The Chicago Beer Society holds one of my favorite craft beer events of the year: the Brewpub Shootout. Chicago area brewers go head to head in a beer and food pairing competition, and prizes are awarded for best beer, best food and best pairing. In my opinion, everyone who attends this event wins. It’s glorious.   Image: Chicago Beer Society This year the event was held at Baderbräu, which I had never been to before.                    ...

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Shares, Cellars, Whales, and Snobs

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Shares, Cellars, Whales, and Snobs

By Staff Blogger Tom Cramer Images By Tom Cramer A lot of what I discuss in this piece is old news to many long-time craft beer enthusiasts, but for the benefit of those who may relatively new to craft (which we should always encourage) there are some explanations of some common terms. Long before I ever got into craft beer, beer was pretty simple. It was either: Go to bar – drink beer. Or Go to liquor store – buy beer - go home - drink beer. In fact, that formula held true for a long time even after I...

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