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Dovetail Brewery Tour

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Dovetail Brewery Tour

By Staff Blogger Ryan Hieronymus   Let me start by saying if you don’t like lagers I blame the macro beer industry of the US. Their desire to serve all parts of the country relegated us to tasteless versions of what used to be considered beer. While lagers aren’t my main attraction to beer, it’s mainly because they are done so poorly in the US. I had the pleasure of taking the brewery tour at Dovetail Brewery recently. I’m lucky to have about 8 local breweries within walking distance, but hadn’t spent much time at Dovetail, which is the newest...

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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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Brewer For A Day With Mark At Destihl

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Brewer For A Day With Mark At Destihl

By Staff Blogger Ryan Hieronymus  When I was a kid playing baseball in little league, I dreamed of playing in the majors.  It’s not an uncommon dream and there are plenty of camps aimed at giving me, and every other person who had big league dreams, a chance to get on the field. As a homebrewer, the big league dream come true is the chance to brew on a professional rig.  It’s a great opportunity to get a little bit of the experience of someone who gets paid to make beer.  I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to...

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Beer & History: The Public House in America

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Beer & History: The Public House in America

By Staff Blogger Ryan Hieronymus     While the pubs of today don’t hold the same significance as in Colonial times, the importance of the tavern in American history can’t be overlooked.  The idea of the public house was brought to America from Europe as the settlers arrived, but as we’ve done with other traditions it became distinctly American overtime.  “The taverns also gave us our current cup and spoon measuring system. Europeans favored scales, but Americans, even then, always eager to get back to work and therefore in a hurry, demanded faster service. So the innkeepers resorted to measuring...

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BASEBALL AND BEER

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BASEBALL AND BEER

By Staff Blogger Ryan Hieronymus Spring Training isn't quite here yet, but that hasn't stopped me from thinking about baseball.  I've been following the trades and am looking forward to opening day. Maybe a little more so this year, to see what the Cubs do next.  I always get excited about the approaching season. Living in Florida for over a decade, Spring Training was a very approachable way to start getting my baseball as early as possible. Since the Cubs practice in Arizona I found other teams and players to follow during the Spring.  Just being at the ball park,...

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