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Trading: A Tricky Question of Etiquette

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Trading: A Tricky Question of Etiquette

By Staff Blogger Tom Cramer Admittedly, I haven’t been an active trader for quite some time. A couple of years ago, I was fairly active, completing in-person trades in the Chicagoland area. I’m still a member of many local trade groups on social media, but I don’t check them often, let alone daily, like I used to. Usually I only check when one of my friends posts a new trade, and then sometimes scroll to see what’s going on in the trade world. This happened recently, and I saw someone trading bottles of the new batch of Rue d’Floyd (RDF),...

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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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Brewery Spotlight - A Visit To Jester King

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Brewery Spotlight - A Visit To Jester King

By Staff Blogger Tom Cramer Images by Tom Cramer   Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I went to Austin Texas for the first time and stayed with family. When they asked if there were any special things I wanted to see or do, a visit to Jester King Brewery was high on my list. To be honest, I’m still not a big fan of farmhouse style ales. During my time in Belgium back in the 90’s, I tried a lot of different styles, and my least favorites were saisons, bieres de garde, gueuzes and sours. Being a craft beer enthusiast, it’s...

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