Added by Heath Perkins on December 4, 2013 at 1:33pm — No Comments
Added by Heath Perkins on December 4, 2013 at 1:11pm — No Comments
We’ve all been there before. You buy a six-pack of a new brew that looks like it’ll be great, but after the first sip or two, you realize your error. Whether it’s too hoppy, too malty or just too “out there” for your particular tastes, you’re now stuck with the majority of a six-pack that you’ll never drink. And you’re out the money for the purchase, too. While that expense might not have been particularly large back when big beer dominated and you only paid $5.00 for the six-pack, now that…Continue
Added by Dustin Canestorp on December 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
A lot of people will say flat out that they don’t care what others think of them personally. Many will even do it with a sense of bravado and candor that looks like a staunch wall of self-confidence. But when you start looking closer at that wall, especially in the crevices of the bricks you’ll see that everybody on some level cares what others think of them. It isn’t a fault, it is simply being human.
Maybe you care what a specific individual thinks of you like a mother, father,…Continue
Added by Beer Army on December 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
The craft beer industry is growing, and it seems like there's nothing anyone can do about it -- especially not the massive macro brews that once dominated the U.S. beer market.
Need proof that the craft beer industry has the old guard on the backpedal? Lagunitas Brewing Co. founder Tony Magee says that proof is in the big guys' actions.
"When Budweiser announced the arrival of Budweiser American Ale ... they gave everybody who was a Budweiser drinker, or otherwise a macro beer…Continue
Added by John Swartz on November 14, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
I had my column already written out for this month and ready to post when something truly miraculous happened today. It was amazing enough for me to make the decision that I needed to rewrite it and make it the subject of this month.
Now I’m sure you are dying to know just what it is but first let me preface it by saying that Jeff hasn’t grown hair on his head or shaved his beard. Nope, nothing crazy like that. Instead it is my wife who swears by everything holy that she’ll never be a…Continue
Added by Beer Army on November 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Remember when beer tasted like, well, beer? Once upon a time, you could pop open a bottle and regardless of the brewery of origin, the contents were going to taste pretty similar. However, with the rise of the craft beer movement, beer doesn’t have to taste like beer anymore. There are some rather creative breweries out there doing some innovative, and sometimes downright strange, things with their brews. Here’s a quick rundown of the more uniquely flavored beers on the market.
Added by Dustin Canestorp on November 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
What gives one power or strength? More importantly, what gives an institution power and strength? This isn't some philosophical question that I’m trying to use for some analogous purpose, it is just that Beer Army has accomplished a lot of things and we continue to strive to do more. While I may get personal credit for it, I really didn't do anything. I simply came up with a game plan and then found others who were willing (or crazy) to come on board.
A couple of weeks ago we were…Continue
Added by Beer Army on October 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Everyone knows that a glass of red wine per day can offer some significant health benefits, but did you know that beer is at least as good for the body as fermented grape juice? In fact, some new studies indicate that it might be even better for you (in moderation, of course). If you’re a confirmed craft beer lover, you probably do love to tout the heart-health benefits of your favorite brew, but new research is showing a far broader range of advantages than was previously…Continue
Added by Dustin Canestorp on October 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
This past month has been an emotional roller coaster both personally and professionally. The whole spectrum of feelings has ebbed and flowed constantly in the cauldron of my mind. It looks like I have finally violated my New Year’s resolution (See blog post from 1 January 2013, “Life in the Fast Lane”).
I’ve tried to be logical and analyze the reason for this happening and there is no good explanation or any key issue. Instead it seems to be the timing of a bunch of little things that…Continue
Added by Beer Army on September 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
There’s a nip to the air, the leaves are changing colors, and you’re gearing up for the succession of end-of-year holidays. Whether you love the fright and fun of Halloween, the food at Thanksgiving or the family togetherness of Christmas, fall and winter offer a lot to enjoy. For the craft beer lover, the last few months of the year bring some interesting options from a lot of different breweries. If you’re gearing up for fall, make sure to check out a few of these tasty seasonal brews to…Continue
Added by Dustin Canestorp on September 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
There are two reasons beer drinkers go to that bar with 100 taphandles -- either to find that one beer they know they'll love, or they want to sample many different beers and send their taste buds on an adventure.
I'm the latter, usually.
That's not to say that I like to go to bars and only walk out after having consumed eight pints, but I certainly wish more tap rooms would embrace taster flights so I could maybe try eight different beers.…
What a huge month July was for Beer Army. The pace at which we grow continues at warp speed. It seems that I have failed in any effort to try and slow this freight train down which is ironic considering we haven’t added any new projects. It is like we have reached critical mass and we have become a self-licking ice cream cone.
One of the core tenants that I promised everybody, especially our staff was never to be content with where we are at. To continue to strive to do more in the…Continue
When you think of a beer can, chances are good you imagine the typical aluminum cylinder. It’s got a top and a bottom, straight sides and a pull-tab at the top. However, things are changing, and one of the most recognizable big breweries is leading the charge here.
Budweiser recently unveiled their newest means to catch the consumer’s eye – a bow tie shaped beer can. They’re narrow in the middle and wider at the top and bottom (really, more hourglass shaped than bow…Continue
Most craft beer drinkers want only one thing -- variety. Sure, most craft beer fans could name a brew in response to the question "if you could only drink one beer for the rest of your life, what would it be?" They'd probably just name their favorite or their go-to brew. But if actually faced with the situation, they'd likely be miserable after a few toss-back sessions.
I can't tell you how many times I've had this conversation ...
BeerFan1: "Where should we go?"…
Added by John Swartz on July 11, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
A huge thank you for the thousands of people that came out in force this past Saturday for the 4th running of the Brew Bern Beer Fest. Many of you came up to me during the festival and told me it was the best one to date. Thank you! We work very hard to put on Brew Bern, to make it special and this year was no exception.
The special factor this year was having over 20 breweries attend Brew Bern for the first time ever. This year was by far the largest and most robust beer selection we…Continue
Energy is an important consideration in the brewing process. It is needed for brewing the wort, for refrigerating the finished product, and even for moving the beer from one container to another during the brewing process. Most breweries rely on energy drawn from the local power grid for this. Some have made the transition to solar or wind power. However, Alaskan Brewing is doing something a little different. They are taking their spent grain (a byproduct at every brewery in the world) and…Continue
Added by Dustin Canestorp on July 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
WHICH ART IN BARRELS,
HALLOWED BE THY DRINK,
THY WILL BE DRUNK, I WILL BE DRUNK,
AT HOME,AS IS,IN THE TAVERN.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR FOAMY HEAD,
AND FORGIVE US OUR SPILLAGE,
AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO SPILL AGAINST US.
AND LEAD US NOT INTO INCARCERATION,
BUT DELIVER US FROM HANGOVERS.
FOR THINE IS THE BEER,THE ALE,AND THE…Continue
Added by jack elgin on June 21, 2013 at 11:51pm — No Comments
Even if it's not yours, no distance is too great to travel to see a dream come true.
How far do you live from the Beer Army Combat Brewery? I was lucky enough to visit the newest Eastern North Carolina brewery last month, and I'd wager my 2,941 miles (from San Francisco to Trenton, NC) put me about as far away as you can get in the lower 48. And it was worth every mile.
My wife and I decided to make Beer Army locations key features in our North Carolina vacation -- a pair of…Continue
Your ID and Tickets
No matter how old you look, you’re going to be “carded” to get into the brew fest. Make sure you have your ID on hand (most festivals will require your ID to provide you with a hand stamp, so you don’t have to flash your driver’s license at every booth). You should also make sure you have your tickets (most festivals offer tickets for sale well ahead of time). Don’t plan on buying tickets at the gate, as they often sell out quickly. Buy now.
Added by Dustin Canestorp on June 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments