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Beck Shines at McMenamin’s Edgefield

Beck Shines at McMenamin’s Edgefield
Courtesy of Kink 101.9

If there’s such a thing as heaven on earth, it could quite possibly be the 74-acre piece of land known as Edgefield. Built in 1911 as the county poor house, it’s now one of the world’s most impressive pour houses, thanks to the ingenuity, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit of local brewers McMenamin’s. Briefly set aside the fact that this wonderland features a brewery, winery, distillery, an 18-hole golf course, multiple bars and restaurants, plus the 100-room hotel and spa. Then simply buy a ticket for one of the most eclectic and influential singer-songwriter-rappers of the last 30 years and pick your favorite beer. Yes… heaven.


The American Craft Beer Labor Day Weekend Picks - August 29, 2014


Hey it’s Friday and it’s Labor Day Weekend already. It’s time to shut down and bring on the fun. Well good, because we’re all about it and we’ve got all kinds of awesome ideas for you. From the nation’s coolest beer festivals to movies, music, and Labor Day doings – we’ve got your back big-time. We’ve also a Labor Day Beer Pick for you too, because we know you’ll be drinking.

So welcome to our awesome Labor Day Weekend Picks…


AUGUST 29, 2014

Hop Harvest Time At Elk Mountain

It was raining lightly when I awoke at dawn, and the soft echoing sounds it made falling on my tent was awesome. It was day two of my trip to the Elk Mountain Hop Farm, and I hurriedly readied myself for what would be a full day exploring the farm and learning the whole hop harvesting process courtesy of the Goose Island and Anheuser-Busch crews.



Newbies - New Releases That You Want to Look Out For

Spiced Pear Ale / Venn / 2014 Velvet Merkin and more!

So many beers, So little timeNinkasi Brewing will soon be releasing the latest edition to their brilliant Prismatic Lager Series. We’ve more on that for you, plus other cool new releases from Flying Dog and Zipline Brewing that you‘ll want to get your hands on.

 |  AUGUST 28, 2014

Glamping With Goose Island

I was invited out to Idaho last week to hang out with Goose Island and Anheuser-Busch and to tour Elk Mountain Hop Farm – a truly amazing place in a spectacular mountain setting. It was a full day of learning the ins and outs of the hop-farming process and two fun nights around campfires, drinking great beer late into the evening with brewers, beer-savants, and hop warriors…



The American Craft Beer Rumor Mill - August 27, 2014

This week's guide to Craft Beer News, Gossip and Innuendo

Hey it’s Wednesday and that means it’s Rumor Mill Time….The NBWA and the Brewers Association have released a list of some of this county’s best craft beer distributors and one of them will be honored at this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver. We’ll get into that and on to other things that are breaking right now in the world of craft beer. Plus we’ve an all-important update on what we’ve been drinking lately.

We don’t sleep so you can….THIS WEEK’S RUMOR MILL IS ON!

AUGUST 27, 2014

Unearthing The Craft – The Granite State Has A New Hot Commodity

It must be hard to be sandwiched between two brewing titans like Vermont and Maine. New Hampshire is as tried and true, dyed-in-the-wool New England as it gets (the state’s motto is Live Free Or Die after all), but the Granite State’s brewing industry has miles to go before it sleeps. New Hampshire may be late in the brewing game, but its will is strong, and breweries are opening across the region. The road is long and winding and not without its missteps and sprained ankles, but the horizon looks promising with what’s bubbling in the 603.


Newbies - New Releases That You Want to Look Out For

Alaskan Pumpkin Porter / Terra Incognita / Stone Enjoy By 09.20.14 and more!

So many beers, So little timeSierra Nevada and Boulevard Brewing Company are rolling out round three of their ever-evolving collaboration. We’ve that story for you plus other cool new releases from Gordon Biersch and Alaskan Brewing that you‘ll want to get your sweaty little hands on.

 |  AUGUST 26, 2014

Diamond Knot – Summer is in Session

It’s summer! For those under 21, that means summer camp. For diehard homebrewers and devout bloggers, that might mean Beer Camp (looking at you, Sierra Nevada and Baird Brewing!). However, for everyone else, summer is the season of choice for outdoor revelry at any number of beer festivals around the world.


The American Craft Beer Quick Hits - August 25, 2014

5 Craft Beer Happenings That You Need To Know About!

We blame the industry for this… It used to be that when we wrapped up our Weekend Picks on Friday, we could coast through the weekend. There was little need to check in for updates –things were pretty much done. But clearly all that’s changed.

So here’s some of what’s happened in the world of craft beer while you were off enjoying yourselves.

AUGUST 25, 2014
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