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The American Craft Beer Weekend Picks - October 4, 2013

Hey it’s Friday, the weekend‘s almost here, and now that Breaking Bad has come to its end, it’s time to get on with your life. Well good, because we’ve got some fun ideas for you. From the nation’s coolest beer festivals to movies, music, and cutting-edge TV – we’ve got your back big-time! And we’ve got another one of our weekend beer picks for you – so you’ll want to check that out too. So welcome to this week’s edition of our awesome Weekend Picks.

OCTOBER 4, 2013

A Midwest Beercation for the Books

With summer coming to an end, the window for road trips in 2013 is rapidly closing. Luckily, I was able to take an epic road trip from Michigan back to Colorado, visiting five breweries along the way.


If You Pour It, They Will Come

As the old adage goes, "If you want to be good, you need to fit in. If you want to be different, you better be great." Tom Powers, the owner of Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA, set out to take the road less traveled and in a sea of fizzy yellow macro lager, decided to shed the chains of normality and open a "no crap on tap" craft beer-focused bar in the South Shore of Massachusetts. 

"I refuse to lie to children... I refuse to cater to the bullshit of innocence."
- Maurice Sendak - Author

Newbies - New Releases to Look Out For - October 3, 2013

So many beers, So little time…With so many craft breweries, releasing so many beers, we thought it might help to provide a weekly update on all the new beers that are hitting the streets…So welcome to this week’s edition of Newbies – your guide to great new craft beer releases!  

OCTOBER 3, 2013

An Epic Zwanze Day Hang with Jester King’s Jeff Stuffings

Since 2008, Brasserie Cantillon in Belgium has released a rare beer that is sent to very select locations throughout the world to be tapped simultaneously, and that day has been known as Zwanze Day. The word “zwanze” has its roots in the region’s Flemish dialect and actually has its origins in Yiddish. It essentially references a sharp-edged (yet good-natured) type of self-deprecating humor that is considered by some to be a defining trait of the Flemish people, and for some, a way of life. A “zwanze” is a joke, a “zwanzer” a joker. And if zwanze refers to a joking way of life and a zwanzer is a joker, then there was no better place to enjoy a Zwanze Day beer than at Austin’s Jester King Brewery.


The American Craft Beer Rumor Mill - October 2, 2013

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

Hey it’s Wednesday and even though the government’s shut down, nothing stops the ACB Rumor Mill. Cider seems to be making a comeback, and a few states will be reaping the benefits. We’ll be bringing you what we know so far. Plus we’ve got important government shutdown updates from Flying Dog’s Director of Communications, Erin Weston, and some good news for fans of the Harry Potter franchise. We’ve also got a special new Rumor Mill release that you’ll want to chase down. So fasten your seat belts…THIS WEEK’S RUMOR MILL IS ON!

OCTOBER 2, 2013

What I Did on My Summer Vacation Part 2: Minneapolis and Denver

For some, travel is a mundane activity done to appease one’s masters at the office; for others, travel is purely about rest, relaxation, and escape. My kind of travel allots time to seek out the best malty refreshment and culinary delights each area has to offer. Having nearly 70 craft brewers in my Portland backyard never deters me from conquering new terrain, making my visit to Minneapolis and Denver over 10 days a delicious detour.


American Craft Brewers Bring Out the Long Knives to Carve Out A Win!

Okay, maybe we are being overly dramatic – but we don’t think so. What’s really happening is less of a turf war and more of a pumpkin-carving contest for charity, and some of the country’s better-known craft breweries will be participating. The New Belgium crew initiated the challenge, inviting their peers to put their carving knives to their pumpkins for bragging rights and a chance to have $5,000 donated to their favorite charity. Unfortunately, even good things can turn ugly – and knowing the parties involved here – we worry.

OCTOBER 1, 2013

Rate My Pumpkins: An Epic Take on Seasonal Creep

It starts off slow – a few days below 75, a scattering of orange leaves. Then Starbucks releases its pumpkin spice latte and all hell breaks loose. Suddenly, the orange is inescapable. Some people put up a perfunctory fight, lamenting the loss of summer, while craft brewers are wrestling with the ultimate question: to pumpkin, or not to pumpkin?

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