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Heads, Hearts and Tails

Heads, Hearts and Tails

One of the more grotesque, though unsurprising set of numbers I learned recently is that more than three fourths of all spirits made in the United States is owned by round about, oh, four or five liquor companies. I’m one ...

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The 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

The 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

My, how quickly the years full of beer pass. The season turns from wheat drinking to winter warmers and in the blink of an eye, it is gift giving time. But not to stress, our brew-loving elves have done the ...

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Christmas Beers: Saints, Vikings, and Stella?

Christmas Beers: Saints, Vikings, and Stella?

Ah, the Christmas holidays…at this darkest time of the year, no beer goes better with the season than a crisp, golden lager. Wait, what? If you usually associate darker or perhaps spicier beers with winter, you’re not alone, but the ...

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Fergie: Philly’s Favorite Publican

Fergie: Philly’s Favorite Publican

Of all the flattering things Philly’s well-regulated militia of brew geeks, bartenders, pint-pourers-turned-proprietors and plain old over-drinkers tend to share about Fergus Carey, this is by far the most common. Local legend dictates that the man known to the beer-drinking ...

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Viva La Fungi

Viva La Fungi

When most people discuss beer, they speak of its flavor, color, hop aroma, alcohol content, and style in which it was brewed but rarely do they ever discuss one of the most critical ingredients of beer. This ingredient is arguably ...

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Honing Their Craft

Honing Their Craft

Through time, craftsman (and women) from all across the globe have united to form guilds and other trade groups to help advance their various causes. Craft beer is no exception. With craft beer growing by leaps and bounds, production breweries, ...

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The Unique Michael Jackson

The Unique Michael Jackson

“Watch how you use the word unique,” he cautioned. “Something cannot be pretty unique, or fairly unique.” As my personal inspiration, Michael Jackson freely shared sound bites concerning mortal sins he commonly observed in blogs and publications.

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Philly in Belgium

Philly in Belgium

When Philly visits Belgium, many potential stories come out of such a trip: the big, cold box; don’t tell anyone I ate that; 30 Dutch beers on tap, each one a mystery; no, that is not normal; the search for ...

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Session Sanity

Session Sanity

American craft brewing has been on a bit of a binge over the past fifteen years.

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The 2012 Best of the Philly Beer Scene

The 2012 Best of the Philly Beer Scene

In early February, a comprehensive nomination survey went out to many of the industry professionals throughout the Philly beer scene to get their thoughts on who should be on the final ballot to be voted on as a Best of ...

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