The Great Taste of the Midwest Beer Festival

In 2012, we put together a post that we thought would have the bar crowd excited, especially the beer drinkers. Much to our chagrin, the World’s Top 15 Beer Festivals was met with more disdain than adoration.

It seems in our quest to find the World’s Top Beer festivals we overlooked many of the smaller craft brew festivals, which of course upset beer connoisseurs from around the web and all over the globe. Just take a look at the comments on reddit. Yikes! Well lesson learned.

One common complaint found in many of the comments, hate-mails, and death threats (okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit about the last one) was our lack of including, or even mentioning, the Great Taste of the Midwest.

We wanted to see what the fuss was all about, so last summer we packed up the BarWhiz van and took a road trip out to Madison, Wisconsin to attend this much lamented beer festival.

Occurring on the second Saturday of every August, 6,000 Wisconsinites converge on beautiful Olin-Turville Park to sample the 600+ offerings of over one hundred brewpubs and microbreweries from all over the Midwest.

It’s not just about drinking at the Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival. Beer education is also a big part as well. From cooking with beer, to beer pairing, and everything in between, the presentation pavilion is the place to be to get your beer education on. With most sessions capping the limit at 100 people it can be hard to get a seat, so arrive early if you want to join in on the fun.

So yes, we now agree with all the seasoned beer festivalgoers, the Great Taste of the Midwest definitely needs to be included in the list of the World’s Top Beer festivals. If you want to check it out for yourself, the 2013 Great Taste of the Midwest is on Saturday, August 10, 2013.

For more information visit their website: www.mhtg.org.

***Update***
Unfortunately, by the time this post was ready for live submission the 2013 Great Taste of the Midwest was already sold out. To commiserate your loss we’ve decided to share with you some pictures of the 2012 festival:

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Most Popular Drinks For Camping

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#1 – Beer

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Beer goes with camping like peanut butter goes with jelly. So it’s no wonder that beer has taken the #1 spot for most popular drinks for camping. If you are car camping you can bring everything from a case of bottles to a beer keg with you. However, if you decide to do some real camping, you know like where you hike into the woods, or paddle upstream in a canoe, you will want to bring something that is a little easier to transport, like cans.

Typically 1 litre of booze will add an additional 1-pound to the overall weight of your backpack. Since everything you bring in you must also be brought out, you may find these tips to lightening your load for getting loaded very helpful:

Leave the cooler at home.
Coolers are not only unnecessary, but they can also be extremely heavy. Thankfully the great outdoors offers many ingenious ways to chill your suds:

Cooling beer bottles in a river
Place your beer in a body of water. Find a place where the current won’t carry them away and your beverages will stay cold all day.

Using a red sock as a beer koozie
If there is no body of water around you could always use a sock. Simply wet a clean sock and put your beer inside. Hang the sock from a tree and as the water evaporates the heat will be drawn away from the beer, which in turn will cool it down.

Mix your own beer.
Powdered beer by Pat’s Backcountry Beverages
If you really want to save some room in your pack, you can always mix your own beer with Pat’s Backcountry Beverages (www.patsbcb.com/beer-concentrate). This powdered beer is light and easy to carry. All you need is a carbonating water bottle and some water. In no time you’ll be enjoying some freshly mixed brews.

#2 – Whiskey, Scotch and Rye

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It can get cold out there in the wilderness. That’s why every camper, from the hiker to the car camper, should carry along a trusty flask of some firewater. A few sips of some good whiskey, scotch or rye and your blood will be sufficiently warmed to make it through the night.

#3 – Wine

Tetra pack of French Rabbit Chardonnay
Sure you cooked your dinner over a campfire, but that doesn’t mean you can’t class up your meal with a nice Chardonnay. A fine tetra pack of wine is a must have for any camping trip. Not only are the tetra packs easy to transport, both in and out of the woods, but best of all you won’t have to use that corkscrew option on your multi-tool pocketknife.

#4 – Cocktails

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We couldn’t have a list of the best drinks for camping without including at least one cocktail recipe. And since a night around the campfire isn’t complete without having a least one round of s’mores we have come up with the S’moretini.

2 oz marshmallow vodka
1 oz chocolate liqueur
splash of half and half
chocolate syrup and graham crackers for rim
marshmallow for garnish

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into martini glass rimmed with chocolate syrup and graham cracker crumbs and garnish with roasted marshmallow.

Shot Pak's premixed cocktail selection
If making mixed drinks is not your specialty, you can always purchase premixed cocktails such as, Cosmopolitans, Mojitos and even Kamikazi’s that come packaged in lightweight plastic bags. Check out all the flavours available at Shot Pak (www.shotpakinc.com).

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Most Popular Drinks At A Music Festival


Spring has finally sprung, and with the onset of the warm weather, for those of us north of the equator, it means we can finally enjoy a cold one outdoors. From outdoor patios to backyard parties one of the best places to enjoy a refreshing ice-cold drink is at an outdoor music festival.

Before we divulge the list of the most popular drinks at a music festival we’d first like to provide you with some words of caution. There are many key elements to surviving a music festival, especially a multi-day one. Remember, it’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon. So pace yourself and above all, remember to hydrate.

The majority of music festivals have a strict no outdoor alcohol permitted policy, so unfortunately you’ll have to stick with drinking what is available. If you’re more of the unscrupulous type you can always try one of these 6 inventions to smuggle booze into festivals… but if you get caught you didn’t hear that from us. Now on with the drinks:

#1 – Beer

By far the most popular, and most accessible drink at a music festival is of course beer. Whether it comes on tap, in the bottle or in the can no music festival experience is complete with a plastic cup of frothy goodness.

#2 – Wine

For the higher classed drinker, or just those of you that don’t like a cold refreshing beer, the second most popular music festival drink is wine. If you don’t want the dreaded black-teeth of red wine, we suggest sticking with the white.

#3 – Coolers

Coolers, whether wine, vodka or some other kind of sugar laden beverage is another popular drink for many festival-goers. Even if you don’t like coolers, at any given moment you may be Bro Iced, so be prepared and be careful out there.

#4 – Cocktails

Although not the most popular drink at a music festival, they can be the most delicious, and most dangerous. If the music festival you are attending offers cocktails, make sure you following our words of caution: pace yourself and stay hydrated.

#5 – Specialty Drinks

As alluded to, you typically don’t have too many options when it comes to types of drinks you can purchase at a music festival, so sometimes you have to improvise and create your own. With a plastic glass of beer, some ice and a can of el Jimadore (or any other premixed margarita) you can make your very own Beergarita!

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Top 54 Beer Blogs

Here at BarWhiz we are not only your guides to a great night out, but we are also a pretty good resource for all things party, which of course includes beer. Although we’ve written some posts specifically about beer in the past, we are by no means experts on the subject. So where do we get our information from? By turning to those in the industry, from craft brewers, beer connoisseurs and even beer snobs.

Today we would like to share with you a list of our most favorite Beer Blogs – from the informative to the downright ridiculous, these 54 beer bloggers really know their stuff.

If you know of any beer blogs we should add to our reading list feel free to leave a comment below. Also, if you are a beer blogger yourself, click on the image above for more information about the 2013 Beer Bloggers Conference

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So without further adieu, here are our top 54 favorite beer blogs:

#1. – 2 Beer Guys Beer Blog – USA

#2. – A Girl And Her BeerCalifornia

#3. – Aleheads – USA

#4. – Beer and Baking – USA

#5. – A Good Beer Blog – USA

#6. – BeerSmith Home Brewing Blog – USA

#7. – Hop Bunnies – USA

#8. – OC Beer Blog – USA

#9. – The Beer Here – USA

#10. – Boak and Baileys Beer BlogUnited Kingdom

#11. – Brew York – USA

#12. – The Charlotte Beer Blog – USA

#13. – Craft Beer Geek – USA

#14. – Crafty PintAustralia

#15. – Drunk and Unemployed – USA

#16. – Hail the Ale!New York

#17. – Home Brew ManualArgentina

#18. – Home BruSouth Africa

#19. – Hoppy Nomad – USA

#20. – It’s a Fucking Beer – USA

#21. – Ladies of Craft Beer – USA

#22. – The Beer ProjectNew Zealand

#23. – Portland Brewpubs – USA

#24. – Real Ale ReviewsUnited Kingdom

#25. – The Beer CastUnited Kingdom

#26. – Victory Brewing Company Blog – USA

#27. – ABREWCADABREWJapan

#28. – Beer CultureCzech Republic

#29. – I’ll Have Another Stout – USA

#30. – BeerNorwayNorway

#31. – Beer Reviews Beer BlogUnited Kingdom

#32. – Beer Reviews by Professor Sudz – USA

#33. – BetterBeerBlog – USA

#34. – BrewDogUnited Kingdom

#35. – Brewer’s Daughter – USA

#36. – Bruisin’ Ales Beer Blog – USA

#37. – Capt Keith’s Beer Blog – USA

#38. – Ding’s Beer Blog – USA

#39. – FuggledCzech Republic

#40. – Lost in the Beer Aisle – USA

#41. – Michigan Beer Blog – USA

#42. – The New School – USA

#43. – Non-Snob Beer ReviewsSan Diego, California

#44. – The Not So Professional Beer Blog – USA

#45. – The Beer Blog – USA

#46. – SOB Beer Blog – USA

#47. – Snobby BeerDayton, Ohio

#48. – Snobs of Beer – USA

#49. – The Tale of the AleIreland

#50. – The Beer Whisperers – USA

#51. – The Brew Site – USA

#52. – Thirsty Pilgrim – Costa Rica

#53. – TorontoBeerBlogToronto, Canada

#54. – Washington Beer BlogSeattle, Washington

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BarWhiz Blog Photo Compilation

And now for something completely different:

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Aww, how cute. He thinks he’s people… drunk people.

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“That many shots within shots is too unstable!”

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Gives new meaning to a 2 at 10 and a 10 at 2

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Now that is what I call a Breakfast of Champions!

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Soup of Champions!

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“You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same. You wanna be where everybody knows your name.”

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Drive-thru Margaritas. Margaritas. Drive-thru. Does no one else see what’s wrong with this picture?

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Words to live by.

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What? She’s obviously in a bar…

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Ain’t that the truth.

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I heard that Bud Light tastes like water, but this is just ridiculous.

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Gives new meaning to “Nice Jugs”.

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Those were the days.

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The SKYY is falling! The SKYY is falling!

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This is about to get a whole lot of messy

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Fun with chalk.


They need one of these day care centers in every city.


Och aye! At least it is not as bad as The Worst Toilet In Scotland.

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Who is this guy trying to kid?

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Here’s a great place to get your books.

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Ain’t that the truth.

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Most Popular Drinks To Serve At A House Party

 
Whether you are trying to save money, or are just getting tired of the club scene night after night, weekend after awesome weekend, the classic house party is always a fun and inexpensive alternative to going out.

We’ve already given you the Complete Guide For Throwing A House Party and reviewed the
Most Popular Drinking Games, so today we will provide you with the Most Popular Drinks To Serve At A House Party.

#1 – Beer

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Whether you serve it on tap, in the bottle or in the can, you can’t go wrong with having a full stock of beer at your house party. If you are throwing a kegger, always buy double the amount, especially if it is going to be a big party, because that draft beer doesn’t last long. A little trick to save some money but still look like you only buy the premium stuff is to start with a keg or two of the premium and then serve the low-grade suds once everyone is feelin’ fine.


#2 – Cocktails

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It doesn’t matter if you make them fruity or boozey, cocktails are a staple for any house party. The best way to ensure you have enough variation is to grab your standard bar well of bottles, that’s vodka, gin, whiskey and rum (white and dark if you really want to impress your guests). Grab a variety of mix, from fruit juices to soft drinks and throw in some fresh fruit for garnishes. Also, if you don’t have an ice machine at home make sure you purchase a couple of bags of ice – and it is probably not a bad idea to have a blender on hand either.


#3 – Shots & Shooters

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Another staple of the house party is shots and shooters, so make sure you add a few liqueurs to your shopping list as well. In addition to your cocktail liquors, to make some of the most popular shots and shooters you will need tequila, amaretto, goldschlager, jagermeister, sambuca, and various flavours of schnapps. However, by far the most popular shooter at any party is the famous Jell-O Shooter, so don’t forget to stock up on some J-E-LL-O.


#4 – Punch

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They say a proper punch contains at least five ingredients, one of which is sweet, one is sour, another is strong, the other is weak and the final one is spiced. You can’t go wrong with serving punch at a house party, and best of all it is a great way to serve a lot of people easily and affordably.

Since a BarWhiz drink post isn’t complete without at least one recipe, we’ll share with you our favourite punch:

Strip & Go Naked

Pink cocktails

1 case of your favourite beer
26 oz bottle of rye
26 oz bottle vodka
26 oz bottle spiced rum
8 cans of frozen pink lemonade
crushed ice

Combine all ingredients in a large vessel such as a ‘clean’ garbage can, mix well and serve in classic red cups. Stripping and going naked is optional.

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What To Do When You Have Too Many Empties

 
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Just the other day I happened to walk past the local Beer Store delivery truck and noticed their new logo, “We were green before green was cool”. I bet the hipsters just loved that one.

I know I’ve been ‘recycling’ my beer bottles, well ever since my very first beer – everyone always remembers their first. In fact, back in my first year of college, my roommate and I saved up all of our empties and cashed them in to fund a year-end kegger, but not before we first built a throne out of them. Oh college.

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So I wondered, what do others do when they have too many empties? Here are just a few examples that I found:

#1 – Beer Bottle Temple

If you have ever enjoyed a Trappist beer, then you know how much monks love their suds. Some even go so far as to say that they invented beer, but we know today that beer has a much older history than when Benedictine monks began brewing it in the 6th century. Whatever the case, this group of Buddhist monks in Khun Han, Thailand found a very creative way to use up their unwanted empties – they had over one million of them – and built the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, also known simply as the Million Beer Bottle Temple. Kinda’ puts my throne to shame.

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#2 – Beer Bottle Chandelier

Beer Bottle Chandelier

This beer bottle chandelier is a unique piece of beer bottle art that most likely graces that finest beer bottle mansions in the land. Well actually it can be found at ‘On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina’ in Los Angeles, California, but we do have a beer bottle house coming up next.

#3 – Beer Bottle House

Calico Glass House

Located in the former mining town of Calico, California, this now historical landmark ghost town is the home of the Calico Glass Bottle House. Although it was not an original structure of the mining town, it was built to show that miners typically used what they had handy to build homes in the desert. And after a hard day of mining silver, there’s nothing like knocking back a few hundred bottles of beer.

Another great find is Grandma Prisbrey’s bottle village in Simi Valley, California.
In the website it’s written “Bottle Village is a one-third acre site covered with an assemblage of shrines, wishing wells, mosaic walks, structures and follies constructed primarily from discarded glass bottles.”.
They have great photo galleries of the place, here’s a picture (click on it to see one of the photo galleries):

Beer Bottle Village

#4 – Beer Bottle Sculpture

TsingTao beer bottle statue

Located on the famous Beer Street in Qingdao, China, is a sculpture made entirely from Tsingtao beer bottles. The sculpture actually forms the character 九 that has the same pronunciation as part of the characters that make up the word beer.

#5 – Beer Bottle Lamp

The finished lamp

For those of us without the architecture background that it would take to create a beer bottle building there is always the option of making a lamp. However, it does only take one bottle, so I’m not quite sure what you’ll do with the other 23 of them… ah yes, bring them back for a refund and turn them in for more beer.

Casas de Botellas

It is not beer, but if you’ve read so far and still interested in the bottle house trend,
know that in South America there are several countries with bottle house building projects.
Check out Casas de Botellas, a project dedicated to helping the poor have a place to live by building houses made of bottles, along with other materials often referred to as garbage.

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Best Of Oktoberfest 2012

 
Oktoberfest 2012

With over 300 events planned annually, Oktoberfest is by far the largest beer festival in the world. The 2012 Oktoberfest marks the festival’s 202nd anniversary since its inception in 1810, where it originated as a celebration to mark the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

The festival typically runs from September 22nd to October 7th and can be virtually found in every corner of the world. With over 300 Oktoberfests to partake in, here at the BarWhiz Blog we didn’t have the time, or the resources, to cover them all. For that we are sorry. We did however send some of our best researchers out and have brought back photos for four of the most wunderbar Oktoberfests across the globe. Prost!

Germany

Oktoberfest 2012

This year the Munich Oktoberfest fairgrounds were one-fifth smaller, due to the inclusion of the traditional Zentral-Landwirtschaftsfest, an agricultural fair that occurs every four years during Oktoberfest. Although not a record high for the festival, 6.4 million people did attend over the 16 days and consumed a total of 6.9 million litres beer, making Munich’s Oktoberfest the largest in the world.

Here are some great shots of the festival:

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United States

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2012

The largest Oktoberfest celebration in the United States is without a doubt the Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati festival. It takes place each year along Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, and although not as old as the original, Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati has been around since 1976. This year over 500,000 people attended the festival between September 21st to the 23rd and were able to participate in such events as the World’s Largest Chicken Dance, marshalled by the Cincinnati Reds great Tom Browning, the Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Championship, and the Cincinnati.com Glockenspiel. Oh, and we can’t forget to include the annual Running of the Wieners.

Here are some pics of this year’s festival:

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Brazil

Oktoberfest-2012

Brazil is in the running for the 2nd largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany with their Oktoberfest Blumenau festival. This 18-day Oktoberfest just started this past Wednesday and we’ve already had a chance to see everything it has to offer, and more! This year the Oktoberfest celebrations have spilled out across the city and encompass more than just the traditional German Park area. Last year 564,000 people attended the festival and it is expected to surpass that this year. We can tell you, from just the first few days of the festival, we don’t see them having any problem surpassing last year’s numbers.

Here are some shots of the first few days:

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Canada

Beau's Oktoberfest 2012

Although Canada’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations take place at the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, who by the way also lay claim to the 2nd largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany, I decided to choose a smaller event. Just one hour outside of Canada’s Capital City is a little town called Vankleek Hill, who is home to one of the best independent breweries, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company. Each year Beau’s takes over the agricultural fair grounds and hosts their very own Oktoberfest. In it’s 4th year the celebration has grown from a one-day event to include an entire weekend. On Saturday alone tickets were sold out for the 5000 capacity event. From keg toss contests, to spouse carrying races, this little festival that could has everything an Oktoberfest goer needs. Need proof? Check out the following photo gallery:

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Silver Mullet or Crud Light Lyme?

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Strange Brew – 12 Strange Beer Names

 
We’re not talking about the classic Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie. These strange brews aren’t used for evil mind-control purposes, although they may alter your perception. The strange in these brews are all about the names.

With the rise in popularity of microbreweries, as well as craft and homemade brews, there are some pretty strange sounding beer names on the market. Here are just a few of them:

#1. Arrogant Bastard Ale

Produced by the Stone Brewing Company out of Escondido, California, this 7.2% abv this aggressive ale was actually banned in a few states due to its profane language.

#2. Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale

Monty Python Holy Grail Ale

This 4.7% Holy Grail of ale was brewed by the Black Sheep Brewery out of North Yorkshire, England. It was released in 1999, just in time for the 30th anniversary of Monty Python. in 1999.
Ten years later on the 40th anniversary Holy Grail is still going strong. It’s a full-flavoured hoppy golden ale with dry finish – just like their humor.

#3. Buttface Amber Ale

Buttface Amber Ale

The Big Horn Brewing Company out of Washington brews this American-style amber ale. Drink too many of these bad boys and you may end up butting your face against the wall… or worse, the floor.

#4. He’brew: The Chosen Beer

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This San Francisco brewing company, Shmaltz Brewing, brews a number of different beers under their He’brew: The Chosen Beer line. Types include Origin Pomegranate Ale, Funky Jewbelation, Messiah Nut Brown Ale, and Genesis Ale. Nothing like a cold refreshing beer with a smooth aftertaste of blasphemy.

#5. Moose Drool – Brown Ale

Moose Drool

Big Sky Brewing out of Missoula, Montana has a few interesting names for their line of beers, with the strangest by far being Moose Drool. Using four different varieties of both malts and hops, this brown ale is surprising easy drinking at 5.1% abv. But if you have too much of it, the Moose isn’t the only thing that is going to be drooling.

#6. Face Plant Winter Ale

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The Nelson Brewing Company brews this certified organic winter ale out of British Columbia, Canada. At 6.5% abv, this may be the first beer that can predict your future – after consuming too much of it that is.

#7. Hoptimus Prime – India Pale Ale

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Considered a Double IPA, Ruckus Brewing Company’s Hoptimus Prime uses five different hop varieties, and three different types of malts, which results in a very hoppy beer. Now Autobots, roll-out!

#8. Yellow Snow – India Pale Ale

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Your mother always said, ‘Don’t eat yellow snow’, but she never said anything about drinking it. Rogue Ales out of Newport, Oregon brew this IPA that is golden in color and hoppy in flavor.

#9. Moylan’s Kilt Lifter – Scotch Ale

Moylans Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale

At 8.0% abv, this scotch style ale will blow the kilt off even the most robust of beer drinkers. Produced by Moylan Brewing out of Novato, California, they suggest their Kilt Lifter is best enjoyed if you let it first warm slightly in your glass. A beer that strong, I don’t think it will have a choice.

#10. Old Leghumper

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Akron, Ohio is home to the Thirsty Dog Brewing Company who have quick an extensive selection of beers, 16 to be exact. Although the names range from Irish Setter Red to Barktoberfest (you get the theme), the strangest name bay far is their robust porter, Old Leghumper. Using two types of roasted malts, Old Leghumper is a rich porter with a chocolaty taste.

#11. Pigs Ass Porter – Porter

Harvest Moon Pigs Ass Porter

This little piggy went to the bar, and this little piggy went to a club. This little piggy picked up another little piggy and this little piggy went “wee wee wee” after drinking too much of Harvest Moon Brewing Compnay’s Pigs Ass Porter. With plenty of body, this porter is brewed with four different kinds of malts creating a creamy, smooth, slightly chocolate tasting brew that even Orwell’s Napoleon would enjoy.

#12. Polygamy Porter

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The Wasatch Brew Pub in Park City, Utah is responsible for brewing this dark, medium bodied brew with a hint of chocolate and malty flavors. At only 4.0% abv, when it comes to Polygamy Porter why just have one!

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On Tap, In The Bottle Or In The Can

 

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When it comes to the format in which you drink you beer, whether from the tap, the bottle or the can, the choice is really in the eye of the beer holder. However, some amateur beer connoisseurs swear by one form or another as being the best tasting format.

Jerry Bushon of New Belgium Brewing Co., one of the biggest microbreweries in the US, disagrees: “From a sensory perspective, there is virtually no difference in the beer. Blind tasting has shown that the beer is consistent throughout.”

We’ve decided to delve a little deeper and try to uncover once and for all which suds are the best, from the tap, the bottle or the can.

On Tap

Beer Kegs, State Fair, St. Paul, MN

When it comes to beers on tap they are typically carbonated by force injection with various levels of CO2 and sometimes nitrogen. Some beer drinkers feel this can change the taste of beer, while others prefer this format, especially from a freshly tapped keg.

Although many Brewmasters agree that the taste remains unchanged on tap we decided to investigate a little further and found some advice from a professor, specifically the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences at University of California, Charles Bamforth.

As the author of, ‘Beer Is Proof God Loves Us’, Bamforth says that when it comes to drinking beer on tap, “If the person knows what they’re doing and at the end of the day they’re cleaning the lines and then rerunning the beer through the taps to expunge any cleaning solution, it has the potential to be the best.”

The difference in taste, when drinking a beer on tap, is likely more a hygienic issue rather than a change in taste from the vessel that the beer is transported in. If you can find a bar that cleans their lines every night, than this may be the best option when it comes to drinking beer on tap.

In A Bottle

3rd February 2008 - Beer bottles

Before the beer is bottled for shipping it is usually given an extra dose of dextrose, yeast, or other forms of sugar to help create carbonation, and sometimes they are even force carbonated. Some think that this process changes the taste from its keg counterpart, however Professor Banforth’s disagrees, “If there are 50 beers on tap, what do you order? Something out of a bottle.” His reasoning being that many things can go wrong with the beer that is on tap, from staleness to bacterial infection because of unclean lines.

In The Can

Beer Can Fence

Once thought to be only good for cheap mass produced suds, cans are becoming very popular in the craft-brew circles as the vessel of choice. Not only are cans lighter and more portable than their glass counterparts, but they also offer better protection from light and oxygen, the two causes of spoiled beer.

Clearly the can may be the real winner here, but with many establishments only offering selections on tap or in the bottle what is a poor beer drinker to do?

If the bar carries many brands, some of them won’t be as popular as others. Beer that has sat around longer, especially those from a keg or bottle, will tend to loose their delicious flavours and take on a more ‘skunky’ taste.

The very first thing you should do before you place your order is ask the bartender which is the beer they sell the most. This will minimize the risk of getting a beer that has sat around for a long time. Whenever possible it is advised to drink locally and never imported. When it comes to imported beer the Professor of Beer states, “There’s an above-average chance that it has aged unprofitably. Even bottles that have traveled far are pretty much out of the question.”

Brewmasters and Professors aside, you could always follow the advise of good ole’ Hank Thompson, “On Tap, in the can or in the bottle, to me it will all taste the same.”

Author: Corey Rozon

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