SOB Beer Blog
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12.06.2013 12:17 PM
Where can you…
Start your day with a piping hot cup of coffee “on the house”…
Drink five cans of beer and smoke on the job…
Get a free hot lunch on your break…
Work just 6 hours…
AND walk away with $13 in your pocket?
11.29.2013 16:57 PM
Generally speaking, the craft beer industry is a surprisingly friendly one. There seems to be no such thing as rivals, as brewers help one another procure equipment, bottle their beers, expand their offerings and solicit new customers. People who are drinking craft beer are a good thing. It’s not like cigarettes, where people choose one brand and stick to it. Craft beer drinkers are more likely to experiment and try new things.
Yet, there is a bit of hostility toward the macro guys like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors who are getting craftier by the day, trying new tricks to peddle their swill to the masses, all in the name of “craft beer.” These big guys are also making plays to snap up small craft brewing operations to capture a share of the burgeoning microbrew market. So that brings us to the question: what really constitutes as “craft brew” anyway?
11.27.2013 17:00 PM
Tomorrow’s the big day… where we stuff our gullets with food until we fall into a coma. Santa Claus himself would envy many of our bird bellies after this fine feast. Before all of this goes down, you’ll have plenty of time for socializing and chasing your morning coffee with an honest early afternoon brew.
But how does one choose? It’s not as easy as deciding, “Hmm, do I want white or red wine?” Besides, there are so many damn flavors on the plate that it’s a fool’s errand to pair each dish with its own beer like you’re some sort of tasting dinner guru. Fortunately, you CAN buy single bottles of beer and do your best to mix and match styles you find most palatable. Here are a few general tips for selecting beers that won’t disappoint.
11.26.2013 15:24 PM
You may not have heard of RJ Rockers Brewing Company before, but they’ve been a staple of Spartanburg, South Carolina since 1997. After serving in the Gulf War, New Jersey native Mark Johnsen spent a bit of time in Germany, where he learned how to brew from the masters. He opened his brewery in America before “handcrafted microbrews” became a thing.
Today, their top beers are Black Perle, a black IPA hopbomb with notes of chocolate malt and roast, and Son of a Peach, an award-winning wheat ale made with real peaches. One thing you’ll notice is that RJ Rockers has a lot of great dogs on the brewing staff. (Is that the secret to success?) We spoke with head brewer / owner / founder Mark Johnsen to learn more about his brewing operation.
11.25.2013 14:14 PM
Barrel-aged beers are a brewer’s passion. It takes a considerable investment in both time and space to create these brews, but the flavors are some of the most coveted among craft beer connoisseurs. “You don’t have to sit there and pick out the subtle nuances,” explains Chris Quinn, owner of The Beer Temple in Avondale, Illinois. “It kind of smacks you in the face with flavor.” Over time, these hearty ales or stouts pick up barrel characteristics like booziness, charred oak, cherry and vanilla. Barrel-aged brew isn’t a good choice for mass consumption on a hot summer day or tailgate parties, but it’s definitely something we like to break out, sip and savor following a Thanksgiving feast.
11.22.2013 12:17 PM
Researchers have embedded themselves into the college party scene to get an idea of how much people are drinking at parties – and why. “Most studies use survey methods that require people to recall their drinking behavior – days, weeks, or months prior,” says lead researcher J.D. Clapp, “but such recall is not always accurate. By going out into the field and doing observations and surveys, including breath tests for alcohol concentrations, we were able to mitigate many of the problems associated with recall of behavior and complex settings." For the study, Clapp and colleagues looked at 1,304 subjects at 66 college parties near the University of Southern California. A few of their discoveries may surprise you.
11.21.2013 12:14 PM
Few could argue that the great lakes state of Michigan is a Mecca for quality American craft brew. Michigan is home to recognizable beer brewers like Arcadia, Atwater, Bell’s, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, and New Holland. In fact, the state ranks #5 in the number of beer producers, with more than 80 breweries. Consumer appetite for locally produced microbrews is ravenous. Fifty percent of the beer purchased across the state is made right here in Michigan. Total sales of Michigan craft beer in local supermarkets has more than doubled – from $11.2 to $22 million -- over the last five years. After Grand Rapids was voted “Beer City U.S.A” for the second straight year, local residents are beginning to see the fruits of their labor in the state’s great craft beer revolution.
11.20.2013 10:47 AM
We daydream of many concoctions, but never has a brewer so closely imagined all of our favorite things into one pint as the genius [Executive Chef Joel Pena] who discovered the BEER BACON MILKSHAKE. Find out what it is and how to indulge your wildest bacon beer fantasies here at SaveOnBrew.
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