And…put those votes in today!

You could win this fancy shmancy kegerator – and raise some money for charity, to boot!

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DRAFT Beer Bracket Contest 2012

Voting starts tomorrow!  Winner gets a kegerator and $1000 toward their charity of choice.

(courtesy of Draftmag.com)

Nitro Milk Stout is Everywhere!

For those of you who love Left Hand’s Nitro Milk Stout, out of Longmont Colorado, this tasty brew is making the rounds from here to NYC and some major places in between with scheduled promotional tastings.  Now you can save the $10 – and the guilt of lying to the post office about trying to mail beer, and tell your distant friends and family where they can go to try it themselves.  For a full list of dates and locations, go to Left Hand’s website or check out their blog.

Passport: Deviant Dale’s IPA

Today, I’m starting a new series called “Beer Passport”.  It will basically contain the brief bit of information I find most pertinent to the beers I try – and maybe even a few oldies, but goodies.  Maybe even a few stinkers too, just to prove I don’t like everything I try 😉

I hope it’s enjoyable – or at least visually acceptable, because I probably spent way too much time photoshopping a fake passport template.  Cheers!

Passport: Deviant Dale's IPA

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John Hickenloop: Brewer’s Champion…and Future VP?

John Hickenloop, the current Governor of Colorado and a founding member of Wynkoop Brewing Co. in Denver, CO, has made huge contributions both to the brewing industry and to the city of Denver’s LoDo (lower downtown) region.  Word has it that he may be a candidate for the next vice presidency.  Once politicians start buying us beer to vote for them, I’ll take it a bit more seriously.  Hmmm… did I just come up with the best campaign idea since pre-prohibition?

Anyway, here’s a quirky little slideshow outlining how he got to where he is today.

And just for good measure, here’s a separate article by the NY Times about how awesome the Denver craft brewing scene has become – no doubt, due in large to the early efforts of Hickenloop.

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Twisted Pine Sacred Spice Chai Porter debuts Saturday | Beerpulse.com

New and delicious-sounding beer from Boulder, CO’s Twisted Pine.  Check out the link for more information.  I want!

Twisted Pine Sacred Spice Chai Porter debuts Saturday | Beerpulse.com.

Beyond TODAY: Why Craft Beer is Better for You Than Milk

Sometimes it’s good to be lactose intolerant.

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Beyond TODAY is an extension of our weekly column for the TODAY Show food blog. Here we’ll look at the same subject from another angle, which will likely be far geekier. This edition is from the archives, all about the nutritional goodness in craft beer.  Click here to see our latest TODAY Show post.

About a year ago, I ran across the work of Clyde Soles, who is a photographer, author, mountain climber and a fella who generally feasts on life.   He has literally written the book on how to train to be your best at the grueling sport of mountain climbing.

A big part of this is nutrition – fueling your body for success.  Many dedicated athletes are nuts about nutrition, as they only want to fill their body with the things that will help them achieve their goals.  In his research on sports nutrition, Clyde came to…

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How to Make Beer (Cheaply, Simply): Step-By-Step Guide – Popular Mechanics

With spring around the corner, it’s a great time to start thinking about making your own ales, as temperatures should start steadying and storage conditions become more favorable.

If you love beer, are moderately ambitious, and have some free time to spend on a truly rewarding project, give this a shot.  There are various ways to go about homebrewing, but I believe this method is about as genuine as it gets.  Keep in mind, it is the recipe for a Belgian wheat, so before embarking on anything – consult your recipe and gather materials accordingly.

How to Make Beer (Cheaply, Simply): Step-By-Step Guide – Popular Mechanics.

If you’re not quite as ambitious, or perhaps slightly nervous about your first attempt, try a Mr. Beer Kit.  If you’re near Loveland or Fort Collins, I sell these where I work for pretty cheap!  (World Beverage)

My first homebrew

J. Wilson Wins Wynkoop Brewing Co.’s 2012 Beerdrinker Of The Year

Wynkoop Brewing Co., Colorado’s first brewpub out of Denver anoints J. Wilson “Beerdrinker Of The Year”.  Upon discovering that such a title existed, a void was immediately created in my soul.  Read on:

All About Beer Magazine » J. Wilson Wins Wynkoop Brewing Co.’s 2012 Beerdrinker Of The Year.

Will Starbucks Do for Craft Beer What it Did for Gourmet Coffee?

Oh, please no!

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It’s fun to bash Starbucks as a symbol of yuppiedom and paying too much for something that you can get for less down the street, but there’s little denying that they put gourmet coffee on the map in America.

Look no further than the grocery store, typically the last place that latches onto a trend. Before Starbucks, the selection in the coffee aisle was pretty pedestrian.  Now the Starbucks-propelled enthusiasm for high-grade jet fuel has trickled down to my local Stop n’ Shop, where I can (thankfully) get a bag of Peet’s Major Dickason’s blend any time I want.  A few years ago, I would’ve had to fly to San Francisco to get my hands on any.  That’s progress in my book.

In 2010, Starbucks began to play with the idea of serving craft beer and wine.  They started out in Seattle, expanded to Portland (where practically everything but the…

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