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Our Take on the Lagunitas-Heineken Deal

Fuck Lagunitas.
California craft brewer Lagunitas announced last week that they agreed to sell a 50 percent stake of their company to global shit beer producer Heineken. The initial rumor floating around the interwebs pegged the moolah exchanging hands at a billion dollars.

My take? Fuck Lagunitas. I never drank their overhyped beer in the first place, and there’s even less of a reason to drink it now. The only thing that made them stand out from the …
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Golden Nugget, Toppling Goliath

Eddie gives Golden Nugget, Toppling Goliath 4 mugs.
Smell is the sense most closely tied to memory, according to science. Don’t know if you’re a science-believing type, but I do have to agree. To this day, if I smell overly ripe apples, it instantly and almost violently jerks my memory back to my childhood, where the apples falling from the ancient, gnarled Macintosh apple tree in the side yard of my parents’ house threw off heady scents of sweet apple goodness down into …
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The 50 Biggest Breweries In America in 2014

Same top 10 (13, actually) as last year.
It’s April folks and fools, and you know what that means: baseball starting up, late-season snow storms, and college semi-pro basketball teams’ unbeaten seasons coming to a glorious end. It also means it’s time again for the Brewers Association’s meaningless 50 largest breweries in America list. Not a lot here that stands out, since the top 10 (13, if you’re counting, which you aren’t) is exactly the same as last year. But take a read …
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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout, Kiuchi

Nigel gives Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout, Kiuchi 4 mugs.
Konnichiwa fellow Beer Dorks and welcome to Nigel’s first review during the 33rd Annual International Beer Month. This year’s IBM is brought to you by the guys who made that depressing Nationwide commercial that aired during the Super Bowl, so don’t expect any humor or tact.

“Nigel, why don’t you guys review more Asian breweries during International Beer Month?” asked no one ever, and that imaginary question led me to kick off a month …
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Celebrator, Ayinger

Rings gives Celebrator, Ayinger 4 mugs.
Celebrator is probably the granddaddy of all the German dopplebocks, at least in terms of U.S. awareness, and it’s one of the most awarded, winning early and often at the World Beer Championships, including Platinums in 2005 and 2007.

Celebrator is also certainly the most famous dopplebock on these shores and its bottle, with the little plastic billy goat hanging around the neck, is easily recognizable to any Beer Dork.

Ayinger Brauerei is also relatively well …
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Beating a Dead Clydesdale

We pile on with some more thoughts about an obscene amount of money spent on a dying brand.
As everyone knows, February is International Month here at, and this month I’d like to talk about the world’s most recognizable foreign-owned beer producer, AB-InBev and, more specifically, the stupid Budweiser ad they ran during last week’s Super Bowl.

I’m sure everyone is more than sick of rehashing it, so I’m not going to go into how scared and pathetic it makes the company look, or how they pissed all over some of their employees …
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Y’all Want Some Beer? Part II: Asheville

Nigel ventures South and experiences all phases of the craft beer revolution in America.
In retrospect, “swinging by” Asheville, NC on our way to Charleston, SC after three days in the Smoky Mountains was not the best of planning. Spending less than 24 hours in a city with 18 craft breweries, a thriving alternative culture, and one of America’s most famous attractions in the Biltmore Estates is much like a family with young children stopping by Disney World for an hour on their way to Miami. It’s a tease …
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