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Barrel Aged Project 2013, No. 3: Belgian Dark Ale in Sauternes Barrels
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
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5 A.M. Saint
BrewDog
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Atomium
Brouwerij Van Steenberge
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Flensburger Gold
Flensburger Brauerei
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Vitus
Weihenstephan
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Sunspot
Greenbush Brewing
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The 50 Biggest Breweries In America, 2013 Edition

Not a lot of surprises on the latest list from the Brewers Association.
The Brewers Association has once again released their list of top breweries in America based on 2013 beer sales volume. Although the list sports a couple of newcomers and some shuffling in the mid ranks, the top 10 remained the same, just like last year. And so, just like last year, I’m supplying some witty comments for each entry, because somebody has to keep these things interesting, right?

Go ahead and check out the BA’s actual …
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Barrel Aged Project 2013, No. 3: Belgian Dark Ale in Sauternes Barrels, Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

Nigel gives Barrel Aged Project 2013, No. 3: Belgian Dark Ale in Sauternes Barrels, Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal 3 mugs.
The second review on Nigel’s “International Beer Month Final Night Extravaganza” that I named just now is one that appears to be much rarer than anything I’ve touched on previously during International Month. And it all happened because it was easy to wrap.

That’s right- this selection had absolutely nothing to do with any buzz I had heard regarding the brewer (on the contrary, I’ve never heard of Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal), the style (I enjoy …
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5 A.M. Saint, BrewDog

Nigel gives 5 A.M. Saint, BrewDog 4 mugs.
In college, I was notorious for waiting until the last minute to complete an assignment. As a History major, that typically involved a very detailed, lengthy research paper on a very specific topic that was to be completed over the course of a number of weeks. For me, that meant a very detailed, lengthy research paper on a very specific topic completed over the course of a short weekend. If you think you can’t write …
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Beer and TV, Together At Last

Esquire Network’s Brew Dogs is an entertaining showcase for craft beer.
We’re in the waning days of this year’s International Month, and I’d like to talk about an import that’s not actually a beer—specifically, James Watt and Martin Dickie, the sometimes outrageous founding duo of the Scottish brewery BrewDog and, more exactly, their cable show on the Esquire Network, Brew Dogs.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, each episode of the show is the two of them visiting an American city and collaborating with an …
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Atomium, Brouwerij Van Steenberge

Eddie gives Atomium, Brouwerij Van Steenberge 5 mugs.
It’s week um … three! of International Month here at BeerDorks.com, so let’s not fuck around and just get into this thing.

For those of you faithful readers out there (ha!), you already know that I think one of the last great world styles American craft brewers haven’t fully mastered yet is what’s called the Belgian strong golden ale, sometimes used interchangeably with the abbey tripel (or triple or trippel or some other variant). These are some of …
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Minnie Destination

The frost-covered Big Apple of the Midwest is quickly becoming a beer town worth visiting.
Even if you don’t live in the Midwest, you’re probably aware of the frigid weather conditions gripping, well, the entire fucking country at the moment. Such weather usually gets people to thinking about traveling, and, I’ve gotta tell ya’, you should be traveling to Minneapolis.

Yes, that Minneapolis, where, at the time of this writing, it is -2° Farenheit. And the reason you should be traveling there, of course, is beer, because, thanks to what has …
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Deal With The Devil

No need for conniption fits over the Boulevard Brewing selling out to Duvel Moortgat.
A little over a week ago, the news broke that Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing Co., one of the largest craft breweries in the country, had agreed to sell its operation to the Duvel Moortgat brewery in Breendonk, Belgium.

Judging from the Twitters and blog posts, apparently some reactionary beer dorks immediately flipped a nut over the news, calling Boulevard CEO John McDonald a sellout and the whole thing a deal with a minor demon, if not …
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