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Shameless

Craft brewer sellouts become as tone-deaf and underhanded as their new overlords. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published September 6, 2016

Great Taste Eve

Check out the burgeoning Madison beer scene the night before the best fest in country. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 9, 2016

Good Beer Makes Good Conversation

The effects of drinking beer worth talking about. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published July 19, 2016

The Beers of Walmart

The largest retailer in the world now has its own line of beers. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published June 20, 2016

Our Take on the Lagunitas-Heineken Deal

Fuck Lagunitas. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published September 14, 2015

The 50 Biggest Breweries In America in 2014

Same top 10 (13, actually) as last year. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 6, 2015

Beating a Dead Clydesdale

We pile on with some more thoughts about an obscene amount of money spent on a dying brand. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published February 9, 2015

Y’all Want Some Beer? Part II: Asheville

Nigel ventures South and experiences all phases of the craft beer revolution in America. [»]
by Nigel Tanner
Published January 19, 2015

Et tu, Founders?

Did one of the Midwest’s best craft breweries sell its soul? [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published December 22, 2014

Baby Boy’s Got His Passport: Lookout Brewers!

Baby Boy has got himself a passport—to good craft beer. [»]
by Baby-Boy Jackson
Published October 27, 2014

Baby-Boy’s Brewery Visit: The Round Barn Winery, Distillery, and Brewery

This western Michigan’s beers—and spirits—are worth checking out. [»]
by Baby-Boy Jackson
Published September 30, 2014

Ya’ll Want Some Beer?

Nigel ventures South and experiences all phases of the craft beer revolution in America. [»]
by Nigel Tanner
Published September 2, 2014

Tips For The Great Taste

If you’re making the trip to Madison, here are three places to try. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 4, 2014

Baby-Boy’s Buffalo Brewery Visit

Go to hop school at Old First Ward Brewing. [»]
by Baby-Boy Jackson
Published July 7, 2014

Rule Number One: Don’t Run Out Of Beer

There are some craft beer bars out there that need to take a refresher course in running a good business. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published June 30, 2014

The 50 Biggest Breweries In America, 2013 Edition

Not a lot of surprises on the latest list from the Brewers Association. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 7, 2014

Beer and TV, Together At Last

Esquire Network’s Brew Dogs is an entertaining showcase for craft beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published February 24, 2014

Minnie Destination

The frost-covered Big Apple of the Midwest is quickly becoming a beer town worth visiting. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published December 31, 2013

Deal With The Devil

No need for conniption fits over the Boulevard Brewing selling out to Duvel Moortgat. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 28, 2013

Midwest Winners At The 2013 Great American Beer Festival

For those who got in, at least. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 14, 2013

Growl And Grumble

Just fill the goddamn growler already, will you? [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published September 3, 2013

Sour Pusses

Sour beers are the new IPAs, which is ironic on several levels. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 26, 2013

Weighing In

A few postulations about the craft beer market collapse, seasonal creep, and Bud-induced ER visits. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 18, 2013

Karma

A few brewers are pissed they didn’t get into this year’s GABF. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published July 17, 2013

What Makes A Great Beer Town, Anyway?

Grand Rapids winning Beer Town, USA got me to thinking about this existential question. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published May 28, 2013

Vaguely Weekly Beer News Roundup

In case you’ve been a coma for the last seven days or so. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published May 3, 2013

The 50 Biggest Breweries In America, 2012 Edition

The latest list from the Brewers Association. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 15, 2013

Roger Ebert, Beer Critic?

Our appreciation of beer and movies isn’t all that different. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 8, 2013

A Mutating Form Of Tavern Entertainment

What’s almost as important as a bar’s beer list? The jukebox. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 1, 2013

Offensively Non-offensive

Industrial beer and food aren’t made for flavor, but for maximizing shelf life and sales. [»]
by Rings
Published March 27, 2013

Weekly Beer News Round Up

All the beer news that’s fit to reprint. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published March 22, 2013

Weekly News Roundup

What’s caught our interest in the world of beer this week. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published March 15, 2013

Bitter World

An IPA-heavy list of the 30 most purchased craft beers. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published March 10, 2013

Yeah, Those Bitches Luann Goes To School With Are Getting Pretty Preachy

No, wait, it's International Month at BeerDorks.com! [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published February 4, 2013

Tough Noogies

One sure fire way for brewers to build their brand in an increasingly diverse beer culture. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published January 7, 2013

Go West, Beer Dork Part II

Nigel’s journey West wraps up (finally) with plenty more craft beer surprises in some of America’s most remote outposts. [»]
by Nigel Tanner
Published December 17, 2012

No Bubbles Here

Craft beer is becoming more local, not a bubble that’s about to burst. [»]
by Rings
Published December 3, 2012

Put The Grease In Your gravy

Power through the big flavors of Thanksgiving dinner with big ass beers. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published November 19, 2012

A Growing Menace

AB InBev’s worldwide clout is a threat to good beer everywhere. [»]
by Rings
Published November 6, 2012

Midwest Winners At The 2012 Great American Beer Festival

Also known as the “everyone gets a medal” beer festival. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 16, 2012

Here’s to the Ladies

Craft beer, and history, proves that beer isn’t just for the guys. [»]
by Rings
Published October 10, 2012

We’ve Got The Power

Devotees of small, independent breweries can help shape the quality of craft beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published September 17, 2012

Good for What Ales You

Don’t blame beer—especially craft beer—for your belly. [»]
by Rings
Published September 4, 2012

Every Sale Matters

Don??t let shit beer makers steal your money. [»]
by Rings
Published August 27, 2012

Go West, Beer Dork

A journey west yields many craft beer surprises for Nigel. [»]
by Nigel Tanner
Published August 20, 2012

Boom!

The popularity of craft beer is exploding. [»]
by Rings
Published August 13, 2012

What It’s All About

The true value of craft beer is about the people who brew it. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 6, 2012

And The Beer Wars Continue

The ongoing battle for a global brand name is just one front among many in the beer wars. [»]
by Rings
Published July 16, 2012

Show Some Independence And Drink Craft Beer

Down with the tyranny of shit beer! [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published July 2, 2012

The Power Of Beer

When beer becomes more than heavily marketed fizz water, it can be a revitalizing tonic for an entire community. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published June 11, 2012

A Good Problem To Have

With so many new craft breweries entering the market, you gotta wonder if all of them can make it. [»]
by Rings
Published May 25, 2012

Those Were The Days

Craft beer’s exploding popularity can make it difficult to be a beer dork. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published May 21, 2012

Scarcity Tactics

Release events of hard-to-get beers are fun, but are brewers creating unrealistic expectations? [»]
by Rings
Published May 14, 2012

The Biggest Breweries In America

The Brewers Association and their lists. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 23, 2012

Chicago

Finally, the Windy City is starting to become our kind of town. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published March 26, 2012

Why Craft Breweries Are the Best

Baby-boy makes a visit to Breckenridge’s Tasting Room. [»]
by Baby-Boy Jackson
Published March 6, 2012

International Month Again?

Love you some Belgian and German brews, but make sure you know how they got here. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published February 6, 2012

Litter, Literally

On safari with Eddie Glick as he paws through the Midwest’s roadside garbage. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published January 23, 2012

An Addendum To The Myth Of The Magic Beer Truck

A new year is here and nothing has changed: what other people drink still matters. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published January 3, 2012

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

There's a way to support craft brewers that's even better than buying their beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published December 19, 2011

No More Pussyfooting Around

An American holiday deserves some big ass American beers. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published November 22, 2011

Wet And Wild

The results of Eddie’s very first wet hopped ale. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published November 14, 2011

BeerFridge—The iPhone App

You can finally carry your entire craft beer collection in your pocket. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 11, 2011

Midwest Winners at the 2011 GABF

All the Midwest winners and one loser at this year’s Great American Beer Festival. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 5, 2011

So Close, And Yet So Far To Go

Despite craft beer’s rise in popularity, too many places still offer nothing but crap. [»]
by Rings
Published September 14, 2011

Wet

It’s hop harvest season, and there’s no better way to celebrate it than by brewing up a wet-hopped beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 29, 2011

Since I’m Too Lazy To Write, Here’s Something Else To Read

The best way to run a beer site is to leach off the hard work of others. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 22, 2011

The War’s Still Going On, Dear, And There’s No End That I Know

Big beer is taking the gloves off against craft beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published July 11, 2011

Beating A Dead Goose

A few more thoughts and comments on the Goose Island sellout to A-B InBev. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published June 6, 2011

Get Out Of The Way

Yes, you. Get the Hell out of the way. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 27, 2011

Goose Shit

Anheuser-Busch buying Goose Island sucks for consumers and craft brewers. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 4, 2011

Goodbye And Good Luck

No need to fret when a “national” craft brand pulls out of the Midwest. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published March 22, 2011

The Decline of German Bierkulture

The reasons the storied beer culture of Germany is dying, and why there is still hope for a rejuvenation. [»]
by Rings
Published March 8, 2011

Don’t Fear Big Beer

Imperial fill-in-the-style beers are not going to devour everything you hold dear. Seriously. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published February 1, 2011

Simply Good

Crazy new concoctions are great, but so are strong-but-steady stalwarts. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published January 12, 2011

Bitter Christmas

Nothing makes the silly season more tolerable like big Midwest craft beers. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published December 17, 2010

The 2010 BeerDorks.com Gift Giving Guide

In the spirit of the season, either buy some of this crap or go screw yourself. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published November 26, 2010

The Pursuit Of Craft Beer Attracts Critics

Sort-of ancient beer wisdom, one pint at a time. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published November 16, 2010

An Ode To Wheat

Mourning the seasonal passing of the ideal summer brew. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published November 5, 2010

A Scary List

Twenty horrifying beers to make your Halloween that much more creepier. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 29, 2010

Pancakes For Breakfast?

Put some fluff in your flapjacks with—what else—beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 27, 2010

Question For You

Am I holding a 22-ounce bomber or did my hand shrink? [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 12, 2010

Midwest Winners at the 2010 GABF

A rundown of the Midwest’s winners, placers, and showers at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published September 21, 2010

Master Of Our Domain

When it comes to beer, there is no place richer in creativity, excellence, and excitement than the United States. [»]
by Rings
Published September 15, 2010

The Myth Of The Magic Beer Truck

Or, why you should care what other people drink. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 31, 2010

Because I Have Nothing Else To Bitch About—At The Moment

Is it just me, or are Oktoberfests out early this year? [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 23, 2010

Just Another Freakin’ Hopservation

No rant this time, just some thoughts on the nature of the word “extreme” and what it has to do with hops. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 11, 2010

Oh You Damn Beer Snobs!

Why don’t we just get off our high horses and drink good old American beer? [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published July 23, 2010

You Call It Shandy, I Call It Radler

There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot Midwest summer day than one of these beer and lemonade concoctions. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published July 6, 2010

A Successful Week

A chance encounter in an out of the way watering hole made American Craft Beer Week immensely rewarding. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published June 14, 2010

Overheard

If you keep your ears open and your eyes shut, you can hear a lot of beer knowledge … or lack thereof. [»]
by Rings
Published June 1, 2010

It’s A Celebration

No excuses: go out to your local brewery this week and raise a toast with (and to) craft beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published May 17, 2010

How The Hell Old Is Beer, Anyway?

You hear a lot of numbers getting thrown around about beer’s year of origin, but which one’s correct? [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published May 10, 2010

What’s On Tap?

The answer to that question is only getting better and better. [»]
by Rings
Published April 29, 2010

Don’t Fret, Home Brew

On Dark Lord Day, it’s time to reflect on why craft beer won’t go the way of overpriced wine. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 24, 2010

The 50 Biggest Breweries In America

Because everyone likes a good list. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 15, 2010

Crazy Eddie’s Bitter Beer Mustard

Put some yell in your yellow with one key ingredient: beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 13, 2010

Midwest Winners Of The 2010 World Beer Cup

Check out this year’s winners at the 2010 World Beer Cup, held in Chicago, Illinois. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 12, 2010

Chill Haze

Publicans new to the good beer revolution: thanks for that tap handle of craft brew, but, please, hold the frosted glass. [»]
by Rings
Published April 5, 2010

Badge Of Dishonor

Buying and drinking macro swill out of fear of looking like a beer snob is the height of dumbassery. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published March 29, 2010

Pennsylvania Horror

Who knew that the home to modern democracy could be so fascist when it comes to beer? [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published March 11, 2010

Another Dork To Call Our Own

The Beer Dorks welcome another contributor into the fold with a trip to the Michigan Brew Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival. [»]
by Rings
Published March 8, 2010

Beer On Ice

How frickin’ awesome was the Canadian women’s hockey team’s beer-drinkin’, cigar-chompin’, on-ice gold medal celebration? [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published March 1, 2010

Super Suckfest

The fact that it’s a vehicle for shit beer ads isn’t the only reason why the Super Bowl is super crappy. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published February 5, 2010

Live Every Month Like It’s International Month

Where, for one month, at least, we’re kind of like Magellan except with beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published February 2, 2010

Sacrifices

Getting a skunked beer every now and then is a tiny price to pay in order to enjoy the wide varieties of splendor that is craft beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published January 20, 2010

Holy History, Batman!

Why is it big chunks of history about beer and brewing get not only ignored, but even denied? [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published January 11, 2010

This Is Not A List Of The Year’s Most Interesting Beer Stories

Definitely, positively, swear-on-grannie’s-grave not such a list. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published December 30, 2009

Give The Man A Beer!

If I worked all frickin’ night and no one offered me a beer, I’d probably crap in someone’s stocking. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published December 24, 2009

Holy Shit, Molson Coors Invents Tiny Fucking Bubbles

Wow! [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published November 25, 2009

No Oatmeal This Year!

Eddie Glick pulls ranks in order to get a decent Thanksgiving meal this year. Paired with Midwest craft beer, of course. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published November 20, 2009

This Water Is Making Me Thirsty

Faithful readers, you probably know some dumb asshole who willingly drinks ultra-light “beer.” [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published November 11, 2009

Beans, Beans, The Beer-Friendly, Uh, Legume

Take a beans side dish to another stratosphere with a healthy dose of yummy, malty beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 19, 2009

October Doesn’t Suck Either

There are plenty of beer-related reasons to love this blustery, gloomy month. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 1, 2009

Midwest Winners at the 2009 GABF

A rundown of the Midwest’s winners, placers, and showers at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published September 28, 2009

Brewpub Etiquette

Why would someone go to a brewpub to not drink beer? And why would brewers not want to serve their own product? [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published September 21, 2009

Drink To Your Health

Give up beer for your diet? Maybe you should give up your diet for beer. [»]
by Jug Dunningan
Published September 8, 2009

An Ode To A Summer Beer

Nothing reminds you of a summer thankfully long gone more than a scorchingly bitter beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published September 4, 2009

September Doesn’t Suck

Oktoberfest brews are the perfect panacea for those end-of-summer blahs. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 31, 2009

Home Brewing Is For Heroes

Making just a single batch of home-brewed beer will send you down the path toward enlightenment. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 26, 2009

Blue Laws Blow

Laws on the books to enforce religious—or worse, political—views are just plain bullshit. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 18, 2009

Great Taste Of The Midwest Preview

Whether this is your first Great Taste or you’re a seasoned pro, use the opportunity to check out some of these underrated breweries. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 6, 2009

Breakfast For Dessert?!?

The best beer dessert of all time is a beer float with real vanilla ice cream and Founders Breakfast Stout. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 6, 2009

Beer On The Brain

When you spend every waking minute thinking about beer, you tend to see it in the unlikeliest of places. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 3, 2009

Taxation On Fermentation

No, this isn’t a rant against proposed beer taxes. It’s an examination of the “whys” and the “hows” behind them. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published July 20, 2009

Perfectly Good Beer

Although your local brew pub might not be the next great Midwest brewery, remember that it’s locally made and far better than industrial swill. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published July 1, 2009

What’s Your Most Popular Beer?

How drinking craft beer can help repair the increasingly tenuous link between popularity and merit in American culture. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published June 18, 2009

Voting Results For The Midwest 2009 Brewery Power Rankings

With no shocks in this year’s results, we’re going to assume the drunk voting was held to a minimum. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published June 8, 2009

Time To Grill

Summer is the season of grilling, and nothing goes better with grilled fare than all kinds of Midwest craft beer. [»]
by Kaitlyn Logue
Published May 26, 2009

Vote In The 2009 Midwest Brewery Power Rankings

We actually pay attention to—albeit only once a year—what other people think. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published May 13, 2009

The Bitter Truth

Fancy yourself a hophead? Learn the nuances of tasting the so-called “spice” of beer. [»]
by Jug Dunningan
Published May 12, 2009

The Dorks Do Declare

The Beer Dorks put their John Hancocks on the Declaration of Beer Independence in honor of American Craft Beer Week. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published May 11, 2009

Run For Your Lives! A Beer Dork Is On The Loose!

Lost in Australia, Eddie Glick wanders around Tasmania looking for beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published May 6, 2009

Gimme A Bite Of That Vegemite Sandwich

Only Eddie Glick could accidentally wind up in Australia. But since he’s there, he might as well try the local craft beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 13, 2009

It’s The Economy Beer, Stupid

The media claims the economy is all gloom and doom, but us Dorks know that craft beer is alive and kicking. [»]
by Nigel Tanner
Published March 30, 2009

The New Breed

As International Month wraps up here at BeerDorks.com, we’d like to introduce you to what may be the next generation of great European breweries. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published February 28, 2009

Oink + Maibock = Yum

In this inaugural beer and food article, learn about the sublime pairing of the best pig parts and spring’s quintessential brew, maibock. [»]
by Kaitlyn Logue
Published February 23, 2009

Grab A Foreigner—Beer, That Is

Get out there and try an international brew, but remember: freshness counts. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published February 17, 2009

Fire, Revisited … Again

Before we close the door on the theory that the Autumnal Fire recipe has been cranked, or even tweaked, let’s hear it from the horse’s patoot.  [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published February 9, 2009

Alien Beer

It’s international month at BeerDorks.com as we look at the great historical brews and new breed of craft beer from around the globe. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published February 2, 2009

Beers I Have Known

Everyone’s got a handful of those “touchstone beer moments” that help define what kind of beer dork one really is. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published January 26, 2009

Feel The Fire

Eddie and Jug finally and semi-definitively prove whether Capital Brewery?s Autumnal Fire recipe has been tweaked?or wrenched?from year to year. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published January 12, 2009

’Tis Better To Give, THEN You Can Receive!

A home brewing kit for the first-time brewer is a gift that’ll keep on giving—to you, hopefully. [»]
by Jug Dunningan
Published December 21, 2008

Is This Year Over Yet?

Suicide at this time of year is trite, so let’s instead spend time with our insane families and peruse end-of-the-year lists.  [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published December 16, 2008

At Least Snoopy Served Popcorn

Even if you’re stuck eating oatmeal for Thanksgiving like Eddie this year, make the meal enjoyable by pairing it with Midwest craft beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published November 24, 2008

They Should Put Beer Fridges In The Voting Booths

A rundown of beer issues that only a truly great president would address. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published November 5, 2008

Beat The Devil

It’s a little-known but proven fact that the best defense against ghosts and goblins is Midwest craft beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 28, 2008

The Four Letter Word

Beer “snob” is such an ugly, dirty word. But we prefer the term “dork.” [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 20, 2008

Midwest Winners at the 2008 GABF

A rundown of the Midwest’s best of the best at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival. [»]
by Nigel Tanner
Published October 12, 2008

Beer Goblins

Is this year’s batch of pumpkin-enhanced beers from the Midwest a trick or a treat? [»]
by Jill Jaracz
Published October 8, 2008

Back In The GR

Most folks wouldn’t go on a multi-state beer run. But most folks get out of the basement more than twice a year.  [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published September 24, 2008

A Beer Fridge Of Your Own

Introducing a kick ass new feature that you can use to keep track of all those wonderful craft brews you’ve got scattered around your life: Beer Fridge. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published September 15, 2008

Beer, My Sweet

Explore what exactly makes a beer taste sweet in this first installment of an occasional series that will (hopefully) take your beer knowledge a step further: Beer 201. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published September 8, 2008

Dark Beer Faux Pas

Jug Dunningan’s quest to eliminate the term “dark beer” from the philistine dialect. [»]
by Jug Dunningan
Published September 2, 2008

Go For The Gusto—Just Don’t Blow A Nut

The return of the “nostalgic” Schlitz recipe is another object lesson in why beer shouldn’t be treated as just another product. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 25, 2008

Things To Do In California When You’re Dead … Or At Least Not At The Great Taste

Although visiting the roots of craft brewing is a noble endeavor, it still isn't worth missing the Midwest’s best and brightest brewfest. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 18, 2008

The Great Taste Of The Midwest: A Fest Done Right

The Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild hits it on the head with the best Great Taste to date. [»]
by Jug Dunningan
Published August 11, 2008

Books ’n’ Beer

Get your ass metaphysically schooled with some Beer Dorks recommended reading. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 4, 2008

Northwest By Midwest

The 21st Annual Oregon Brewers Festival gets a strong taste of Midwest craft beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published July 28, 2008

Clip That Grass, Then Raise A Glass

Ten solid Midwest lawnmower beers to whet your whistle this summer. [»]
by Jill Jaracz
Published July 23, 2008

Crisitunity

Eddie Glick proves his insanity by saying the problems facing craft brewers today are a good thing. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published July 10, 2008

Water, Water Everywhere, So Let’s All Have A Drink

Most of the breweries in the Midwest are safe after more historic flooding. [»]
by Jill Jaracz
Published June 26, 2008

Summer Beer Conundrums

Asking a beer dork what brews to get for a summer cookout could turn into a loaded question. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published June 19, 2008

Reusing Yeast

Take control of your home brew?and be a cheap skate?by resurrecting your yeast batch after batch. [»]
by Jug Dunningan
Published June 9, 2008

The Bitter Billboard

Nigel and Eddie spout their bloated opinions on the best IPAs to be found in the Midwest. [»]
by Nigel Tanner and Eddie Glick
Published June 2, 2008

Mythologized

Don’t let the manufactured hype of the masses influence your beer tastes. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published May 27, 2008

Party’s Over

As the interest in craft beer skyrockets, it’s time for fest organizers to adjust to the crowds. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published May 13, 2008

Evolution Of A Beer Dork

Much like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, Nigel rose from the evil influences of shit beer and became a certified Beer Dork. [»]
by Nigel Tanner
Published May 5, 2008

Midwest World Beer Cup Winners

A quick rundown of the Midwest’s medal winners in the 2008 World Beer Cup. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 20, 2008

Make It Better With Beer

Sure, it’s trendy, but the fact is pairing good Midwestern craft brews with food makes eating almost as enjoyable as drinking beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 15, 2008

Why Is That One-Eyed Cat Walking Backwards?

The Brewers Association annual top 50 list got us to thinking: when is a craft brewer not really a craft brewer? [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 9, 2008

In Celebration Of Slowly Peeling Off A Skanky Band-Aid

Celebrate—and appreciate—the first step in the repeal of Prohibition by drinking a low-ABV Midwest craft brew … if you can find one. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 7, 2008

An Open Letter Of Advice To New Holland Brewing Company

Re: Suing the asses off of those shit beer producers in St. Louis, Missouri  [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published March 25, 2008

Death And Rebirth In A World Of Darkness

Easter, pagans, Top Gun, yeast, and other strangeness on the vernal equinox. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published March 20, 2008

Scotchtoberfest

St. Patrick’s Day has been lost to the bead-wearing idiots, so celebrate a different kilt-lifting holiday with better beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published March 14, 2008

We’ve Got Some Floaters Here

Checking out some live beer at the Night of the Living Ales in Chicago. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published March 10, 2008

Have A Beer And Vote, But Don??t Vote For Beer

As much as we love the nectar of the gods, the idea of voting for the candidate you ??most want to have a beer with? is just plain stupid. [»]
by Nigel Tanner
Published March 6, 2008

Two Gruits Fat And Thin

Jug shares the results of his great herbal beer experiment. [»]
by Jug Dunningan
Published February 26, 2008

Voting Results For The Midwest Brewery Power Rankings

Bell’s takes home the viewers’ vote, while the Beer Dorks are split. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published February 19, 2008

It’s Hops, It’s Barley, It’s A Meal

The legacy of Earl Butz and the industrialization of what we eat and drink. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published February 14, 2008

Vote In The Midwest Brewery Power Rankings

Forget “Super Tuesday.” We’re talking beer here. Vote on the Midwest’s most important beer producers.  [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published February 10, 2008

Loving Cocktails In A Beer Dork’s World

Living with a beer dork can, in fact, have a downside, other than no room in the fridge for anything but beer … [»]
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Published February 4, 2008

Just Gruit

If the hop shortage is giving you the home brew blues, spice things up with an herbal beer. [»]
by Jug Dunningan
Published January 27, 2008

Get Outta My Back Yard

Why import Fat Tire all the way from Colorado when we have plenty of great amber brews here in the Midwest?  [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published January 21, 2008

A Tale Of Two Cs

Getting to know the Centennial hop through two great Midwest IPAs. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published January 9, 2008

2008: A Beer Odyssey

Ring in 2008 with a good beer, and keep it coming throughout the year. [»]
by Nigel Tanner
Published December 31, 2007

’Tis The Season To Get Jolly

Can’t seem to find that perfect gift? Facing a weekend with the in-laws? Sounds like you need beer, my friend! [»]
by Nigel Tanner
Published December 19, 2007

The Darkest Night

Screw Christmas and celebrate the winter solstice like our ancestors did: with beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published December 16, 2007

The Two Faces Of Faux Craft Beer

They might not be flat-out lying to you, but big beer sure is being disingenuous when it comes to promoting their “craft” beers. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published December 9, 2007

Everlasting Fire

Taste testing three years of Capital Brewing’s Autumnal Fire side by side by side. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published November 26, 2007

Fruit Beer Manifesto

When it comes to craft fruit beers, using juice additives instead of actual fruit is a total sellout. [»]
by Jill Jaracz
Published November 19, 2007

Liquid Gold

You think gas prices are bad? Get ready for higher prices on your favorite brews. [»]
by Nigel Tanner
Published November 8, 2007

Extreme Misnomer

Today’s new big, exotic beers are really just a return to brewing’s roots. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 24, 2007

Coiller Does Not Rock

What you as a beer dork can do about the Coors-Miller merger. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 18, 2007

Homebrew For Humanity

Celebrate the anniversary of the law that helped spark the craft beer revolution. [»]
by Jug Dunningan
Published October 14, 2007

Midwest Medal Winners At The 2007 GABF

A rundown of Midwest brewery medal winners at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 13, 2007

Beer Fest, Mad-City Style

The Beer Dorks conquer the 14th Annual Quivey’s Grove Beer Fest [»]
by Nigel Tanner
Published October 11, 2007

Iowa City Madness

Jill and Baby-boy tear it up at the 12th annual Iowa City Brew Fest [»]
by Jill Jaracz and Baby-Boy Jackson
Published October 4, 2007

Smoked

A quality beer experience must supercede all. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published September 17, 2007

A Eulogy In Beer

A tribute to the passing of a true beer pioneer and champion: Michael Jackson. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published September 4, 2007

Title Town, U.S.A.

Resident homebrew specialist Jug Dunningan goes brewpub hopping in Green Bay. [»]
by Jug Dunningan
Published August 28, 2007

Ten Years Of Beer

Two Brothers celebrates a milestone anniversary. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 17, 2007

Bitter Love … Kind Of Like Hops!

Five things we love and hate about the Great Taste of the Midwest. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 12, 2007

Here’s A Rating For You: Wine Sucks

How to use the Beer Dorks’ craft beer reviews. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published August 7, 2007

Beware Of Belgians Bearing Hoppy Gifts, Naturally

Eddie Glick goes to the Pacific Northwest to check out the 20th annual Oregon Brewers Festival. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published July 30, 2007

Happy Frickin’ Anniversary

Midwest craft brewers are releasing specialty brews to celebrate some significant anniversaries. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published July 18, 2007

Tailgate To Heaven

Enjoy a Midwestern summer tradition in true Beer Dorks style. [»]
by Nigel Tanner
Published July 11, 2007

American Wheat What What

Eddie Glick runs down a panoply of Midwest wheat beers and which ones will best suit your personality. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published July 4, 2007

Dancing With The Devil In GR

In which Eddie Glick concludes his American Craft Beer Week road trip with a stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Third of three parts. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published June 23, 2007

I’ve Got A Beer In Kalamazoo

In which Eddie Glick continues his American Craft Beer Week road trip by visiting Bell’s Eccentric Cafe. Second of three parts. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published June 16, 2007

Lagged Fermentations Are More Than A Delay

Follow Jug’s simple yeast-pitching techniques to prevent your next batch of home brew from becoming a playground for bacterial beasties. [»]
by Jug Dunningan
Published June 9, 2007

Munster, Baby, Munster

In which Eddie Glick embarks on a Midwest brewery odyssey to celebrate American Craft Beer Week. The first of three parts. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published June 2, 2007

Drinkin’, Dark Continent Style

On safari with Sprecher’s funky African-style ales. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published May 10, 2007

My Beer Fridge Is Cooler Than Your Beer Fridge

Limited release, rare craft brews are one highlight of America’s new golden age of beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 26, 2007

Homebrew Epiphany: The Scratch Batch

Letting your spontaneity and creativity run wild is a fun way to potentially stumble across a masterpiece. [»]
by Jug Dunningan
Published April 12, 2007

April Is Anti-A-B Month

Tell the King of Shit Beers where they can shove their swill all April long … and possibly longer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published April 5, 2007

SnowBeerDorks Allowed

If you choose to winter in Florida, you’ll still have good beer. [»]
by Jill Jaracz
Published March 22, 2007

It’s My Bock, Brew Your Own!

Early spring is the time of the mai bock, a noble brew with a rich tradition that suits Midwestern weather perfectly. [»]
by Jug Dunningan
Published March 15, 2007

Get Your Irish On With Midwest Craft Beer, But Hold The Beads

A side-by-side comparison of two Irish ales to enjoy this St. Patrick?s Day. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published March 8, 2007

Do Yourself A Favor And Have A Beer, Dammit

More and more scientific studies are saying that drinking quality craft brews has a plethora of health benefits. [»]
by Baby-Boy Jackson
Published March 1, 2007

Need Good Head?

Some simple tricks and techniques to get the best head on your home brew. [»]
by Jug Dunningan
Published February 22, 2007

Surviving the Axis of Evil

Nigel’s life in a small Midwestern town where shit beer rules. [»]
by Nigel Tanner
Published February 15, 2007

Beertown Of The Midwest

Madison, Wisconsin is quickly becoming the premier destination for Midwest craft beer. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published February 8, 2007

Low Carb Beer?

Say goodbye to crappy macro light beers by brewing your own low-carb frankenstein. [»]
by Jug Dunningan
Published February 3, 2007

Anheuser-Busch To Import More Shit Beer Into The U.S.

The makers of Bud Light and other shit beers will be importing China’s Harbin Lager. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published January 22, 2007

‘I Used To Run But I Kept Spilling My Imperial Stout’ Isn’t An Excuse To Hang On To That Beer Gut

Shaving off or staving off Dunlap’s Disease—better known as the beer gut—is easier than you might expect, with a little exercise and using that magic word: moderation. [»]
by Baby-Boy Jackson
Published December 31, 2006

Midwest Brewery Power Rankings

The Beer Dorks’ very first power rankings find Three Floyds on top by a hair. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published December 18, 2006

The Beer Guy Always Rings Twice

John’s Grocery is willing to ship great craft brews to just about anywhere in America, as long as you call them up and talk beer with them first. [»]
by Baby-Boy Jackson
Published December 7, 2006

Know Thy Beer

Thinking of ordering up a pint of that new craft brew your local pub just got in? Know before you buy—you may just be getting a repackaged macro. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published December 2, 2006

The Importance Of Style

In a perfect world, we wouldn't need beer styles. In a perfect world, someone would have invented the poopless dog, too. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published November 16, 2006

One Belluva Problem

Two (well, three, actually) sides to the mess that led to Bell's Brewing pulling out of the Illinois market. [»]
by Baby-Boy Jackson
Published November 6, 2006

Enemies Of Homogeneity

The Beer Dorks’ whack-job manifesto. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 18, 2006

Chutzpah or Beer?

Checking out a Kosher microbrew. [»]
by Jill Jaracz
Published October 11, 2006

Drink Historical

A brief but enlightening beer tour of history-rich Philadelphia. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published October 6, 2006

Eternal Oktober

A rundown of some of the Midwest's best-known Oktoberfest beers. [»]
by Eddie Glick
Published September 18, 2006

Chips and Beer, Together At Last

Taking some whack-job's beer-and-potato fusion for a drunken test drive. [»]
by Baby-Boy Jackson
Published May 6, 2006
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