Flying Dog University

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Flying Dog University

Learning more about craft beer production, ingredients, accompaniments and culture is something I am very passionate about. As such when I cam across Flying Dog University I knew I had to attend and I was not wrong it was awesome! So I decided I had to get a video about Flying Dog University out there to show why this is something amazing and should be celebrated and attended by as many people as possible.

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Sun King Brewery - Beer Tasting

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Sun King Brewery - Beer Tasting

One of the things I find most amazing about the craft beer scene in America is the local providence and support for breweries! What do I mean by this? Basically local support for breweries is so good they don't need to distribute outside of their local vicinity to have a viable business. This can make getting hold of awesome craft beer difficult but, a friend at work went to Indianapolis for a conference recently and ended up going to Sun King Brewery and he brought me back a 4 pack of their beer! Sun King do not distribute outside of Indiana so I feel really luck to get my hands on some of their beer. It consisted of their three headliners and a seasonal special.

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Wheat Beers

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Wheat Beers

It's nearly spring so it's the perfect season for wheat beers. Here is a short video on a couple of different styles of wheat beer.

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Mini Maryland & DC IPA session

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Mini Maryland & DC IPA session

Hi there craft beer fans, here is a video for a mini IPA session I had from exclusively Maryland and DC brewers Jailbreak Brewing Company, Diamondback and DC Brau. Give it a watch and let me know what you think.

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Alternative Stouts for St. Patrick's Day

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Alternative Stouts for St. Patrick's Day

Check out the video below for my choices of alternative stouts for St. Patrick's Day. Featuring Peg Leg from Heavy Seas in Baltimore MD, Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Co in Denver Co and Choklat from Southern Tier in Lakewood NY.

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Lagunitas - Davey Murray's Best Scotch Ale

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Lagunitas - Davey Murray's Best Scotch Ale

Hi everyone! I've now decided to start putting together videos of some of my tastings as well as other craft beer stuff. So here is my first one ever! Its a tasting of Davey Murray's Best Scotch Ale from Lagunitas. It's from their One Hitter Series and click below to see what I think of it.

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New year, New Country

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New year, New Country

In the US beer holds a special place in the culture and is much more widely drunk across all demographics and there are some differences related to the culture as well. As a Brit having just moved here I can't wait to get started on exploring what the US has to offer

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Surviving Christmas

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Surviving Christmas

'Oh what a wonderful time of the year' as the song goes. This can be the case but for a lot of people this isn't always the case as being involved with family for the holidays can be a bit intense and hard to deal with. So how to get through it? Beer usually is the answer to most questions. Here is my beer survival guide for Christmas day.

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Rainbow Project 2016 UK and NZ Collaboration

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Rainbow Project 2016 UK and NZ Collaboration

Originally conceived by the folk at Siren Craft Brew the Rainbow Project is now into its third year and it has cemented itself as event not to miss. What is it? Why is it so special? Special one off craft beers, amazing atmosphere and lots of new things are some of the answers. Basically it is a celebration of uniqueness, collaboration and good times.

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Branding - Skinner's Brewery

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Branding - Skinner's Brewery

What do Apple, Tesla and Nike all have in common? Excellent branding where even if you don't know the product you can say which company has produced it. With there being an ever increasing number of craft beers available to consumers, branding is more important than ever to make yourself recognisable to the public. This can be done in a couple of ways either by making all your labels, cans and pump clips consistent and uniform or by have a very unique style for everything you produce. Skinner's Brewery from Truro, Cornwall in the UK have just released their new branding and I have been able to get my hands on some of their beers to take a look.

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Sour Beer Blending - Petrus Sour Beer

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Sour Beer Blending - Petrus Sour Beer

If you look at my UnTappd account you will see that I have been bitten by the sour beer bug. I love their complexity and variety as well as the tradition and unusual fermentation process and their very rich history of production. Having talked to a large number of people it looks like this is a beer style which is having a rapid increase in demand. I was fortunate enough to be sent some samples from Petrus and have used them as the basis for this post, with a focus on blending.

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Stout

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Stout

When you mention a Stout to someone they will invariably reply with Guinness. As much as there is a place for Guinness it is a shame that people don't know that there is so much more to this style of beer. The variety of flavours from modern day stouts is very large and worth exploring.

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Merry Craftmas

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Merry Craftmas

Tis the season to be jolly, shara la la la la la la! Christmas is close now but don't fret there is still time for some emergency festive shopping to stock up for 'Craftmas' or to include in your festive drinks list. So what should you be looking to include on your list to Santa Beers for Craftmas this year?

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Yeast - National Centre of Yeast Cultures

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Yeast - National Centre of Yeast Cultures

Yeast is one of the four major ingredients used in brewing along with water, hops and grain. It is technically classed as a fungus and multiplies by the cellular process of mitosis, which is cell splitting where the chromosomes from the original are split to create two new cells. There are several strains of yeast but in brewing the strains convert the sugars from the grains during the mash to alcohol and carbon dioxide.

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Apps

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Apps

The world of apps is heralding a new age of connectivity and advancement for a whole range of different areas and the world of beer is no exception. Below are some of my favourite apps that are beer related. Have a look and let me know if I have missed any of your favourites out.

 

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India Pale Ale - IPA

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India Pale Ale - IPA

India Pale Ale (IPA) is now one of the most popular styles of beer out there. It comes in a variety of flavours and styles ranging from the hoppy, floral rich to the strong, bitter and mildly malty. Due to the increasing variety of hops out there there are an increasing amount of different IPAs now available on the market, but what is it?

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Small Independent Brewers Association (SIBA)

With brewers having to deal with changes in UK laws such as changes in tax and duty. How are they able to get their say across to governments and seek representation for what is best for them? This is where the Small Independent Brewers Association comes into its own. They represent brewers on a national and international level as well as provide support through training and promotion. I believe they have a vital role in the growth of the beer market in the UK.

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Maris Otter Malt

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Maris Otter Malt

As most people are aware there are really only four key ingredients in beer: water, yeast, hops and malt. To people not directly involved in brewing malt is something of an unknown entity, but it is vitally important for the flavour, colour and body of beer as well as its alcohol content. Having met a number of brewers now and asked them about malt, the conversation almost always includes Maris Otter. This grain has gained near legendary status among brewers and as such I asked the people at H Banham about it.

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