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Dr. Seuss' magnum opus, "Green Kegs and Ham," contains two of my all-time favorite lines in literature: "Summer shouldn't be a bummer. There is usually sun—and if beer is near, there is always fun!" In honor of those uplifting words from the legendary author and illustrator, whose rollicking rhymes also enlivened classic beer-themed children's books like "The Cat in the Hat Drinks His Brew From A Shoe," "How the Grinch Stole My Christmas Beer!,"...
I once heard a prominent American craft brewer compare brewing the best pumpkin beer to “being the smartest idiot in the room.” Alright, he might have used a more offensive term than “idiot,” but you get the sentiment--serious beer nerds aren’t exactly stoked on pumpkin ales. Which is why it came as no surprise to me that when I set out to survey a handful of industry folks, my queries were, on the whole,...
In the niche within niche world of sour beer enthusiasm, Michael Tonsmeire is, quite simply, the man. Known as The Mad Fermentationist (after his popular homebrewing blog of the same name), the Washington, D.C.-based Certified Beer Judge, brewing consultant and accomplished beer writer released American Sour Beers, his first full-length book on the subject, just last summer. Since its publication, American Sour Beers has been making a killing amongst homebrewers, introducing inventive and detailed...