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Cigar City is Back, Baby! I Think…

Cigar City is Back, Baby! I Think…

Several years back, Cigar City had some beers in Minnesota. Now, I was just getting into craft beer at the time, so I don’t know if they were collaborations with other breweries (perhaps the New Belgium/Cigar City release of Lips of Faith) or actual liquid from...

High Valley Reverie

I remember standing on a mountain ridge full of vines looking down on Clear Lake thinking “Clay Shannon is the luckiest guy in the world!” This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Then I realized he may be one of the hardest working guys I’ve ever...

French-ish Beers?

Guess what. Tomorrow is Bastille Day, France’s Fourth of July. When trying to figure out which beers I wanted to feature, an array from French beers. Seeing as I was thinking about this on Tuesday, the only beers I had available to me were those on the shelves...

Bastille Day is a Great Wine Day

For those of you unfamiliar with the national French holiday, we have this from Wikipedia: “The French National Day is the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which...

How to Drink a lot of Beer on a Hot Summer’s Day

Summer weekends and holidays give perfect reasons to drink all day, but when it comes to drinking all day, there is a skill that not all have mastered. Pacing yourself and switching between hydration and intoxication. It’s a fine line that can be difficult to...
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