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Craft brewer sellouts become as tone-deaf and underhanded as their new overlords.
At first I didn’t think I needed to talk about this, since a couple of weeks ago the fabulous folks at A Full Pint brilliantly mocked the recent spate of “news stories” cropping up in which former craft breweries recently purchased by AB-InBev are bemoaning how they no longer get the respect of true beer lovers even though after selling out everyone is crapping rainbows and unicorns at their shiny, now well-funded brewing facility.

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Great Taste Eve

Check out the burgeoning Madison beer scene the night before the best fest in country.
Holy fuck balls (is that one word or two?), it’s already Great Taste of the Midwest week. In case you live under a rock on the moon with your head up your ass, the Great Taste is one of the largest and the best craft beer festivals in the country, if not the world. What makes it so damn great isn’t the ginormous selection of brews from across the Midwest, but it’s one of the …
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Good Beer Makes Good Conversation

The effects of drinking beer worth talking about.
So I’m back to playing softball again this year in a futile attempt to get out there and interact with the rest of society. While both my playing and social interactions have been miserable failures (I hit into a triple play—in fucking rec league softball—and everyone on the team thinks my name is Dan), I have been able to vicariously observe what camaraderie looks and sounds like by tailing my teammates to our sponsor bar …
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The Beers of Walmart

The largest retailer in the world now has its own line of beers.
So apparently Walmart has their own private-label brand of beers now. There’s nothing groundbreaking here, both in the approach (the stock lineup of IPA, pale ale, amber, and wheat/wit is about as cutting edge as NBA-finals-are-rigged conspiracy theories) or marketing ingenuity (Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have had private-label brands for well over a decade, and even relatively lower-entry chains like HyVee have had private-label stuff for several years), but it’s still gotten more than …
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Spaceman, Brewfist

Nigel gives Spaceman, Brewfist 3 mugs.
Considering it’s been a full year since Nigel last wrote a review for this fine website, I feel the best way to start my first review of 2016 is to recap my many adventures from 2015:

• My annual spring vacation involved 4 weeks in a hotel in Northwest Indiana, where it was cold and snowy and wasn’t a vacation at all because it was a required business trip in Northwest Indiana.

• I put on 15,000 …
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Modus Vivendi, Wild Beer Co.

Nigel gives Modus Vivendi, Wild Beer Co. 4 mugs.
Signs of the Apocalypse, 2016 edition:

-There are 29 days this February. How the hell do we just randomly have an extra day one year?

-Donald Trump.

-The Oscars are still a big deal, despite the fact that nobody has ever seen any of the nominated films in a day and age where everyone sees everything.

-Nigel has written two reviews in a month, doubling his 2015 output.

While we prepare for the impending demise of the …
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Trooper, Robinsons Brewery

Eddie gives Trooper, Robinsons Brewery 3 mugs.
Surprise! Once again, I’m back. And once again, it’s International Month at BeerDorks.com! That means we’ll be looking at brews from around the globe instead of those in our backyard.

Normally I like to start International Month with seminal classics, usually out of Belgium or Germany. Tonight’s review, though, while a seminal classic (in a different sensory experience), comes out of England. And, of course, what I’m talking about is the god-like metal band Iron Maiden.

All …
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