Maine Beercation Suggestions

Maine Beercation Suggestions

Every time I think of Maine, I think about 4 things: Steamed Whole Lobster, Lobster Rolls, Good Beer and... did I mention, Lobster? Check out this list of brewery highlights and helpful tips to make the most out of your upcoming beercation to Maine. 80 Breweries and counting as of 2016. PORTLAND...

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Vermont Beercation Suggestions

Vermont Beercation Suggestions

Vermont is a popular place to visit with it’s top-rated ski resorts, beautiful forests, hiking trails, fresh maple syrup, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Cabot cheese, etc. But for us… Vermont is the Craft Beer Mecca of the east coast with many top rated breweries. We've made multiple trips to ...

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Beer Can #LabelLove

Beer Can #LabelLove

In that long ago day, in a land not far far and away there were lovely craft brews stored in heavy glass bottles. Almost always brown glass bottles but sometimes green. Dark as dark can be to keep the light out and other pesky things like oxygen gremlins. The kingdom of beer went on and on for ...

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Bottle Shop Tips - Craft Beer Buying

Do’s & Don’ts of Bottle Shopping

As a Beer Hunter, we search high and low to find something that pleases our taste buds or is something that we've never had before. We hunt locally and nationally, traveling to various cities and states to add to our homebase beer reserve. No. We're not collecting or hoarding craft ...

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Brewery Visit: Aeronaut Brewing Co.

When we plan our Massachusetts trips to visit my mother, we can't help but to also turn the journey into a beercation to explore as many unique and artfully crafted breweries that the state has to offer during our time there. There are the obligatory 'must stops' to Night Shift Brewing Co., Tree ...

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Founders 20th Anniversary

Founders Brewing Co. 20th Anniversary

Founders Brewing Company is celebrating it's 20th year anniversary. Wow! 20 years already? Lots of our early-on, go-to craft breweries are turning or have already turned the BIG 2-0 in the last couple years: Tröegs, Victory, Dogfish Head, to name a few. Now the 15th largest craft ...

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Savor 2017 Game Plan

Our SAVOR 2017 Gameplan

Derek and I are getting giddy over the approaching SAVOR 2017 (An American Craft Beer & Food Experience) happening June 2nd and 3rd at the National Building Museum in D.C. We're going to be attending the June 3rd (Sat Evening) session. Let us know if you'll be there. We'd love to say, "hello!...

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Trillium Brewing Co.

Brewery Visit: Trillium Brewing Co.

It seems like ages ago that Derek and I set off in mid February on our second Massachusetts beercation. The plan was to visit my Mom and John and crash at their place for the duration of our trip - 5 days. We had a wishlist of must stop at breweries and bottle shops. Even planned a quick jaunt to a ...

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Harrisburg Beer Week 2017 Collaboration Beers

HBG Beer Week 2017: Year of Collaboration Beers

So many things to do and taste during Harrisburg Beer Week 2017 which runs 9 days straight from Apr 21 - 29. With more than 200 craft beer themed events all over the South Central PA area from as far west as Carlisle to as far east as Elizabethtown and Palmyra, it's difficult to choose where you'll ...

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The Vegetable Hunter

Rustic Row House Ales at The Vegetable Hunter

It's been just over a month since we made our announcement that Derek was taking on pro-brewing for The Vegetable Hunter (formerly Crave & Co) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. And, I'm pleased to say his lovely, small-batch, rustic brews will soon be ready for you to enjoy.   For those ...

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MK16 CanSeamer by Oktober

Can Seamer for 12 oz. & 16 oz. Cans

Today we went to visit my cousin, Scott, who is also a homebrewer and play with his new toy: the MK16 CanSeamer by Oktober LLC. It's basically like a crowler can seamer but this machine is designed for 12 oz. and 16 oz. cans. We were impressed by its sturdy, commercial-grade construction, ease ...

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Pets with Beery Names

Beer-Related Pet Names Are Trending

We can't help but to notice the rise in pets named after breweries, a specific beer name or beer brewing ingredient. Let's face it. Craft beer isn't just a beverage. It's a lifestyle. Beer enthusiasts are passionate about their favorite brews and they are bestowing those oh-so-adorable, beer-rela...

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Tree House Brewing Co.

Brewery Visit: Tree House Brewing Co.

Remember when I ranted about NEVER going to stand in line for craft beer EVER again after waiting for three whole hours at Hill Farmstead Brewing Co. last summer? Yeah. Well. I did it again. This time at Tree House Brewing Co. in Monson, Massachusetts. It was my first stop during our epic "MA ...

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Tröegs Splinter Cellar Foeders

Brewery Visit: Tröegs Splinter Cellar

The brand spanking new addition to Tröegs Independent Brewing, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, called the Splinter Cellar opened in July 2016. We got to experience the spectacularly designed space this past summer at the opening night. All of the people that had a hand in imagining, designing, support...

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Derek's Pro Brewer Gig

Pro-Brewing Now Added to Our Adventures

It's every homebrewers' dream: To share their unique talent and creative spin on craft beer with the masses... AND actually get paid for it. Watching customers enjoy every sip, glass after glass. 'Going Pro' as they say. Well, we are proud to announce that Derek has taken on a gig as ...

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Ever Grain Brewing Co

Brewery Visit: Ever Grain Brewing Co.

Planning a beercation to Southern Pennsylvania - specifically near the state capitol of Harrisburg? Live in or near Camp Hill, PA and love good, quality craft beer? Looking for a day trip to a great brewery that you've never visited before? Well, you should check out Ever Grain Brewing Company&nb...

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Beer Dinner with Red Sky Cafe & Ever Grain Brewing

A Beer Dinner to Remember

Beer dinners aren't anything new. Restaurants and breweries hold them all the time. Over the years, Derek and I have attended many and 9 times out of 10, I have to special request course substitutions. That's because most chefs' go-to main course is almost always a big slab of beef in various cuts ...

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GrowlerGrips : GrowlerGasket

Product Review: GrowlerGasket

How long can you keep draft beer fresh in a growler before you crack it open to drink it? Depends on the type of growler: flip top vs screw tops. Flip tops used to be the way to go to keep beer fresher longer. But now there is a new way to ensure there is no loss of flavor, carbonation or aroma. ...

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millstone cellars - cider, cyser & mead

Farmhouse Cidery Visit: MillStone Cellars

Hard cider gets a bad rap - especially with the likes of Woodchuck and Angry Orchard being the most accessible brands. Both peddle basic, sweet varieties of this fermented apple beverage and are produced in high quantities to push out to the masses. But we're here to tell you that if you look ...

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Collusion Tap Works

Brewery Visit: Collusion Tap Works

Let's be honest. Not all beer is crafted equal. Not all brewery experiences are well executed. And, not all breweries are opening up with their A-game. But we're here to tell you that Collusion Tap Works located at 105 S Howard Street in York PA, is the real deal. They've completely wowed us right ...

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ItsABrewLife.com Store Now Open

ItsABrewLife.com Store Now Open

We're excited to announce that our online store just launched - and right in time for Christmas shopping. It's an eclectic mix of craft beer themed items.  Glassware style inspired by the tasting glasses at The Alchemist during our visit in August. (shown above) Trucker Hats that ...

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Beer Museum Project Planned for Pittsburgh

Something exciting is brewing. Something that is long overdue in this country and it's coming to Pennsylvania... our home state! What exactly is it? Well, it's a museum dedicated to BEER to be built in Pittsburgh. The museum will tell the fascinating, 10,000-years-old story of beer. The town has ...

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Growlers

Far From Ordinary Growlers

One of those must-haves for any craft beer enthusiast is a growler. What's a "growler?" It's a vessel to take draft beer home with you from a brewery or bar if they do indeed fill them. Not all places are equipped to fill growlers or simply do not want to. Others have strict restrictions on ...

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Water Profile Calculator

Preparing Your Water for Brewing – Part 1

For a guy who loves beer, you might not expect me to write an article about water. However, water plays a vital role in the quality of your beer. Water can be a complicated subject and I am by no means a chemist or an expert on the subject. My goal is to write a series of articles which cover some ...

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Revelation Craft Brewing: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Brewery Visit: Revelation Craft Brewing

Every September, we make our annual trek to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware for some much needed rest and relaxation... and craft beer. The town of Rehoboth is famous for its artsy boutiques, unique restaurants, slow-paced living, beautiful beach and of course, Dogfish Head Brewing. But this year on our ...

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Victory Kirsch Gose - Breast Cancer Awareness

Victory Kirsch Gose for Breast Cancer Awareness

It's Breast Cancer Awareness month and Victory Brewing Company has brought back its popular and one of our favs: Kirsch Gose beer! DID YOU KNOW? Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women? That statistic from the American Cancer Society is quite alarming. Many ...

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Summer 2016 Favorites

Our 2016 Summer Beer Loves

It's been a great summer of beautifully delicious beers. Lots of beercations and brewery day trips as well as Sunday Fundays, afternoons poolside, beer fests and fire pit evenings hanging with friends watching the sun set over the south mountain. We hate to see it go but know this fall/winter has ...

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Cambridge Brewing Co. Heather Ale - Gruit

The Lovely, Charming Gruit

"Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there once lived a Gruit Ale full of character and pleasant earthy flavors that come from herbs. It was void of hops - those pesky, resinous green cones used in Beer to add bitterness and preservative qualities. You see the Gruit Ale and the ...

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Transfer from a carboy with CO2

Transfer Beer From A Carboy Using CO2

In this post, I will describe how to easily transfer beer from a carboy using carbon dioxide (CO2) instead of a siphon. I've never been a fan of using siphons or auto-siphons when trying to transfer beer from glass carboys. It could just be me, but it's always a hassle and seems like there is a lot ...

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Artisanal Threads - Craft Beer Apparel

Artisanal Threads: Craft Beer Apparel

What's craft beer themed, fantastically designed and super comfy all over? Well, Artisanal Threads that's what! I had the opportunity of test driving their tees and hat and can say they are "Chelsie Approved!" Love, love, love wearing these.  APPAREL WITH A MISSION My ...

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