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Sommbeer Nightcap series continues with a review of Licor 43, Spain’s most popular Liqueur What makes Licor 43 exceptional? Nothing really. It’s just a super smooth, medium bodied liqueur with a mild complexity that glides down your throat without much effort at all. That’s what makes it exceptional. I discovered this liqueur when travelling to Germany.  Oddly enough, it’s made in Spain but is very popular in Germany and the rest of Europe. I’m told the Germans mix it with cream for added softness. This…
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After discussing a few Los Angeles-area spots, we head back down I-5 to one of the best beer cities in America. At this point I’ve visited 60 breweries across San Diego County. The first San Diego article looked at four amazing establishments, but the longer I have stayed here, the more delicious beers I’ve found. In fact, all four breweries discussed in this article were places I hit after that first article. There were several I considered including, and in the conclusion, I’ll give a…
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Homebrew Day Hacks: Time saving tips to shorten your brew day. Like many homebrewers I am frequently challenged to find time to brew. Work, family and even other hobbies demands our time, so when we brew we usually need to be efficient at it. With that in mind, here are some ideas for “hacking” your brew day plans and processes to shorten the time commitment. Stage Your Brew Day Probably the most effective way for me to shorten my brew day is to stage my…
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Scott Sullivan from Greenbush Brewing discusses the mental health issue within the craft beer industry. Recently a brewery owner from Vermont was quoted in an article citing the mental health issues that exist in the brewing industry. It was a powerful and candid statement that brought the subject into focus and opened up debate.  In a subsequent post however, the brewer attempted to step back from the subject.  This was, in the opinion of Scott Sullivan from Greenbush Brewing, an opportunity lost. Scott believes there are others out…
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Driving around the Los Angeles Metro Area, it feels like it never ends. That is especially the case if you’re trying to get somewhere during the notorious rush hour. But there are plenty of reasons to visit. Hollywood, Santa Monica Pier, professional sports, and of course Disneyland all call this section of Southern California home. And recently, a number of breweries have gained notoriety. Compared to the population, Los Angeles does not boast the same numbers compared to other West Coast powerhouses such as Portland…
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Things I wish someone had told me when I first started homebrewing I’m closing in on a decade of brewing my own beer. Over that time I’ve made lots of mistakes, learned many new things and refined my processes all in an effort to make better beer. That learning and process improvement challenge is a big part of why I homebrew. To shorten my fellow homebrewers learning curve, here are some of my learnings I wish others had shared with me. Cleaning & Sanitizing We…
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Frangelico, the Italian liqueur from Italy, reviewed on Sommbeer’s Liqueur series. Smell this! Isn’t something you want to hear from a fellow partygoer.  I’ll tell you the truth though, nobody has ever sniffed Frangelico once, it’s always 2,3 multiple times until it gets awkward. But first…This post is the first of what will be the Sommbeer Liqueur series. So to begin, let me first explain the difference from liquor and liqueur (it’s more than an extra vowel). Liqueur is sweet, often heavy bodied and emphasizes…

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Brewery Travels #29: San Diego San Diego County has somewhere around 200 breweries/brewpubs at the moment. That doesn’t even include the ones that have duplicate locations (and there are plenty of those). To say I have my work cut out for me during my stay here would be a drastic understatement. Thankfully, I’m not one to back down from a challenge and have been taking advantage of my time. For those unaware of the San Diego craft scene, there are several areas and neighborhoods flush…

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Jackie O’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Skipping Stone Belgian Quad. 12% ABV, Athens, Ohio, USA. Factoids ABV: 12% Style:  Belgian Quad Calories: 282 Brewer: Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery Appearance: Deep dark hazy brown with an almost purple undertone to it. No head. No lacing. I recommend pouring carefully if you want to avoid sediment. Or just pour it all and take in all that flavor and texture. Aroma: Yes, booze, but get over it so you can take in the fig and spice. It’s powerful.…

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Sommbeer is delighted to have been listed in the Nation’s top Beer sites again.  We owe it all to you, our loyal readers and writers. Cheers! Craft brewing has experienced a serious growth spurt in recent years. Cities like Denver, CO, and Asheville, NC have established such a strong brewery culture that tourists from around the world flock to these destinations to have a pint. Craft brewing is about more than business though. Home brewing has become a popular hobby among beer lovers. In fact,…

The post Sommbeer – Nation’s Top 20 Beer Sites for 2018 appeared first on SommBeer.

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