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  • Beers Made by Walking indeed...

    The folks down at Focus on the Beer have started a very cool and interesting program for making beer, Beers Made By Walking. The general idea is as follows: take a walk in your natural surrounding, find an ingredient to use in the beer making process, pick or order the ingredient in question (depending on the circumstances), make a beer using the ingredient, and lastly, enjoy the beer made by walking. Lots of people and breweries have gotten in on this action over the last several months, and now, I am happy to report, New Belgium has joined the fun...  About six weeks ago we took our walk. We have a very good, natural (and edible) landscape on the NBB property, so we decided to walk the grounds. We stumbled ...

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  • Let's go to Indianapolis (and the Beer Bloggers Conference)!

    There is a Beer Bloggers Conference, did you know that? It's really fun, I've been every year. The 2012 edition was held in Indianapolis, and that's a really cool city. I had never been to Indy before (locals like to call it Indy) and my mind was blown. The conference was full of super interesting topics, beer and food (at the same time), informative panels, and seeing all of my beer blogger friends. I took a whole mess of pictures and I want to walk you through some of them in my photo essay. I call it "the 2012 Beer Bloggers Conference in Indianapolis (in photos)." Indy has a lot of really great sculpture/art on the streets. This one has something to do with ...

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  • Beer labels, leaked on the internets.

    Let's pretend there is a new beer in the pipeline at NBB. Say, a brettanomyces inspired collaboration with Lost Abbey. Then, everyone involved decides on the beer (recipe, brewing, etc...), and then decides on the name (let's call it– the Lost Abbey Collaboration), the next step is to design the label. A designer at NBB takes the overarching ideas about the beer, gets some input from her co-workers and considers the overall aesthetic of New Belgium. Then she gets to work designing. She puts some loop-dee-loops here and some color there and then BLAM-O! The label art is done and awesome. But we can't just throw the label on the bottle, and then fill them bottles up with beer, and then ship them out ...

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  • Beer, Food... Together

    Lately, dinner around Juicebox Acres has been an exercise in classy dining with winter season vegetables. Squash, beets, chard, etc, and I have also been very into big, hoppy beers since the weather has turned here in Colorado a couple weeks ago, it's cold and dark outside and some very nice food pairings have been blossoming in my kitchen. Dinner from Monday night: a red chard, bacon and rice goulash (thank you Rachael Ray (she calls it Red Chard and Rice (and she also calls it a side dish, we went main course and put our own spin on it with beer and brown rice))).   Yep, I know goulash is typically a noodle dish but I had no better way to describe this and ...

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  • Whole Foods, Beer and Twitter!

    Have you ever heard of a Tweet Up?  Me neither, that is until my dear friend The Beer Wench asked me to help out with one.  Turns out a Tweet Up is when a group of folks get together in the Twitter-o-sphere and use a hash-tag to talk about the same thing.  What's that you say?  Never heard of a hash-tag?  A hash-tag looks like this: #awesomegloves and you can attach that pound sign, followed by some words (in this case: awesome and gloves) to the end of your Twitter updates (henceforth: Tweets) and everyone using Twitter can search #awesomegloves (or whatever hash-tag you like) and see every Tweet using that hash-tag and see what the whole world thinks of their awesome gloves.  Using a ...

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