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Is Big Beer Buying Too Much Craft?

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Is Big Beer Buying Too Much Craft?

By Editor In Chief/Lord Of Words Ed M Morris While the deal is pending state regulatory approval, Heineken-owned Lagunitas Brewing is planning on purchasing 20% of Short's Brewing.  Short's is one of Michigan's predominant breweries - claims that teaming up with Lagunitas will help it succeed getting a better share of the craft beer market. The plan on keeping their brand identity intact and use the partnership to shore up its current business. Is Big Beer getting too much of the Craft Beer industry? We asked the members of the Pints Templars Facebook group, and got the following results:    ...

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3 Homebrewing Kits To Get You Started

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3 Homebrewing Kits To Get You Started

By Editor In Chief/Lord Of Words Ed M Morris I enjoy craft beer, I really do, but I don't think I have the patience to actually brew my own. But lately, I have been looking at one of those all in one box at home brewing kits. My thinking is, if a kit has everything I need, I will be more open to giving it a try. I've been looking at them on Amazon (we don't have brewing supply place near us) and I put together a list of 3 kits, from inexpensive to a little pricey.  I've been told...

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Pumpkin Beer In July?

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Pumpkin Beer In July?

By Editor In CHief/Lord Of Words Ed M Morris   It's July, it's still Summer, the Fall season is still a few months away. So why am I seeing pumpkin flavored beer hitting the shelves? Unless I fell into a wormhole and traveled back to Fall 2016, it is too soon to be seeing these seasonal beers on the shelves.  I was at my local beer shop, last weekend, and I was staring at the shelf where these pumpkin beers had congregated, and I found myself shaking my head a little in disapproval. A tall, bearded fellow walked up and...

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Only 10 Left! The 2017 Pints Templars Club Coin

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Only 10 Left! The 2017 Pints Templars Club Coin

By Editor In Chief/Lord Of Words Ed M Morris Boasting a 1.75-inch diameter, and plated in antique gold, this year's edition of the Pints Templars Club Coin is both larger and heavier than its 2016 predecessor.  The 2017 version sports the club logo, and the strike date, on the front, and is emblazoned with the Pints Templars Coat of Arms on the back.   Pre-Order your's today for just $15 and receive free shipping Since these are a special order item expect 6 weeks for delivery.  

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Maplewood Juice Pants 5: License to Juice

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Maplewood Juice Pants 5: License to Juice

Maplewood Juice Pants 5: License to Juice By Blogger  Dave Drury Anyone that knows me knows that I love Maplewood. They’re my favorite Chicago brewery and, to me, are vastly underrated. I’ve been following them since they were Mercenary and only had two beers out: The Charlatan and Fat Pug. Well today the Logan Square brewery has a lot more than just two brews…including their series Juice Pants, which is now in its fifth variety. Each Juice Pants is (not surprisingly) a juicy IPA that packs a 7% ABV punch but each is made with a different selection of hops....

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