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How to Throw a Winter Garden Party!

As the winter season and the holidays quickly approach, many people are planning holiday parties to gather their loved ones and fond friends. One option to throw a party that will be out of the box and memorable is to throw an outdoor winter garden party. Because it will be very dark outside, make sure to invest in plenty of …

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The History of Belgian Beer

Belgian Beer has a long history and Belgium is one of the countries with the longest involvement in brewing. Over a thousand years ago, Belgian monks were brewing, as part of their self-sustainability. They would brew, and the distribution would be limited to the monastery. More recently, Belgium imported much of its beer until the 1920s, when it began creating …

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5 Shocking Uses to Give to Your Beer

Beer is a popular alcoholic beverage, but has several little-known properties that can be useful. Beer is a diuretic, and can help flush the bodily systems of waste fluid. It can help the passing of kidney stones (while being a mild painkiller!). Beer can also help remove the grime off coins, making them shiny and reflective. Beer can add shine …

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When did ABV labelling begin in the UK?

Despite extensive research, the exact start date of ABV labeling in the U.K. remains a mystery. The practice of denoting the alcoholic content of drinks, “alcohol by volume” or “ABV” was apparently implemented by bars and bartenders before an official law was passed. The regulations governing the labeling appear equally unclear in origin and start date. The closest date able …

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Celebrating beer like a German

Oktoberfest is a 209 year tradition with humble beginnings as a wedding celebration for Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in the field of Munich. Fast forward to today, and you will see nearly 7 million visitors from around the world celebrating in the very same location. Large and small beer tents pepper the fields serving nearly 2 million gallons of …

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Conscious choices: an ethical trip to Ghent, Belgium

Belgium’s third largest city, Ghent, is becoming a haven for eco-friendly tourists. In the past, the city has been known as a liberal playground, and this mindset has blossomed into a socially and environmentally conscious economy. There are several vegan cafes, organic markets, and even environmentally friendly fashion boutiques. Overall, the nearly 50,000 students in Ghent give the city a …

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The Beer Sherpa in Europe

Spending 31 days in 10 cities across Europe makes for a great beer tour. Highlights from England included a Czech-style lager made by ex-pats in London and an imperial stout in Lewes, Sussex. In Brussels, De La Senne’s Zinnebir on cask was a revelation, while in Ghent, it was an oud bruin aged on oak leaves that delighted. A dark …

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Who Are Beer Festivals Actually For?

For many beer lovers, festivals are fun events. Others, however, cannot overlook their exclusionary reality. Festivals are overwhelmingly filled with people who are cisgender, white, straight and male. Some within the industry are trying to change this. Pittsburgh’s Fresh Fest and London’s Craft Beer Cares festivals are dedicated to increasing diversity within the community. Larger players such as the Great …

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Cherry on top

Kriek is a cherry lambic style beer which originated in Belgium. The Funk Factory in Madison, WI is making its own kriek using traditional natural fermentation. The creator, Andrew Holzhauer, turned making kriek into a family affair by using his own cherry orchard and getting help with picking from his family members. He even used the Dutch name for the …