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Chop & Brew #26: 2014 BJCP Style Guidelines

Chop & Brew #26: 2014 BJCP Style Guidelines

Chop & Brew coming through with some breaking news that affects all homebrewers, beer judges, competition organizers, and other beer-related hobbyists/professions. This C&B video features Gordon Strong, president of the Beer Judge Certification Program, updating the 2014 BJCP Style Guidelines ...

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Chop & Brew #24: Basement Stout Fest

Chop & Brew #24: Basement Stout Fest

Three dudes, two stouts, one Saint Paul basement. This is not the exposition for a horror movie, it’s the latest episode of Chop & Brew. Chip Walton, Chris Paynes and Michael Dawson enjoy two very different homebrewed stouts – Beamishish ...

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Chop & Brew #23: Music City Brew Off

Chop & Brew #23: Music City Brew Off

Chop & Brew takes a roadtrip from the Twin Cities to Nashville, TN for the Music City Brew Off homebrew competition. In this episode, we get an inside look at the inner-workings of the homebrew competition hosted by the Music ...

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Chop & Brew #22: John Kimmich from The Alchemist

Chop & Brew #22: John Kimmich from The Alchemist

It’s not MN Beer officially, but likely something that will interest beer lovers and homebrewers here in the Upper Midwest. In this episode of the locally-produced Chop & Brew webshow, a discussion and Q&A with John Kimmich, head brewer at ...

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Chop & Brew #19: NYC Homebrew Tour

Chop & Brew #19: NYC Homebrew Tour

In this episode of Chop & Brew, we hit the road from the Twin Cities to New York City for the NYC Homebrew Tour. The C&B crew join beer journalist Joshua M. Bernstein and dozens of beer tourists as they ...

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Chop & Brew #18: Joose Tasting Notes

Chop & Brew #18: Joose Tasting Notes

In this episode of Chop & Brew, what begins as a simple basement tasting-notes session for a can of Green Apple Joose quickly evolves into a discussion about the booming kraft joose moovement and what it means for homejuicers and ...

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Chop & Brew #17: Fresh Hop Tasting Notes

Chop & Brew #17: Fresh Hop Tasting Notes

A bit late on this post. You know – holidays and life and all. Chop & Brew rounds out the triology of homegrown hop episodes with this episode in which the krewe tastes the massively hop-backed / fresh-hopped beer homebrewed ...

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Chop & Brew #16: Wyeast 1217 West Coast IPA

Chop & Brew #16: Wyeast 1217 West Coast IPA

In this Chop & Brew Roundtable episode Chip, DonO and Dawson taste and discuss several IPAs fermented with Wyeast 1217 West Coast IPA (Private Collection strain for Sept-Dec 2013). The conversation focuses on the characteristics and usage of Wyeast 1217, ...

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Chop & Brew #14: Brewing with Fresh/Wet Hops

Chop & Brew #14: Brewing with Fresh/Wet Hops

The Krewe of Chop & Brew gathers for a wet-hop brew day in St. Boni to wrap up this year’s series on “Growing Hops at Home.” We pick hops straight off the bine and stuff more than 10 pounds into ...

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Beer & Wine Bootcamp

Beer & Wine Bootcamp

Grab your fatigues… er, well… Anyway, A Perfect Pint & Amusée are pairing up for three great sessions of “Beer and Wine Bootcamp.” Given the hosts, Cocerone Michael Agnew and Sommelier Leslee Miller, this should be a fun time. Read ...

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Chop & Brew #12: Belgian Dark Strong Ales

Chop & Brew is joined once again by Wyeast brand manager Michael Dawson for a backyard brew session. The goal: a high-gravity Belgian Dark Strong Ale. We discuss what it takes to create a successful “big beer” while sampling a ...

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Better Beer Society University: Classes Begin Wednesday

Better Beer Society University: Classes Begin Wednesday

Just a quick reminder – Better Beer Society University classes begin on Wednesday. As a kid, I always had reservations about heading back to school. Perhaps if my parents would have sent me to BBSU, things might have been different! ...

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Minneapolis Debut of “Beer Hunter” Sunday

Minneapolis Debut of “Beer Hunter” Sunday

Beer dorks… if you’re not familiar with the only Michael Jackson that mattered (the English beer writer, not the pop singer with the Peter Pan complex), someone should probably slap you. Jackson wrote a number of influential tomes on the ...

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Chop & Brew #10: Boat Bitter (Brewing Session Ale at Home)

Chop & Brew #10: Boat Bitter (Brewing Session Ale at Home)

It’s summer in The Cities and we’re in need of a low-alcohol, yet high-flavor beer. Enter Wyeast Brand Manager (and Saint Paul local) Michael Dawson with the cure: Boat Bitter. Dawson has some great advice for crafting a superb session-strength ...

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Chop & Brew #8: How to Cook with Beer

Chop & Brew #8: How to Cook with Beer

A couple of months ago, Better Beer Society University hosted the one-and-only Homebrew Chef Sean Z. Paxton and a presentation Paxton called “How to Cook with Beer.” If you aren’t aware, Paxton is a frequent contributor to Beer Advocate, Zymurgy ...

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