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BBSU Starts Wednesday!


Better Beer Society University starts Wednesday! There are still some open spots, so grab your no. 2 pencils (or perhaps your keyboard) and sign up today! Classes meet Wednesdays from March 4th through May 20th at either 6pm or 7:30pm ...

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Chop & Brew # 34: Bad Ass Saison with Nathan Smith

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Our homebrewing friends at Chop & Brew are back in the Bad Ass Brewery with a bad ass guest host and co-brewer – Nathan Smith! Nathan is an awarding-winning homebrewer who calls the Bay Area home, but he’s originally from ...

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A Few New Chop & Brew

We’ve fallen a bit behind on posting new Chop & Brew episodes — so here’s a quick update for the homebrewers out there! Episode 28 “AHA Wort Rally Beer Tasting Notes” features a taste panel on four very different beers ...

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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


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


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


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


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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