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Sep 06, 2018

How to: Make a Beer Can Camping Stove

For my money, this is the best time of year to spend a few nights outdoors. The bugs have died down, but the weather is still sunny and dry. The days are  warm, but the nights are cool enough that you can snuggle down into your sleeping bag and not sweat it out in a roasting hot tent.

Perhaps you'd like to try a few nights backpacking or minimalist base camping, but you don't want to invest a ton of cash on the gear to make it happen. #Understood, friend. 

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May 22, 2018

Move Over, LaCroix: This is the Sparkling Water You Should Be Drinking All Summer

Topo Chico sparkling water bottle poured over iceSparkling water. It's a thing. Whether a weird normcore love of the dated 90s can design, or an earnest attempt to cut back on sugar and chemical-laden soft drinks, the cool kids have embraced LaCroix. And drink manufacturers, in an effort to capture the energy, are coming out with dozens of their own brightly-colored alternatives. I went to the grocery store yesterday, and spied no less than seven distinct brands of pink and orange-canned flavored waters, all of which basically look the same (and all which include a version of pamplemousse), attempting to capitalize on the trend.

I'm no hater. Live and let sip. If it keeps you hydrated and drinking less sugary soda, or even beer, then enjoy yourself. But, if you truly love the bubbles, then allow me to nominate my lifelong favorite sparkling beverage that never doesn't taste unbelievably delicious and refreshing, and, dare I say, defines effervescence?    

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May 07, 2018

ManMade Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Make Awesome Beer Cocktails

Our love for beer is sincere and it grows stronger every year (and so does our beer belly, but it's so worth it.) Like whiskey or quality tequila, it can be perfect just by itself, in a glass, alongside a meal and preferably outside.

ManMade Guide to Beer Cocktails

But beer's unique flavor profile - bitter, sweet, acidic, malty - as well as its texture and carbonation also make it a great backbone for cocktails. And in this ManMade Guide, we're giving you the basics to make the perfect beer cocktails.

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Nov 19, 2017

27 Essential Tips to Totally Nail Thanksgiving This Year

This post brought to you in partnership with Ballast Point Brewing
 

Thanksgiving has two of my favorite English words in it, so it's not surprising it's among my favorite holidays of the year. It's infinitely adaptable, both in terms of what you eat, and what you do during the holiday. Plus, it's a long weekend off during a period of the year when most of us sorely need it (a break from the cold, grey skies of early winter). This is the holiday for people who wish they could hibernate. For people who want to sit in their house all day, surrounded by good friends, family, and food. Who are thankful for what they have, and want to share it with others who might not be so lucky. 

So I'm excited to share a heaping helping of my favorite tips for making the Thanksgiving holiday smooth and stress-free.    

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Jul 14, 2017

Should We All Be Putting Pickles in Our Beer? (Answer: Yes)

You know how an olive in your martini tastes awesome? Or the necessity of a pepperoncini in a Bloody Mary? Those salty, vinegary flavors seriously enhance the flavor of a beverage, somehow becoming more of themselves in the presence of ethanol. So, ready for the next step and inevitable conclusion this summer? Put a pickle in your beer. 

Yeah, seriously. Trust us on this one.    

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Mar 20, 2017

Beer Talk: What is a Cream Ale, and Is There Actually Cream in It?

Two fun facts: 1) unlike most styles, the cream ale is original to North American, born in the US in the mid 1800s; 2) the cream is, of course, an ale, but it is inspired by German lagers and "drinks" like a lager — it's light, crisp, and goes down easy. Okay, so that's what I do know; here's what I don't: what is a cream ale? And is there actually cream in it?    

Spoiler alert: no, there isn't. Cream ales are simply light American ales that have an additional fermentable sugar sources like corn or rice to lighten the body. This makes the beer ferment faster, and therefore more economically; their overall lightness makes them easier

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Jan 31, 2017

How to Actually Prevent Your Beer from Getting "Skunked" and Producing Off Flavors

Perhaps you've heard this piece of advice: never let a cold beer warm up and then become cold again. Practically, this means if you buy a refrigerated beer from the case, then you must keep it refrigerated until it's time to drink it. And it should never sit out at room temperature on the counter, in the pantry, etc.  The threat is: the bizarre, off flavors of a beer that's been "skunked" usually described as tasting like wet newspaper, rubber, or if you ask me, the way the pet store smells.

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Nov 11, 2016

4 DIY Wooden Beer Carriers You Should Make This Weekend

Beer Carrier
Credit: Vintage Zest

We spend a lot of time picking out our craft beers lately. Those fancy brews deserve better than a cheap cardboard carrier, so why not make something a bit more classy? Here are four great projects you can whip up easily.     

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Sep 23, 2016

How to: Make A Custom Rough-Cut Lumber Beer Flight Set

created at: 10/19/2014

Craft beer is growing out here on the West Coast like a wildfire in the wind. While visiting local breweries in the area, I've always been impressed by well made flight sets, so I decided to make my own.

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Aug 26, 2016

Make Your Own Tomahawk Survival Axe...That Also Opens Beers

A survival axe built to cover anything the average camper might need: hacks firewood, saws most anything, and comes with a bottle opener. A weekend of mountaineering and carrying multiple tools led to its invention Bennewho passes on his wisdom in this full-on how-to...

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Jun 27, 2016

Beer + Ice Cream: 5 Simple Beer Floats You Simply Have to Try this Summer

created at: 06/27/2016

When it's this hot out, there are only a few ways to cool down that satisfy, and a frosty beer or scoop of ice cream definitely top our list. Both are true treats that taste great on their own, but if you’re not mixing the two together, you’re missing out on what is certainly the best dessert you enjoy this season. 

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Jun 21, 2016

10 Great Southern Beers You Should Be Drinking this Summer

created at: 06/21/2016

The southeast has a lot of great things about it -- beaches, mountains, iced tea, southern hospitality -- but it isn’t necessarily considered a hotbed of the craft beer world. There are great craft beer cities, sure, but it doesn’t have the respect of a Michigan, Oregon, or upstate New York. The past decade has seen an explosion of breweries in the southeast, though, and these folks have mastered brewing for summertime. These breweries don’t just know heat. They live it, and they make beer that suits it. With that in mind, here are ten favorites to help you beat the heat next time you’re having friends or family over this summer. 

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Jun 10, 2016

How to: Cure a Hangover [According to Science]

 

created at: 06/10/2016The quest for the sought-after hangover cure certainly began the morning after humanity discovered the fun of fermented liquids. And after thousands of years, different regions of the world have arrived at different conclusions on how to treat one, even coming up with different cures for each symptom.   

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Jun 07, 2016

Make This: 1 Board DIY Beer Flight Holder

Beer Flight DIYPerfect for a summer outside, this simple beer flight holder let's everyone try out those new craft brews in style. This simple but stable holder is made from a single board and will likely be a centerpiece of many summer get-together in the near future.  

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Apr 04, 2016

How to: Make the Pabst Blue Reuben

What started as a series of drunken emails between two food blogs birthed a sandwich that sounds almost too good to be true. As a non-ironic fan of both PBR and Reuben sandwiches, I've gotta say, I'm very interested.   

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Mar 02, 2016

How to: Make a Six-Pack Craft Caddy or Project Organizer

Maker and craft book author Shawn Gascoyne-Bowman came up with this clever way to keep track of those various projects-in-process: create a reusable "caddy" from a bulked-up six-pack beer carrier.   

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Feb 18, 2016

The Best Beer in the World, Described

created at: 02/18/2016

Perhaps you hadn't heard yet, but the world's most perfect beer is out there. It took twelve years to develop, but eventually the team at Fishdog River Brewing Co. just nailed it.    

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Feb 03, 2016

Blow My Mindsday: February 3, 2016

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

 

I just spied these carved wooden drawer and cabinet pulls on

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Dec 16, 2015

How to: Make Craft Beer Pickles

Pickles are great even if they are a luxury on most sandwiches. In fact any Whole Foods type store is bound to be full of jars of hip and artisanal pickles, many of which will cost a small fortune. If you’re game to save some dough and more imporantly go on an AMAZING flavor adventure, then this IPA Craft Pickle recipe is for you.   

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Nov 13, 2015

The Best Cross-Country Craft Beer Road Trip, Routed Algorithmically

It goes without saying that drinking and driving don’t mix. But how about cross-country driving and hitting up the best craft breweries in the same area all in one go? Not a bad plan, but how would you decide which breweries are worth you time (there are currently over 4,000 craft breweries in America)? 

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