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labor day 2016I know we typically talk about craft beer here on Exuberation.com. And this weekend Budweiser is letting us all know that craft beer drinkers are still an elite group. But whatever your choice of activities, foods, and beverages - be sure to celebrate the last long weekend of Summer!

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minibrew.pngTruthfully I don't drink a lot of beer. But when I do... Really, when I do drink beer I like variety and simplicity. So I've never attempted to brew my own. It's just more reliable and way cheaper to buy a bottle and see if I like it without having to wait a few weeks to be disappointed by my own lack of brewing skills. But this new offering that lets me design and brew 'on my kitchen counter' looks like it might be a winner.

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The Most Beer-Loving Countries Around the World

Posted on October 8, 2015 by Natalie Morin Shutterstock

The beginning of October brings with it images of falling leaves, warm drinks and pumpkin-carving. But many adults look forward to the month for a very particular reason: beer. Cities around the world ring in the height of fall by hosting their own Oktoberfests, mirrored after the longstanding German festival.

Though countries wait until the fall to pay tribute to beer, there are some that celebrate it year-round. But which one reigns above all others as the most beer-loving country?

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beer-glass-type-guideIt is well known that beer has been with mankind for a long time. As beer itself changed, expanded, and improved, so did the way in which we actually got the beer to our mouths. The earlier vessels man used for drinking included earthenware, pottery, carved out wood, and even sewn-together pieces of leather. As time went on, man saw small improvements in the quality of their beer glasses. Early Europeans living during the time of the Bubonic plague saw the creation of beer steins, which had an enclosed top on the steins to keep flies from landing in the brew and getting the person sick.

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german beerThroughout Germany, beer is very popular with the culture. Germany contains well over 1,000 breweries, which is more than any other location in the world. All beer that is manufactured in Germany must follow the purity law, which lets manufacturers know what ingredients can and can’t be used. Basically, the only ingredients allowed to make beer in Germany are water, hops, and barley malt.

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bbbbqIf you haven't heard of the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festivals before you probably want to check this out. Unfortunately there is NO WINE at these events, but they do host the events in several areas across the US. We plan on attending this year based on recommendations of our friends. I'm sure we'll be able to sample some great offerings and will report in after the fact. Of course that won't be for a few months - can hardly wait. See the video below for an overview.

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craft beersThink there is just one brand of beer in the world? Do you often find yourself buying the same beer again and again at the grocery store? You might be losing out on experiencing tons of new offerings from local breweries that pack both great taste and great value. If you want to learn more about craft beers, then just read on. Here, we will tell you just what craft beer is, where to find it, and flavors to look out for.

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Devils brewProhibitionists and other conservatives have long viewed beer as the devil's brew. Beer itself isn't so bad; it's people that have given it a bad rap. When used in a controlled social setting, beer is nothing more than a cold, refreshing break time treat.

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beer ingredientsThe main ingredients found in beer are water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. There are other ingredients such as flavoring, sugar, and other ingredients that are commonly used. Starches are used as well, as they convert in the mashing process to easily fermentable sugars that will help to increase the alcohol content of beer while adding body and flavor.

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aha logoThe American Homebrewers Association (AHA) hosts a series of AHA Rallies across the country to give homebrewers the chance to check out some of their local breweries and connect with other beer enthusiasts and homebrewers in their area. This upcoming Rally will take place in Ocean Township, N.J. at Kane Brewing Company and offers the opportunity to take a VIP tour of the brewery, meet brewery staff, enjoy Kane beer samples, and win great prizes from the brewery and the AHA.Guests will also have the chance to be part of The Wort Give-Away, in which participants will each receive five gallons of Kane-produced wort to be fermented at home. Plus, all attendees will take home a Rally-exclusive gift from the AHA.

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20141011 160336I'm a fan of dark beers. I love the density of the flavors. On the other hand I'm not so fond of IPAs. So when our local brewery offered up their latest combo, Man in Black IPA,  I just had to give it a shot. The result is a perfect combination of deep flavor with a light(ish) nose.