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67 Beer Festivals and Counting | Brew Fest Tips from 3 Years in the Flow

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At Tapped Life, we go to over 20 beer festivals a year and we have most definitely learned a couple things along ye ole beer trail. Here are some things we have learned…often the hard way. You know the hard way…spending a Saturday drinking local craft brews, laughing and selling t-shirts to all my favorite dedicated drinkers. 67 beer festivals and counting | brew fest tips from 3 years in the flow. • Be crafty but be prepared.     Let me just say this, it’s like the biblical plagues out there…sometimes. Now most often, Mother Nature is in full support...

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Top 10 Beer Names from the 2015 GABF Winners List from tappedlife.com

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Alright. The biggest beer weekend of the year is over and another Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is has flowed through Denver, Colorado. It was bumping downtown with thousands on the streets celebrating craft brewing and watching the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. All Winners here. The Tapped Life Crew was hitting Denver hard with stops at Falling Rock Tap House, Crooked Stave Brewing, River North Brewery, and the Granddaddy, Breckenridge Brewery. We spent Friday evening at the festival and the VIP Pairing Event tasting a couple winners (not that we knew at the time), Saturday we did most of...

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Tiny Craft Beer Towns to Explore

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Sure you’ve done beer tours of Denver, Portland, and San Francisco. Who hasn’t? But have you tried going on a beer tour in Santa Fe, New Mexico? (Did you even know New Mexico is a state?) Well, you might be missing out. According to Thrillist, there are 9 up-and-coming little towns with a craft beer problem. Asheville, North Carolina: Tapped Life has had the good fortune of visiting Asheville, and it is one hell of a town. We definitely recommend Wicked Weed and Asheville Brewing. The Wedge has unforgettable atmosphere. The town also has an amazing amount of used bookstores. Just...

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Manifest Destiny | A Craft Beer Expansion

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Expansion. Back in the 1800’s, many Americans felt it was their destiny to move from the eastern and middle parts of the United States and push west, to settle the entire continent with virtuous people and institutions. Many Americans at the time believed that it was their mission to remake the savage, untamed parts of our country. Manifest destiny | a craft beer expansion. Today, we have another great expansion: the craft beer expansion. What began as a local, independent, and innovative movement has spread nationwide. Nearly every state can boast a progressive brewing scene full of craft breweries and...

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What’s the Brew-Ha-Ha | Gluten-Free & Gluten-Removed Beers

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Beer is made with water, barley, yeast, and hops. More or less. Today, our craft brewer friends are quite eager to brew beer with ingredients outside of those parameters. And for that, Tapped Life is grateful. Where would we be without a fine witbier this time of year? And you know that almost every brewery in the country is getting their pumpkin beer ready (for better or worse). Seasonal brews definitely break the Reinheitsgebot barrier. Reinheitsgebot is the German Beer Purity Law that was passed more than 500 years ago. Those rule-loving Germans only allowed water, barley, and hops in their...

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