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Afternoon Slump: Beer of the Week Returns

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Last year, we ran a weekly beer review column here on GearCrave, prior to the launch of StyleCrave.com.  Since GearCrave now focuses purely on gadgets and technology, we moved this and many other categories and columns over to StyleCrave where they have been covered since.  Today, thanks to our friends at The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, we are re-introducing our Beer of the Week...

Scotsman Trufill Beverage Dispenser fills your beer quickly

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Here’s something I need for the house. The Scotsman Trufill Beverage Dispenser can fill up ten pints in ten seconds. Let me repeat that one for you: TEN pints in TEN seconds. The dispenser uses a special cup that fills your beverage from the bottom to reduce spills and increase speed. If you’re drinking something with ice the dispenser puts ice in from the top at the same time...

Weekend Getaway: Oktoberfest Munich

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This should be on every man's list of "things to do before I die".  Once a year in late September, early October, Germany celebrates Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.  Since 1818, some of the best lagers in the world have been served at Oktoberfest, beers from Spaten, Paulaner, Hofbrau, Lowenbrau, Hacker-Pschorr and Augustiner.  We've featured our favorite of the bunch, Spaten Oktoberfest, as...

Beer of the Week: Boulevard Sixth Glass Quadrupel

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This past weekend, I attended the Iowa City Beer Fest, a large, drunken event featuring some of the best domestic microbreweries (and a few international brews) on the market.  I drank too much.  I enjoyed some of the best beer money can buy, much of it complimentary when mentioning this very column.  My favorite beer of the fest was one I had not yet tasted-- the Boulevard Sixth Glass...

Beer of the Week: Spaten Oktoberfest

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Octoberfest starts next month, GearCravers.  If you can't make it to Munich, bring Munich to you.  Spaten's Oktoberfest has been a long-time favorite of your humble GearCrave editor, first tasted at my old local watering hole the UnderGround Lounge in Chicago.  Pronounced "schpah-tn", this Octoberfest-style beer has a rich, malty flavor and surprising slammability when drinking from a...

Beer of the Week: Duvel

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Next time you ask for a Fat Tire, we suggest you try one of these instead.  Its not that Fat Tire isn't a good beer in spite of the hype, its that Duvel is arguably the best pale ale in the world.  Brewed by the Duvel Moortgat Brewery since 1871, this Belgian golden ale is on the short list of any self-respecting beer snob.  With a name meaning "devil", this beer gives off a sweet and spicy...

Yeti Tundra Series Cooler

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Thinking about bringing a feast to the beach? Or do you simply want to haul enough grub and beer for the ultimate tailgate party? If you answered yes, we've found a cooler that will do your job best. The Yeti cooler's Tundra Series provides you with a 2-inch polyurethane lining and freezer style sealing gasket ensuring your food and beer stays cold. Sturdy rope handles, a dry-goods rack and a...

Beer of the Week: Victory Whirlwind Witbier

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Side note, GearCravers, just wanted to share one of the perks of running GearCrave.  At the end of the year, I can write off beer on my income taxes.  Seriously, beer is a cost of doing business.  Once a month, I head to my local beer boutique, pick seven or eight single bottle beers and return home.  Throughout the month, I'll taste each one and pick four to feature here on GearCrave. ...

Beer of the Week: Abita Turbodog Ale

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Louisiana-based Abita Brewing Company has garnered quite a bit of attention with their tasty craft brews.  While we've uncapped a few in our day, we had yet to try Abita's Turbodog Ale-- which came highly recommended from other beer snobs.  This dark brown ale pours with a light head and earthy aromas of nut and caramel.  Turbodog has a rich, sweet and earthy taste, and while the alcohol...

Beer of the Week: Troubadour Blond Ale

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Continuing our focus on beers for the summer, we've selected a fine Belgian blond for our Beer of the Week.  Troubadour Blond Ale is likely one of the best blonds you'll ever taste.  This bittersweet, balanced, creamy pale ale is perfect for the summer.  While it is light and very easy to drink, don't let the 6.5% alcohol content sneak up on you. We can only think of one negative for this...

Beer of the Week: Goose Island Summertime

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Continuing our focus on summer beers at GearCrave, we select Goose Island's Summertime as our Beer of the Week.  Based in the city of Chicago, Goose Island has become one of the most recognizable domestic microbreweries in operation.  Their Honkers Ale, 312 Urban Wheat, India Pale Ale and Hex Nut Brown can be found in most liquor stores and supermarkets with any attention to domestic brews. ...

GearCrave Poll: Your Favorite Beer of the Week

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We've been running our beer of the week column for a few months now.  We wanted to look back at our past favorites with you to see which beer has been your favorite.  If you want to look back at our beer of the week coverage, take a look at our Beer category.  For now, let's see what beer has been your personal choice.

Beer of the Week: Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

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Thirsty? As that summer heat keeps on rising, so does our urge to grab a cold one. Many domestic microbrews around the country do their part by releasing fresh summer brews, many of which we'll be covering in our beer of the week columns this summer. We'll start off our summer ale coverage with Sierra Nevada's Summerfest Lager, a light, smooth, refreshing pilsner-style lager. Summerfest...

Beer of the Week: Morimoto Soba Ale

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Rogue Brewery is considered by many to be one of the premier domestic microbreweries in operation today. While beers like the Dead Guy Ale and the Shakespeare Stout are most widely acknowledged, Rogue's Morimoto line of beers command recognition on their own. After tasting the Morimoto Soba Ale, we immediately felt that this one is fit for GearCrave's Beer of the Week. Its a shame we popped...

Beer of the Week: Bell's Third Coast Beer

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A few weeks back, we honored Bell's Oberon as our Beer of the Week. Bell's Brewery fans who have gone beyond the Oberon flagship have likely tried-- and loved-- Bell's Third Coast Beer, this week's Beer of the Week. Third Coast Beer is an American blonde ale with a sweet, citrus and malty flavor with a hoppy finish. Like most blonde ales, Third Coast is very drinkable, you'll be on your third...

Beer of the Week: Sierra Nevada Porter

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Today's beer of the week comes from Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, California. Sierra Nevada's Porter has been a favorite of ours for some time, and we thought it was time we share this one with you. Fans of porter will find the Sierra Nevada brew to be a little lighter than most-- and to some this will be a welcome characteristic. The Sierra Nevada Porter is dark, rich, light-medium bodied...

Deluxe Designated Driver Drink Caddy

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Suck at golf? If not, do you prefer to swing with a cocktail in hand? Here's the ultimate solution for your golf bag. Taking a page out of Al Czervik's golf game, the Drink Caddie adds a beverage container and golf club spout to your golf bag, perfect for beer, wine and margaritas. Just don't mix all three together in the same bag. Take this one out on the course with some extra glasses for...

Beer of the Week: Unibroue La Fin Du Monde

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(image: courtesy: IntangibleArts) This week's Beer of the Week comes from our French Canadian friends at the Unibroue brewery in Chambly, Quebec. Their triple-style golden ale, La Fin Du Monde, is our recommendation for this week. La Fin Du Monde, which translates to English as "The End of the World" is a strong, triple-fermented ale with a sweet smell and flavor sealed by a 9% alcohol bite....

Beer of the Week: Bell's Oberon

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(image courtesy: j / f / photos) Bell's Oberon as GearCrave's beer of the week can only mean one thing: that cold weather is finally fully behind us. This Midwestern favorite is brewed by one of the premier domestic breweries, Bell's Brewery of greater Kalamazoo, Michigan. Like the summer itself, Bell's Oberon is golden in color with a sunny aroma. The taste of Oberon is not unlike your...

Beer of the Week: Birra Moretti

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(image courtesy: much ado about nothing) In a world full of pale lager beers, finding yours can be quite a feat. Between American industrial beers like Budweiser, Miller and Coors, there's not a lot of room for distinction. Overseas, beers like Heineken, Becks, Amstel and Stella might be a slight upgrade-- but these are often selected for appearance, more for the label than the flavor. Once...