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The Beer Friends write, review, and discuss Craft Beer as fans instead of experts.  They share their unique voice and affinity for craft beer through multiple platforms and offer a range of media to join their craft beer conversation.

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Trouble's Brewing

Beer Friends

The lines between craft and macro are blurred when Walmart begins producing its own beer. Though it is marketed to look like a Craft Beer, it obviously breaks more than one of the Brewers Association definition. It is also unclear where exactly these beers are brewed. We ask if all this mean there were legal missteps in calling it “craft beer?” If you’d like to know more about how these beers taste you can check out the guest review on our blog. Grab a pint and join the conversation on facebook and twitter; or email us your thoughts.

Beer Snob Backlash

Beer Friends

Is the time of the beer snob coming to an end? Some certainly think so. Is this a new trend away from Craft Beer or are macro fans just becoming more vocal? Also, this week we say goodbye to a New York Craft Beer institution. Grab a pint and join the conversation on facebook, twitter, or email us.

The Belmont Blacklist

Beer Friends

Belmont Massachusetts based bottle shop Craft Beer Cellar found itself the focus of the beer blogosphere recently when an internal memo was leaked to the public. A purchasing guideline for franchisees was dubbed a “blacklist” when it was discovered there was a list of breweries that were not to be carried in stores. Should we be concerned when small businesses take this step or is this normal operating procedure? Does this bother craft beer drinkers? Is this legal? Does we even care? For more context on Massachusetts beer business and laws listen to our episode Boston Beer Bribery Boondoggle . Grab a pint and join the conversation on facebook, twitter, or email us.

TRAVELocity for a Beer

Beerfriend Paul

Check on #beercation and you can see that travel and craft beer have been intertwined for a while. Now Travelocity has teamed with the Brewer Association to come up with travel packages for craft beer fans. We discuss craft beer trips we would like to see as well as what are the biggest cities for breweries. We also try Nuts For Drinks and see how they pair with beer and we finish the episode by discussing where Robin Hood would drink for some reason. Grab a pint and join the conversation on facebook, twitter, or email us.

21 Turns 83 on 16340

Beerfriend Paul

It’s time to celebrate a real drinking holiday! Not the kind we think of like St. Paddy’s or Labor Day, this holiday has constitutional ramifications. We discuss the historical significance of December 5th and the alcohol you are drinking. Then, spurned an article by Joshua Bernstein, we talk about the inconsistencies of bottle dating and how that affects the beer we buy off the shelf. Grab a pint and join the conversation on facebook, twitter, or email us.

Sell Out? Get Burned!

Beer Friends

A few months ago, there was a Serious Eats article about the benefits of craft breweries selling out to macro beer companies. While we have our own feelings about breweries that sell out, we thought it would be better to read from a Blog Post by Modern Times’ Jacob McKean that sums up our feelings, as well as adds the small business and brewer’s perspective that we don’t have. Jacob refutes a lot of the points in the article and brings up some larger systemic problems with these kinds of buy outs. We finish with a discussion about what the future holds for the craft beer movement and how these brewery purchases will shape it. Grab a pint and join the conversation on facebook, twitter, or email us.

500 Years of Reinheitsgebot

Beer Friends

It’s a history lesson this week as we delve into the Reinheitsgebot and some of the 500 years of history that come along with it. Phil takes us through the history of the German beer purity law We talk about how came into existence, how it evolved over the years, and even how it shaped how Germany became the country we know it today. Most importantly we discuss the many things about Reinheitsgebot we’ve gotten wrong on the podcast over the years. It’s a learning experience for us all! Grab a pint and join the conversation on facebook, twitter, or email us.