From the Hop Press: The Great Drinking Age Debate

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My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The Hop Press… posted on Saturday, January 3oth.

I guess that I was not surprised to read this week that the Vermont Legislature had, again, taken up the volatile question of whether the legal drinking age should be changed from the current 21 years back to 18. The reason that I was not that surprised was that this highly polarizing issue has simmered (raged?) in the background of society, occasionally flaring up into the spotlight of the media, for many years.

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From the Hop Press: Book Review – The Great Beer Trek

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My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The Hop Press… posted on Saturday, January 23rd.

I read this book by Stephen Morris a while back, but pulled it back off the shelf again this week. With our long Vermont winter nearly reaching it’s mid-point, my wife and I have begun our annual discussion about vacations for the coming year. Along with inherent appeal to me of the story told by the author in this book, there are a number of things this year which are causing us to rethink our typical vacation patterns of years past. The idea of constructing a vacation around beer for some reason seems perfectly normal to me (my wife has gotten used to beer being the basis of many things in my life).

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From the Hop Press: The Denmark Connection

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My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The Hop Press… posted on Saturday, January 16th.

Recently I was fortunate enough to be involved in a rather unique beer tasting event held at the Three Penny Taproom in downtown Montpelier, Vermont. Shaun Hill, an acclaimed local brewer, was there to introduce a small group of beer aficionados to six very limited-run, barrel-aged beers from Denmark. Due to their limited production, these beers will probably never be distributed or sold here in the US.

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From the Hop Press: Back to the Future of Organic Beer

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My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The Hop Press… posted on Saturday, January 9th.

There are in today’s marketplace many examples of beer being sold as “organic”. Today we will look at what it means to be organic, examine a brief history of the organic beer movement and a look at how this type of beer may be fairing among beer drinkers.

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Nørrebro Bryghus/Shaun Hill Barrel Aged Beer Tasting

On Sunday, January 10th, the Three Penny Taproom is presenting six beers brewed by Shaun Hill during his time working at Nørrebro Bryghus in Copenhagen, Denmark. All of these beers are part of the Nørrebro Limited Release/Barrel Aged series. This is a very special event, and is limited to 25 people. Here is the list of the beers on the menu:

Saison Lambic Pinot Noir
Viking Oud Bruin
SEVEN Bordeaux Barrel
SEVEN Port Barrel
Little Korkny Port Barrel
Little Korkny Cognac Barrel

The cost for the event is $40, and will go from 6pm to 8pm, with some special drafts lined up for afterwards! To sign up, e-mail scott@threepennytaproom.com

Cheers!

Scott

http://www.threepennytaproom.com/

Three Penny Taproom

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From The Hop Press: 2010 Resolutions and Beer

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The Hop Press… first one of 2010… posted on Saturday, January 2nd.

We are at that time of the year when nearly everyone makes some sort of a resolution, pledge or promise for the New Year. These typically are changes that we want or need to make going into the New Year. If you are like me, then some of these resolutions tend to repeat from year to year and, generally, I am not all that successful at keeping these sometimes hastily made affirmations. In this article, I will not be bearing my soul to share all of the resolutions that I have made for 2010, but instead will take a brief look at the history of resolutions and the New Year celebration and then talk more about how your choice of beer can significantly affect one of the more commonly held resolutions.

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