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Online Home of J. Wilson, Beer Drinker & Lifestyle Expert

J. Wilson is an award-winning homebrewer, BJCP Certified beer judge and pretty good dad. Blogging about an ideal condition of harmony, beer and joy at brewvana since 2007, Wilson is the author of the 2011 investigation into the origins of … Continue reading

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Does Hydro Flask really perform?

In a word, yes. I’ve heard about how impressive Hydro Flask growlers are, and after a recent conversation with one of the sales representatives at the Craft Brewers Conference last week, I received a complimentary 16-ounce True Pint to test … Continue reading

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Reviewed: Bourbon Curious

Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker By Fred Minnick Zenith Press When I was in high school and college, I very purposely stayed away from smoking weed. Figuring I’d probably like it, I steered clear. For … Continue reading

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Reviewed: Apples to Cider

Apples to Cider: How to Make Cider at Home April White with Stephen Wood Quarry Books, 2015 Written in collaboration with cider maker Stephen Wood, April White’s Apples to Cider: How to Make Cider at Home offers an unintimidating foray … Continue reading

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Nebraska Brewing Company’s La Vista Production Facility

With all apologies to my buddy Paul Kavulak, I don’t make it to Omaha very often. This, despite the fact that Omaha and my more frequently visited Des Moines are equidistant from my front door. My buddy Paul Kavulak will, … Continue reading

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Mad Libs Beer Review: Jack-O Traveler Shandy

Kyle and I got together recently to play Beer Madlibs, brewvana’s  occasional series, in which I write down thoughts on a beer and plug them into the classic, childhood word game. It’s more fun than a pretentious beer nerd review. … Continue reading

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Postcard from the Oregon beer trail #1

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Fathead Release

Paul and company at Nebraska Brewing Company have their Fathead Barley Wine rolling as I type. Kyle’s here, my family’s here and I saw Luke for the first time since he was in the 8th grade. Brewvana. The beer is … Continue reading

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Work

  Drinking a beer so I can take a picture so I can upload it so I can see if I have the hang of this new-fangled phone (and blogging remotely and shortly from it).

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GPS failure: using my resources to find beer

Just because I’m a fairly bright guy, doesn’t mean I plan ahead every time. Or have time to plan ahead every time. Yesterday, I took my uncle to the airport in Kansas City. It occurred to my busy self that … Continue reading

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