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Beer with Gin | The History of St. Patrick’s Day

Beer with Gin | The History of St. Patrick’s Day Welcome to our series “Beer with Gin” where we hear from local beer expert Virginia (Gin) Benavidez, co-founder of The Beer Museum to discuss the origin of St. Patrick’s Day. Feature post by Gin: If you’re like me, then you probably celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by drinking way too much, telling people you’re wearing green panties, and constantly singing all the lyrics you know to …

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Craft Beer Marketing Awards Expands Global Judging Panel

Craft Beer Marketing Awards Expands Global Judging Panel The Craft Beer Marketing Awards started as a nationwide competition and the very first awards program in the U.S. to focus exclusively on retail beer marketing efforts and is now a global competition. The expanded global judge panel includes over 500 beverage and beer industry professionals worldwide in over 24 countries, making the CBMAS the largest awards program of its kind in the world. Per the press …

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Beer with Gin | Winter Warmer

Beer with Gin | Winter Warmer Photo courtesy of the Beer Museum Welcome to our series “Beer with Gin” where we hear from local beer expert Virginia (Gin) Benavidez, co-founder of The Beer Museum, to discuss the origin of the Winter Warmer. By Feature Writer Gin Benavidez This article was originally published in January 2020 Winter warmers are a bit odd because, as a beer style, they’re not very well-defined. In fact, the Beer Style …

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Beer with Gin | The History of Oktoberfest

Article originally published Sept 2020. By Feature Writer Gin Benavidez Once upon a time, somebody gleefully asked me if I could explain how Texans do Oktoberfest differently from the beer’s homeland, Germany. I took a long pause and a deep breath. I looked that person in their beautiful and innocent eyes, knowing that they weren’t ready for the havoc their question was about to wreak, but that they would have to suffer through it anyway. …

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Beer with Gin | The History of Taprooms

The History of Taprooms Original article published September 2020 By Feature Writer Gin Benavidez I know it’s been a while since my last article. Maybe it’s just me, but the thought of writing cheery pieces on beer history that are mostly just excuses to make terrible puns hasn’t been all too appealing during a time when so many of our local breweries are struggling. It seems like it’s almost a daily occurrence that TABC throws …

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Beer with Gin | History of Diversity in Beer

By Feature Writer Gin Benavidez A while back, I was asked if I could write on the topic of beer and diversity. I of course agreed, as I’d done some research on the topic and knew that it was something I needed to delve into more deeply. To start to prepare, I purchased the book Beer and Racism: How Beer Became White, Why It Matters, and the Movements to Change It by Nathaniel G. Chapman …

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Time to Give Thanks…With Good Beer

Time to Give Thanks…With Good Beer This is a sponsored post in partnership with BrewStubs We’re not sure how it happened but Turkey Day is just a few days away…Gobble, Gobble.  We want to highlight a few great craft beer selections to pair with your Thanksgiving feast. For the appetizer round you don’t want to get a full-on beer before the meal even starts, so we recommend Acopon Brewing’s Czech Pilsner.  As an added bonus …

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Beer with Gin | A Look at the History of Texas Beer Laws

By Feature Writer Gin Benavidez Y’all, every state has messed up laws when it comes to beer, and Texas is no exception. Our “S” is “effed” as the kids say. I think they say that. I know they love to use single letters as entire words, so that’s probably something they say. Either way, the point is Texas beer laws are wack. For example, did you know that you still can’t buy kegs from some …

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Being a Beer Enthusiast Can be Hard Work

Feature written by Brian Trivitt What typically comes to your mind when you are shopping for beer? Or, how about before you crack open a cold one after work? Are analysis and looking back over past notes two things that came to mind? Probably not. Believe it or not, being a beer connoisseur is actually quite challenging, especially when you have a very analytical personality. Before I get into what I analyze while sipping a …

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Believe in Beer | The Craft Brewery Relief Fund

Donate HERE Press Release: The craft beer industry needs your help. Craft breweries have announced an average of 65% drop in sales since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic almost 2 months ago. Many have had to lay off or furlough the majority of their staff. 46% of breweries anticipate they can only survive 1-3 months given the current operational restrictions. These are scary and sobering statistics. But we don’t want dwell on the negative. We want to inspire hope. And we’re …

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