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I Can’t Stop Thinking About Wolves

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Every winter Stormbreaker Brewing releases a new version of their Winter Coat Ale -- a big burly dark beer with additions that change each year. For 2017 they take inspiration from one of the most iconic winter coats in pop culture -- Jon Snow’s big fluffy fur coat from Game of Thrones. In homage to wolf subthemes, Stormbreaker uses wolfberries to give this dark brew a plot twist for the palate. Also known as goji berries, this superfood is...

Better Living through Apothecary

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Goodlife Brewing and Ale Apothecary share more than a building -- they’ve shared a loading dock, helped each other out with nitrogen brewing projects. They now share in a collaboration that perfectly encapsulates these two very different brewers -- the Brett Lager. Goodlife is an easy-drinking ale specialist. This year they scored the biggest medal in the session beer world -- the GABF gold for their Pale Ale! Ale Apothecary is an oak-aged Sour/Wild Ale specialist that’s...

The Evil That Men Do

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When Bruce Dickinson, legendary frontman of legendary Iron Maiden heavy metal band, wanted to brew a beer he sought out his favorite: Robinsons, a well-travelled traditionally English brewery with over 150 years of experience. At first they Robinsons was dismissive. They’d tried a band-brewery collaboration before and weren’t happy with the results. They didn’t just want to make a novelty beer, they wanted to make a quality product. So they put Dickinson through a rigorous blind tasting...

It’s a Trap!

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From 1945 until 1992, St. Bernardus Brewery had a contract to make some of the most coveted Trappist beers in the world. Given the revered St. Sixtus yeast strain, they produced the Westvleteren catalog of beers. Then in 1992, the Trappist beer requirements tightened, making it so all beers named Trappist had to be physically made inside a monastery. St. Bernardus Brewery was forced to drop its Trappist label and transform the image of a monk on its label into...

Outside the Ordinary

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Upslope Brewing Company has got to be the brewery most obsessed with the great outdoors we’ve ever featured on Tavour. For starters, they have a series of launch parties for their beers in the middle of a hike through the woods. One of these brews, their Outside Denali IPA, was made to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the outdoor recreation-focused Outside magazine. But for Upslope, nature isn’t all fun and games; they also intently focused on conserving the...

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