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Friends with benefits

It pays to have beer-loving friends

04.29.2008 | 2 Comments

Many hugs and kisses to Troy and his wife for their lovely gift of beer! We opened up a mysterious package last night only to be greeted by a bunch of pigs. A bunch of pigs with the words, “The only thing better than pigs are beer, and rabbit ?The world of gastronomy according to

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Belgium comes to Monday night

04.28.2008 | 0 Comments

As much as we love drinking them, it’s been awhile since we tried brewing our last Belgian, a Peach Abbey Ale, which we decided to call Southern Monk or Mulletproof Monk. Unfortunately, this beer was a lot better in theory than it was on paper. Or in glass. Or in stomach. We really want to

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Interview with a brewer: Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA

12.13.2007 | 2 Comments

The next victim in our Interview with a Brewer series is Tomme, head brewer at Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA. We actually heard about Tomme and the rest of the motley crew through M BeerPix, who are staunchly loyal to the brewery. Before we get into the meat of the interview, a few words

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A sweet dowry…

11.30.2007 | 3 Comments

This past Monday we were able to enjoy an amazing new tap handle as we poured the Swashchuckler and Lumberjack from the kegerator. This stellar new addition is complements of Ian – my younger sister’s boyfriend. Ian and I have a special relationship. I had never met him and for the previous 6 months I

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Addendum to “Part of something bigger”

11.21.2007 | 3 Comments

Normally I don’t repost people’s comments, but our friend Brad (the self-proclaimed Unrepentant Individual) has done gone and made a great point ? which happens to back up my position: One more way the internet is changing the world. Beer used to be dominated by the guys who could make fancy commercials and put them

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Part of something bigger

11.21.2007 | 1 Comment

The Thanksgiving Holiday has given me a chance to catch up on some reading. I’m about halfway through Christopher Mark O’Brien’s Fermenting Revolution. Much of the first half of the book on the history of beer and revolution seems to me to be very conjectural (such as: “Maybe Jesus turned water into beer instead of

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Interview with a Brewer: Half Acre Beer Co

11.09.2007 | 3 Comments

After such an informative interview with Steve at Beau’s All-Natural Brewing, we decided to make a little series out of brewer interviews. And so, we present to you our second such endeavor: an interview with Gabriel, founder of Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, who we discovered through our friend Ted, brewer and drummer and

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Half Acre Beer Company: kindred spirits? We’ll see…

11.08.2007 | 2 Comments

Our friend (and fellow homebrewer) Ted has gotten himself hooked up to a real-life brewery: Half Acre Beer Company, based out of Chicago. Their story is an interesting one. Half Acre doesn’t yet have their own brewery, but they are working on it. In the meantime, they’re contract brewing with some friends farther North. We’re

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Congratulations to Mary, October’s pint glass winner!

10.11.2007 | 1 Comment

Oh Mary… What have you done to deserve this wonderful gift? You’re from Jacksonville. You travel for work. Your boyfriend has a pint glass collection. Are those enough reasons for you? Or, if not, perhaps the fact that we randomly chose your name from our mailing list? For those of you bursting with jealousy, you

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A tribute to the faithful pack mule

10.03.2007 | 2 Comments

Meet Andy. It’s Andy’s lucky day. Andy has been given front-page status for this day only for one reason: he is a pack mule. When you ooze excellence like Jeff, Joel and I, it’s easy to forget the little people that make Monday Night Brewery possible. Andy comes early every week. He mills grains, cleans

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Beer + fridge = beer fridge

09.30.2007 | 3 Comments

There’s nothing better than free stuff. Especially when that stuff is related to beer. Shelli, my manager at my day job (marketing consulting), graciously donated a full-sized refrigerator to the cause of Monday Night Brewery. We don’t have room to store it at Joel‘s yet, and we don’t need it for brewing until we build

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Support homebrewers!

09.28.2007 | 1 Comment

I was poking around on the interweb this morning and found a new (at least to me) homebrew blog, cleverly named Home Brew Beer. Bryon, like us, is brewing his own beer and blogging about it. Good stuff. Check it out. And while I’m here, I should tell you that Joel is going to help

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How did these beers get into Georgia?!

09.06.2007 | 3 Comments

Lost Abbey. A California brewery I have heard much about, but didn’t think I would have a chance to try until I trekked out west. Today at work I received a mysterious package from California with three Lost Abbey brews inside: Judgment Day, Cable Car and Devotion. (Kristin, a co-worker and all-around weird girl, wanted

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2x the months, 2x the pint glass winners

09.05.2007 | 0 Comments

August slipped by without a monthly pint glass winner, but we plan on picking up the slack this month. I would like to formally congratulate August’s winner, Tom of Bearbrook. He lives near Nashville, my hometown, which automatically makes him cool. Not to be outdone, Eric of Cure For What Ales You and Evolvor was

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Friends in high places

08.27.2007 | 3 Comments

We sent a care package to our friend James Spencer of Basic Brewing Radio. Kind of a “thank you for interviewing people about yeast” present. He sent us back this dandy photo. I’m not going to say we’re famous, but…

Blind Bat Brewery: a brewery similar to ours, in that it is not an actual brewery yet

08.15.2007 | 0 Comments

Though not technically a brewery, Blind Bat seems to have quite the head start on MNB. I was reading The Daily Catch today and found an interesting post on Blind Bat, a Long Island upstart focusing on “artisanal ales.” I have to admit, I have terrible associations with Long Island (rich, snotty girls with ugly

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The Goche tastes beer for the first time. The Goche does not like it.

07.28.2007 | 4 Comments

But I can’t blame him… I didn’t like it at first either. I just pretended to like it so my friends wouldn’t call me weak. My roommate, affectionately called “The Goche,” celebrated his 21st birthday last night at midnight by cracking open a bottle of Lumberjack Stout. That’s right. His first beer ever was a

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My roommate has never had a beer

07.18.2007 | 9 Comments

It’s true. Don’t ask me how it happened. Though, to his credit, I didn’t have my first full beer till I turned 21 (I gorged myself on a tepid Rolling Rock). In 2 weeks AJ (the roommate) will be turning 21. He’s been coming to brew beer with us on Monday Night and has yet

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Beer blog round-up!

06.29.2007 | 3 Comments

There are a lot of beer blogs. I seem to stumble upon a new one (or new to me, at least) every day now. However, as I’m sure a lot of you know, there are also a lot of mediocre beer blogs. That said, the following is a purely subjective list of MNB’s all-time beer

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“I don’t want no trub, a trub is a guy don’t get no love from me”

06.20.2007 | 4 Comments

…unless that trub happens to be Trub Wortwurst, in which case trub is a guy who gets TONS of love from me. Why? Because “Trub” AKA Robert has won our monthly pint glass drawing. It’s actually less of a drawing and more of a “ask a co-worker to pick a number between 1 and 63.”

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MNB loses its first flame war!

06.16.2007 | 1 Comment

The Internet is a cruel mistress. About a month back I commented on a post by Hair of the Dog Dave (always a good read, I might add) on a video about how to chill a beer (or Coke) in 2 minutes. Here’s the original video: Chill A Coke In 2 Minutes! – video powered

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New beer rule: variation is not bad. Good news for us.

06.15.2007 | 0 Comments

Before we get started here, this picture has nothing to do with the post. It was just too awesome not to share. Imagine Brian Fellow: “DAT SQUIRREL CAN DRINK A BEER.” Stan at Appellation Beer has released another beer rule: “Variation is not a flaw.” I think he was speaking directly to us with this

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