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  • DaedalusHowell

    You’ve suffered through the Cola Wars, now you can lean back, crack a brew and watch beers battle for sudsy dominance. Bookmaker.com, known its high stakes online sportsbook for the beer battle, has loaned its prowess calling the odds to help you win a round off your drinking buddies.

    Currently, Budweiser is holding the number one spot with Budlight and Coors vying for top position. Bookmaker.com’s Tony Harvey and team have crunched the numbers (and recyclable cans, one presumes) and laid out the odds on which beer companies are most likely to out sell the others by September 1, 2011. This is how the odds appear at present, according to a recent release:

    Budlight -5000 98%

    Budweiser +1000 9%

    Coors Light +1100 8%

    Miller Light +1100 8%

    Natural Lig…

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  • DaedalusHowell

    The “art vs. craft” conundrum has infiltrated the world of micro-brewing, otherwise known as “artisanal brewing” or is it “craft brewing?” You can be the judge beginning at 5 p.m., this Saturday, March 12 as the the Sonoma Community Center hosts “Beer-vana: Nirvana for Beer-Lovers.”

    The 21 and over event will feature a couple dozen local and regional beer breweries supplemented by nosh from local coffee houses and live tunes courtesy of the Jason Bodlovich Trio.

    “We’re hoping people take this opportunity to come down to the community center and try a bunch of different styles of beer, side-by-side, and develop an appreciation for the skill that goes into producing serious beer,” event co-organizer David Daniel told the Sonoma Index-Tribune.

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  • DaedalusHowell

    Forget wine and food pairings –during the rainy days of winter, hands down the best way to drink and dine is with Guinness and A) beef stew; B) shepherd’s pie; or C) a ploughman’s lunch. If you detect an anglophile streak in the menu items, please consider that Guinness, after all, is Irish and that no cuisine is better suited for miserable weather than that invented by people who live in miserable weather 24/7. They cope with food –hearty, heavy comfort food made of meat, potatoes and furrowed brows. Moreover, at least two of these proposed dishes can be made with Guinness. If you could safely replace your blood with Guinness I’d suggest that too but alas, we’ll just have to suffer through the dreary drizzle with our bloody human blood (t…

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  • DaedalusHowell

    For those intolerant to gluten, the protein composite in foods made from wheat, barley or rye products, beer is basically the devil. Most brews are made from fermenting cereals such as a malted barley and wheat, making most a tall, cold pint of dietary hell. Fortunately, Boulder, CO-based New Planet Beer Company offers a line of gluten-free craft beer that they’re rolling out throughout the west and Rock Mountain markets.

    The latest, Off Grid Pale Ale, riffs on the classic pale ale with a recipe from sorghum and brown rice extract, molasses, tapioca maltodextrin, caramel color, hops and, of course, yeast. According to BeerAdvocate, the beer boasts a lean-ish170 calories and is 5% ABV. Dedicated to the gluten-free premise (owing to the dieta…

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  • DaedalusHowell

    Say you’re about to revamp your website or blog, you crack open a brew and suddenly inspiration springs from the bottle like the proverbial genie – use a bottle cap motif for you social networking icons! Fortunately, Milano-born designer Andera Austoni’s twisted-off the concept in September of 2009 and created a seven pack (yeah, I thought it was weird he didn’t stop at six) of icons featuring Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, Reddit and Del.ico.ous. The set is free to download from Austoni’s site CuteLittleFactory, with dozens of other icon sets, from breakfast foods to mustaches.

    On his site, Austoni, who now lives in Krakow, Poland, professes to “wear long hair, bell bottoms and stretchy shirts. Horizontal stripes only, tha…

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