Issue 28

Beer Chat: Great Beer Fests

One of the best ways to throw yourself headfirst into the ever growing craft beer scene is to attend a well-run beer festival represented by some of the best breweries in the land. There are hundreds of great festivals to

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Beer Chat: Beer & Desset Pairings

Dessert and beer are very much alike. They are both treats which are often enjoyed as a reward for something. Whether an anniversary of life, the end of a long hard day, or just because, their similarities for indulging are

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All Blacked Out and Somewhere to go

I’m jarred suddenly into consciousness, as if revived from arrest. I feel bewildered, confused and ultimately depleted. I can’t see anything. I’m actually not sure if it’s too bright for my eyes to work or if they’re crusted shut. Why

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No Pinot, Please Pour Me A Pint

When most people think of pairing beer with a meal, the first thought (and only thought in many cases) is pairing a Bud with a hotdog at a baseball game. This is a fine pairing and a great American tradition,

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Beer Chat: Craft Beer Go Boom

It’s long been official that craft beer is a really big deal. There are more breweries in operation now than at any other time in our nation’s history and the number of breweries currently in the planning stage are staggering.

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Bartending (or Babysitting) After Midnight: What Your Bartender Wants You to Know

It’s Friday night; you and your friends have already had your delicious dinner. Your server was fantastic and you tipped them appropriately – 20% or better. Now what to do? Go home?Yeah, right – it’s Friday and you’re finally free

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Beer Chat: Magical moments with beer

There are many correlations between the creation of visual art and craft beer.  The artist starts with a blank canvas and only their imagination as their strongest tool to create images never seen before.  The brewer also starts with a

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Beer Chat: Magical Moments with Beer

Even on its own, beer is a magical thing. The best beer moments happen when the company, circumstances and environment come together to make something supremely enjoyable. If I think about it hard enough, I can think of dozens of

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Bar Chat: Bygone Days of Omaha’s Bar Scene

Those interested in dining or enjoying cocktails out in Omaha pursue these interests within a bar and restaurant environment that is in a state of constant evolution. Today’s bars and restaurants, and the customers that frequent them, bring fragments of

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Bar Chat: An Interview with Sam Bloomer at The Side Door

Bar Chat represents my ongoing efforts to shed some well-deserved light on the creative, innovative work being done by some of the area’s top bartenders & mixologists. The following is taken from an interview I conducted recently with The Side

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