IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN (BEER)!!

Calendars have been flipped to the month of September, and for the continental U.S. this means all things pumpkin! In this season of all things orange and nutmeg, one category for us at Colonial shines above the rest: pumpkin beer!

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THE BEERS OF SUMMER

Summer time is upon us! I don't know about you, but to me that means spending every free minute by the pool with my favorite beer. With that sun beating down, I need something nice and refreshing and this list provides just that!

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BARREL AGED BREWS

Barrel aged beer is quite the interesting brew! This is an interesting topic to write about because of the immense possibilities that this process can produce. Bourbon barrels, Scotch barrels, whiskey barrels, and even all the different variants of wine barrels--in barrel aged beer, the possibilities are almost endless.

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DARK BEER FOR YOUR HOLIDAY CHEER

I don't know about you, but when it starts to get colder, I tend to gravitate towards stouts. More often than not, I tend to reach for the higher ABV ones as well. A nice, strong, stout goes perfectly with the cold weather. Here are some of my favorite stouts with high ABV that we offer at Colonial.

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A "NEAD" FOR MEAD

Mead is one of the most ancient brews ever concocted by humans, and traces of it have been found in ruins of all the cradles of civilization. With shows like Game of Thrones and Vikings, and video games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, mead is a very popular beverage, with a lot of love given to it it many forms of media. It's only natural that we have seen increased interest in this ancient beverage.

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HAPPY OKTOBERFEST

Hold on to your Lederhosen, Oktoberfest is here! This year marks the 184th year of the festival in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest began as a celebration of the union of soon-to-be-King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810, but has continued on through the years. At Colonial, we'll celebrate all October long!

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NICE AND WEISSE

With fall coming quick, something attracts me to German wheat beers. Maybe it's memories of the wheat harvest on my grandparents' farm around this time of year. Maybe it's the color schemes on the packaging. Who knows?! What I do know is that I love weissbeirs. This is a list of German weissbeirs that I tend to gravitate towards this time of year.

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DISCOVER BELGIUM

When people think about beer, the first place that comes to mind is Germany, but to me, it's Belgium. Some of the last remaining Trappist breweries are located there....still operated by monks in the monasteries.

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Take A Chill Pils

With summer in full effect, I tend to gravitate to a lighter-bodied beer but not so light that I'm sacrificing flavor. That's where a good old-fashioned Pilsner comes in; one of my all time favorite beer styles.

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Cooking With Beer

Adding beer to food might not be intuitive, but I can tell you that adding the right beer to the right recipe can take you on a one-way trip to flavor town! 

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