Profile: Kevin Gibson

From The Alcohol Professor

Kevin Gibson is a Louisville, Ky.-based free-lance writer who writes about everything from food to music to beer to professional football. He loathes cucumbers, loves bacon and once interviewed Yoko Ono (pissed her off a little, too). He published his first novel, The Liberation of Crystal Hill, in 2011, and also plays in a band called The Uncommon Houseflies.

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Beer Review: New Belgium Hemperor HPA

Does hemp flavored beer still taste like beer?
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Category: Craft Beer

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Beer Review: Slap Fight IPA - Is What’s in the Can as Good as the Name?

There are so many craft beers on the market now that a name and/or an image can make or break the beer, for better or worse. And brewers are definitely a creative lot.
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Category: Craft Beer

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Four Beers for Your 2017 Super Bowl Chili Recipe

Super Bowl food comes in many flavors, from all kinds of places.
Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner. There may be chicken wings or homemade guacamole - but the king of the Super Bowl buffet must be chili!
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Category: Craft Beer

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Jester King Gotlandsdricka: Beer of the Vikings

Farmhouse ale from Austin, Texas made with yeast as wild as a viking raid – skol!
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Category: Craft Beer

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Guinness Releases Two New Limited Edition Beers

Antwerpen Stout and Rye Pale Ale are out of the Open Gate!
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Category: Craft Beer

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Battle of the Breweries in Green Bay

Hinterland vs. Titletown – two of the city’s most enduring craft breweries are right near each other, and couldn’t be more different.
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Category: Craft Beer

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Serve Yourself Craft Beer?!

Leatherhead Brewing in Green Bay, has a system that let's you pour your own beer! This is a fun, if potentially dangerous concept.
All photos by Kevin Gibson.
The Alcohol Professor

Category: Craft Beer

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Field Trips: Howells & Hood

So many beers, so worth making the time.

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Big Beach Brewing Opening Soon

Gulf Shore's first ever craft brewery is primed to take advantage of the new Alabama beer laws.

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Beer Review: Founders Mosaic Promise

New IPA is simple, restrained and nearly perfect.

Category: Craft Beer

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Growler Chill: Keeping Growlers Fresh

Now opening a special beer won't be a race against the clock!
A new product, Growler Chill, is heading to market! Not only will it chill and dispense three growlers (standard 64-ounce or 32-ounce howlers) at once, it claims it will keep the beer fresh longer as well – up to three weeks longer.

Category: Craft Beer

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Copper & Kings Releases Cr&ftwerk Brandy

Copper & Kings American Brandy has released apple and grape brandy products aged in new white oak barrels, apple brandy products aged in bourbon barrels and sherry casks, and absinthe distilled with lavender, citrus and ginger. So, it wasn’t a surprise when founder/owner Joe Heron contacted me and asked me to try his new brandy aged in beer barrels, known as Cr&ftwerk Brandy.

Category: Craft Beer

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Do Home Brewers Have A Crystal Ball?

One study says "yes."
Dr. Bart Watson believes craft beer may largely go as home brew goes. His theory comes from plenty of research on past entries from the American Homebrew Association’s National Homebrew Competition, which is the largest beer competition in the world.

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Which Beer Makes the Best Chili?

Yeah, I make pretty good chili. And to me, beer is an essential ingredient. What I’ve found over the years is that different styles of beers can add different flavors and textures. What I do is just choose the beer I want, pour in a twelve ounce bottle once all the other ingredients are there and the chili is ready to simmer.
From Red Ales to IPAs, Stouts and beyond - each adds a different flavor layer.
Recipe for Sam Adams Cream Stout Chili included!

Category: Food

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New Belgium Drops Three New Brews

Amidst a flurry of pineapple IPA releases by a variety of breweries, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing recently dropped an intriguing Citradelic Tangerine IPA, a new year-round beer, as well as a Belgian pale ale and a pair of gluten-free brews.

Category: Craft Beer

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Alltech Releases First-Ever Global Craft Beer Survey

A survey of 128 countries around the world by biotechnology leader Alltech shows not only huge growth in the craft beer industry but suggests possible growth ahead in the East.

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Church of Beer

A number of breweries have opened in former churches the past few years, begging phrases like “church of beer” to be passed around. From Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh to the St. Joseph Brewery & Public House in Indianapolis to McMenamins Old Church Brewery & Pub, the idea isn’t new, but the quaintness doesn’t get old.

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American Brandy: Bourbon’s “More Sophisticated Older Sister”

Attention bourbon enthusiasts: American brandy not only came first, but inspired whiskey makers to barrel-age their distilled spirits.

Category: Cocktails

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Beer Flows Like A River & Dachshunds Run Wild

It was opening day for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the U.S., and the wiener dogs were everywhere. In fact, I quickly realized I had to be careful where I stepped when I made my way into the crowd that had gathered around the makeshift racetrack in the middle of Fountain Square. It’s hard to see a Dachshund in a crowd, and I didn’t want to step on one.

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Beer Gadget Alert: HopBlast

As a lover of APAs and IPAs, one of my favorite parts of enjoying a beer is the aroma. As we all know, aroma is tied to flavor, and a well-made IPA is a bounty on both the nose and the palate. Heck, part of the hopping process in brewing is about adding aroma; grab yourself a dry-hopped beer, and it’s likely to be big on the nose. That’s no accident. But when I ran across the HopBlast, well, I was taken aback at the idea.

Category: Craft Beer

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A Memorable Beer from Kentucky: Citra Ass Down

Kentucky is not exactly an epicenter of brewing, but it’s making strides. One of the prides of Kentucky is Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse in Louisville, a brewery that has grown quickly into an entity that distributes across the U.S. and into Western Europe and Canada. And after a recent expansion that brought about a $1.7 million production brewhouse, Against the Grain began canning one of its signature beers, a double IPA called Citra Ass Down.

Category: Craft Beer

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Review: Victory Brewing’s WildDevil Beer

When brewers have fun, beer drinkers have fun, too. With craft beer’s ridiculous rise in popularity over the last few years, brewers have been having a lot of fun. While the American IPA is one of the most popular beer styles, with its floral notes and bitter hops, an appreciation for sour beers also has emerged. It’s only natural that the two would meet at some point, and that’s exactly some of the fun mentioned.

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Review: Tongue Ninja Sour Double IPA

National IPA Day is Aug. 6, and we at Alcohol Professor are celebrating the days leading up to the “holiday” with posts on a few interesting IPAs, some of which may be familiar and some of which may not. Just when you think every weird brewing hybrid must have already been tried, something else comes along. For me, it was in the form of my friend Nick texting me from a road trip to say he had a beer that would “blow [my] mind.”

Category: Craft Beer

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Founder’s Centennial IPA: Balance Makes the Beer

A Founder’s Brewing Company PR rep sent me a couple of cans of the brewery’s well-traveled Centennial IPA in advance of Aug. 6, which is National IPA Day. Hey, I’ll bite—er, drink. I’d had Centennial before, but only a couple of times. And why not start celebrating early? (Heck, I might start celebrating on Aug. 7 for next year.) The cans were wrapped so tightly in plastic sheets that it took me a good five minutes to liberate the two beers I was sent, and of course I then had to cool them. But it was no surprise at all to find that the beer was well worth the effort.

Category: Craft Beer

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When IPA Meets Whiskey

A beer guy's take on Corsair Distillery's hopped whiskeys.
I’m a beer guy through and through, but as a resident of Kentucky I’m sort of beholden to also pay attention to bourbon and whiskey. And so it was that, while in Bowling Green, Ky., recently for an authors’ conference my girlfriend suggested we visit Corsair Distillery.
Hey, I’m always game to take a tour, sip a few whiskey samples and get another stamp in my Kentucky Bourbon Trail passport. But this small-batch distillery, which also has operations in Nashville, Tenn., had a bit of a surprise waiting for me. OK, several surprises, three of them in the form of whiskey distilled with hops.

Category: Craft Beer

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Old School Innovation: Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA

In a craft beer market in which some of the old guard face being disregarded by fickle beer snobs in search of The Next Big Thing, I’ve been watching with interest as Sierra Nevada works on keeping things fresh. Sierra Nevada has been quietly bringing intriguing and delicious small-batch products to the market, and with some success. I watched as last year’s Harvest Series unfolded, and nearly fell in love with one of them. And now I cannot get enough of the recently released Hop Hunter IPA.

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New Brew: Sam Adams Rebel Rider Session IPA

Once upon a time, Samuel Adams (aka Boston Beer Company) was the pre-eminent craft beer brand. It made beers no one else was doing at the time and managed to find distribution all over the world. Today, however, the old brands like Sam Adams Boston Lager seem passé to many craft beer enthusiasts. It isn’t that the beer is bad, just that craft beer has gone in a different direction, one that more or less mandates that it be hip, funky or otherwise weird.

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New Brew: Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask Stout

You know a barrel-aged beer is serious when there’s an age statement on the bottle. Heck, plenty of whiskeys don’t even have an age statement these days. Well, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, leading Scottish brewery Innis & Gunn is about to drop a beer that might even put an Irish coffee to shame. Aged for 60 days in Irish whiskey chips, this Scotch-Irish stout is well worthy of replacing your Guinness when the green goes on. That is, if you can find it.

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12 Days of Beer Gifts

I grew up singing with my classmates and family a song about partridges in a pear tree, and a bunch of other weird gifts over a 12-day span leading up to Christmas. In those days, I was perplexed why the song didn’t include things like action figures and video games, while strongly endorsing go-to presents like eight maids a-milking. How much milk does one person need? Here are 12 wet and wonderful beers and beer gift packs that should make that beer lover on your list light up like the proverbial Christmas tree or menorah.

Category: Craft Beer

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Bittersweet Cider: Can it Return to America?

Before German immigrants brought their rich brewing culture to American shores in the mid-1800s, another alcoholic drink was the choice of the middle class: hard cider.
But with the rise of beer, hard cider in America slowly but surely disappeared, even though apples continued to be a chief crop here.
And now cider has returned as an alternative drink to beer, favored by those who eschew beer’s bitterness or want to get their buzz on without any gluten involved.
The problem is that most of the new brands are light and sweet. How much of a resemblance do they have to the ciders of old? Probably not much. So what do you look for to find the good stuff?

Category: Craft Beer

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Craft Beer & Baseball

Last year, 15.6 million barrels of craft beer got quaffed, which is 2.3 million more than in 2012. And as of the end of 2013, 2,768 craft breweries – including brewpubs, microbreweries and regional craft breweries – were in business, including 413 new breweries that opened. Of those new craft breweries, there were 65 in California alone.

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Pairing Beer and Easter

Easter is a Christian tradition that stands as the culmination of Lent in Catholicism and also marks the rise of Jesus Christ for all manner of Christian religions. It’s also a time when families get together to eat a lot of food.
Along with said food, they usually have a few drinks to help pass the time and get them through the day. So, we figured we’d point out some possible Easter food and beer pairings.

Category: Craft Beer

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Guide to the Beers of Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest is upon us: lederhosen, bratwurst, schnitzel and beer. Lots of delicious, German beer.
I often find that there isn’t a lot of understanding about the difference between German-style beers and others. At the end of the day, it’s all about malts, hops and yeast for any beer, but the beer heritage in Germany is deep and unique.
So, for anyone out there who is about to crash an Oktoberfest celebration – and there will be a lot of you – here’s a brief guide to some of the more recognizable beer styles and what to expect from them (with a little help from the very complete list at GermanBeerInstitute.com).
Recommendations for your to try included!
Originally posted to The Alcohol Professor

Category: Craft Beer

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