Profile: Nora McGunnigle

From The Alcohol Professor

Nora McGunnigle is an independant freelance beer writer and consultant based in New Orleans. You can read more of her work at nolabeerblog.com, or follow her on twitter: @noradeirdre. She is a regular contributor to the New Orleans weekly magazine, The Gambit (http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/ArticleArchives?author=2157952) and is the Louisiana correspondent for the bi-monthly Southern Brew News.

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How Two Friends Started Alabama’s Craft Beer Boom

Michael Sellers and Jason Malone, co-founders of Good People Brewing are responsible for kickstarting Alabama’s craft beer boom. The pair are true pioneers in the city of Birmingham, the state of Alabama, and the Gulf Coast region in general. Sellers and Malone, friends from college, then homebrewers, reconnected over beer and realized that Birmingham needed a brewery. And, in 2006, they were crazy and ambitious enough to try to do something about it. Now Good People is Alabama’s oldest and largest brewery.

Category: Craft Beer

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Dispatch from the Beer Blogger’s Conference 2014

The Beer Bloggers Conference, organized and run by Zephyr Adventures, had its fifth conference in San Diego in August. The purpose of the conference is to bring together bloggers from all over the country to celebrate craft beer, particularly in the city the event is held in. Breweries, brewpubs, and distributors sponsor the event, hoping to get the attention of bloggers and writers who will spread the word about their products on blogs, social media and other publications. Other sponsors like CraftBeer.com (the online content arm of the Brewers Association) and the National Beer Wholesalers Association are involved to give bloggers and writers their perspectives, and other sponsors like WordPress, Sucuri website security, and others to show off their tools and toys.

Category: Craft Beer

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Why Beer Glasses Matter

Leading Louisiana brewery Abita Brewing recently paired up with glass manufacturer Spiegelau to demonstrate why the glass used to drink a beer is as important to enjoyment as the beer itself. This demonstration made a believer out of me regarding the proper shape and thinness of glassware. We did side by side comparisons with shaker pints and even tried the same beer in two differently shaped Spiegelau glasses, and the difference was immediately apparent.

Category: Craft Beer

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Great American Beer Festival Report

This was my second time in Denver for GABF, but the first time I was there as a member of the media. This year there were over 49,000 total attendees of GABF, including people with tickets, media, exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers, and brewers. Tickets for the event, which is four 4-hour sessions spread out over three days (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – all session tickets sold separately) sold out in 32 minutes for 2014. For comparison, in 2007, tickets were still available until the week of the event.

Category: Craft Beer

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Beer Wholesalers Conference Report

I’ve long been fascinated by the middle tier of distribution: the laws that surround the post-Prohibition three tier (producer/brewer >distributor >retailer) system of alcohol distribution have been criticized loudly by consumers and behind closed doors by brewers. Some brewers’ business models align better with the three tier system than others. I know a lot of local distributor craft beer sales reps who are passionate about bringing more breweries to the New Orleans market, and are proud to consider themselves an integral part of the region’s craft beer growth over the past few years.

Category: Craft Beer

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Girls' Pint Out!

I love it when women tell me how happy they are with Girls' Pint Out. Even women who are very comfortable going out and drinking with men or mixed groups are happy about it. For my first event back in December, I was nervous that just a couple of my friends would show up – but we had more than 25 women hanging out, most of whom I’d never met till that night! And now I have some new, kickass, beer drinking girlfriends.

Category: Craft Beer

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World Cup: Quarter Finals Beer

Eight enter, and four advance to the next round. On Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5, the quarter finalists will be battling for soccer supremacy. I’ve done some digging around to find a representative beer for each country!

Category: Craft Beer

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Oktoberfest: a Tradition Worth Seeking Out

As October winds down and before the holiday beers come into the market, it’s time to take a moment to reflect upon the annual Oktoberfest beer season.
The Oktoberfest tradition originated in the Bavarian city of Munich in 1810 to celebrate the wedding engagement of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, and came to the United States over the following 150 years wherever German immigrants settled. In New Orleans, for example, the German population influx was one of the factors that led to the city’s reputation as the brewing capital of the South before Prohibition, leading to extensive Oktoberfest celebrations in the area that remain active to this day. Oktoberfest is about more than just the beer style. It’s a tradition started more than 200 years ago that is still close to many communities in the United States.
Tasting recommendations included!

Category: Craft Beer

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