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Have ‘A Brew Christmas’ With Beer Stuff

From time to time, you hear me talking about various beer gadgets on your "Beer Break At Work", weekdays at 3:20 p.m. (where you can win great prizes)! And now, you can shop for the hop head on your Christmas list with these must-have beer items.

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‘Snowdrift Vanilla Porter’ On Cold Winter Nights [VIDEO]

Another winter seasonal beer that's made it's way into the Mohawk Valley is "Snowdrift Vanilla Porter" from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewery of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. I've tried this one myself, and it's a very pleasant dark brew. Here's what it's all

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What’s The Difference Between Ale And Lager? [VIDEO]

When I was a tour guide during my college days at the F.X. Matt Brewery, one of the most asked questions was, "What's the difference between ale and lager"? Let's answer that right now.

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Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Guinness
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Pounding A Guinness A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

As if we needed another excuse to knock back a brewski regularly... Turns out that my favorite beer that's commonly compared to motor oil actually has health benefits when consumed

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Check Out ‘Best Bars In America’ On Esquire [VIDEO]

To prepare for your "Beer Break At Work" on 96.1 WODZ weekdays at 3:20 p.m., I often do reasearch on the subject. Sometimes I get ideas by watching "Best Bars In America" on the Esquire Network. Actually, I seldom get ideas from this show, but the two guys hosting it are funny.

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Saranac Caramel Porter
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Saranac ‘Caramel Porter’ Is Back For Another Winter

Once again, my friends at the F.X. Matt Brewing Company have released one of the favorite seasonal beers for winter: Saranac 'Caramel Porter'. Yes it's on the dark side, being a porter, but has a subtle sweetness due to the caramel flavor.

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Here Comes The 2nd Annual Varick Street SANTACON

Think Varick Street is dead in the winter? Think again. It's abuzz on Saturday (the 20th) at the Saranac Brewery and the surrounding clubs for the 2nd annual 'SANTACON'. But just what IS Santacon, exactly?

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Saranac Adironack Amber Tray
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Watch New Saranac TV Comercial [VIDEO]

As a former tour guide at the F.X. Matt Brewery, I keep in touch with the brewery and they keep in touch with me. Recently, I received word from my friends at the brewery that they just produced a new TV commercial that will be airing this week.

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Budweiser Gives Clydesdales The Holidays Off [VIDEO]

I'm a sentimental softy when it comes to the holidays, and I love the classic Christmas TV commercials. It always felt like the holiday season when those Clydesdales would be pulling the sleigh on a snowy night in the classic Budweiser TV commercials, but apparently the ponies have been given Christmas off. What?? How could they?

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Czech President Slams American Beer As ‘Filthy Water’

It seems that we American beer drinkers hold beers imported from foreign countries in a higher regard than some of our own brews. But, the president of the Czech Republic thinks U.S. beers are lousy! This is an outrage!

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Stay Warm This Winter With Shipyard’s Prelude [VIDEO]

There are so many holiday and winter seasonal beers out there now, I know how a person could try them all. So many beers, so little time. I just learned about a winter warmer from Shipyard Brewing Company called "Prelude Special Ale".

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Anchor Brewing’s ‘Christmas Ale’ Recipe Is A Secret [VIDEO]

A holiday arrival from the west coast for craft beer fans is "Christmas Ale" from Anchor Brewing Company of San Francisco.

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