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About Mathew Powers

Mathew is a freelance writer, beer connoisseur, historian, and former tornado chaser. He's led an eclectic life, traveled many miles, and usually found a way to enjoy a beer or two along the way. His articles have been found on various webzines and he authors "A Pint of Chicago" for the Chicago Tribune Media Group. In addition to his Master's in Written Communication, he is currently working on a Master's in History, where he is researching the history of American beer culture.
Latest Posts | By Mathew Powers
The Art of Vodka Distilling with Thomas Kuuttanen of Purity Vodka
5 months ago

The Art of Vodka Distilling with Thomas Kuuttanen of Purity Vodka

“The quality of the final product will always be reflected by what you put in from the beginning,” explains Thomas Kuuttanen, who just recently was awarded the title “Global Master Blender of the Year.”…
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Celebrate Day of the Dead with Tequila Chamucos
12 months ago

Celebrate Day of the Dead with Tequila Chamucos

As Americans wind down from their collective Halloween sugar rush, many will turn their attention to another form of sugar… sugar skulls!
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An Easy Match – Pairing Mexican Food With Beer
1 year ago

An Easy Match – Pairing Mexican Food With Beer

The vibrancy of a Mexican restaurant-with its lively music, colorful decor, and sizzling skillets-beg for a fun, refreshing drink. Often that drink is Dos Equis Ambar, 84% of which is consumed fresh from the tap…
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Expert Tips for Pairing Food With Beer
1 year ago

Expert Tips for Pairing Food With Beer

The most interesting man in the world reminds Dos Equis fans to “stay thirsty.” Well, that’s pretty easy for anyone sitting down to a meal. For instance, Dos Equis Ambar serves as a wonderful accompaniment to a variety of Mexican dishes…
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Bourbon & Music – The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour
1 year ago

Bourbon & Music – The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour

Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, and Evan Williams – four of the many distilleries found on the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail…
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9 Craft Breweries Revitalize Historic Buildings
2 years ago

9 Craft Breweries Revitalize Historic Buildings

Community. Sustainability. Originality. These terms help define the craft beer movement.

One way breweries have been espousing these principals is by rehabilitating historic buildings and repurposing them into breweries. It …
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It’s the New Bitter – Hops in Cocktails
2 years ago

It’s the New Bitter – Hops in Cocktails

What do bartenders, distillers, and craft brewers have in common?

They love to be creative, innovative, and cutting-edge. Recently, it seems, they also share an affinity for the bitter taste …
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The 12 Ales of Christmas
2 years ago

The 12 Ales of Christmas

Big meals, decadent desserts, and hearty drinks are a hallmark of the holidays, marked by distinct aromas and tastes like as pine, ginger, and cinnamon.

Each year, brewers create Christmas …
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6 Indulgent Beers for Holiday Sipping
2 years ago

6 Indulgent Beers for Holiday Sipping

Life is filled with work, traffic, bills, dieting, and day-to-day minutiae.

During the holidays, it gets even more stressful. The secret to de-stressing? During this hustle-bustle season, make time for …
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“Black IPAs for Black Friday”
2 years ago

“Black IPAs for Black Friday”

Black Friday. The phrase evokes images of crowds busting down doors, throwing elbows, and enduring long lines in order to search for the ultimate bargain.

It’s not a pretty sight. …
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Love Beer? Try These Hopped Spirits
2 years ago

Love Beer? Try These Hopped Spirits

There is more to hops than meets the IPA.

Spirit makers are increasingly integrating hops’ varied aromas and tastes into their recipes. Although known mostly for its bitterness, the wide …
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13 Spooky Beers for Halloween
2 years ago

13 Spooky Beers for Halloween

The creatures of the night arrive on Hallows’ eve to haunt you while witches are busy brewing multiple wicked fermentations.

Maybe it is time to exorcise a few demons and …
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