The Six-Pack Project Returns, Sort Of

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The Internet is forever!

Nothing ever really dies on the World Wide Web, I suppose, so even a couple years after the last entry in The Six-Pack Project, its memory lives on. The archive for the effort, which highlights a six-pack of a city, state or region’s native brews that best represent what that beer culture offers, has remained live on this site and recently attracted a little attention from fellow writers.

Long live The Six-Pack Project!

I’m thrilled that others wanted to pick up the torch and invite all you fellow readers to join, if you so like. Given the constant change in the beer industry – new breweries and new brands all the time – one of the exciting things about The Six-Pack Project was its natural aspect of evolution. Check out the page, read the “rules” and see how you can get involved.

In the meantime, we’ve got a few recent entries to highlight for some who wanted to get The Six-Pack Project fermenting again.

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Six-Pack Project: Visiting New Frontiers

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I am thrilled to share the latest round of Six-Pack Project posts from fellow beer writers who have joined the effort to sing the praises of their home state’s beer culture.

Since starting this effort in May, I’ve been lucky to corral 28 writers from around the country to highlight 23 states and three foreign countries. Today, both those numbers grow.

I can’t thank everyone enough for making the Six-Pack Project a success. I had no idea what would come of it when it first started and it’s been exciting to read about beer I never would have heard of, let alone finding people who have spontaneously decided to join – all thanks to a passion for beer.

That said, I’m going to make a slight change to the Six-Pack Project for future posts. I will continue to try and create monthly posts on This is Why I’m Drunk to highlight everyone’s great work, but will now begin a “rolling admission” of posts. From here on out, I’m happy to add to the growing Six-Pack Project list whenever I receive submissions.

Keep an eye out for more states and countries! If you want to get involved or just want to talk beer, drop me a line on Twitter.

Without further ado, pull up Google maps, pour yourself a cold one and take a look at this month’s entries to the Six-Pack Project:

“Domestic”

  • Alabama by Blake at The Southern Committee – Some awesome beertography to pair with interesting choices, like a monkey astronaut.
  • Alaska by William at Drinking on the Last Frontier – Sure, there’s the famous Alaskan Smoked Porter … but what else will keep you warm up north?
  • Florida by Gerard from Beer in Florida – Lots of pale ales/IPAs to choose from, including a handy map and list of Florida breweries!
  • Louisiana by Nora of NOLA Beer Blog – Abita makes an obligatory appearance, but I didn’t know the breadth of LA beer options.
  • New Jersey by Vin at Bier Battered – A nice complement to Ryan’s original Six-Pack post to rack up even more NJ beers to try.
  • Tennessee by Charles from Swen’s Brew Blog – Want a crash course in the Tennessee beer scene? Charles goes from intro to advanced knowledge fast.

“Imported”

  • Bolivia by Kyle at The Brewolero – The counrty’s beer scene has been exploding lately, so don’t think you’re stuck ordering tropical drinks if you visit.
  • Italy by Matt of Birra Pioneer – Enjoy a “meal” of beers from a truly culinary country.

+Bryan Roth
“Don’t drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life.” — Jack Kerouac

Six-Pack Project Review: Beers from DE, IL, MA, MI, PA and … Belgium?

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It’s almost that time again – another round of the Six-Pack Project is coming your way at the end of this month. It’s a special batch that knocks off several more states in our beer-loving union (and beyond).

In the meantime, it’s worthwhile to look back at the last round and see what beers stick out. For those of you planning Labor Day vacations, now’s a good time to check out the Six-Pack Project archive and make a mental note of what brews to seek out wherever you may be traveling.

What looks most exciting from our last entry? Well, quite a bit. Here are the posts we’re looking at this time around:

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Six-Pack Project Guest Post: What to Drink in Michigan

six pack-beerThe Six-Pack Project rolls on today, as we have a new collection of beer choices from all over the country. The latest round offers a couple new efforts for the collaborative project, including our first guest post.

Curious what kind of great beer we’ve got selected for you? Let’s first start with a quick recap of what the rules of the Six-Pack Project are all about:

  1. Pick a six-pack of beers that best represents your state and/or state’s beer culture.
  2. Beer must be made in your state, but “gypsy” brewers are acceptable, so long as that beer is brewed with an in-state brewery and sold in your state.
  3. Any size bottle or can is acceptable to include.
  4. Current seasonal offerings are fine, but try to keep selections to year-round brews as much as possible. No out-of-season brews preferred.

As always, you can check the full archive on the Six-Pack Project page and read this round’s submissions here:

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Guest poster and Michigan resident Mark Graves

Today’s post on This Is Why I’m Drunk comes from Michigander Mark Graves, a friend of the program who lives near Lake Michigan and began his craft beer convergence in 2009 when he traveled to the Founders Brewing taproom in Grand Rapids.

“I had a tall glass of Dirty Bastard and was blown away by the texture, flavor and ABV,” he said. “Since then, I’ve made it my beer-drinking mission to only drink craft beers, preferably those made in Michigan. I’m on a ‘buy local’ kick that’s lasted a few years so far.”

I’m happy to have Mark here represent Michigan and he’s got a really eclectic collection that covers the western part of the state. If you’re interested in helping out with central or eastern Michigan beer selections for the Six-Pack Project, let’s connect on Twitter.

You’ve come here for the beer recommendations, surely, but stick around for Mark’s great eye in capturing some incredible beertography.
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Six-Pack Project Review: Beers from CO, PA, NJ, SC and VA/DC

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A week ago, I introduced you to a new pet project of mine, the Six-Pack Project. The purpose? To bring beer writers from around the country together to highlight their state’s ideal six-pack of beers.

Basically, I want to answer the question: If you’re visiting somewhere new, what should you drink?

While I have North Carolina covered, I need help providing recommendations for everywhere else. Luckily, I had some great assistance for the first round of beer selections. I’m still looking to expand the list of picks, so if you write a beer blog or want to provide a guest post to contribute to the Six-Pack Project, contact me on Twitter and let’s chat.

In the meantime, let’s head back to our initial list of six-packs. I’ve picked out some highlights for you in case you’re looking for something to sample during your summer vacations…
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The Six-Pack Project: Beers from Around the Country

six pack-beerWith Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, we’ve entered the (unofficial) start of summer. Barbecues, beaches and vacations lie ahead.

But what’s a trip away from home without throwing beer into the mix?

Enter the Six-Pack Project. It’s a new, collaborative effort between beer bloggers from around the country to highlight a six-pack of our state’s native brews that we believe best represent what the beer culture of our respective states offer. If someone is coming to visit, what bottles or cans would we want to share?

Here are our rules:

  • Pick a six-pack of beers that best represents your state and/or state’s beer culture.
  • Beer must be made in your state, but “gypsy” brewers are acceptable, so long as that beer is brewed with an in-state brewery and sold in your state.
  • Any size bottle or can is acceptable to include.
  • Current seasonal offerings are fine, but try to keep selections to year-round brews as much as possible. No out-of-season brews preferred.

Welcome to the inaugural round of the Six-Pack Project. I hope to include bloggers from across the U.S. in future versions, so contact me on Twitter if you or someone you know may fit the bill.

Some quick notes to about selections for my state, North Carolina:

1. I approached this task as if I were building a flight of beers for you to try. Because of that, I’ve picked six different styles of beers that would (hopefully) take you through a great North Carolina beer experience, although subjectively selected by me.

2. All of these picks can be found year-round in NC beer shops.

Without further adieu, let’s find out what North Carolina has to offer…
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