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A documentary filmmaker by trade and training, Meredith writes about beer for several publications, gives craft beer walking tours and heads up the female-centric beer blog BeerdedLadies.com. Meredith is originally from St. Louis, Mo., but now lives in Brooklyn where she can usually be found enjoying a cold one while traversing Prospect Park alongside her beloved mutt, Miko.

By Meredith Heil

Perennial Artisan Ale with a side of toasted ravioli

I was born in St. Louis and lived until I was 7 in a suburb not far from the muddy Mississippi, spending many happy, humid summer nights catching fireflies on its banks. Missouri is not just my own birthplace, though, it’s also the birthplace of the modern brewing industry — a fact that ensured it …

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Hot tamales get a taste of Southern Hops’pitality

With its lush greenery, muddy riverbanks and thick, honeyed accents, Mississippi is often considered the southernmost of the Southern states — the deepest of the deep south, a place more muscadine and moonshine than craft beer. But Mississippi is home to one of the country’s best craft breweries — and one of America’s only female-owned …

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Pour American-made Marzen at do-it-yourself Oktoberfest

  There’s a slight chill in the air, the leaves are changing colors, the children have returned to school and seasonal fall beers are dominating the taps. For me, that means indulging as many delicious Oktoberfest Marzens as my boot-shaped stein can hold. Today, new beer festivals seem to pop up weekly. Yet, it would …

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Minn.’s cold Surly Hell and hot Jucy Lucy

One of my best college friends grew up in Minneapolis, and each summer I visited him I wondered to myself why I didn’t live there. The lakes shine under the warm sun, there are miles and miles of green public space, the food is fantastic, the culture is welcoming and lively, the sports teams have …

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Bell’s Amber Ale and pasties offer taste of Michigan

“I wish, I wish, I wish again that I was back in Michigan.” Though I’ve spent a limited amount of time traversing this Great Lakes state, the old saying appeals to me as a longtime craft beer devotee. With more than 130 breweries and brewpubs throughout its broad Upper Peninsula and lower mitten-shaped terrain, Michigan …

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Mass. appeal: Mystic Brewery’s Saison Renaud and beer-battered fish

The people of Massachusetts have been brewing for centuries, since shortly after English pilgrims docked the Mayflower on Cape Cod in 1620 because they’d begun running out of beer. That libation was preferable to the brackish and potentially hazardous water aboard ship, as our friends at Serious Eats explain. The Bay State has long been synonymous …

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Stillwater Gose and Md. crab soup a trip to the shore

I have always been attracted to in-between things — amorphous, ambiguous areas where no single identity dominates. That’s how I see Maryland. Somewhat Southern, somewhat Northern, the state’s 12,407 square miles mash up historic urban centers, quaint college towns, winding country roads and bucolic shoreline. And that’s how I also see Maryland’s brewing culture. It …

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Allagash pairs Belgian brews with Maine lobster

Who plans a visit to Maine in late November, a time when temperatures drop to Planet Hoth levels and tourist hot spots lay barren and empty, dreaming of the warmer months? What kind of sadistic maniac plans a weekend getaway to the coldest corner of New England? Me, that’s who. I went for beer. For …

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Bayou Teche IPA and crawfish boil ensure a party in La.

When I was about 7 or 8, my parents took my older brother and me on a road trip to visit their friends in Alexandria, La. They loaded us into the minivan at home in suburban Houston and we set off, with the passage from dry Texas into the lush green bayous of Louisiana bringing …

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Go Against the Grain with Ky. stout and chocolate walnut pie

Kentucky is one of my favorite states. I first encountered the Bluegrass State while filming my graduate thesis film, a documentary about Southern music and culture, and was immediately drawn to its scenic beauty and rich history. While traveling its Appalachian hill country and the horse country’s rolling pastures, I came across some of the …

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