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It’s Hop Season, Brewers! | Craft Beer Critics

It’s Hop Season, Brewers! | Craft Beer Critics | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Every college kid tries to brew their own beer at one point, and if you skipped college then you might still be considering brewing your own beer. Why not? That’s how all of the craft breweries started their breweries…so you can do it too! You’ll make your first batch only to realize it’s a lot of time, effort and sometimes the beer just doesn’t turn out as flavorful as you had hoped.
There are plenty of factors that come into play when crafting your own beer. If you’re thinking about brewing, take this into consideration: we are in the prime of hop season!...

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VISIT INTERNATIONAL BEER NEWS

VISIT INTERNATIONAL BEER NEWS | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Visit our main website for more news and information about the world of craft beer, brewing, homebrewing, beer culture and pub science. We'll try not to bore you with endless personal reviews of exotic craft beers, or updates on every single new beer release...we'll bring you what we think is important and relevant -- along with some insightful opinion and interesting views. Check us out!

 

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Cleveland Beer Week extended by a day

Cleveland Beer Week extended by a day | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Cleveland Beer Week is growing — by a day. The sixth annual celebration, which kicks off Oct. 10, will be spread over 10 days instead of nine this year to accommodate new flagship events that raise money for the Malone Scholarship Program.

 

Cleveland Beer Week usually ends on a Saturday with the big Brewzilla beer tasting, but will roll into Sunday. The new flagship events range from a booze cruise on the Nautica Queen to music concerts to tailgating for the Browns-Steelers game... [click headline for more]

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How local is your beer? Craft brewers increasingly employ seasonal, regionally grown ingredients

How local is your beer? Craft brewers increasingly employ seasonal, regionally grown ingredients | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Mmmmm, beer. That was the philosophy of Homer Simpson, and many Americans would agree. One of the great food and drink stories in recent years has been the rapid rise of craft beer. Today, independents represent about eight percent of total U.S. beer sales, and the number of breweries in this country just topped 3,000, a level not seen since the 1870s.... [click headline for more]

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Brewing history goes under the hammer at Camra's national breweriana auction

Brewing history goes under the hammer at Camra's national breweriana auction | International Beer News | Scoop.it

MORE than 160 items of brewing history went under the hammer at the national breweriana auction.

 

The annual event, organised by the Campaign for Real Ale, sells off a range of brewery-related items and advertising material from companies such as Marston's, Worthington's, Coope, Coors and Bass.

 

This year 167 lots were auctioned to brewery enthusiasts, including a mirror featuring 'Old Burton upon Trent' which sold for £170, and a Double Diamond water jug, which fetched £100... [click headline for more] 

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North Shore Crush & Brew Trail Encourages Locals and Visitors to Explore Region's Craft Beverages

North Shore Crush & Brew Trail Encourages Locals and Visitors to Explore Region's Craft Beverages | International Beer News | Scoop.it

A collaboration of local companies has resulted in the creation of the North Shore Crush & Brew Trail which encouraged locals and visitors to learn more about and taste the highest quality wine and beer produced on the North Shore.

 

There is a storied history of producing craft beverages in the region, and our ports have produced, smuggled, bartered and sold alcoholic beverages across the globe since the 1700’s...[click headline for more]

 

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Brewing Beer Has Always Been a Woman's Game - VICE

Brewing Beer Has Always Been a Woman's Game -  VICE | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The brewing industry might still be seen by many as a bearded boy’s club, but “brewsters”—the medieval term for a female brewer—have been killing it forever.

 

In ancient Egypt, beer was traditionally brewed by women, giving them a way to earn extra cash and bartered goods. The gods were often given offerings of beer, especially Tjenenet, the ancient Egyptian goddess of both beer and childbirth. While the Greeks saw wine as a man’s drink, beer was considered effeminate, and thus was made and consumed by women... [click headline for more]

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Mellowing with age: Beer lovers who cellar their suds

Mellowing with age: Beer lovers who cellar their suds | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The proliferation of boozy European-style beers from B.C. craft breweries has sparked collectors to stockpile specialty beers for long-term aging.

The beer cellaring enthusiast harnesses Jedi-like powers to bring balance to potent beers that by their nature have some very assertive flavours.

 

“I’m generally looking at high alcohol beers anywhere above eight per cent — so Russian imperial stouts and barley wines are prime contenders — and I’m looking for something that has been bottled on yeast because that will add new characteristics to the beer over time,” said Chuck Hallett, a Vancouver beer cellaring enthusiast... [click headline for more]

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Mexico Is Starting a Craft Beer Revolution

Mexico Is Starting a Craft Beer Revolution | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Being a gypsy usually suggests that you’re nomadic. In my case, that’s how I’d describe my professional life: traveling around the world, creating craft beers in different environments. My home—at least in the technical sense—is a microbrewery called Evil Twin Brewing, a company that I started in 2010. It’s a so-called “gypsy brewery” or “contract brewery” because I travel to collaborate with local beer producers in locations like Mexico, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, Denmark, the UK, Norway, Holland, Finland, Spain, and the USA.... [click headline for more]

 

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The Life Cycle of Craft Beer

The Life Cycle of Craft Beer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The image of the craft beer brewer is now familiar to most beer drinkers: beard, rubber galoshes, a baseball cap, consuming endless beers on the company dime. This is all, generally, true. But brewery work isn't just one long keg party in waterproof shoes. On brewing days, Tow Yard assistant brewer Will Moorman is on his bike at 5 a.m., pedaling down the Monon from Broad Ripple in the pre-dawn chill and darkness to kick his workday off promptly at 6 a.m. Riding alongside is assistant brewer Tony Fleming (known at TY as "Fernie"), and along with head brewer Bradley Zimmerman they are the three-man team responsible for putting Tow Yard's beer on the map... [click headline for more]

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Craft Beer is Here to Stay - Milwaukee Magazine

Craft Beer is Here to Stay - Milwaukee Magazine | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Market research firm IBISWorld recently released interesting stats about the continued growth of the craft beer industry. Revenue from craft beer production is expected to grow 16.8% by the end of 2014, and IBISWorld expects it to grow at an annual rate of 7.4% over the next five years.... [click headline for more]

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1,000 Beers: Houston's Big Brew craft beer festival just one month away

1,000 Beers: Houston's Big Brew craft beer festival just one month away | International Beer News | Scoop.it

 

Crafted for beer lovers in Houston and across the nation, Big Brew is the first destination craft beer festival in Houston October 20-26, 2014 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. For beer enthusiasts from expert to novice, this incredible festival will feature over 1,000 craft beers and hard-to-find specialty brews. Offerings for the week-long event include VIP experiences, pub crawls, craft beer dinners, food and beer pairings, beer education seminars, intimate meet-and-greet opportunities, a Best in Texas event focused on Texas offerings only and two grand tasting sessions ... [click headline for more]

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There's Nothing Pint-Sized About Real Ale - Wall Street Journal

There's Nothing Pint-Sized About Real Ale - Wall Street Journal | International Beer News | Scoop.it

WHEN FRENCH PRESIDENT François Hollande came to Britain in January to discuss defense and nuclear cooperation with Prime Minister David Cameron, one might assume they would round off their talks with a banquet accompanied by fine wine from the Downing Street cellar, perhaps even an English one. Instead, Mr. Cameron treated the French premier to lunch at his local country pub, the Swan Inn on the banks of the River Windrush in Oxfordshire.... [click headline for more]

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Startup teams up with brewery to quickly detect taste-spoiling bacteria - The Seattle Times

Startup teams up with brewery to quickly detect taste-spoiling bacteria - The Seattle Times | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The list is long of the perfect accompaniments to beer: hot dogs, pizza, peanuts, and pretzels, to name just a few. Most definitely not on that list: pediococcus and lactobacillus. Consider them beer buzzkills.

 

These are types of bacteria that often hitch a ride into breweries aboard grain. If they make their way into the beer itself, they can spoil taste by producing lactic acid, a chemical compound most commonly associated with sore muscles after exertion...[click headline for more]

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In Chicago, a Tasting Tour of Barrel-Aged Beer

In Chicago, a Tasting Tour of Barrel-Aged Beer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

About an hour after my flight touched down at O’Hare, and five blocks after I hopped off the El’s Blue Line stop at Logan Square, Chicago embraced me with a warm hug in the form of a barrel-aged doppelbock — a mini goblet of sweet vanilla lusciousness with a boozy note of rum.

It was just a beer, yes, but no ordinary lager; more of an evolution into a higher form. White oak barrels that once held Kentucky bourbon, then Jamaican rum, had their third alcoholic incarnation here in aging this doppelbock for seven months...[click headline for more]

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What it Takes to Be a Beer Judge: More Than Meets the Eye

What it Takes to Be a Beer Judge: More Than Meets the Eye | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Drinking five litres of different beers each day for three days may seem like a dream job for some, but there is more to beer judging than meets the eye.

 

Descriptions of grassy, papery, resonant, layered, phenolic and medicinal are not usually words you would associate with beers, but for beer judge Justin Murdock, diversity in description is paramount for him to separate competitors' brews... [click headline for more]

 

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Germans Learn Craft Brewing From U.S. to Bring Back Buzz

Germans Learn Craft Brewing From U.S. to Bring Back Buzz | International Beer News | Scoop.it

In Germany, home of Oktoberfest and a five-century-old brewing law, beer consumption has been on an unstoppable decline, prompting Europe’s biggest producer of the beverage to turn to an unlikely place for help: the U.S.

 

Oliver Lemke has been making trips to Colorado, New York and California, learning how craft brewers grabbed a sizable portion of the U.S. market. Lemke, who says his American counterparts have taught him to be bolder and experiment with new categories, is now expanding his Berlin brewery as the trend reaches Germany, where the number of micro breweries has increased by more than 30 percent since 2005 to about 670... [click headline for more]

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CAMRA appoints Tim Page as chief executive

CAMRA appoints Tim Page as chief executive | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Page replaces Mike Benner, who earlier this year became managing director at SIBA, the Society for Independent Brewers.

 

Mr Page, who will start at Camra as of 1 November, has previously held positions as chief executive of the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and former National Director of homeless charity Emmaus UK... [click headline for more]

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Fall Craft Beer Report: Mellowing with Age

Fall Craft Beer Report: Mellowing with Age | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The proliferation of boozy European-style beers from B.C. craft breweries has sparked collectors to stockpile specialty beers for long-term aging.

 

The beer cellaring enthusiast harnesses Jedi-like powers to bring balance to potent beers that by their nature have some very assertive flavours.

 

“I’m generally looking at high alcohol beers anywhere above eight per cent — so Russian imperial stouts and barley wines are prime contenders — and I’m looking for something that has been bottled on yeast because that will add new characteristics to the beer over time,” said Chuck Hallett, a Vancouver beer cellaring enthusiast... [click headline for more]

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Cornish beer takes international gold medal

Cornish beer takes international gold medal | International Beer News | Scoop.it

A beer brewed in Rock in Cornwall has joined the gold medal-winners in the 2014 International Beer Challenge.

 

Sharp’s Brewery, now the largest brewer of cask conditioned beer in the South West, won 11 gold, silver and bronze medals, including gold and silver Tasting medals for its premium 6 Vintage Blend and Cornish Pilsner beers... [click headline for more]

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How to Drink a Beer - Vegas Seven

How to Drink a Beer - Vegas Seven | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Sam Merritt became New York state’s first certified cicerone in 2009. Today, as Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s director of beer education, he teaches consumers how to select, store, evaluate and truly enjoy beer. And with 150 varieties from 25 countries on offer this weekend at Vegas Seven’s third annual Desert Hops International Beer Festival, even the most battle-hardened beer drinkers are going to need a solid game plan for world beer domination. So we called on Merritt to lead the charge. ... [click headline for more]

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Britain's beer revolution: Three new breweries open every week

Britain's beer revolution: Three new breweries open every week | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Almost 19,000 different cask ales are now brewed in Britain as a surge in demand for the beers has led to three new breweries opening every week, according to a new report.

 

Once the preserve of bearded middle-aged men with beer bellies, the popularity of real ale among women and younger drinkers has seen sales increase by 23 per cent since 2010 in a market now worth £1.72bn. Around 634m pints of cask ale are sold annually... [click headline for more]

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UK: Pubs reduce VAT in tax cut campaign

UK: Pubs reduce VAT in tax cut campaign | International Beer News | Scoop.it

More than 15,000 pubs, bars and restaurants across the UK will cut the price of food and drink by 7.5% today as part of a campaign to reduce VAT.

 

Campaigner Jacques Borel called on the hospitality industry to make Tax Equality Day their busiest day of the year to highlight the benefit of a VAT reduction. Prices will be reduced for one day to show the benefits to consumers of a VAT cut from 20%...[click headline for more]

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Scale Ale: How a Home-Brew Hobby Launched Third Rail Beer

Scale Ale: How a Home-Brew Hobby Launched Third Rail Beer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

New York City is not exactly a friendly place to launch a brewery. Space that's large enough to hold equipment is scarce, and what exists is expensive. But for Larry Koestler, Loren Taylor-Raymond, and Kaitlyn Haubrich, opening elsewhere was not an option -- all three of them were born and raised in New York City, and they wanted to sell their beer in their hometown.... [click headline for more]

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Thousands of Craft Beer Enthusiasts Flock to Clark County Amphitheater During Third Annual Downtown Brew Festival - Las Vegas

Thousands of Craft Beer Enthusiasts Flock to Clark County Amphitheater During Third Annual Downtown Brew Festival - Las Vegas | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Yesterday, Motley Brews’ Downtown Brew Festival once again transformed the grassy surroundings of the Clark County Amphitheater with more than 3,000 craft beer fanatics for the third consecutive year. Motley Brews created an intimate backyard setting with more than 60 breweries, non-stop live entertainment and delicious smells of beer-inspired dishes filling the amphitheater.... [click headline for more]

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Is The Beer Industry Headed Towards Consolidation? - Bidness ETC

Is The Beer Industry Headed Towards Consolidation? - Bidness ETC | International Beer News | Scoop.it

 

The onset of consolidation in the beer industry dates back to 2005, when two popular brewers, US-based Coors merged with a Canadian brewery, Molson, creating Molson Coors Brewing Company (TAP) – the seventh-largest company in the global beer industry, based on volume. Molson generates more than $6 billion in net sales, producing 60 million hectoliters of beer... [click headline for more]

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German Hofbräuhaus to replace historic St. Pete cateteria

German Hofbräuhaus to replace historic St. Pete cateteria | International Beer News | Scoop.it

 

The 85-year-old Tramor Cafeteria, owned by the Tampa Bay Times and used by its staff, will be sold to a Chicago business that plans to relaunch the building under the Hofbräuhaus franchise, according to a Times report Thursday. The newspaper said the deal is set to close Friday.

Hofbräuhaus restaurants, and beer halls and beer gardens, are located around the country (Florida has two) and in other locales like Germany and Italy.... [click headline for more]

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