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Belgian beer 101 with Sam Wynne of The Flying Saucer - Pegasus News

Belgian beer 101 with Sam Wynne of The Flying Saucer - Pegasus News | International Beer News | Scoop.it

DALLAS — They’ve spent hundreds of years making beer, the Belgians, and the beverage’s place in its society is such that some of its best iterations are made by the most spiritual of men – Trappist Monks, that is. Balanced flavors, intricate subtleties – they’re the hallmark of just about any style of Belgian beers, from the ambers to the wits – and their style of the pale ale is no exception.,,

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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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Beer and books do mix: UH lecturer gains fame - The Daily Cougar

Beer and books do mix: UH lecturer gains fame - The Daily Cougar | International Beer News | Scoop.it

 

Aaron Corsi often says, “It’s interesting.”

 

With almost every response to questions about brewing, the Hotel and Restaurant Management lecturer began his sentence with the phrase.

 

Corsi, also the brew master and co-founder of 8th Wonder Brewery, says he’s passionate about what he does. And it’s because what he does is so interesting to him that he loves going to work... [click headline for full story]

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Startup craft brew distributor touts new model in taking on Big Beer - Lewiston Sun Journal

Startup craft brew distributor touts new model in taking on Big Beer - Lewiston Sun Journal | International Beer News | Scoop.it

 

Maine’s craft beer surge is changing more than tastes.  Maine distributors that have for years carried only the big names in beer are hoping to tap into the upswing in small breweries. And one Yarmouth-based startup is building a niche business on that market alone.

 

“All we’re trying to do is offer an alternative,” said Jim O’Brien, president of the Yarmouth-based Vacationland Distributors. “It’s not going to be the best fit for everyone.” ... [click headline for full story]

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Next Round: Pumpkin beers aplenty already this season - USA TODAY

Next Round: Pumpkin beers aplenty already this season - USA TODAY | International Beer News | Scoop.it

 

The great pumpkin invasion has begun — already.

 

Yes, it's not even Labor Day and pumpkin beers have overrun my favorite beer boutiques. Oktoberfest fans will have to hunt through a patch of pumpkin beers to find those seasonal favorites.

 

OK, I may be exaggerating … a bit. Honestly, I love pumpkin beers and I'm not alone. Last year, pumpkin beer sales boomed, helping turn a slowdown in overall craft beer case sales of 125,000 into a 300,000-case improvement, according to sales data from the Brewers Association... [click headline for more]

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Your Oktoberfest 2014 guide - UK Telegraph

Your Oktoberfest 2014 guide  - UK Telegraph | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The Munich Oktoberfest justly lays claim to being the largest of its kind in the world and the figures seem to back this up – last year more than six million people attended, between them consuming 6.7 million litres of beer and eating more than 114 oxen. The festival - which spans just over two weeks - is held annually in a meadow just outside Munich’s city centre. In addition to eating, drinking and dancing, visitors can enjoy colourful parades, a variety of fairground rides – and for those not themselves in traditional Bavarian gear, admire those that are, especially the more finely honed examples... [click headline for full story]

 

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Best British Beer Fest Brews Up A Success

Best British Beer Fest Brews Up A Success | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Now the Brits know a thing about beer having been brewing it for millennia, and they experienced their own beer revolution, not dissimilar to America’s craft beer movement, in the 1970′s, a decade before America, but for very similar reasons.

 

It was spearheaded by a group of dedicated beer fanatics dismayed by the disappearance of their beloved cask-conditioned, un-pasteurized “real” ale made by small local breweries, and its replacement by homogenized swill from ever-larger mega-breweries. Sound familiar? ...[click headline for more]

 

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Is this the best home-brewed beer in Britain? - Telegraph

Is this the best home-brewed beer in Britain? - Telegraph | International Beer News | Scoop.it

 

Graham Nelson is a 39-year-old former sailmaker from Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, who now works for the AA and likes to get up early on Sunday mornings to sort out his home brew. “Setting the alarm for 5.30am at the weekend probably isn’t for everyone,” he admits (no mention of what his wife, Ruth, has to say about it). “But if I prepare the equipment on Saturday night I can be finished brewing by midday and spend Sunday afternoon with my family.” ... [click headline for more]

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Bar/fly: Pilsner in the Czech Republic - Travel - NZ Herald News

Bar/fly: Pilsner in the Czech Republic - Travel - NZ Herald News | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Semtex. Contact lenses. The Skoda motor car. Lager beer.

 

All were invented in what is now the Czech Republic, but there's little doubt which has brought the greatest joy to humanity. Lager was born in 1842 in the city of Pilsen (now known as Plzen), thanks to a batch of particularly bad beer and a mob of angry councillors. Discontent over the dire quality of Pilsen's beer, made worse by crooked brewers, economic decline and the Thirty Years' War, had been brewing (sorry) since the early 19th century... [click headline for more]

 

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Craft beer bonanza tipped for kiwi brewers - Business - NZ Herald News

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New Zealand could become a "superpower" of the global craft beer market, with demand for Kiwi brews expected to triple over the next decade, partly as a result of increasing Asian demand, according to research by ANZ.

 

John Bennett, ANZ's general manager of the central region for commercial and agri, said Asia's fast-growing middle classes were beginning to develop a taste for boutique beer.

 

The potential for New Zealand exporters in countries such as China was huge, he said, but brewers and local hops growers would have to lift production significantly in order to fully grasp the opportunity...[click headline for more]

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Britain's Best Beers, as picked by the experts - Telegraph.co.uk

Britain's Best Beers, as picked by the experts - Telegraph.co.uk | International Beer News | Scoop.it

It's the Great British Beer Festival in London this week, and its award for Best British Beer has already been announced - Boltmaker, a classic bitter from Yorkshire brewer Timothy Taylor.

 

But what are the experts drinking? We asked a range of hopheads, from sommeliers to bloggers, what their favourite beers are... [click headline for more]

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Is beer better after aging in a bourbon or wine cask? Some leading craft brewers think so.

Is beer better after aging in a bourbon or wine cask? Some leading craft brewers think so. | International Beer News | Scoop.it

With its barn, greenhouse and bucolic fields of camomile and berries, B. United International Inc., from the outside, doesn't look like a typical warehouse beer distributorship.

 

And inside the Oxford, Conn., facility, there is another anomaly: a room where beer is being aged not in huge industrial steel tanks, but in hundreds of hand-me-down wooden barrels... [click headline for more]

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Inside Brewery Ommegang

Inside Brewery Ommegang | International Beer News | Scoop.it

I’m not supposed to drink beer. The doctors tell me I have a gluten allergy. When I did drink beer, though, Ommegang made some of my favorites. So when I had the opportunity to hit up a tour and tasting at their brewery just outside of Cooperstown, New York, I couldn’t pass it up, allergy be damned.

 

Brewery Ommegang is located on a gorgeous old plot of farmland in upstate New York, a former hop farm now devoted to the creation of some of the finest beer in America...[click headline for more]

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Dog Tag Brewing pays tribute to combat casualties - Fayetteville Observer

Dog Tag Brewing pays tribute to combat casualties - Fayetteville Observer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

A brewery making inroads into North Carolina is using its product to honor fallen troops, including several Fort Bragg soldiers.

 

Each can of Dog Tag Brewing beer features the name, hometown and life span of a fallen soldier or Marine, officials with the brewery said. The company donates 5 percent of its sales to charities chosen by the families of those honored on the cans.

 

Of a dozen troops featured on Dog Tag's camouflage cans, five were based at Fort Bragg when they were killed in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

Four of the five served with the 82nd Airborne Division. The other soldier was part of the 3rd Special Forces Group...[click headline for more]

 

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Beer brewers hoping to strike it big in Asia - Channel NewsAsia

Beer brewers hoping to strike it big in Asia - Channel NewsAsia | International Beer News | Scoop.it

SINGAPORE: It is the world's third most popular drink after water and tea - and it's growing in popularity in Asia. The beer market in this continent was worth an estimated US$156 billion (S$195 billion) in 2013 and it is forecast to hit US$220 billion by 2020, according to Transparency Market Research.

 

That is an annual growth rate of 5 per cent in Asia, faster than the rest of the world...[click headline for more]

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London's Craft Brewery Scene Isn't Full of Wankers - Munchies.Vice.com

London's Craft Brewery Scene Isn't Full of Wankers - Munchies.Vice.com | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Is anyone else unsettled by the amount of tasty, drinkable beers there are these days? Once, a voluptuous glass branded with the words “Stella Artois” was enough to make you think you were in an establishment that really knew its beer. Now, take your pick: bottles and cans, or pints or jugs, from cask, and, increasingly, keg.

 

Perhaps “choice” is what put me off the keg-happy craft beer scene to begin with: choices between the bright, popping, tangy flavours; the myriad colours and labels. One thing was constant: They were all seamlessly tasty, or at least interesting, and chilled....[click headline for full story]

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Mexican Microbreweries Confront Beer Giants

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Like many sectors of Mexico's economy, the beer industry has long been dominated by a powerful duopoly. But a flourishing craft beer movement led by independent microbreweries is showing signs of finally forcing open this lucrative market.

 

Since assuming office in December 2012, President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration has passed major reforms to combat monopolies and foster greater competition in key industries such as energy and telecommunications. Mexico's beer industry, which is worth approximately $20bn a year, according to government figures, is also experiencing significant change... [click headline for more]

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Sister Doris: Europe's Last Beer-Making Nun

Sister Doris: Europe's Last Beer-Making Nun | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Seriously endowed, dirndl-straining blonde waitresses at risk of a major wardrobe malfunction ferry armloads of steins from table to table in a sloshy blur. Manly, thigh-slapping hunks in clingy lederhosen, pound down torrents of weizen beer.

 

Teutonic endorphins are on parade. This could only be summer in Bavaria. Look at any beer ad or wander into any beer garden and you'll realize that Bavarians absolutely revel in the traditional cliches about beer and go to great lengths to live up to them.

 

Then there's Sister Doris... [click headline for full story]

 

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One ale of a time at Campaign for Real Ale’s Weymouth autumn beer festival

One ale of a time at Campaign for Real Ale’s Weymouth autumn beer festival | International Beer News | Scoop.it

 

ALE fans should get their orders in as a popular beer festival is returning to Weymouth. Tickets are already selling well for the Campaign for Real Ale’s Weymouth autumn beer festival in October.

 

More than 5,000 pints of real ale from 70 different casks will be on sale, along with 12 ciders and perries. The venue is Weymouth’s Ocean Room again, much praised by festival goers in the three previous years...{click headline for more]

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Beauty and the Yeast: UNF biology professor lends his beer expertise to Green Room Brewing

Beauty and the Yeast: UNF biology professor lends his beer expertise to Green Room Brewing | International Beer News | Scoop.it

JACKSONVILLE BEACH | Mike Lentz is putting his doctorate in biology to good use in two noble pursuits.The first: teaching students at the University of North Florida.

 

The second: doing his part to make the world’s good beer a little bit better.

 

Lentz, 55, a beer expert and home-brewer for 23 years, is isolating strains of wild yeast for different kinds of beer at Green Room Brewing. The brewery has already made several of his beers, including an ale named Anomalous, and plans to brew more.... [click headline for more]

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Great British Beer Festival: Yorkshire proves once again it knows a thing or two about ale

Great British Beer Festival: Yorkshire proves once again it knows a thing or two about ale | International Beer News | Scoop.it

WHEN Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker Ale was named the Champion Beer of Britain last week, you could forgive one or two Southern brewers for groaning inwardly, while generously applauding the Keighley brewery’s success.


This flagship prize, which is awarded annually on the opening day of the Great British Beer Festival, is highly-coveted in the industry, guaranteeing the winner national exposure – and a huge spike in sales. But this is the third year in a row it has gone to a northern brewery – last year it was Elland Brewery near Halifax, while Rudgate near York and Kelham Island in Sheffield are other Yorkshire brewers which have held the accolade in recent times... [click headline for more]

 

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Will China's Lucky Buddha Beer be the Next Bud?

Will China's Lucky Buddha Beer be the Next Bud? | International Beer News | Scoop.it

There is an ancient quote attributed to Buddha that states "happiness never decreases by being shared." Now one brewery is applying that line of thought to an Asian novelty drink rapidly gaining popularity in the U.S.

 

Meet Lucky Buddha beer, a crisp pale ale bottled at the Thousand Island Lake in China that is catching eyes -- and increasingly more distributors in the West -- with its unique packaging: a smiling, Buddha-shaped bottle... [click headline for more]

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British Pubs: Popular but Disappearing

British Pubs: Popular but Disappearing | International Beer News | Scoop.it

British pubs have been closing at a rate of 31 a week, and that rate is accelerating. The Campaign for Real Ale is warning that a world-famous British institution is in danger of severe decline. The group has called for urgent measures to save the pub and preserve a valuable piece of the fabric of British life.

 

Stephen Langdon is one of a group of regulars trying to save his local — The Maiden Over in Reading — from closure.

 

“It will damage the community no question about it.” Langdon says. “ The pub has been a real focal point for the families and local community. If we lose it, there will be nowhere else for us to have a social evening in our neighborhood. There is no other pub within easy, convenient walking distance from where we live.” ...[click headline for more]

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The business of beer: craft brewers grow market share with 'huge heart and soul'

The business of beer: craft brewers grow market share with 'huge heart and soul' | International Beer News | Scoop.it

New Belgium’s story is emblematic of the rise of craft brewing in the US, which is often told as a David and Goliath tale, with plucky artisanal brewers taking on the bland global beer brands of yore. When Kim Jordan was exploring options for building an inclusive business, management consultants told her she didn’t need to acknowledge the people driving forklifts at New Belgium Brewery, where she’s the CEO.

 

“You can hire those kinds of skills any day,” she was told. “It’s top management that you need to incentivize.”

 

That advice contradicted the kind of community she and her management team wanted to build at New Belgium, one of a second wave of breweries driving the US craft beer revolution... [click headline for more]

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Craft Beer Gains Popularity in Beijing

Craft Beer Gains Popularity in Beijing | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Beer is becoming big business in China.

 

As disposable income among Chinese consumers increases, so too does their willingness to pay more for a quality brew. This has helped a fledgling craft brewing industry establish itself among the big names.

Late evening in an old district of Beijing and a new trend is fizzing with action; beer.

 

But not just any old beer, a growing number of Chinese drinkers are now demanding more than just the well-known and ordinary varieties...[click headline for more]

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7 craft brews that are breaking all the rules – Cottage Life

7 craft brews that are breaking all the rules – Cottage Life | International Beer News | Scoop.it

 

A long, long time ago there was the Reinheitsgebot: the Bavarian Purity Law that stated beer could only contain water, barley, and hops (they didn’t know about yeast way back in 1516). But we’ve come a long way since then. With more craft breweries than ever, there are more brew masters than ever, and even more ideas. Which means there are more crazy ingredients being thrown into beer than ever. They’re all breaking the Rienheitsgebot, and it’s debatable whether or not that’s a good thing, but if you want to try something new, here are some brews that are breaking all the rules... [click headline for more]

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Pittsburgh Brewery aims for return to glory days - The News Journal

Pittsburgh Brewery aims for return to glory days - The News Journal | International Beer News | Scoop.it

 

Brian Walsh was hired to lead Pittsburgh Brewing Co. into the future, but he thinks often about its past.

 

Iron City beer was brewed the same year Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated president. It is the first point Walsh raised in an interview one recent morning, as he sat in his office inside the original brick brewery in Lawrenceville.

 

“We’ve been around since 1861,” said Walsh, CEO of the company that makes Iron City and I.C. Light. “This is really an iconic brand that is deeply embedded in the Pittsburgh community.” ...[click headline for more]

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