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Tom Barse’s 47-acre Stillpoint Farm in Mt. Airy, Maryland looks like an average agricultural operation. Its fields are rich with crops, while sheep and horses graze in the pastures. However, Barse’s most lucrative crop is actually beer.
In the summer of 2012, Barse opened the small-scale Milkhouse Brewery on a small hill near his house. Over the next six months, the longtime home brewer produced 80 barrels of beer using hops, wheat, barley, and other products grown on the farm.... [click headline for more]
Germany is the global magnet for beer lovers, and Munich is the country's self-proclaimed hub of all things beer and brewing. But change is in the wind.
Gone are the days when you could crawl the Oktoberfest or make the rounds of Munich's cavernous beer halls and honestly say you'd unlocked the ultimate German beer experience. Imagine this scenario:
Hell-bent in search of German beer awesomeness, you touch down in Munich and make a beeline to the venerable Hofbrauhaus beer hall, quaff a few pre-breakfast lagers, then lay in to another couple liters of blond at the Augustiner brewery... [click headline for more]
Onetime registered nurse and Allen Park home brewer Annette May is to the world of beer what a sommelier is to fine wine.
May, 56, a native Australian, is a certified Cicerone (pronounced Siss-er-rown). The first woman to pass the U.S.-based certification program in 2008, that means she has exacting knowledge of how to identify, store, serve, educate and opine about beer... [click headline for more]
Start your breathing exercises and pick your mantras now, craft beer groupies: Anheuser-Busch InBev is going to buy another brewery.
We don’t say this because it has acquired four craft breweries since 2011. We don’t say this because we’ve spent more time speaking with Anheuser-Busch craft division head Andy Goeler since November than we have members of our own family (sorry, Aunt Lin). We don’t say it because of the speed with which it acquired Bend, Ore.-based 10 Barrel and Seattle’s Elysian Brewing... [click headline for more]
Craft beer is big. Independent craft breweries saw their collective sales grow 20 percent last year, and they’re slowly taking away sales from the giants. Overall beer sales are flat, but locally brewed India Pale Ales are killing it.
Craft beer is also small. As a group, craft breweries still comprise only about 8 to 14 percent of the overall beer market... [click headline for more]
Somewhere along the way, watching pro sports became synonymous with drinking light beers. Stadium concession stands are full of light beer options. Cases of light beer are the go-to option for tailgating parties around the country. The largest advertisers on the Super Bowl, the biggest advertising platform on television, are consistently light beers. Even though in recent years A-B InBev reports slipping slaes, Bud Light is still the official beer sponsor of the NFL, a title it shelled out millions for each year. Prior to Bud Light the game's official sponsor was Coors Light... [click headline for more]
With an average of three new breweries popping up every week, the UK’s craft beer revolution shows no signs of slowing down. The CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2015 has revealed that Britain now has 1285 breweries in operation, the largest number since the 1940s and more per head than any other country in the world. Scotland alone is home to 80 breweries, many of them creating world-class and award-winning beers... [click headline for more]
As with many of the words and ideas hovering around good beer for the last decade, we all knew for a while that "craft" beer has been a bit of a loser. Yesterday on social media, two of the biggest voices in good beer publishing affirmed its relegation. Here is an article John Holl of All About Beer on the status of the word ... [click headline for rest of article]
The Ohio Craft Brewers Association has released a preliminary -- and impressive -- beer list for its popular Winter Warmer Fest in downtown Cleveland. The ninth annual event, set for 2 to 6 p.m. March 7 at Windows on the River, will feature about 40 Ohio craft breweries... [click headline for more]
It is 3:30 p.m. on a Saturday, but the din at Threes, the newest brewpub to join the city’s craft-beer scene—just a short walk from Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn—screams midnight.
There is a wait for seating. Big wooden tables are jammed with a lively, diverse crowd sampling Threes’ house-produced brews—including an IPA described on the menu as “juicy, pine, citrus, fresh bread, soft bitterness,” and a saison listed as “rustic, melon, grain, hay.” Also on offer: exotic brews like tripel and Flanders red from other craft producers and food from local purveyors who rotate in “residence” in the kitchen... [click headline for more]
Dry Dock Brewing's Cool Lime Lager isn't the biggest joke-beer that ended up being popular enough to package: that honor belongs to the Wynkoop's Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, which started as an April Fool's Day prank before becoming a full-fledged part of the brewery's canned lineup. But the popularity of the Cool Lime certainly took Dry Dock by surprise... [click headline for more]
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has announced its Local Pubs of the Year as part of April’s Community Pubs Month. In a list of more than 200 pubs, four venues in Surrey were judged as being among the best in the UK.
Representing east and mid Surrey, the Surrey Oaks came out on top, alongside the Albert Arms which was judged as the best in the Kingston and Leatherhead area. In north Surrey, The Happy Man was praised, while on the Surrey/Hampshire border it was Farnham's Jolly Sailor taking the top spot... [click headline for more]
It’s been around for centuries but it seems like beer has never been more popular. Microbreweries are cranking out special stouts, IPAs, lagers and pilsners. And the flavors and aromas of each of those brews all come down to chemistry. This week, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Reactions takes on craft beer chemistry... [click headline for more]
There have been a lot of emotions flying around the Internet lately.
Perhaps the anger and hurt feelings began when Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev announced its acquisition of Elysian Brewing Co. in late January 2015. These emotions intensified with the commercial Budweiser ran during the Super Bowl, belittling craft beer brewers and drinkers everywhere.
A war of words on social media and in articles ensued, further fanning the flames of verbal ugliness being spewed from every direction... [click headline for more]
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s war against corruption is snarling sales of everything in its path, from fireworks to baijiu to mooncakes and even Wal-Mart products. The latest victim: beer.
The choice drink among the masses saw production fall in 2014 for the first time in a decade, state-run China Daily reports. Over the full year, total beer production fell 1%, but in a sign that the effects of Mr. Xi’s campaign are getting stronger, output fell 17% in the month of December alone, the paper says, citing chinaibeer.com, the website of the Beer Professional Committee at the China Food Industry Association... [click headline for more]
Since most Super Bowls don’t end with boneheaded decisions to not use one of the best running backs in the NFL from the one-yard line, most of the water cooler talk the next day usually centers on the barrage of commercials. With commercial prices for this year’s championship game hitting $4.5 million in some instances, it’s important for companies to deliver a powerful message during the allotted time slot. Budweiser’s ads are always a big part of Super Bowl Sunday, and while they usually run the gamut from pithy pitches to heartwarming tales of puppies and Clydesdales, the “Brewed the Hard Way” spot raised a few eyebrows in the craft beer community... [click headline for more]
As home cooks, we rely on our instincts, our knowledge, and our curiosities — but we also have to rely on our tools. Which is why we’re asking the experts about the essential tools we need to make our favorite foods attainable in our own kitchens.
Today: Ted Bruning and Nigel Sadler’s book, Wisdom for Home Brewers, is chock-full of 500 tips and recipes for brewing better beer. Here, Nigel whittles down his list of favorite gadgets to the 10 most essential... [click headline for more]
In the tiny Sussex village of Ripe, at the back of St John the Baptist churchyard, the novelist Malcolm Lowry lies buried. According to the inquest, the volatile author of Under the Volcano had taken to drinking gin at home after being banned from The Lamb, Ripe’s only pub. Lowry had difficulty walking in his final days, and banishment from his local must have been devastating. It is a dark irony that he might not have died from alcohol poisoning had he been allowed a civilised drink... [click headline for more]
The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will duke it out on the field during Sunday’s Super Bowl, and spirited fans can raise a glass to the beer scenes in either team’s home city. By the numbers, Washington has a leg up on Massachusetts: The Evergreen state is home to 201 craft breweries—the second most in the nation. Massachusetts is home to 57 breweries, coming in 16th, according to Brewers Association 2013 sales data... [click headline for more]
Every year many tourists visit Amsterdam especially for drinking beers. Beer fanciers all know that Heineken is one of the most renowned and one of the biggest beer brands of the world. Beer drinkers really glorify the biggest pride of Amsterdam. Amsterdam city is a fantastic place for tourists for going on into the Dutch beer culture. In the year 2014 you can choose out of more than thousand pubs, bars and pot-houses. And then we are only talking about Amsterdam... [click headline for more]
After a short-lived boom in the 1990s, craft beer is catching on once again among thirsty Japanese consumers.
Retailer Aeon Co. started stocking up to 90 craft and imported beers at 250 stores nationwide in December last year, and sales have been strong. “More and more people have started enjoying their unique taste,” said an Aeon spokesman.
Convenience store chain Lawson Inc. last year released a limited run of products jointly developed with Yo-Ho Brewing Co., a leading craft brewer based in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, which is known for its Yona Yona Ale beer... [click headline for more]
Craft beer brewers don’t get a whole lot of air time on Super Bowl Sunday, but they typically find a way to stay in the game.
As a rule, craft beer doesn’t do Super Bowl commercials. In 2010, Anheuser-Busch InBev BUD, +0.82% paid more than $1 billion to wrest the NFL’s official beer sponsorship away from MillerCoors and its Coors Light brand and hand it to Budweiser. More importantly, A-B has been paying an undisclosed amount of money to make Budweiser the exclusive beer sponsor of the Super Bowl since 1988. ... ]click headline for more]
Some 22.8 million hectoliters - that's over 2.2 billion litres - of beer were brewed in the southern German state of Bavaria in 2014, the state's agricultural minister Helmut Brunner announced at the International Green Week food trade fair in Berlin.
And that puts Bavaria at the top of the list of all German states, as far as beer brewing is concerned - surpassing regular chart-toppers North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state... [click headline for more]
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