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Alabama beer advocacy organization: 'ridiculous' homebrewing law needs to ... - al.com (blog)

Alabama beer advocacy organization: 'ridiculous' homebrewing law needs to ... - al.com (blog) | International Beer News | Scoop.it

An organization of gourmet beer advocates known as Free the Hops is urging supporters to contact Alabama legislators in the wake of a seizure of homebrewing equipment Thursday from a Birmingham craft beer and wine store called Hop City.

 

"Perhaps you don't homebrew and don't really see what the big deal is," the Free the Hops board of directors wrote in a statement on their website. "Well, the importance of homebrew legalization just came into focus for a lot of people when news broke that Birmingham ABC enforcement agents raided Hop City Craft Beer & Wine and confiscated $7,000 of homebrewing equipment..."

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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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Year in Review: Craft beer movement explodes across region - Columbus Business First

Year in Review: Craft beer movement explodes across region - Columbus Business First | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The craft beer movement continued to boom across Central Ohio in 2014 as brewers opened new businesses and others expanded. Here's a look at five of the most significant stories about the industry from the past year... [click headline for more]

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Milwaukee Craft Beer Exchange aims to connect people with sought-after bottles - JSOnline

Milwaukee Craft Beer Exchange aims to connect people with sought-after bottles - JSOnline | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Fans of craft beer just might love the pursuit and collection of hard-to-find beers as much as they love drinking them.

To that end, the Milwaukee Craft Beer Exchange formed this week, to help craft beer fans trade treasured bottles for other bottles they want even more and maybe trade stories with other beer lovers.

“The craft beer community is a very welcoming community,” said founder Nick Cusatis, who likened the idea of an online exchange to a Craigslist for craft beer, without money changing hands... [click headline for more]

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5 More Beer Brands Brought Back From the Dead by Craft Brewers

5 More Beer Brands Brought Back From the Dead by Craft Brewers | International Beer News | Scoop.it

No old beer brand stays dead for long during the craft beer boom.

Last month, we took a look at some of the beer brands that have returned to life in recent years and asked if you folks knew of others. Not only did you respond, but it turns out we missed a whole slew of revived legacy beers during our last go-round.

That isn't incredibly surprising. Before beer industry consolidation whittled the nation's brewery count to 89 in 1978 – a post-Prohibition low that saw six of the nation's largest breweries make 96% of the beer Americans consumed – there were a whole lot of breweries that called this nation home...[click headline for more]

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Why the Germans want to brew U.S. craft beer

Why the Germans want to brew U.S. craft beer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

U.S. craft beer’s success at home is great and all, but reaching Hasselhoff levels of popularity in Germany is a far more impressive milestone.

Let’s start off by saying that craft beer isn’t exactly a new concept outside the U.S. The Australian craft-beer industry has grown about 13% each year since 2003. In Ireland, the burgeoning industry has tripled in size since 2011 and makes more than 50% of Ireland-produced beer exports while taking on multinational companies including Heineken and Diageo, which have bought up traditional Irish brands Guinness, Murphy’s and Beamish. The Esquire Network’s “Brew Dogs” looks at U.S. craft beer through the eyes of brewers from Scottish craft brewery BrewDog... [click headine for more]

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In Defense of Brave Microbreweries Who Refuse to Make IPAs

In Defense of Brave Microbreweries Who Refuse to Make IPAs | International Beer News | Scoop.it

A confession that may make me the worst native Oregonian of all time: I don't like IPAs.

Believe me, I've tried; I've even gone so far as to track down a bottle of Northern California's famed Pliny the Elder just to make sure. But there's something about an IPA's overwhelming blast of hops that just reminds me of bong water.

But my distaste for India Pale Ales puts me in the minority: These babies are big business. Craft beer sales are increasing exponentially every year, and according to figures from IRI, a national market research firm, IPAs and pale ales make up 30 percent of the beers poured in bars and restaurants... [click headline for more]

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More Drinking, Less Buzz: Session Beers Gain Fans

More Drinking, Less Buzz: Session Beers Gain Fans | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Tailgating, camping trips and wedding receptions are just some of the occasions when many Americans down a few beers in one sitting. For those who prefer high-alcohol microbrews and other craft beers, that can lead to trouble.

But a growing trend is offering another option: Session beers emphasize craft-beer taste with alcohol as low as or lower than big-brand light beers.

Chris Lohring has been brewing craft beer professionally for more than two decades. In 2010, he founded Notch Brewing. The company's lineup includes a Czech pilsner, a Belgian saison and an India pale ale... [click headline for more]

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Virginia Brewery Creates Beer With Historical Significance

Virginia Brewery Creates Beer With Historical Significance | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in another century? What would it be like to live in an old house, wear old-fashioned clothing, and eat and drink the food and beverages of the era? If you have an interest in history, then a “new” beer from Ardent Craft Ales in Richmond, Va. might be for you.

 

Jane’s Percimon Beer is brewed from a recipe found in a book from the Virginia Historical Society’s collection dating back to the 1700’s. It has sweet tangerine-like notes mixed with just a bit of spiciness from English Golding hops. And it contains 3 percent or less alcohol by volume. The ingredients and alcohol content are all pretty typical of the time period when the recipe was recorded... [click headline for more]

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Five Fantastic Craft Beer Pilgrimages

Five Fantastic Craft Beer Pilgrimages | International Beer News | Scoop.it

So we are coming up on the New Year and that means resolutions. Some of us are very big fans of craft beer and we have decided that we are going to get to some of the best places to drink craft beer (ok, maybe that is just me).

Whether you are a hard core craft beer aficionado or a baby beer geek in the making, there are more than just a few places that should be on your beer bucket list. Here are my top five... [click headline for more]

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The Irish Craft Beer Scene Breaks Free

The Irish Craft Beer Scene Breaks Free | International Beer News | Scoop.it

For a country’s whose beer history stretches back to the late 17th century, Ireland’s relatively small craft beer scene—around 14 breweries as of this writing—may seem a bit paltry when compared to the exponential expansion of the microbrew scene in places like Oregon, California, Colorado, North Carolina, and…pretty much every other state in the nation. Indeed, this slow crawl into the brave new world of craft beer could be rooted in the country’s hesitancy in trying to shrug off the famous Irish staples as Guinness, Murphy’s, and Harp... [click headline for more]

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Firestone Walker Brewery marks 18 years with $24 anniversary bottles

Firestone Walker Brewery marks 18 years with $24 anniversary bottles | International Beer News | Scoop.it

In what’s become a late-autumn tradition, co-founder of Firestone Walker Brewery David Walker clamored on top of the bar alongside Blue Palms Brewhouse owner Brian Lenzo to introduce the brewery’s blended anniversary beer to a thirsty, adoring crowd, and he also spilled a few details about the upcoming Venice Beach expansion.

Walker, a British expat who began making beers in a Central Coast winery back before craft beer was called craft beer, is as charismatic and charming as anyone in the beer industry, and it was hard to tell if the crowd that filled the Los Angeles pub Wednesday night had braved the rain for a taste of the rare Firestone brews on draught or for a chance to get a picture with “The Lion,” as he’s affectionately known to beer geeks... [click headline for more]

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They Are Strong, They Are Invincible, They Are the Women of Craft Beer - Edible Long Island

They Are Strong, They Are Invincible, They Are the Women of Craft Beer - Edible Long Island | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Make way, ladies coming through! The craft beer market is rapidly expanding: Since 2011 more than 350 new breweries have opened in this coun- try, and women’s interest in craft beer is growing exponentially. Within the past year, Long Island has seen three breweries open: Barrage Brewing Company (Farmingdale), Moustache Brewing Company (Riverhead) and A Taste of Long Island Craft Brewery (Farmingdale). These business opportunities have not gone unnoticed, in particular by women, who are increasingly entering the industry. Here on Long Island, women are blazing a new trail that goes well beyond barmaid... [click headline for more]

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South Africa's "All-girl" Brewery Wins Plenty of Fans

South Africa's "All-girl" Brewery Wins Plenty of Fans | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The world over, beer is a testosterone-fueled industry. Advertisements for the globe’s most popular alcoholic beverage are almost exclusively aimed at men. But a group of women in Johannesburg are dismantling masculine notions associated with beer and have opened one of Africa’s first craft beer breweries that’s owned and operated by women. And their pints are winning acclaim.... [click headline for more]

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▶ A Craft-Beer Tour of Chicago - YouTube

There are few better places in the country to drink beer than Chicago. From trailblazers like Goose Island (still making good beer under the Anheuser-Busch banner), to new-school game-changers like the Latin America-inspired 5 Rabbit Cervecería, the city cares about great brewing—and its people know how to throw down.

Recently, we sent Complex News host/turn-up specialist Sean Evans on a tour of some of Chi-Town’s finest brewpubs and bars to see what the local beer scene is all about. The highlights included the following... [click headline for more]

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Obama honored by home beer brewers association

Obama honored by home beer brewers association | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Another honor for President Obama: Lifetime membership in the American Homebrewers Association.

The association inducted Obama and outgoing White House Chef Sam Kass for installing a home brewing kit that generates the oh-so-tasty White House Honey Ale and Honey Porter.

"Homebrewing is an activity that everybody -- regardless of their background or politics -- can bond over and enjoy," the association said in a letter to Obama. "As part of your holiday celebrations this year, we hope you will brew a batch of the White House Honey Ale or Honey Porter, the brews that have drawn such great national attention to our favorite hobby." .. [click headline for more]

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South Korea's craft beer start-ups battle big brewers

South Korea's craft beer start-ups battle big brewers | International Beer News | Scoop.it

It's Friday night in Seoul's hip Kyungridan district and young drinkers are packing themselves into a labyrinth of pubs specialising in craft beer hoping to enjoy the robust flavours of stouts, ales, lagers, and IPAs.

Considering that all of South Korea was, at least in beer terms, something of a barren landscape less than a decade ago it's a remarkable scene. Then the market was over-run with offerings from South Korea's two massive industrial brewers; Hite-Jinro and Oriental Brewers... [click headline for more]

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Craft beer’s Peruvian coming out party

Craft beer’s Peruvian coming out party | International Beer News | Scoop.it

This weekend was a landslide victory for the craft beer crusade in Peru. The three day festival was held at the Tupac Asociación Cultural, in historic Barranco and attracted over 6500 people spanning the three days. The event was hosted by the Cervecerías Artesanales del Perú (CAP), an eclectic group of up-and-coming craft brewers from all over the world now residing in Peru looking to make their mark on the promising Peruvian beer scene. Friday was the warm-up with just under 1500 people. Saturday was for sure the big night, you couldn’t even move with all 2800 thirsty bodies looking for some delicious brew! ...[click headline for more]

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How to create your own microbrew: 'Craft beer' is staging a resurgence (this time without the explosions…)

How to create your own microbrew: 'Craft beer' is staging a resurgence (this time without the explosions…) | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The last time I attempted beer-making, I was a callow teen. In fact, it's a sobering thought that my son, Tim, is significantly older than I was the first time I attempted homebrewing back in 1975. Heady days, when "we sang shang-a-lang as we ran with the gang" (or, indeed, not), and our 30 pints of bitter, made with a starter kit from Boots, sat fermenting in the cosy warmth of Mum's airing cupboard... [click headline for more]

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Believe it: Beer tastes even better in the right glass

Believe it: Beer tastes even better in the right glass | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Dear pint glass. It's time for a rest. You've been pulling double duty long enough. The utilitarian glass, also known as the pub glass — the kind some breweries give out as a tour souvenir — will no longer serve every purpose. Well, it will. But it shouldn't.

 

The rising popularity of craft beer — with styles from pale ales to barrel-aged stouts — inspires beer drinkers to think twice about the glass from which they sip. It also inspires parallels to wine drinking — snobby ones... [click headline for more]

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Gift guide: 9 surefire things for craft beer nerds on your list

Gift guide: 9 surefire things for craft beer nerds on your list | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Giving the gift of beer never really goes out of style. And with the recent craft beer boom, this holiday season is a good opportunity to kick it up a notch. Here are nine gift suggestions for the craft beer nerd on your list... [click headline for more]

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Women, The 'First Brewers,' Lean Into Craft Beer-Making

Women, The 'First Brewers,' Lean Into Craft Beer-Making | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Thousands of beer aficionados are in Denver this weekend for the Great American Beer Festival. Some 600 breweries from around the country are represented at the marquee event for the craft-brewing industry.

And while this annual competition has long been male-dominated, that's starting to change.

Take, for example, Meg Gill, a 28-year-old Yale grad and the president and co-founder of Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles. LA sets many trends, but it was a bit late to the game in the country's booming craft beer scene. But Gill is helping LA to make its mark... [click headline for more]

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US craft beer ‘moving into mainstream’

US craft beer ‘moving into mainstream’ | International Beer News | Scoop.it

In November, the number of operating US breweries crossed 3,200 with 13 states now home to more than 100 breweries each, according to an end of year review by the Brewers Association. Furthermore, there are currently more than 2,000 breweries in planning.

“It’s remarkable to see how beer has evolved in the past century. Year over year we’re seeing tremendous growth in the craft beer sector and 2014 proved that craft beer is moving into the mainstream,” said Bart Watson, chief economist for the Brewers Association. “Consumers are making a conscious choice to buy and try the plethora of options produced by small and independent craft brewers... [click headline for more]


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Inside The Dutch Beer Culture

Inside The Dutch Beer Culture | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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20 Craft Beer Terms To Memorize And Channel Your Inner Beer Expert

20 Craft Beer Terms To Memorize And Channel Your Inner Beer Expert | International Beer News | Scoop.it

As craft beer continues to dominate the drinking scene, many bars — even those not specific to craft beer — have started to include detailed information of style and even brewing conditions on menus. Do you know your firkin from your carboy? Are you down with the grist? Indeed, this all can get pretty confusing at times. But you are in luck. We’ve defined and distilled the 20 most crucial terms to memorize and use. May you relish in the esters of the finest Grand Cru... [click headline for more]

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How Boston Beer’s Jim Koch got the big brewers to follow him

How Boston Beer’s Jim Koch got the big brewers to follow him | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Jim Koch’s history with his Samuel Adams beer brand has spanned a tumultuous 30 years. But it’s the story of the next three decades that’s off to an even more fascinating start.

Samuel Adams stems from a Vienna lager recipe handed down from his father that Koch first brewed in his kitchen in 1984. Since then, the Harvard Business School graduate went from a Boston brewery so small that Koch’s Samuel Adams Boston Lager had to be brewed under contract in Pittsburgh, Portland, Cincinnati and elsewhere — with SABMiller handling some production... [click headline for more]

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Richmond Brewery Taps a 300-Year-Old Beer Recipe

Richmond Brewery Taps a 300-Year-Old Beer Recipe | International Beer News | Scoop.it

What do you get when you combine water, American persimmons and hops and ferment it with yeast? A beer based on a 300-year-old recipe scribbled in a cookbook kept by Virginia's prominent Randolph family.

Ardent Craft Ales in Richmond recently brewed "Jane's Percimon Beer" unearthed from the book in the Virginia Historical Society's collections from the 1700s that contains food, medicinal remedies and beer recipes. The formula for the Colonial-era concoction is one of thousands of alcoholic recipes in the society's collection that provide a glimpse into what Virginians and others were drinking in the 18th century and other points in history... [click headline for more]

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Romuald Dariot's curator insight, December 17, 8:46 AM

Des microvies en vues perdues ;)