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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 | 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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UNESCO heritage status sought for 500 year old beer law - YouTube

Germany is a beer loving country. More than 95-million litres of beer are brewed each year, according to a 2012 study by the European Federation of Brewers.


This puts Germany far ahead of all other European countries. In distant second place comes the UK with 45-million litres. And the Germans love to drink the beer they brew. According to a study by Kirin, a Japanese brewer company, in 2011 more than 87million litres of beer was consumed in Germany - that's 107.2 litres per person...[click headlien for more]

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How to Judge a Homebrew Competition: Inside Tips on What the Judges Are Really Looking For

How to Judge a Homebrew Competition: Inside Tips on What the Judges Are Really Looking For | International Beer News | Scoop.it

This past weekend, I volunteered to judge the King of the Home Brew Competition at the third-annual Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest. I enjoyed the first year quite a bit and was busy with another event last year and couldn't make it. I thought this year would be a good opportunity to see things at a big festival from a more insider's point of view.

Now, I've judged homebrew competitions in the past, most notably at the Riverside Market. I've been brewing myself at home on and off for about five years now (I currently have a cider going), write for this blog and my own, so I consider myself at least somewhat knowledgeable when it comes to beer. That, and I was asked nicely...[click headline for more]

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Asian beer market will grow to $202 billion by 2020

Asian beer market will grow to $202 billion by 2020 | International Beer News | Scoop.it

A recent report by market research company, ApacMarket has revealed that the beer market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to grow to $202.4bn by 2020, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3 per cent from 2014-2020.

A rise in disposable income for the emerging middle classes and “an adoption of Western culture” in China and India had fuelled the demand for premium beer with the premium beer sector forecasted to increase its CAGR of 7.9 per cent – the segment exhibiting the fastest growth... [click headline for more]

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Heavy Seas creates beer in honor of Cal Ripken Jr.

Heavy Seas creates beer in honor of Cal Ripken Jr. | International Beer News | Scoop.it

For fans of Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., the number 2,131 will live on forever. The number represents the consecutive games Ripken played in a row to break the all-time record set by Lou Gehrig. It has been almost 20 years since Ripken reached that milestone on Sept. 6, 1995. One local brewery is helping to commemorate the anniversary.

Heavy Seas in Halethorpe has created a beer filled with amber but bathed in orange. The beer is called Fielder’s Choice and the Ripken-inspired lager is just one way those in Baltimore will help commemorate one of the most iconic moments in Charm City’s sports history...[click headline for more]

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The 4 Things You Must Do At A German Beer Garden

The 4 Things You Must Do At A German Beer Garden | International Beer News | Scoop.it

To many, "beer garden" is just any old place outdoors where you can park your stein and have a drink. I used to think that way, too. Then I went to the birthplace of the beer garden, Germany, and was blown away from my brew.

The beer garden is an iconic institution in Germany, especially in Bavaria, the biggest state in the country. And all it took was one trip full of sips to realize that these shrines to summertime suds and the concrete patios full of plastic white chairs back home are two completely different animals....[click headline for more]

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Beer: craft beer goes mainstream

Beer: craft beer goes mainstream | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The upside of the current hype about craft beer (and I know it annoys the hell out of many of you) is that supermarkets and high-street retailers are putting a huge amount of effort into expanding and improving their beer ranges. Marks & Spencer has been at the forefront, with 20 new own-label beers from leading British breweries so far this year. Eight could be described as craft, and these include a very drinkable pale ale from Berkshire called Island Hopper (£1.85 for 330ml; 4.5% abv) and the incredibly citrussy Double Hopped Citra IPA (also £1.85 for 330ml; 5.9%), from Oakham Ales in Peterborough, that I know will appeal to my friend Mark (*waves*), who loves the same store’s original Citra...[click headline for more]

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The ultimate Glasgow craft beer crawl

The ultimate Glasgow craft beer crawl | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Embarking on the oldest bonding tradition known to mankind, the pub crawl, Alan Laidlaw delves deep into the murky under(beer)belly of Glasgow – with a blurry focus on the best craft beer offerings in the city.

This is one man, with an undying love for all things craft beer, on a humble quest to find the best spots to drink it....[click headline for more]

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Successful brew: Hawaii’s largest craft brewery moving ahead

Successful brew: Hawaii’s largest craft brewery moving ahead | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Things are brewing at Maui Brewing Co. as the state’s largest craft brewery has doubled its production of beer over the last year and is slated to open two brewpubs over the next two years in Kihei and on Oahu.

Garrett Marrero, co-founder of the Maui company with his wife, Melanie, plans to open the company’s first off-island brewpub in the fall 2016 at the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber hotel. The brewpub will replace Jimmy Buffet’s at the Beachcomber and undergo a “multimillion-dollar renovation,” the Maui News reported...[click headline for more]

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Bier Markt’s Summer Sour Slam a Celebration of all Brews Wild and Funky

Bier Markt’s Summer Sour Slam a Celebration of all Brews Wild and Funky | International Beer News | Scoop.it

That’s the typical response a sour beer lover gets when they entreat – beg, really – a newbie to give their sour swill a sip. Like oysters, scotch and kimchi, sour beers definitely are an acquired taste.

While in no danger of surpassing hoppy IPAs as the most in-demand beer in a craft brewery’s arsenal, sour beers are the talk of the town when it comes to beer geeks. With flavors that range from tart, crisp and fruity to downright funky, the sour beer family gives beer lovers a whole new landscape to explore...[click headline for more]

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Brewers Duvel, Firestone Walker combine, creating craft beer empire

Brewers Duvel, Firestone Walker combine, creating craft beer empire | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The craft beer world is getting a little smaller. Duvel Moortgat and Firestone Walker have signed an agreement to combine their U.S. operations. The deal will see Duvel making an investment in Firestone Walker, but both companies plan to continue operating independently.

Terms of the partnership, which the breweries stopped short of calling a merger or acquisition, were not disclosed, as both companies are privately held. The transaction is expected to close later this year...[click headline for more]

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Pabst will brew beer again at site of historic brewery

Pabst will brew beer again at site of historic brewery | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Pabst Brewing Co. will again brew beer in Milwaukee at the site of its historic former brewery, which the company shut down nearly 20 years ago.

The company will open a microbrewery, including a tasting room, at the former Pabst Brewing complex on downtown's west side. Most of the former brewery buildings have been redeveloped into a hotel, apartments, offices and other new uses, with more projects in the works.

The new brewery and tasting room will open in a former church, at the southeast corner of W. Juneau Ave. and N. 11th St., that was later used as an employee training and conference center by Pabst Brewing...[click headline for more]

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Behind the Scenes at Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery

Behind the Scenes at Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery | International Beer News | Scoop.it

It’s still early on a summer morning as my girlfriend and I careen through the verdant hills of southwest Ohio towards Athens. This quirky college town, with its cobblestone streets and lefty shops, is home to arguably one of America’s most underrated breweries: Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery. The brewery, known for aggressive IPAs, barrel-aged imperials, and funky sours, frequently places on Ratebeer.com and Beer Advocate top 100 lists, collaborates with giants like Crooked Stave and Hill Farmstead, and yet, isn’t widely known beyond the Midwest...[click headline for more]

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A Brooklyn Brewery founder shares the best advice he ever got

A Brooklyn Brewery founder shares the best advice he ever got | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Steve Hindy founded Brooklyn Brewery with Tom Potter in 1988. Thanks to the recent craft beer revolution, it's emerged as one of the top 10 most successful independent breweries in the US.

Largely due to an emphasis on partnering with other businesses for events in their biggest markets, Brooklyn Brewery has tripled sales in the past few years and is on track to bring in $70 million in revenue this year....[click headline for more]

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Here's your chance to brew your dream beer without having to open a brewery

Here's your chance to brew your dream beer without having to open a brewery | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Any serious beer lover has, perhaps after a pint or three, thought about taking up brewing for themselves. Many of these hopeful brewers turn to the booming hobby of home brewing, and while it’s a noble and entertaining pursuit, it takes time, patience and not a small investment in equipment and ingredients.

But here's a slightly less labor-intensive idea. Angel City Brewery is offering one lucky Angeleno the chance to make their beer dreams come true with the What Would You Brew contest...[click headline for more]

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Beat summer heat with a beer float: Ice cream mixes well with some brands of suds

Beat summer heat with a beer float: Ice cream mixes well with some brands of suds | International Beer News | Scoop.it

It’s the dog days of summer and the kids have their Freezies, the teens their sundaes and banana splits. What’s an adult to do?

Beer floats, of course.

While some might recoil at the notion of mixing dairy and malt beverages, and others might decry it as a waste of hops, beer floats are actually more common than you might imagine — albeit not always in the summertime, like you’d think...[click headline for more]

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Craft beer industry posts more gains

Craft beer industry posts more gains | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The U.S. craft beer industry saw production volume jump 16 percent in the first half of the year, the Brewers Association reported Monday. Craft brewers sold 12.2 million barrels, up from 10.6 million during the first half of last year.

The Boulder, Colo.-based trade group also reported that there are now 3,739 breweries operating in the country, an increase of 699 from the same period last year. That number will continue to grow, as the association says there are 1,755 breweries in planning...[click headline for more]

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Germany’s Bitter Revolution: It’s All About the Beer

Germany’s Bitter Revolution: It’s All About the Beer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

SUMMER IN GERMANY means one thing: beer gardens. And while cooling off with a stein of golden beer is the height of leisure, suds—like all things in Germany—are a very serious science.

They’re even regulated by their own law, the Reinheitsgebot, which states that barley, malt, water and yeast are the only acceptable ingredients. The country today has a flock of (mostly) excellent beers, but it’s the light, smooth-drinking brews that rule the roost...[click headline for more]

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Shangri-la Highland, China's newest micro-brewery - GoKunming

Shangri-la Highland, China's newest micro-brewery - GoKunming | International Beer News | Scoop.it

On June 20, 2015, a new face entered, or rather re-entered, the growing craft beer scene in Yunnan. The Shangri-la Highland Craft Brewery, founded and chaired by Songtsen Gyalzur (known as Sonny), officially opened for business. Though hailing from similarly mountainous Switzerland, Sonny, a Tibetan, has deep roots in Shangri-la, from where his parents emigrated.

The impetus for Shangri-la Beer began in 2009, when he first traveled to his family's homeland in Yunnan and visited an orphanage run by his mother. Coming from a real estate background back in Switzerland, Sonny opened a restaurant to give back to the local community....[click headline for more]

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Craft Giant Lagunitas to Open Enormous Azusa Brewery

Craft Giant Lagunitas to Open Enormous Azusa Brewery | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The Los Angeles craft beer family has exploded over the past few years. And not to be outdone by beer hotspots like Torrance and the Arts District, the San Gabriel Valley has just landed one of the largest craft breweries in the country.

Petaluma-based Lagunitas Brewing Company is already the sixth largest U.S. craft brewer by volume. The company has breweries in Petaluma and Chicago. And now it plans to nearly triple its portfolio by opening up a 178,000-square-foot brewing space at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains in Azusa...[click headline for more]

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8 gluten-free beers that don’t suck

8 gluten-free beers that don’t suck | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Many scoff at the idea of a gluten-free beer. “Just eat gluten,” they say. “They all suck.”

Try telling that to Indy resident and craft beer geek Jeffrey Bowman. In his early 40s, he discovered he was allergic to gluten. “My whole body turned red. It was in full systemic reaction. I couldn’t walk. My head felt heavy. My temperature elevated. And the joints and heart issues followed like clockwork. Each time,” he said...[click headline for more]

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The Growing Beer Craze: India's Most Popular Microbreweries

The Growing Beer Craze: India's Most Popular Microbreweries | International Beer News | Scoop.it

India's first microbrewery, Doolally, opened in Pune in 2009. In its wake, it brought a slew of small-scale Indian craft beers to Mumbai, Bangalore and Gurgaon; everything from the traditional stout, IPA, porter etc. to more unusual varieties. And although the craft beer industry is still rather nascent, there's already a barrage of microbreweries offering the perfect quaff. Thirsty Mumbai residents were long used to making the drive to Pune for a taste of Doolally's craft beer. No more...[click headline for more]

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Prince Charles enjoys pint courtesy of a famous ancestor's brewery

Prince Charles enjoys pint courtesy of a famous ancestor's brewery | International Beer News | Scoop.it

One day he will be our head of state. Today, though, Prince Charles had a point to make about the state of the head on his pint as he visited the Falmouth Arms in Truro, Cornwall.

The Duke of Cornwall was enjoying a beer courtesy of the Tintagel Brewery - and Tintagel was the castle where Charles' legendary ancestor King Arthur was said to have been born. So no wonder the man who would be king seemed to be enjoying the heady tipple....[click headline for more]

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Brewbot, the automated homebrew machine, will soon be out in the wild

Brewbot, the automated homebrew machine, will soon be out in the wild | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Many first-time home brewers are surprised to find out how hard it is to make decent beer. Everybody knows that drinking beer can lead to loud, uninhibited philosophizing along with deeply felt and temporary pledges of brotherhood. But actually making the stuff? That calls for a fussy sobriety usually reserved for tax preparation. Temperature, timing, pH, specific gravity, mash efficiency… all of it makes all the difference between something that tastes like Helles Bock and something that tastes like hell. Thankfully, a six-pack of designers and developers out of Belfast has figured out a way to take all that alchemical calculus and put it in an iPhone app. They call it Brewbot...[click headline for more]

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How to Tell the Craft Beer Bar You're in Isn't Really a Craft Beer Bar

How to Tell the Craft Beer Bar You're in Isn't Really a Craft Beer Bar | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Craft beer bars make darling first date spots, wonderful happy-hour locales, and all around awesome places to contemplate the last twenty-four hours over a cold one. Choosing the right craft beer bar will not only impress your Tinder date and coworkers, but will provide you with a watering hole staple for years.

 

But there’s a problem. With great trends come deceitful imposters, and as is the case with phony craft cocktail and wine bars, there are a lot of beer joints that really fall flat. Don’t reinforce your boss’s suspicion that you don’t do your research and end up in a so-called craft beer bar that’s really just a limp keg party in disguise. Here’s how to sift the genuine from the meh.... [click headline for more]

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Bell's Brewery to release 30th Anniversary Ale in September

Bell's Brewery to release 30th Anniversary Ale in September | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Bell's Brewery Inc. will release 30th Anniversary this September to commemorate 30 years of making beer.

The beer is an American Imperial Stout and is a nod to one of the earliest examples of the style released in the United States, Bell's Expedition Stout, Bell's said in a press release.

"This beer is a testament to three-plus decades of hard-work," Larry Bell, Bell's founder and president, said in a press release. "It honors all that has helped us get to this point – hard work, quality and authenticity." ... [click headline for more]

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