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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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Looking back, it seems astonish-ing that the metropolitan middle classes took so long to embrace beer snobbery. The craft beer habit combines the characteristics of three long-established sources of small-scale social distinction: the farmer’s market, the tasting, and the sweet little café one knows.
Take the farmer’s-market side first. Even in the age of climate change, and after all those competitions in which some unlabelled bottle from Sussex defeats the best of Champagne, very few places in Britain can claim a local wine... [click headline for more]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
S fans of UK heavy metal band Iron Maiden will soon be getting a taste of the group’s best-selling ale as it was announced that a canned version will be heading stateside early next year.
According to the Manchester Evening News, some 300,000 “Trooper” ales in 500ml “tallboy” cans will be shipped to the US and go on sale in January 2015. Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of the band, explained that the advantage of cans is that they are easier to recycle, quicker to chill and better for the protection of the beer... [click headline for more]
There are a whole lot of holiday beers out there, but winter variety packs make it easy to sample all of the.
One of the beer industry's finest holiday traditions, especially among its established smaller brewers, is offering a cost-effective 12-pack of seasonal varieties just as shoppers stock up for holiday parties. It creates a nice holiday shelf display and some added interest for breweries during what is typically their low season, and it offers buyers some options for guests who might be lukewarm on a whole lot of any one particular beer... [click headline for more]