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Nothing is spared the march of technology – not even getting a beer. But the good news for craft beer lovers is there are a number of apps on the market today that can actually enhance the experience.
As the craft industry has grown, the excitement surrounding it has spilled over into other industries. Craft distillers are taking their cues from craft brewers. And app makers have found the craft world to be very open to tools to improve and socialize their beer drinking...[click headliner for more]
Hellbender Brewing Company wanted to call its flagship red ale Fire Belly Red after a type of newt. After all, most of its beer names—and the brewery name itself—are references to salamanders: Eft IPA (a baby newt), Southern Torrent Saison (a salamander found in the Pacific Northwest), and Grampus (a nickname for hellbenders).
“But does that indicate our beer gives you indigestion?” co-founder Patrick Mullane wondered about Fire Belly Red. “We’re sitting there talking about beer names, and meanwhile our building’s shaking because the Red Line is 15 feet from the back of our building.” So he and co-founder Ben Evans named the beer Red Line Ale...[click headline for more]
It’s International Beer Day, a perfect occasion to indulge in one of the many delightful creations from the rapidly growing craft beer scene. It’s an excellent time for a session IPA, Gose, or whatever else strikes your fancy (and palate).
So why not step up your beer drinking game? Instead of just swigging from the bottle or can, do what beer experts recommend and pour your beer into the perfect tasting vessel to savour all the hoppy and malty goodness in each brew...[click headline for more]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Brooklyn Brewery, the craft beer maker operating from New York City's most populous borough, resisted taking money from investment firms for almost three decades, according to co-founder and Chairman Steve Hindy. Now the brewer of Brooklyn Lager is having second thoughts.
Hindy, who sold control of the brewery three years ago to one of his early backers, the wealthy Ottaway family, said the company needs capital to expand its business and meet rising demand for its beer. So it's considering selling some equity with the help of investment banks, becoming one of more than a dozen U.S. craft brewery companies thinking about accessing the deep pockets of institutional investors...[click headline for more]
The American craft beer surge is anything but tapped. In 2014, the industry grew 22 percent to $19.6 billion in sales, continuing a streak of year-over-year double-digit growth that stretches back to 2010.
In Orange County, brewers are attuned to what could be the next big thing to continue that growth: wild ale, a reinvigorated Belgian brewing tradition that’s been slowly fermenting in the shadows, awaiting its time to shine...[click headline for more]
Welcome to the Czech Republic - land of great food and amazing beer! The Czech pilsner is known the world over for being one of the best types of beer. In this video I base myself out of Prague, while taking day trips to Terezin and Plzen. In Terezin I vist the Nazi prison camp and the town's Jewish ghetto. In Plzen I take a tour of the Pilsner Urquell brewery and its underground storage facilities.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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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