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Craft Beer's Roots in Homebrew

Craft Beer's Roots in Homebrew | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Ken Grossman, who owned a home brew shop in Chico, Calif., was among the first generation of craft brewers who started out as home brewers.

 

As Grossman recounts in his book, “Beyond the Pale: The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.” (Wiley, $24.95), he cobbled together recycled dairy equipment to launch Sierra Nevada in 1980, founding one of the first craft breweries in the U.S. And, of course, his boldly bitter Sierra Nevada Pale Ale helped define the American craft beer revolution. More than 30 years later, the revolution has grown into a major business. Sierra is the second-biggest craft brewer in the U.S., based on sales volume, and the company is set to open a second brewery early this year in Mills River, N.C., near Asheville.

 

The pattern of homebrewers becoming professional brewers and opening breweries hasn’t changed much since Grossman’s early days... [click headline for more]

 

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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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Why it's necessary to keep the craft in craft beer

Why it's necessary to keep the craft in craft beer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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China’s Beer Industry Goes Flat With Anti-Corruption Campaign

China’s Beer Industry Goes Flat With Anti-Corruption Campaign | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Craft beer industry reacts to Budweiser Super Bowl ad

Craft beer industry reacts to Budweiser Super Bowl ad | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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10 Essential Tools for Brewing Beer at Home

10 Essential Tools for Brewing Beer at Home | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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An English village needs its pub – ask a novelist

An English village needs its pub – ask a novelist | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Super Bowl Craft Beer Show Down

Super Bowl Craft Beer Show Down | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Discovering The Dutch Beer Culture

Discovering 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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Retailers Cashing in on Japan's Craft Beer Craze - The Japan Times

Retailers Cashing in on Japan's Craft Beer Craze - The Japan Times | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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10 Super Bowl craft beers that deserve more airtime

10 Super Bowl craft beers that deserve more airtime | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Bavarian beer sets new record, figures show - Visit Germany - DW.DE

Bavarian beer sets new record, figures show - Visit Germany - DW.DE | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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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2015 Craft Beer Release Calendars - PorchDrinking.com

2015 Craft Beer Release Calendars - PorchDrinking.com | International Beer News | Scoop.it

This is going to be a BIG year for craft beer. Many breweries who started developing around the beginning of the craft beer resurgence have begun distributing their product more widely, and several of the country’s largest breweries are set for major expansions. With that wider distribution and those expansions, we’ll begin seeing tons of new beers hitting store shelves... [click headline for more]

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Looking for a cosy log fire? Expat creates traditional pub directory

Looking for a cosy log fire? Expat creates traditional pub directory | International Beer News | Scoop.it

They are a traditional symbol of the British Isles and perfect as hideaways in the winter. But finding a cosy pub with a good log fire can prove difficult, which is why one expat decided to create a website dedicated to the theme.

Web developer Timmy O'Mahony, 27, came up with the idea after returning home to Dublin from living abroad... [click headline for more]

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Ladies of lager gravitate to beer careers

Ladies of lager gravitate to beer careers | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Will Anheuser-Busch buy these craft beer brewers next?

Will Anheuser-Busch buy these craft beer brewers next? | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Manchester pubs of the past: 44 more images of city hostelries

Manchester pubs of the past: 44 more images of city hostelries | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Last week we brought you an evocative collection of photographs showing Manchester pubs from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Some of them were long gone, others were still thriving - and it proved hugely popular among readers.

So we've had another delve into Manchester Council's local image archives to bring you even more nostalgic shots of pubs right across Manchester... [click headline for more]

 

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Is Sam Adams Too Big to Be Craft Beer?

Is Sam Adams Too Big to Be Craft Beer? | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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10 Session-Friendly Craft Brews to Drink Instead of Light Beer on Super Bowl Sunday

10 Session-Friendly Craft Brews to Drink Instead of Light Beer on Super Bowl Sunday | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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10 great craft beers to try while you’re in Scotland

10 great craft beers to try while you’re in Scotland | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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The Eight Years Reign of "Craft" Beer Ends - A Good Beer Blog

The Eight Years Reign of "Craft" Beer Ends - A Good Beer Blog | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Craft your own beer at pop-up guerrilla brewery UBREW

Craft your own beer at pop-up guerrilla brewery UBREW | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The UBREW “guerrilla brewery” will be set up on the Bermondsey Mile, known for its microbreweries and pubs serving craft beers, during London Beer Week in February.

Enthusiasts can sign up to become a UBREW member and then use the space, ingredients and equipment to create a drink either for personal use or for commercial sale... [click headline for more]

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Ohio Craft Brewers releases beer list for Winter Warmer

Ohio Craft Brewers releases beer list for Winter Warmer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Breweries Keep New York City Hopping

Breweries Keep New York City Hopping | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Will 2015 Be the Year of a Craft Beer Pendulum Swing?

Will 2015 Be the Year of a Craft Beer Pendulum Swing? | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Over the better part of a decade, craft beer devotion has become synonymous with a voracious appetite for over-the-top bitterness. The trend coincided with the proliferation of modern hops varietals high in alpha acids — the compounds responsible for those grapefruit-laced, rusted-tin characteristics. While some brewers boast proudly of a so-called "lupulin threshold shift," wherein beer drinkers' palates slowly migrate toward triple and quintuple IPAs, other brewers are bucking the trend, seeking to swing the pendulum back to a more balanced centerline... [click headline for more]

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Lower alcohol craft beers continue to flourish

Lower alcohol craft beers continue to flourish | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Sometimes less is more, especially when it comes to a swelling segment of the craft brewing market.

Craft brewers have thrown everything into their wort kettles — literally everything from hops and malt to chocolate and smoked pork — during the past 30 years to garner droves of adoring followers. But somewhere along the way they overlooked one huge niche in the market: low-alcohol, full-flavor “session” beers.

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Growing taste for craft beer keys home brewing surge

Growing taste for craft beer keys home brewing surge | International Beer News | Scoop.it

When Gary Holmes and Aaron Libera opened their home brewery business here nearly three years ago, their shop was tucked in the back corner of a German delicatessen and consisted of a few shelves stacked with malts, containers and starter kits for people looking to make their own beer.

The Sanford Homebrew Shop has since moved out of that tiny space, and today the pair oversees a larger store. Fifty pound bags of malt are stacked waist-high near the front door. The shelves are stocked with a variety of stainless steel brewing pots, hoses and other equipment. The shop also offers classes for first time brewers... [click headline for more]

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