The Weird Science of High-Altitude Brewing

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When Chris Labbe started making beer at 10,159 feet there was no one to call when things didn’t go as planned. He had few high-altitude brewing peers, no playbook and certainly no sympathy if the beer wasn’t right. This harsh reality is the first thing Labbe, a brewer and co-founder…

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What Makes a Sour Beer Taste Sour?

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It’s in the back of a dingy old storage basement. The floor is made of dirt and there is the faintest, rhythmic trickle of water dripping somewhere nearby. The stale scent of must fills the air. In the depths of a fermentation cellar lies one lonely little bottle that looks…

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3 Stories Behind Athlete-Inspired Breweries

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Brewing beer isn’t easy. You study. You practice. You make mistakes. You practice more. You take notes and you take advice. Eventually, you get better. Runners, cyclists and swimmers are wired that same way: They set goals. They train. They have setbacks. There are races that go wrong, and some…

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BrewTube Comedy Founder: A Common Thread Binds Brewing and Comedy

As a stand-up comedian, I get to travel all over the country in the vein of attempting to make people laugh. I’ve been doing stand-up for going on a decade, but a few years ago, I really got into craft beer. Little did I realize I was planting the seeds…

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6 Craft Beer Bars That Changed Their City’s Beer Scene

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Breweries and craft beer bars have a symbiotic relationship. Pubs have been community centers of social activity for hundreds of years. Over the past 30 years or so, a growing number of bars and pubs have focused on bringing beer drinkers a better variety of beers, especially those from small…

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Hold the Fruit: 11 Summer Beers for People Who Appreciate the Classics

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Born in 1979, my parents raised me on the music of the Beach Boys, the Monkees and the big hair ballad rock of the early 80s. My joke is that if a song was released after 1985, I don’t know it. In the old brown Jeep Cherokee I drove to…

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Why Can’t I Buy that Special Release Beer Year-Round?

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Special craft beer releases are among a beer lover’s most anticipated days. Craft beer drinkers can’t wait for the party that accompanies a bottle release like Cigar City Brewing’s annual Hunahpu Day. Others look forward to the mystique surrounding the extreme rarity of the beer like that of Russian River…

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America’s Veteran-Owned Breweries Build Community, Honor Those Who Serve

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Craft breweries across the United States create community within their cities and towns. From their natural draw of beer enthusiasts and friends to their community outreach and charitable work, breweries craft a sense of place. Then there are the communities within those communities. Conversations with the founders and brewers at…

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All is Ripe in the World: 2017 Summer Beers are Full of Fruit

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Beer is a beverage brewed to meet the seasons, so it’s no surprise that summer beers in 2017 are seeing an array of fruit-infused recipes. From 21st Amendment’s watermelon sour inspired by a popular predecessor to a raspberry sour Berliner Weisse meant to take you “Back to the Future,” if you’re…

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Which Beer Sparked Your Craft Beer Aha Moment?

Which beer sparked your craft beer aha moment? It’s one of those questions that’s always fun to ask friends, so we decided to ask people who work in craft beer to tell us theirs. We’d love to hear about your aha moment. Tell us about it in the comments section.…

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