What’s Old Is New: Coolships in American Craft Brewing

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What’s old is new. Coolships (koelschips in Flemish), dating back for centuries, are appearing in a growing number of craft breweries in what may be a mini-coolship fever, propelled by the explosion of interest in Belgian brewing styles and a harkening back to traditional brewing. This iconic brewing equipment, usually…

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New Year’s Resolution: Drink Your Veggies!

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If you’re making a resolution to eat more veggies, here’s a better idea: drink them. Always seeking new avenues for innovation in brewing and flavor profiles, some craft brewers are turning to the garden for inspiration. It is perfect timing for those of us who have resolved to improve our diets…

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Awaken Your Senses with Single Origin Coffee Stouts

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Brewing beer is an art form. Controlling the fermentation of cereal grain and plant matter among the other additions to this ethereal elixir takes time and skill, and the occasional cup of coffee. While indulging and exploring in the world of coffee, many brewers have incorporated coffee into the experience…

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Pastors Find a Second Calling in Craft Beer

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In the Middle Ages, monks brewed beer not only as a source of sustenance but also as a way to bring money into their monasteries. When you take a closer look at ties between modern day craft beer and religion, you can easily see how they intersect. At their roots,…

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Beers Made with Barrel-Aged Coffee Beans are ‘Blowing People’s Minds’

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When we think of barrel-aged beer, we usually think of beer that’s been brewed and then left to age in whiskey or wine barrels. But a few brewers are putting a new twist on that and spinning things around the other way: Introducing a beer, brewed with barrel-aged coffee beans.…

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How Do You Build a Strong Brewery? Jackie O’s Focuses on Home

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Jackie O’s Brewery is tucked away in Athens, Ohio. Athens is a college town, home to Ohio University, but also a town smack dab in the middle of Appalachia, in one of Ohio’s most impoverished counties. Here, the business model is different. Jackie O’s isn’t trying to dominate the Midwest,…

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The Top Hops, According to New Survey from the Brewers Association

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Good news, hop heads: the Brewers Association just released its annual Hop Survey. Along with a wealth of other data, the annual survey includes a year-over-year “Top 10 Hop Production Ranking.” The results? Well, they are surprisingly similar in form to that other familiar fall ranking: the College Football Top…

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Measures Craft Brewers Take to Maintain Consistency in Beer

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Consistency is a topic brewers often discuss at industry sessions and seminars. Mark Stutrud, founder and president of St. Paul’s Summit Brewing, doesn’t mince words about consistency. He says brewers need to be more accountable. “You just don’t make a batch and hope it turns out okay. Each batch has…

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Craft Breweries to Watch in 7 Southern Cities

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Due to restrictive post-Prohibition alcohol laws and a strong religious history of temperance, the Southeast U.S. has lagged behind the brewery boom that has swept the country. However, Southerners are pushing past the obstacles and more breweries are opening up every month — not just in known brewery havens like…

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Rise of the Niche Brewery: Brewers Look to Distinguish Their Brands

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Ten years ago, I was a newly legal beer drinker trying to scrape together a living slinging beer for a Colorado craft brewery that had recently started making headlines by forgoing the bottle to package their big beers in aluminum cans. It was a different time then. A time when…

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