Author: Ben Keene

Looking to the Past for Inspiration, Brewers Gravitate to Gruit News by

Breweries around the globe are bucking the hazy, hoppy trend by devoting at least some of their energies to Gruit, a medieval ale made with a variety of botanicals. Although small, the worldwide movement to bring more attention to it has gained steam, and is recognized with International Gruit Day.

5 Sources of Inspiration for Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout 6 Degrees of Fermentation by

Founders head brewer Jeremy Kosmicki reveals the five beverages that inspired Kentucky Breakfast Stout, from Redhook Double Black Stout to Jim Beam.

Able Seedhouse + Brewery Becomes First Minnesota Brewery in Decades to Make Its Own Malt News by

With the release of a Rye Brown Ale called Seeded, Able became the first brewery in Minnesota to produce a beer with its own malt since the late 1960s.

Seattle’s Pike Brewing Expands, Adds New Dining Concept News by

Pike Brewing Company, one of the oldest breweries in the Pacific Northwest, will expand for the third time in 28 years when it opens Tankard & Tun next to Seattle’s Pike Place Market at the end of June.

5 Sources of Inspiration for Dogfish Head Immort Ale 6 Degrees of Fermentation by

Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione reveals the five beverages that inspired Immort Ale, from Alaskan Smoked Porter to Pappy Van Winkle.

Cyclists Ride to GABF to Promote Prostate Health News by

For non-profit 1400 Miles’ “Big Ride,” a dozen cyclists completed a 15-day, 1,400-mile journey from Cedar Park, Texas, to Denver to raise awareness about prostate health using beer and bikes as conversation starters.

Three Heads Brewing: 5 Essentials 5 Essentials by

Partners Dan Nothnagle, Todd Dirrigl, Geoff Dale, and Brian Johnson can’t live without these five things at Three Heads, their funky and hop-forward brewery in Rochester, N.Y.

5 Sources of Inspiration for Rodenbach Caractère Rouge 6 Degrees of Fermentation by

Brouwerij Rodenbach brewmaster Rudi Ghequire talks about the beverages that inspired a new beer designed to be paired with food: a Flanders Red aged for an additional six months on cherries, raspberries and cranberries.

Victory Brewing Company: Two Decades of Community and Creativity From the Source by

Since launching Victory in 1996, Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet have remained true to their founding principles. When it came time to expand, they added a second production facility in Pennsylvania even as their distribution has grown.

5 Sources of Inspiration for Alaskan Smoked Porter 6 Degrees of Fermentation by

Alaskan Brewing Co. co-founder Geoff Larson talks about the drinks (and other things) that inspired one of the most award-winning and sought-after beers in recent history: Alaskan Smoked Porter.

5 Beers That Inspired Hair of the Dog’s Adam 6 Degrees of Fermentation by

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company founder Alan Sprints reveals the sources of inspiration for Adam, an Old Ale brewed with Pacific Northwest hops and black, crystal, chocolate, peated, and organic Pilsner malts.

Brew, Brew, Brew For the Home Team: Craft Beer Makes Inroads at Stadiums and Sporting Arenas Feature by

As smaller, independent breweries have steadily chipped away at the market share held by larger national or multinational competition, they’ve also found ways to move into spaces formerly controlled by Big Beer—like Major League stadiums.

2nd Shift Brewing: 5 Essentials 5 Essentials by

To run a brewery of any size it takes a wide range of tools, equipment, ingredients and paraphernalia. Sometimes having a furry companion around can help, too. Here are the five things that Crider and Brown can’t live without.

Cambridge Brewing Company From the Source by

Inspired by the successes of Bay Area breweries, Phil Bannatyne, a New Englander by birth, moved back to the East Coast in the late 1980s planning to get into the beer business. The space he could afford turned out to be in Kendall Square, a stone’s throw from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Better by Degrees: Why Cold Storage Matters to Your Beer Feature by

Craft breweries of all sizes are shipping their beer to far-flung accounts. So how do they maintain the condition of their beer, please fickle customers, and simultaneously grow their brands? The answer is cold storage.

Where to Drink in Bangkok, Thailand Destinations by

For decades, beaches, not beer, were the reason to visit Thailand. But things are changing, with Singha opening a pair of brewpubs and European and American imports appearing on menus with increasing frequency. And across Bangkok, community malls with trendy beer bars have sprung up like bamboo.