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Category: Tools of the Trade

Ginned Up Flavor: Old Tom Inspires a New Generation of Brewers Tools of the Trade by

In search of a new flavor profile, brewers turn to gin barrels, which can add herbal citrus, botanical notes, vanilla sweetness, and oaky depth to certain beers.

Past Perfect: Coolships Take Off Around the Country Tools of the Trade by

While anachronistic, the coolship is now used by more than two dozen breweries across the US to create spontaneously fermented ales in the Lambic tradition.

Cast in Stone: Brewers Experiment with Equipment that Has Winemaking Origins Tools of the Trade by

Although concrete fermentation tanks are new to the beer world, the vessel’s use dates back centuries to vintners in Europe. Its porous material and smooth shape aids in fermentation and flow.

The Rarest Barrel: pH1’s Influence and Inspiration Tools of the Trade by

The journey of pH1, a French oak wine barrel that ignited American sour beer history, begins at New Belgium in Colorado.