Category: History & Culture

Living Beer Styles and the Death of William Younger’s XXP Fermented Culture by

Following the evolution of William Younger’s XXP over time, from a premium export IPA clocking in at 200 IBU to a standard pub Bitter.

Brewing for Beasts: Beer Companies Raise Money for Conservation Organizations The Blending House by

Across the country, craft breweries are forging partnerships with local conservation organizations in an effort to give back to their communities.

Smoky Joe Whisky Extra Stout by Poland’s AleBrowar Label Approval by

The labels for Polish brewery AleBrowar are designed to separate its beers from mass-produced products and send an unequivocal message that it is artisan beer.

True Beer: Inside the Small, Neighborhood Nanobreweries Changing the World of Craft Beer Shelf Talker by

Author Timothy Sprinkle takes readers behind the scenes of Colorado nanobreweries to reveal the realities, with a nuanced perspective on this narrow but growing segment.

The Return of Whitbread Pale Ale Fermented Culture by

Last year Whitbread Pale Ale was relaunched in the UK, brewed by the highly regarded Windsor & Eton. Let’s not worry too much about whether it’s an IPA, Pale Ale, or Light Ale. Just rejoice at the return of Whitbread’s iconic hind logo.

At Collective Arts Brewing, Packaging Showcases Emerging Artists Label Approval by

Twice a year, up to 75 new works of art by emerging artists are distributed across all of Collective Art Brewing’s brands.

Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley Shelf Talker by

Author Peter Kopp traces the hop’s history from its oldest ancestor, which grew in Asia, to the first hop arriving in America millions of years later, probably in a bottle of English ale.

Can You Taste the Music? Breweries and Bands Collaborate on Beers Inspired by Song Feature by

As brewery-band collaboration projects become more commonplace, new research suggests that neurological connections between how we process taste and sound could exist—potentially taking musically-inspired beers to a new level.

Breaking Bread with Seto Õlu: Uncovering a Forgotten Kingdom’s Brewing Tradition Feature by

Hidden in Eastern Europe and forgotten for centuries, the fruity, slightly sweet, and full-bodied õlu, or beer, made by the Seto people is reminiscent of British Mild Ale, Kvass, a beverage made from fermented bread, and even root beer.

Newcastle Brown Ale: A Quintessential, Atypical Beer Fermented Culture by

Known as “the Dog” in its home of England, Newcastle’s ubiquitous Brown Ale was atypical in its strength and production methods when it debuted in 1927.

Where’s the Beef? Pub Food Takes a Healthier Turn The Business of Beer by

As interest in plant-based diets grows, pub grub has begun to change with the times, meaning beer has a few new healthier, meat-free dining companions.

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.

Alphabet Brewing Co.’s Style-Bending White Breakfast Stout Label Approval by

To design Alphabet Brewing Co.’s labels, creative director Nick Hamilton starts by imagining the beer into the middle of a vivid narrative.

My Beer Year: Adventures with Hop Farmers, Craft Brewers, Chefs, Beer Sommeliers and Fanatical Drinkers as a Beer Master in Training Shelf Talker by

In this stellar example of what beer writing can be, working mother Lucy Burningham documents her experiential study plan to pass the Certified Cicerone exam within a year.

Gold Label: A Revolutionary Beer Fermented Culture by

In the 1950s, Tennant Brothers advertised Gold Label, its pale Barleywine, as a beer “as strong as a double whiskey and half the price.”

Muskoka Brewery’s Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout Label Personifies Winter in Ontario Label Approval by

The character on Muskoka Brewery’s Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout label has taken on a life of its own, inspiring look-alike and beard-growing contests at the Ontario brewery.

The Homebrewer’s Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to Making Your Own Beer from Scratch Shelf Talker by

From caramelized tubers to fermented acorns, the authors reveal the possibilities hiding in plain sight in your backyard or at the farmers market.

If They Build It, Who Will Come? National Brewpubs with Neighborhood Aspirations Feature by

Taking cues from the pub and taproom model used by smaller breweries, big players in the beer industry, from 10 Barrel to Blue Moon and Lagunitas, attempt to cash in on the convenience and sense of community of urban outposts.

The Surprising History of the Session IPA Fermented Culture by

Scottish and English brewing records from over a century ago reveal a surprising number of low-ABV hoppy beers that look a lot like today’s trendy Session IPAs.

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.

Mad Elf, Tröegs’ Belgian Strong Ale, Gets A New Look Label Approval by

Mad Elf is the latest Tröegs label to get an illustrated, streamlined look as part of the Pennsylvania brewery’s gradual rebranding.

Brewing Local: American-Grown Beer Shelf Talker by

In his fourth book, Stan Hieronymus writes for brewers who want to use locally grown ingredients but aren’t sure where to start.

State-Controlled Pubs Fermented Culture by

Beginning as a government effort to curb drinking by WWI munitions workers, state-controlled pubs persisted in some English towns until the 1970s.

Both Sides of the Coin: CDFI Funding Boosts Craft Breweries and Struggling Neighborhoods The Business of Beer by

In struggling towns and neighborhoods, breweries are partnering with Community Development Financial Institutions, which provide funding based on community impact.

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