Category: Unfiltered

When it Comes to ABV, How Low Can We Go? Unfiltered by

Low alcohol beer is the last unexplored territory of American brewing. To take its place in our beer-drinking culture it must transcend gimmicks.

The Wholly Sensible Concept of Half Pours Unfiltered by

How the schnitt, a German phrase for a half-pour, could bridge the American gap between tiny samplers and the standard 16-ounce shaker pint.

Pints and Politics: Time for Another Round? Unfiltered by

When it comes to politics, the insular nature of the craft brewing community is a weakness, not a strength.

Remembering How to Enjoy Beer Unfiltered by

Rather than futilely trying to sample every available beer, drinkers should enjoy them the way the brewer intended: a full glass, pint, or half-liter at a time.

Happily Single: The Satisfaction of Beer Monogamy Unfiltered by

No longer paralyzed by choice, there’s a freedom that comes from sitting at a bar with friends, hefting steins of the exact same beer for hours.

The Future of Beer is Unpredictable, and That’s a Good Thing Unfiltered by

We can’t predict the future, though we may try. Whatever happens to individual brands, however, one thing appears clear: flavorful beer is here to stay.

The Myth of the Spurned Drinker Unfiltered by

Bad beer won’t take down the craft brewing industry, but it’s up to bar owners and consumers to speak up when something tastes off.

Nowhere To Go But Up Unfiltered by

Despite comparisons to the industry housecleaning of the mid-1990s, today’s brewery landscape looks nothing like that of 20 years ago.

Drafting a Bucket List Unfiltered by

Local isn’t everything. Get to know the wider world of beer by creating (and completing) a list of achievable day trips and more involved foreign adventures.

A Theory of Evolution: The Future of Global Beer Unfiltered by

It’s been a year of intrigue and plot twists—multimillion dollar deals begat billion dollar deals, while a half-dozen or more transactions constantly swirl in the rumor mill.

Time to Grow Up: Beer Branding’s Cleverness Deficiency Unfiltered by

If craft brewing wants to extend its audience beyond the traditional market of youngish, wealthy dudes, it needs to grow up a bit.

Wild Growth: What Will the Ever-Increasing Number of Breweries Mean for the Industry? Unfiltered by

Once a tight-knit community, beer has grown into big business—and the nearly 13,000 attendees at the Craft Brewers Conference is proof.

Living in Isolation: How Elitism is Alienating Macro Beer Fans Unfiltered by

It’s time for small brewers and beer enthusiasts to stop taking cheap shots at Big Beer and instead focus on their own products.

The Fight for Independents Unfiltered by

As the term “indie beer” rises in popularity, it’s time to rethink what it really means to be an independent brewery.

Names and Labels Unfiltered by

Why it’s time to give up on a meaningless phrase and accept a growing truth: craft beer is just beer.

The Dark Side Unfiltered by

From Reddit threads to in-person auctions, the increasing commodification of rare beer is something to celebrate and fear. The long heralded accessibility of beer remains one of its most favorable traits.

The Wait Unfiltered by

While nothing draws a crowd like a crowd, standing in line for beer is too often about following the masses rather than one’s own palate—or curiosity.

Dizzying Prospects Unfiltered by

Many craft breweries are cults of personality. But when these icons eventually fade, we’re left with the next generation to think about, as the brewery must go on. Craft brewing has always been a business.

Bella Birra Unfiltered by

While trepidation for the undermining of long treasured beer heritages remains understandable, in countries with little in the way of a native or historic beer culture, the change of pace and perspective brought by an interest in American-style craft brewing is a welcome breath of fresh air.

Hop Creep Unfiltered by

The Age of IPA has signaled an end of creativity and experimentation. Based around a handful of hot, new hoppy styles with similar characteristics, we’re in a time of creeping homogeneity.

Reconsidering Cans Unfiltered by

Cans are now instinctively what I reach for when I’m buying beer in the store, much to my own surprise. In fact, I expect to keep passing over glass bottles, bombers and growlers for many years to come.

Full Disclosure Unfiltered by

As craft brewing matures, the quality of the reportage on all things beer should rise to match it. Quality writers are a crucial component in helping craft brewing grow in stature and seriousness in the public’s eye.

All the News That’s Fit to Tweet Unfiltered by

While the internet has given beer lovers access to information and communication avenues that we could never have imagined decades ago, the value of many social media options to breweries is harder to gauge.

Late Breaking Unfiltered by

Craft breweries have long had a contentious relationship with the media. Fighting an uphill battle against a well-entrenched public view that all beer looked and tasted the same, new small brewers knew the importance of changing the conversation about beer.

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