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Something Old, Something New: Dispensing Draft from the Barrel Innovation by

Rack AeriAle, a nitrogen draft-dispensing system that updates the barrel-dispensing systems of old with new technology, allows beer from barrels to be chilled and carbonated on the way to the glass.

Europe’s Puzzling Nobility: Hops from the Styrian Hinterland Behind the Bines by

US drinkers might soon become more familiar with four new flavor hops from Slovenia, in addition to the Styrian region’s already well-known Noble hops.

Hopping Mad About Flavor Innovation by

Condensed liquid flavoring designed to enhance beer, Mad Hops (and its competitor OnTap) borrows a concept from existing products that add flavor to other beverages, like water.

Eat Your Beer: Turning Spent Grain into Granola Bars Innovation by

The spent grain in the bars comes from six breweries in the San Francisco area, including Fort Point Beer Co. and 21st Amendment Brewery.

Tree Beer: Brewing with Wafer Ash Behind the Bines by

Taking a cue from resourceful homebrewers in the past, Jester King Brewery tries replacing hops with the bitter fruit of the wafer ash tree.

Secret Hopper: Drinking Undercover Innovation by

When a Secret Hopper goes “undercover,” they are expected to order a flight, followed by a pint, and pay attention to 25 points that they will later critique in a report.

Beer on Wheels: A Keg-Hauling Pedicab Innovation by

What arrives on three wheels, keeps your kegs cold, and pours fresh beer out of two taps on its side? The Coaster Beer Trike.

Bisphenol Pale Ale: Should You Be Worried About the BPA in Your Beer Can? Beer and Health by

The industry’s wholehearted embrace of cans comes with a lurking question: should we be worried about chemicals in the container’s epoxy lining?

Data Analysis Made Easy with Gastrograph AI Innovation by

A tech company has developed artificial intelligence to streamline quality control by replacing the manual labor behind the sensory evaluation process.

The Power Is Yours: Customizing the Drinker Experience Feature by

The brewing industry is entering a new entrepreneurial phase, where satellite businesses give consumers the power to move from a one-size-fits-all drinking experience to one that’s highly tailored to the individual.

No More Warm Beer Innovation by

After 45 minutes in the freezer, the Chillsner is transformed into an in-bottle cooling device that fits right into any standard 9-inch, 12-ounce bottle.

Small Space Fermentation with BrewJacket Innovation by

The compact device takes up no more space than the fermentor it is controlling, and can be stored on a closet shelf when not in use.

Wort’s Weird Journey: Beer’s Sometimes Unpredictable Path From Grain to Glass Feature by

Often wort’s journey is a short one, moving from one nearby tank to another. But it can be a complicated journey, too, from snaking through a 328-foot, creek-crossing pipeline at Industrial Arts Brewing to a second life in a “small” beer made from its second runnings.

Magic Dust: Will a New Oil-Rich Powder Change Hoppy Beers? Behind the Bines by

As lupulin powder, an oil-rich hop dust, makes its way into the brewing marketplace, the high-tech ingredient could shape the future of hoppy beer as we know it.

A Micro-Bottler for Microbreweries Innovation by

Designed by an upstart brewer, this more affordable, manual four-head counter-pressure filling system can fill bottles of many sizes. Plus, its portable size comes in handy in a variety of situations.

The Eagle Flies Again: Resurrecting a 1940s-era Bottle Opener Innovation by

After discovering a vintage bottle opener on eBay, its American origin and a great comeback story convinced two entrepreneurs to reintroduce it to the market after 70 years.

Put a Lid on It: A Compact, Stealth Koozie from Trinken Products Innovation by

Thanks to an inventive take on a koozie that looks a lot like a coffee cup lid, you can keep your beer cold—and hidden.

Heavy Medal: A Brief History of the Great American Beer Fest Awards By The Numbers by

The history of the Great American Beer Festival is the history of craft brewing magnified. It started in 1982 as a one-night event, held during the fourth annual National Homebrew and Microbrewery Conference.

Speeding up Barrel Aging with Oak Bottle Innovation by

Thanks to the Kickstarter-funded Oak Bottle, anyone can age even a single bottle of beer (or wine or spirits) in hours to the exact level of infusion desired.

Savoring Acidity: The Quest to Explain Sourness in Beer Feature by

As sour beers proliferate in the market, the search for a quantitative yardstick to determine acidity has intensified. Could Titratable Acidity, or TA, a measurement borrowed from the wine industry, be the answer?

Calculating for the Future: Can Breweries Provide More STEM Jobs for Women? Feature by

Rapid growth and continued innovation in the beer industry have made it a professional pipeline for women in STEM careers, from researching yeast genomes to studying the science of taste.

Beer Meets Big Data with Glassify Innovation by

Glassify turns the bottom of a pint glass into a mini-computer that’s able to interact with a mobile device via a chip inserted during the manufacturing process and offer tailor-made deals through the Glassify app.

Small But Mighty: The Synek Growler Adapter Innovation by

Opening up the tabletop draft system to any available draft beer, the growler adapter is a must-have accessory for Synek owners.

Growing Local: Neighborhood Hop Farms Provide Brewers with Terroir Behind the Bines by

As hop farm acreage swells beyond the Pacific Northwest, more breweries showcase local hops in seasonal beers.

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