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Pedals and Pints: A Six-Pack of Bike-Themed Beers Feature by

Don’t live near a bike trail? Drink vicariously through these beers inspired by cycling.

Pedals and Pints: Bike Trail Breweries Appeal to Cyclists Feature by

America’s brewing renaissance has developed alongside a renewed interest in cycling, with new breweries popping up along the nation’s bike trails to cater to two-wheeled clientele.

Cruising Through Cascadia: Essential Pacific Northwest Beer Experiences Feature by

The Pacific Northwest offers a multitude of options for thirsty beercationers, from Oregon’s mountain biking brew tours to brewery cruises through Washington’s San Juan Islands.

Southland Ales: LA’s Young Beer Scene Looks to the Future Feature by

Los Angeles is emerging from the shadows of its better beer neighbors to tell its own story. And like the city itself, that story is diverse, progressive and undeniably cool.

Stjørdalsøl: Behind the Smoke, an Old Beer Style Thrives in Norway Feature by

Every winter in a quiet waterfront town in Norway, more than 500 members of the community brew a strong, smoked beer according to tradition. For centuries, this endangered style has remained virtually unknown to outsiders.

Pint by Pint: Building a Beer Scene in Southeast Asia Feature by

DIY resourcefulness can be seen across Southeast Asia, as expats and locals open small breweries and try to create a new beer culture that runs deeper than light lager over ice.

Europe’s “New” Americans: Beyond Stone and Brooklyn, American Brewers are Bringing New Brews to the Old World Feature by

If we overlook all the Americans who moved to Europe and started brewing American-inspired beers there, which already-existing American craft brewery will be the first to open its own European brewing facility?

Amber Highways: Brewers Hit the Road in Search of Knowledge and New Opportunities Feature by

Taking time off to travel allows brewers to escape the comfort zone of their local brewing scene, an environment that might breed complacency. Countless possibilities await those willing to expand their worldview for the sake of professional development, whether it’s a state or a continent away.

Progress and a New Order: Taking Cues from the US, Brazilian Brewers Forge Ahead Feature by

For the last five years, in spite of high taxes and long shipping times, American beers have found their way into the hands of curious Brazilian drinkers and motivated Brazilian brewers.

Want Beer, Will Travel: From Coast to Coast, Brewery Tourism Is On the Rise Feature by

While connoisseurs have long traveled to countries like Belgium to try monastic brews and farmhouse ales, the phenomenon of beer tourism in the United States is still relatively new.

Going Global: Craft Brewers Expand to Foreign Shores Feature by

Craft exports currently represent about $73 million in yearly sales. And with newly announced trade partnerships in place, and more on the way in South America and Asia—particularly Brazil and Singapore—the craft beer-export industry is poised for further growth.

Brewing Across the Border: Craft Beer in Baja California Feature by

Baja California might be best known for its beachside fish tacos and off-road racing, but the northwestern Mexican state has seriously upped its craft beer game, defining itself as the country’s largest contingent for “cerveza artesanal.”

There Will Be No Mixed Getränke: Berlin’s (Slowly) Changing Beer Culture Feature by

Even though small-batch beer holds only about 1 percent by volume of today’s German beer market, the legacy of handmade beer has endured years of macrobrewery consolidation and is finally coming out on the other side.

Move Over, Margaritaville: In the Subtropics, South Florida’s Craft Beer Scene Emerges Feature by

Even with talented brewers like Funky Buddha and J. Wakefield cranking out creative, quality beers, it takes passionate consumers to make an area’s beer scene sing. And South Floridians are fully embracing the craft beer movement.

It’s 5-Percent Somewhere: American Brewing Off the Mainland Feature by

Many companies that make beer in offshore US locations want to grow and bring their local products to consumers on the mainland. And for breweries in Hawaii, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, distributing bottled beers stateside sometimes means relying on the oft-debated practice of contract brewing.

The Spanish Are Coming! Feature by

In Catalonia, the nationality within Spain that comprises the provinces of Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona, we discovered a nascent brewing scene in and around Barcelona, still very much under the radar.

Alaska Brewed Feature by

A state of stunning landscapes and untamed wilderness, Alaska is often forgotten when surveying America’s craft beer boom. But from breweries approaching two decades in business to those that just celebrated their first anniversary, great beer and great people can be found in every Alaskan city.

Tulips, Windmills and … Craft Beer? The Netherlands Enters the Beer Scene Feature by

Dutch beer culture has always lived in the shadow of the more flavorful Dubbels and Tripels from its famous neighbors. But over the last 10 years, there’s been a dramatic surge in small brewers and adventurous consumers in the Netherlands.

Africa Mai Bok Feature by

Add millet and sorghum to a Maibock recipe to play off Bokbier, a popular style in Namibia and South Africa.

Southern Africa’s Beer Boom: A Look at the Heart of Africa’s Beer Scene Feature by

Beer connoisseurs have long dismissed Africa as the lost land of Pilsners due to its proliferation of corporate breweries. But a burgeoning craft beer scene in Namibia and South Africa isn’t the only indication of the start of a new era.

Beer Rises in the East Feature by

How can craft brewers survive the global recession? Ask the Japanese. During its economic boom in the 1980s, the Japanese were huge consumers of single-malt whiskies and fine wines. Hand-made beers are starting to enjoy a similar cache, but without the exorbitant price tag.

The Beers of Bamberg, Germany Feature by

In May 2010, a modern tourist structure was completed in the center of the Old Town, and they launched “Brewery Trail” walking tours that have been designed by the tourist bureau into separate brewery tours on the east and west sides of the Regnitz River, which flows through and splits the city.

Drinking Beer at the End of the World: Part 2 of Tim Webb’s Odyssey to an Unknown Beer Land Feature by

Big lager brands may be shiny and reliable, but they are not exactly fun, so dreamers, misfits and visionaries stepped up to start making beers for the more discerning drinker. Twenty years later, Argentina’s craft beers are its best-kept secret.

To Patagonia & Back Again: Part 1 of Tim Webb’s Odyssey to an Unknown Beer Land Feature by

What brings the visitors is the spectacular backdrop of Andean peaks, ice-capped even in summer, the breathtaking scenery around the seven sprawling lakes and, increasingly, the beer.

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