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These 3 American Brewers Are Inspired by Extreme Beer Three Threads by

Today, whiskey barrels and vanilla beans are no more extreme than an everything bagel. But brewers continue to find other ways to experiment, from mixed culture fermentation to Sour Patch Kids.

Of Tykes and Taprooms: Do Kids Belong in Breweries? Unfiltered by

Whether or not to welcome kids into taprooms has become a hot-button—and often unexpected—issue for brewery owners aiming to please a wide variety of beer drinkers.

How Belgium’s Beers Inspire 3 American Brewers Three Threads by

Without Belgian beer and its influence, many brewers wouldn’t have been inspired to brew the so-called farmhouse, funky, sour, and strong beers that we enjoy today.

Mutants and Transformers: A Look into the Future of Craft Brewing Unfiltered by

The rapid transformation and mutation of American craft brewing will undoubtedly persevere in the year ahead. Yet one thing always remains the same: the absence of boredom.

Have We Been Here Before? Unfiltered by

Although globalization eases many of international travel’s challenges, it could threaten the brewing cultures and traditions that we seek to experience.

Beer in 2018, As It Was Foretold Beer Smack by

We recently gazed into our Magic 8 Ball and asked, “What will 2018 bring to the wonderful world of beer?” To which it replied, “Outlook hazy, try again.”

Hazy Days and Brighter Futures: Are New England IPAs More Than a Passing Fad? Unfiltered by

With each glass of hazy IPA that appears on the bar tops of breweries once focused on Belgian or German styles, it’s hard not to worry about the industry’s future prospects.

The Problem with Beer Scores Beer Smack by

Many beer scores follow a dated, A-F standard borrowed from the wine and spirits world that was basically designed for marketing.

Finding a Happy Medium Unfiltered by

As pricing for craft brands reaches its outer limits, growth is starting to slow, pushing beer buyers and consumers to take another look at value brands.

ISO: Your Honest Feedback; FT: A New Magazine in 2018 Beer Smack by

Changes in the beer industry and the beer media landscape show no signs of slowing down.

Old Dogs and New Tricks Unfiltered by

Forced to chart a new course amid the industry’s double-digit growth, “big craft” breweries have resorted to fleeting trends and gimmicks to stay afloat.

Are You a Beer Geek? Beer Smack by

So are you a beer geek? If any of the following applies to you, the answer is probably “yes.”

Lord of the Barflies Unfiltered by

Once heralded for its camaraderie, the craft brewing community is under siege from within as each buyout fractures the industry’s communal spirit.

Boycotting Is a Slippery Slope Beer Smack by

Rather than call for a boycott, we’d rather bring some awareness to the issues, share our opinion, host the discussion, and allow consumers to decide what’s best for them.

Forget Craft. Let’s Try Transparency Unfiltered by

While Big Beer pushes for a “post-craft” mindset, emphasizing flavor over ownership, consumers deserve transparency about a brand’s heritage.

Zombie Beer Brands Beer Smack by

Something that’s not discussed often enough about the impact of independent (indie) brewers selling out to megacorps is where we as consumers see it the most: on menus and shelves.

Pilsner for the People Unfiltered by

We’ve ridden the wave of beer trends through tepid Amber Ales, extreme alcohol bombs, funky sours, and juicy IPAs—now, it’s Pilsner’s turn.

Draw and Hold the Line Beer Smack by

It’s easy not to care about the seemingly arbitrary definition of “craft brewer.” So long as the beer tastes good, right? Wrong.

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.

It’s Official: New England India Pale Ale Is a Style Beer Smack by

Like it or not, the New England India Pale Ale is a style, and one that you’re going to see much more of as brewers continue to jump on the hazy hype train.

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.

Taking a Beer Break Beer Smack by

It might sound silly or even sacrilegious to some, but the concept of taking a break from beer has been a frequently asked question in our forums since the late ’90s.

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.

The Art of the Shower Beer Beer Smack by

Regardless of what you’ve heard or read in the past, there are only three things you need to know to master the art of the shower beer.