BeerAdvocate magazine #114

A World Without Whalez Beer Smack by

Far too many beer drinkers are obsessed with a handful of brewers who create hype. Don’t get sucked in, try this instead: Try something new or unfamiliar and then talk about it, because you’re definitely missing out otherwise.

In Search of Terroir, Community and Revenue, Farms Add Breweries News by

In states with farm brewery licenses, adding a brewery gives farmers the ability to use their crops in a product that they can sell directly to consumers, thus creating a new revenue stream, bringing tourism to the farm and forging a sense of community.

Breweries Offer Shuttle Services for Safety and Convenience News by

Several breweries now offer shuttle services to and from their taprooms with stops in central, visitor-friendly locations.

Beer News News by

Ancient brewing equipment found in China; 14 breweries leave Colorado Brewers Guild; Walmart launches beer brand; and a roundup of legislation passed in Alabama, Idaho, and Ohio.

Beer Cap Maps Innovation by

If you’re a bottle cap collector, Beer Cap Maps not only help you wrangle those caps, but also serve as stylish and functional works of art.

The Meanings of Craft Beer Shelf Talker by

In Evan Rail’s latest Kindle Single, he explores the linguistic and non-linguistic meanings of a phrase many Americans use without thinking: craft beer.

Two Years With Dr. Nandu by Aeronaut Brewing Co. Label Approval by

From illustrations to beers, the team at Aeronaut Brewing likes to explore the expressive potential of accessible materials.

Bitter Promise: Hops Research Yields Clues for Cancer and Diabetes Treatment Beer and Health by

New research is opening up the possibility that the bitter elements in hops could form the basis for future diabetes and cancer treatments.

Hops and Hope: Brewing Bienestar in Nicaragua Beer Without Borders by

Moropotente, Nicaragua’s largest craft brewery, is more than a brewery, it’s also a classroom, a workshop, a laboratory, and a working farm.

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.

Dark Mild History by the Glass by

The history of Mild stretches back several hundred years, but why and when a dark version emerged has long been a mystery for beer historians.

Hold Me Closer, Tiny Lager: Boosting Flavor by Toasting Malt at Home BYOB by

Give a flavorful twist to a simple lager recipe from the “Barrel Master” at California’s Eagle Rock Brewery by toasting your own Pilsner malt.

Fried Chicken Sandwich in a Polynesian-Style Beer Marinade Cooking with Beer by

Roasted pineapple relish, a spicy-sweet Hawaiian sauce, and a tropical IPA marinade put a Polynesian spin on a crispy fried chicken sandwich.

Patada de Mula Kindred Spirits by

Inspired by margaritas topped with an upside-down bottle of Mexican lager, this beer cocktail combines tequila, jalapeño simple syrup, and lime with a Berliner Weisse.

Roasted Amish Chicken: 3 Pairings Table Mates by

At Brick Anchor Brew-House in Virginia, general manager Michael Gassett picks three regional beers to pair with a roasted Amish chicken dish by chef Ed Speller.

Thai Me Up in Jackson, Wyoming Barkeep by

Wyoming brewpub Thai Me Up has garnered attention for its boundary-pushing beers with names referencing Wu-Tang Clan songs it cranks out from a tiny 3-barrel system.

Larry Sidor of Crux Fermentation Project Going Pro by

With 40-plus years in the Pacific Northwest beer industry, Larry Sidor struck out on his own, founding the new Bend, Ore., institution Crux Fermentation Project.

Bissell Brothers Brewing Company: Pushing Limits in Portland From the Source by

The Bissell brothers, Peter and Noah from Milo, Maine, are brash young entrepreneurs in charge of one of New England’s hottest breweries.

Where to Drink in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Destinations by

Over the last two years Rio has witnessed the appearance of more than a dozen craft brewery brands, most of them “gipsy” productions, along with new beer-focused bars.

Beyond the Pale: Is the Pale Ale Passé or Poised for Reinvention? Feature by

Once an industry staple, Pale Ale has ceded shelf space to the popular IPA and its Imperial and Session cousins. Has the former flagship style seen its last days, or can it be reborn with a renewed emphasis on hop and malt varieties?

Pure, Not Simple: German Brewers Experiment Inside the Reinheitsgebot’s Boundaries Feature by

While some German brewers make beer that flouts the Reinheitsgebot, many more are committed to brewing within its strictures while employing creative tactics, like adding hop varieties that mimic flavors of prohibited ingredients.

Lenox Mercedes, Founder, High-Gravity Hip-Hop Last Call by

Lenox Mercedes was raised in New York City during hip-hop’s golden era. Years later, he’s tapping kegs while Atlantans dance to classic beats at one of the beer festivals hosted by his company, High-Gravity Hip-Hop.