What's the greatest advancement in beer that you've seen?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by JAPack521, Oct 31, 2014.

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  1. JAPack521

    JAPack521 Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2013 California

    I started into craft a few short years ago, and I've already seen my beloved hobby change dramatically in the time I've been into it. What would you say are the best things to happen to craft since you started on this sweet sweet journey? I'd say...

    1) The widespread availability of good IPAs and newer hop varietals (citra, simcoe, mosaic, etc.)
    2) The quality and availability of barrel-aged beers
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  2. AlpacaAlpaca

    AlpacaAlpaca Defender (655) Apr 2, 2014 New York

    I'd say the best thing to happen to craft is the people. More people buying = more demand = more money for the brewers = more capital to innovate and improve quality.
  3. Lucular

    Lucular Poo-Bah (2,594) Jun 20, 2014 Maryland

    The proliferation of craft beer bars. Having dozens of quality craft beers on tap is amazing.
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  4. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,553) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland

    Those 2 certainly plus 3) explosion of really good Barrel Aged Wild Ales in the US
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  5. JAPack521

    JAPack521 Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2013 California

    I'd certainly have to agree with that (and everything else.)
  6. TheOneTC

    TheOneTC Initiate (157) Aug 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    I'd say the growth of more/smaller breweries utilizing barrels for creating new beers. Firestone Walker's Barrelworks program is awesome. And more locally, Jack's Abby is doing some pretty awesome small batch stuff with their barrels lately.
  7. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,553) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland

    Sorry, Your #2 includes it. I was thinking BA stouts, but you made it all-encompassing. Your 2 then.
  8. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (822) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois

    Either the invention of triple hops brewing or the cold activated can (stock answer).
  9. Canada_Dan

    Canada_Dan Champion (888) Jun 14, 2013 Colorado

    Gotta go with the vortex bottle
  10. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,304) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    The proliferation of the Randall. Small breweries with these can do some really awesome / crazy shit.
  11. rozzom

    rozzom Champion (854) Jan 22, 2011 New York

    Perhaps not an advancement per se, but the fact that in the 3.5 years since I joined this site, good breweries are becoming more and more widespread. In Jan 2011, Russian River accounted for probably 50%+ of the volume in the forums, regarding what IPAs or sours people wanted to try within the USA.
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  12. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,607) Mar 12, 2009 New York

    Great modern, new varieties of hops
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  13. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Poo-Bah (1,620) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    I am liking the Late addition hop schedule versus high alpha acid bitter bomb IPAs/DIPAs. Of course there has to be some bitterness, but not tongue shredders that the old school WC DIPAs and IPAs used to be.
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  14. DarkerTheBetter

    DarkerTheBetter Poo-Bah (1,577) Sep 30, 2005 Minnesota

    The realization that putting a shit-load of hops into traditionally non-hoppy beers isn't necessarily a good idea.
  15. J_Dub

    J_Dub Disciple (321) Apr 22, 2013 Texas

    Not technologically innovative, but the proliferation of styles is fantastic. Goses and berliners during the summer instead of pilsners? Love it. Barrel aged saisons, dry hopped saisons, funky sour saisons? More please. Brett funked double ipas even.
  16. Buschyfor3

    Buschyfor3 Devotee (461) Jan 4, 2009 Kentucky

    Gotta be the party ball keg.
  17. qchic

    qchic Defender (635) Jul 6, 2004 Maryland

    Cans. They get me excited about a beer all over again.
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  18. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,120) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    The increased amount of beers/breweries including bottling/freshness dates on their packaging.
  19. Snowdog

    Snowdog Initiate (137) Jul 28, 2010 Ohio

    Crowlers. 32-ounce CAN filled with fresh craft beer from the source. Yep, draft beer in a portable growler-sized CAN.
  20. 77apm

    77apm Devotee (460) Nov 10, 2013 Illinois

    Damn right its crowlers!! Only have one brewery here with a crowler station, need more!!!
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  21. hopnado

    hopnado Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2014 Michigan

    I think the craft beer industry as a whole has advanced 10 fold since the 90's. What an amazing time to be a beer drinker!
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  22. GameOfBeers

    GameOfBeers Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2014 Pennsylvania

    the pop tab can.
  23. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,436) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    The ability to make a clear, killer lager. Been around for a long time.
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  24. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    I think barrel aging beer has been the greatest advancement in brewing. Whether it's a stout, barley wine or some other beer, the flavors imparted by barrel just add to the beer's flavor.
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  25. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,018) Oct 24, 2009 California

    Thank God for bottleshares and generous BA's!
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  26. fupa

    fupa Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2014 Oklahoma

    Refrigeration technology.
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  27. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (6,869) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Agree with @GameOfBeers and @qchic , and elaborating, can liner technology has expanded the appeal for cans once again without metallic off flavors, the degradation of direct sunlight, and the worry of broken glass.
  28. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Aspirant (219) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    I haven't "seen" it, but the use of refrigeration and sanitation techniques, as well as microbiology.
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  29. TheBrewo

    TheBrewo Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2010 New York

    Didn't scientists just invent a "hangover-free" beer?!?!?!
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  30. buzzedup

    buzzedup Devotee (433) Dec 21, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I like the fact that more craft beers are offered in cans . easy to strpe and no worries from light ..
  31. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (390) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    Canning quality beer and brewers that want you to know when their beer was made.
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  32. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,785) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    The Internet....and Wet Hops
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  33. davetharave

    davetharave Initiate (105) Apr 6, 2008 California

    So much has happened in the last several years on the craft beer scene (all of it good) that it's hard to pick any one item. I would say the progress we have made in reducing the turbidity in our craft beers has to be one of the best accomplishments.
  34. Mebuzzard

    Mebuzzard Poo-Bah (3,556) May 19, 2005 Colorado

    Although it has a long way to go, but I'd say the increased appreciation of brewing as a science and an art.
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  35. Prospero

    Prospero Savant (957) Jul 27, 2010 Colorado

    Hop utilization with the advancement in whirlpooling, hop backs, etc.

    Whirlpooling could be one in itself.

    Arguably the advancement in malted barley could be up there as well.

    Advancements in using microbiology for yeast & bacteria propagation? (Better understanding for brewing sours/wilds and increased quality)

    Advancements in using chemistry for better understanding water chemistry effects on beer styles?
  36. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Zealot (509) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia

    Social Media... and the breweries who use it well.
  37. KornWallace

    KornWallace Zealot (507) Dec 1, 2011 New York

    Seeing women at breweries and standing in line for beer and not just to be a pretty face or a mule.
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  38. sefus12

    sefus12 Aspirant (212) Sep 7, 2006 Virginia

    Nothing ground-breaking, but i LOVE that craft brewers are starting to use cans as their vessel of choice. Once you get past the stigma of cans, I can't find a single negative to having good beer in cans.
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  39. John_Beeryman

    John_Beeryman Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2014 Virginia

    Mobile canning lines
    Craft beer bars
    West Coast breweries moving to the east coast
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  40. MisSigsFan

    MisSigsFan Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 California

    New hop varieties. More cans.
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