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SF Beer Week 2013

11 Feb

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We’re in the heart of SF Beer Week 2013 which runs from February 8 – 17, so if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the bay area and thirsty for a beer, head to one (or two) of the plethora of outstanding craft beer events dotting Northern California from Monterrey to Santa Rosa including, of course, San Francisco and the East Bay.  Head over to the official website to check out their super easy-to-use Google Maps overlay with info about every event and links to buying admission online.  We’re especially excited to see Hangar 24 hosting two events in honor of their recent expansion into Northern California.  With everything from 4-course fine dining with beer pairing to live music and food trucks, SF Beer Week is the best way to experience the craft beer revolution of today.

The Top 10 Books about Beer and Brewing

18 Jan

Here’s a much more definitive top-10 list of the best books about beer and brewing.

1. How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time 

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 A quintessential book that should be in the library of any homebrewer from novice to expert.  How to Brew is as easy to read as it is informative and will no doubt leave you with everything you need to know to brew any style of beer in any way.


Beer Lover’s New England by Norman Miller

5 Aug

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There are few places in the United States that offer a concentration of as many quality craft beer choices as New England.  So if you’re planning a beer vacation or live in the area and want to explore your corner of the craft beer revolution, pick up Beer Lover’s New England, a guide to every brewery, brewpub, and craft beer bar in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island.  Written by “The Beer Nut”, a Daily News columnist who has been writing about craft beer for 6 years, the book profiles every location in detail including his top picks at each place as well as food pairings, homebrew recipes, and more.  Beer Lover’s New England is the complete guide to everything craft beer in the upper Northeast.

IPA Day 2012

1 Aug

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Unite craft beer drinkers! For Thursday August 2 is the second annual IPA Day.  Not that any of us need an excuse to drink an India Pale Ale, but this young national holiday is gaining popularity and is a great time to look for special events at your local brewery or bottle shop.  To see what’s going on near you, head over to the Craft Beer Calendar.  You can also add an event that you’re hosting to their site for extra exposure.  Here’s the official word from the IPADay website:

IPA Day is not the brainchild of a corporate marketing machine, nor is it meant to serve any particular beer brand. IPA Day is [an] opportunity for all breweries, bloggers, businesses and consumers to connect and share their love of craft beer. It is an opportunity for the entire craft beer culture to combine forces and advocate craft beer through increased education and global awareness.

Getting involved is easy; the only requirements are an appreciation for great beer and the will to spread the word. Anyone can participate by enjoying IPA with friends, making some noise online with the #IPADay hashtag, and showing the world that craft beer is more than a trend.


BrewDog ‘Never Mind The Anabolics’ IPA

29 Jul

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With the Olympic games grabbing attention around the world, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of our shared interest in sports by marketing products related to the iconic event.  Craft beer would be no exception, but the Olympic committee has recently cracked down against the use of its logo by non-approved companies leaving all Olympic beer advertising to the mega-breweries.  Fortunately, several companies are opposing the sanction with a sort of anti-Olympic marketing campaign.  A perfect example is expressed by Scotland-based brewery BrewDog, which has created a craft brew that Olympic athletes are not allowed to drink.  Never Mind the Anabolics IPA is a craft brew that is full of supplements that would disqualify someone from participating in the Olympics: creatine, guarana, lycii berries, kola nut, Gingko, matcha tea and maca powder can be found in the ale and supposedly the first batch was even brewed with steroids but is not available for sale.  The off the wall brew fits with the unusual nature of the company which is self-described as “a post-Punk apocalyptic mother fu*ker of a craft brewery”.  For more information, follow the link to their website.

The Beer Growler

24 Jul

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There’s a new type of craft beer retailer popping up on the heels of the craft beer industry’s rapid growth: the growler store.  And some early adopters are seeing promising success.  The Beer Growler, based in Atlanta, offers 32 and 64 ounce growlers for sale at $4.99 which can be filled, and refilled, with any of the 40 craft beers, ciders, and root beers on tap.  Prices for a 64-oz fill up range from about $10 – $17+.  Also, if you happen to already own a growler, say from your local brewery, they’ll fill that too.   The Beer Growler currently has one store in operation and there are five more opening soon throughout the Atlanta, GA area.  If you’re interested in buying a franchise, the company is looking to expand to the south and west of Atlanta.

The Brewshed

21 Jul

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Homebrewers all share a common DIY attitude when it comes to their hobby, whether it’s converting an old turkey fryer to a boiler or rigging a jockey box out of a cooler.  But there are some who take it all to another level.  The Brewshed is a home project by J.R. Brewing (2 friends who homebrew together) that is ambitious as it is awesome.  The friends constructed a brewing shed from the ground up in their backyard complete with a 4-tap kegerator, brewing counter and sink, and a dart board.  Follow the link to see the impressive build step-by-step.

App – Local Suds

15 Jul


In an attempt to unite the nation under one all encompassing beer app, Local Suds seeks to connect beer drinkers with local breweries by alerting you to news and events from your favorited breweries, directing you to stores that sell your favorite beer, and showing all nearby breweries wherever you are in the country.  The app is still in development but seems to have potential to be the first craft brewery database of its kind and with new breweries opening every day, Local Suds is becoming very relevant.  Are you a brewer? Check out their brewery map and claim your brewery.

Beer Here

25 May



It’s no secret that beer has played a large role in the history of the United States, from causing social unrest during prohibition to the recent boon of new craft breweries opening EVERYwhere.  Experience a piece of that history with Beer Here, a new exhibit at the New York Historical Society that showcases the history of beer in New York and how it helped shaped the state into what it is today.  And that’s not even the best part; the exhibit concludes with a beer hall that features a selection of favorite New York City and State artisanal beers.  May 25 – September 2.


2,000 Craft Breweries Now Operating in the US

24 May

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The Brewers Association has announced that the official number of craft breweries in the United States has reached 2,000; a number that shows the significant growth of the industry which saw 1,500 operating breweries a mere 4 years ago in 2008.  As reported earlier, the Brewers Association is expecting the explosion of new breweries to continue throughout the rest of the year, predicting 600-700 new beer makers to open their doors in 2012.  The numbers so far seem to be short of their optimistic expectations but the trend is certainly going the right direction and the craft beer industry is at its strongest with no letup in sight.

Here’s the link to the official Brewers Association announcement