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Beijing Begins Brewing Craft Beer

27 Feb

slowboat brewery great leap brewing

Americans aren’t the only people with a craving for great craft beer.  The citizens of China have been showing a huge increase in demand for American ales with their strong economy on the rise giving people the means to afford better tasting, though more expensive, imported beer.  American craft beer exports have increased five-fold over the last five years (though the total sales in 2010 was still a meager $600,000) which has spurred the opening of two craft breweries in Beijing.  Great Leap Brewing and Slowboat Brewery are looking to take advantage of the emerging market with two different brewing styles.  Great Leap which opened in 2010, crafts beers from local ingredients, using Chinese hops as well as locally sourced honey, pepper, coffee beans, and teas while Slowboat imports hops and grains from the typical American farms located in the Pacific Northwest.   “It’s comforting for local Chinese to know the ingredients aren’t Chinese, because of all the food scandals,” said chief executive Chandler Jurinka.  Although the two Beijing breweries are following different strategies, both are pursuing the same goal: to create great tasting beer; and in a huge, emerging market of beer drinkers with extra yuan in their pockets, it’s a recipe for success.

Upcoming Beer Festivals

2 Jan

SF Beer week

Oktoberfest isn’t the only time for masses of beer drinkers to gather and play ridiculous games while downing liter after liter of delicious brew.  In fact, beer festivals happen year round all over the world and thanks to certain cities that recognize the importance of their local breweries as well as the significance of beer culture in general, there are entire weeks dedicated to beer.  Check below for an upcoming celebration near you in January and February.  If you don’t see anything nearby, have a look at beerfestivals.org for some smaller but still great festivals around the world.

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Infographic: The United States of GOOD Beer

21 Dec

United State of GOOD Beer

While we strongly disagree about one or two of the choices (Landshark for Florida? Really?), here’s a nice infographic from GOOD.is that showcases one craft brewery in each state of the US.  Do you agree with their brewery for your state?  If so, they unfortunately fell short of their fundraising project to make the map into a poster, but enough fan emails might just be enough to convince them to try again.

Source: http://www.good.is/post/map-the-united-states-of-good-beer/

Hangar 24 Brewery

18 Dec

Hangar 24 Alt-Bier

Caramel and Chocolate Alt is a better way to describe it. Absolutely amazing beer, drinkable, flavorful, smooth and liked by hop heads and beer beginners alike. Will most likely land in your top-10 beer list.

 

In honor of National Growler Day, we were fortunate enough to fill our growler with the delicious Chocolate Porter from Hangar 24 Brewery in Redlands, CA.  We’re proud of our local brewery and wanted to share this excerpt from the website to show you how local this brewery really is:

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