Tag Archives: Beer Culture

The Things We Don’t Want in our Beer

Featured Contributor Matt  @SportsNCraftBeer Blueberry pancakes. Blueberry muffins. Blueberry cobbler. Blueberry…beer? A recent discussion arose on Twitter regarding beer fanatics’ most hated brewing flavors and ingredients – what not to have in beer. Any beer geek has discussed their favorite brands, styles, and methods of brewing and storing. Beer drinkers love to talk about makes beer good.  What makes beer bad?   Does everyone love a good Oktoberfest or winter brew? Are you cool with apricots in your beer? Is there something you find repulsive despite…

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Craft Beer: Who Cares What It Is?

Featured Contributor: Andrew Gavrin @abvbeer Craft Beer: Who Cares What It Is? To be or not to be considered a Craft brewer?  That is the question.  And it’s a question that’s been asked a lot recently.  It’s gotten a lot more attention recently not only because of Craft’s tremendous growth, but also a couple of events that have taken place in the market.  The Brewers Assocation (more on them below) altered their definition of Craft.  And, our (ahem) friends* at ABInbev have gone on a little…

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In Opposition – The Future of the Craft Beer

Editors Note:  Beer debate within our Craft Beer community is healthy and fun.  A certain amount of “confrontation” within any community helps to drive and refine opinions, advance thought etc…  Dougie read Adam McIntosh’s Post The Future of The Craft Beer and provided us with the following counter-point. Featured Contributor: Dougie Craig  @BeerSnobDougie With every Utopian novel of the 20th century comes a counter Dystopian point of view. The future unfolds and reality ends up somewhere in the middle. Contributor Adam McIntosh shared his romantic calling…

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The Missing Spark in The Craft Beer Industry

Featured Contributor: Adam McIntosh @The1MacAttack The craft beer industry is right on the cusp of another boom. Some would say that the boom is already happening with roughly 3,000 craft breweries currently in the United States . It seems though that the craft beer industry is missing a link between the world of IT (or computers) and itself. Yes there are dozens of sites, such as this site itself, BeerAdvocate, and various other sites.  There are countless blogs, podcasts, and even media sites dedicated to craft…

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Drinking Beer the Hard Way

Featured Contributor Matt  @SportsNCraftBeer Recently, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) – you may know them as the parent company of Goose Island Brewery and Elysian Brewing, began running ads that championed their status as a macro-brew and claiming that while craft brew junkies (like the ones that drink Goose Island) are busy fussing over their beer, Bud is doing it the “hard way.” Apparently, they feel that craft brew enthusiasts (like those that enjoy Elysian), can go ahead and “enjoy their pumpkin-peach ale” while Bud continues to make…

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(Beer) Book Review: Maureen Ogle’s “Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer”

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Your vote counts!Featured Contributor Matt  @SportsNCraftBeer In Ambitious Brew, Maureen Ogle explores the history of brewing in America from the middle of the nineteenth century through 2005. Ogle demonstrates that brewing beer demanded both an extensive knowledge of brewing and deft business sense, noting that names such as Busch and Pabst rose to prominence congruently with names like Rockefeller and Ford. Additionally, she examines the brewing process and beer culture within the context of broader historical themes, such as immigration, the Great Depression, Prohibition, wars,…

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Beer Culture in the Eurozone

Featured Contributor – Beth @brewcitybiker1 from Milwaukee, WI During a month-long solo backpacking tour across Europe, I discovered some of the best beers in the world. My route led me from Copenhagen south to the global city of Berlin and later to historic Munich. From there, I ventured into France, not known for its beer, but gleaning quite a bit from neighboring Belgium. I pushed south once more into the Mediterranean region and visited southern France and Barcelona before trekking to my final destination of Madrid. Each region…

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Beer History/Culture: America’s Second Attempt at Craft Brewing

Featured Contributor Matt  @SportsNCraftBeer Who would have imagined that one day, a person could walk into a 7-11 and buy a Big Gulp and Pumpkin Ale at the same time? Americans are in the midst of a craft beer craze — the number of U.S. breweries rose from less than 100 to more than 3,000 since the 1980s, much of that in the last ten years. Despite dips in the sales of beer, overall, craft brew sales rose 15% during 2012 and 18% in 2013.…

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