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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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The Craft Beer Community: 99% “Jerk” Free

Featured Contributor: Eric Seifert  @inthebeerandnow Okay 1%, you know who you are. Time to cut that <crap> out! Sam Calagione, the ever-present founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery made that 99% statement a few years back and for the most part it still holds true today. The craft beer community (other than a few trademark infringement tiffs here and there) tends to genuinely root for their brethren and live with a “there’s plenty enough to go around” attitude that has led to ginormous growth, spurred innovation…

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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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The Future Of The Craft Beer

Featured Contributor: Adam McIntosh @The1MacAttack Nano-Breweries are the future of the craft beer boom. Let me put it simply. While everyone else is hyping over Hopslam or Oberon, even debating when a microbrewery is no longer one I’m out scouting breweries who have a 3BBL system (A 3 barrel brewing system) or less. In Petoskey Michigan there is one such called Beards Brewery, tucked away in between two shops housing a 1BBL system. These small tap rooms and brew houses are the future of craft beer.…

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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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It’s Ok To Enjoy Popular Beers

Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan It wasn’t all that long ago when going out to a bar meant that you had a very limited selection of beers to choose from, most of the time Bud Light, Miller Light, and Budweiser.  As consumers we seem to have revolted against this line of thinking,   and prevaled!  Now even family restaurants always seem to have something on tap that is of the craft beer variety.  Breweries like Founders, Stone, Short’s and Dogfish Head seem to be more…

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You’re drinking Your Beer Wrong.

Featured Contributor: Adam McIntosh @The1MacAttack   “You’re Drinking Your Beer Wrong.” Let’s get straight to the point- you’re drinking your beer wrong, it’s not your fault, you were taught that beers are best served chilled, maybe even at a temperature of 45 degrees. But you were taught wrong. And that has been preventing you from having the best quality of beer possible. Even breweries who serve you a draft cold are doing you a disservice. Now, that doesn’t mean you should stop enjoying (and supporting) your…

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“More Drinking. Less Talking.”

Featured Contributor – EdWhoLikesBears @TheOnlyFeed “More Drinking. Less Talking.”  My brother in law is a lot of things. Husband. Father. Knockoff Oreo cookie eater. But more than any of that he’s completely wrong about beer. And that’s a huge problem.  It’s not like he doesn’t possess the refined palate to appreciate a great IPA. Or the reasons Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout is better than Guinness. He just chooses not to. He likes the idea of drinking High Life and saying things like “I know you need a fancy…

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Kid Invasion: Why Not Bring Kids to a Brew Pub?

From David- Founder of Sommbeer: SOMMBEER BEER DEBATE #2 Check out this follow-up  on the Federalist  We Bring Our Kids To The Pub Kid Invasion: Why Not Bring Kids to a Brew Pub?   Sommbeer: Good brew pubs have relaxing atmospheres that invite conversation and fun.  Part of this includes bringing your kids.  Heck the brew pubs often make and push root beer.  Root beer!  I loved that stuff when I was 8.  Which is precisely my point.  The brew pubs encourage comes to visit.…

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