Posts in 2014
Barrel Aged Beer: What You Should Know about Your Brew

The craft beer world is all about innovation and reinvention. Numerous styles have been modified and tweaked, and some new ones created as well. However, one of the trends that’s getting a lot of focus these days is the process of barrel aging beer. This is actually nothing new – it’s something old that’s been brought back. Barrel aging was the way it was done for hundreds of years (perhaps thousands) before the advent of modern brewing and stainless steel.

 

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The Rise of the IPA

The craft beer world seems to run in cycles, with specific styles rising in popularity, only to fall back as another replaces it. A few years ago, ultra-strong beers were incredibly popular. Then, session-style beers rose to take their place. Dark beers were very popular at one point. Today, the style that’s becoming more and more popular is the IPA. If you’re new to the world of craft beer, it pays to know what’s out there.

 

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Beer Recalls – What and Why

Food recalls happen all the time it seems. The most common cause is bacteria in the food – salmonella is usually the culprit here, but there have been several others. However, beer doesn’t generally suffer from problems with bacteria. The fermentation process is enough to kill off most bad bacteria, and batches that are affected enough not to go through fermentation are easily caught. Once the beer is fermented, the alcohol is enough to keep the product safe, which is why you’re able to age beer.

 

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Learning the Lingo – Beer Speak 101

With the rise of craft beer, things have changed. Where you could once walk into a bar, order “a beer” and receive pretty much the same thing all over the country, you can’t do that today. In order to actually enjoy your beer drinking explorations, you need to know the language of the new world of beer. A great deal of the new lingo was influenced by craft brewers, but you’ll find that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Many of these terms have been around for years. Americans simply didn’t know them because they were too tightly tied to big beer and their 12-ounce bottles of lightly colored water.

 

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Smoking – Not Just for Meats Anymore: The Rise of Smoked Beer in the American Craft Scene

Chances are good that when you hear the term “smoked”, you think of things like ham, sausage, salmon, chicken or some other meat product. There are good reasons for that – smoked meats are really all the American public is used to seeing. However, craft brewers are changing that and they’re doing so in some inventive, innovative and downright tasty ways. Enter the world of smoked beer.

 

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Cooking with Beer – What Aspiring Cooks Should Know

Beer and food pair just as well (or better) as wine and food. Ask any craft beer fan, and you’ll be directed to a plethora of different brews that pair with specific types of food and individual dishes. However, beer and food have a much longer history than just being consumed in tandem to accent flavors and enjoyment. Beer has been used in cooking since time out of mind, and cooking, well baking, actually formed the core of many brewing concerns – the ancient Egyptians added baked bread to their brew.

 

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The Changing Face of Beer – Trends for the World of Beer in 2014

Beer has been part of human culture for thousands of years. In that sense, things will change very little through the end of 2014 – we’re still beer lovers, and it’s still the drink of the masses. However, there are some changes looming on the horizon, and whether you’re a brewer, a would-be brewer or just someone who appreciates the time, dedication and talent required to brew real beer, it pays to know what’s coming down the pipe. Here’s a peak at the future for you.

 

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When Big Beer Goes Small – The Rising Number of Big Breweries Tapping into the Craft Beer Segment

When you think of “big beer”, you think of names like Budweiser, Michelob, Heineken, Coors and the like. You think of names that have been around for a long time, and have a national or even international presence. That’s made it easier for newcomers to the world of craft beer to avoid mass-produced brews and go for options made by small brewers. However, there’s a chance that bottle you’re holding actually isn’t from a craft brewery. More and more big beer companies are tapping into the craft brew market with savvy marketing techniques, new names and the strategic purchasing of actual small breweries. What should the self-respecting craft beer lover know?

 

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Orlando – Offering More than Just Theme Park Fun

When you think of Orlando, chances are good you think of theme parks. That’s natural. The city’s home to Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World and a ton of other options. The most common reason to go to Orlando is to hit a theme park or two – it’s become one of America’s most popular family vacation destinations for just that reason. However, that’s not all there is to experience in town. There’s good news for foot-sore dads and those who either need a break from theme parks, or have no interest in these tourist-swamped locales to begin with – craft beer. Yes, the city of Orlando is home to a growing craft beer scene, and there are several craft breweries and craft brew bars located in town (20-25 and climbing). Here’s a closer look at a few that you should know.

 

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