Posts in 2015
Lesser Known Beer Styles You Should Get to Know

Beer is brewed in a bewildering range of styles. There are stouts, dry stouts, milk stouts, oatmeal stouts, coffee stouts and more, and that’s just one branch of a rather massive family tree. There are IPAs and APAs. There are kolschs, hefeweizens, and tons of others out there. Of course, the sheer diversity means that you’re more likely to find something that you’ll love and the process of finding your perfect brew can be a lot of fun in and of itself. With that being said, the beer market runs in cycles. 

 

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Beer Brewers Getting into the Liquor Game

When you think of craft breweries like Sweetwater, Dogfish Head, Oskar Blues and the rest, chances are good you’re picturing beer and not much else. That’s what they do, right? They’re breweries. What else is there for them to do? Actually, a number of small breweries are taking things a step further and getting into the distilling business as well. There are plenty of reasons for this, and for many breweries it makes a great deal of sense. Are the spirits produced actually worth your time and money, though?

 

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Big Beer Buys More Craft Breweries: What’s Behind the Growing Trend?

At a casual glance, it seems like the worlds of big beer and craft beer, while related, are completely separate. No one would accuse Budweiser of making anything resembling 90-Minute IPA from Dogfish Head. No one would confuse Sweetwater 420 with Michelob Ultra. They’re different, right? Well, maybe not so much. There’s an increasing blurring of the lines between these two seemingly different worlds, and more Big Beer companies are looking to get in on the lucrative action offered by the realm of craft beer. 

 

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Sexism and Craft Beer: A Bad Pairing

Beer pairing has come a long way from the days when you might gulp a Budweiser while gnawing on a piece of pizza or down a Coors Light with your burger. In fact, an entire industry has grown up around beer and food pairings, beer and music pairings, beer and art pairings and more. However, not all such combinations are good things. For example, take sexism and craft beer. That’s definitely a fusion that we should all strive to avoid, from breweries to beer lovers. 

 

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Words Have Meaning

“Words have meaning!” I can remember it like yesterday being lectured by a Gunnery Sergeant who was an instructor at Corporal’s Course about the art of semantics. This was a professional development course that I needed to attend shortly after putting another stripe on my sleeve. We had to complete an exercise in communication and I was obviously failing miserably to be “counseled” (more like yelled at) by this Staff non-commissioned officer.

 

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Beer Bottle Terminology: More Than Words Can Say

The days when you could pick up a bottle of beer and know immediately what it was all about are largely over, unless you’re still drinking Big Beer, of course. These days, you’re likely to encounter a wide range of strange and even bizarre terms on the bottles you buy. Knowing what those various terms mean will make the difference between an enjoyable brew and a rather unpleasant surprise. So, what do some of the more common terms mean, and how do they apply to the craft beer lover? Let’s go over a few.

 

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Should Beer Distribution Laws Change with the Times?

Once upon a time, there was little regulation in the beer/alcohol industry. Breweries, distilleries and wineries were able to sell what they wanted, when they wanted, where they wanted. The creator was in control. That led to problems – “intemperance” was the word used to describe the situation. Then came Prohibition, and breweries were put out of business, forced to change tacks completely, or went underground. Of course, Prohibition was eventually repealed 13 years after going into effect, but things didn’t go back to the pre-Prohibition norm. Most US states adopted what’s called the three-tier system, and it remains in place for many states today, stifling success and putting unnecessary restrictions on craft brewers.

 

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Exploring the World of Not-So-Common Beer Styles

Most beer drinkers are familiar with the more widespread beer styles – IPAs, stouts, porters, red ales and the like are pretty common. However, walk into any decent bottle shop and you’re sure to find a few styles that aren’t quite so common. Taking a chance on these can be a gamble, particularly given the fact that some of them are quite expensive (smaller batches equal higher per-bottle prices). With that being said, many of them offer entirely new worlds of taste and flavor to explore, so let’s take a closer look at some of the not-so-common beer styles you might have not yet decided to enjoy.

 

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Big Beer Ramps Up Its Efforts to Take Over the Craft World

If you missed the Budweiser commercial during the 2015 Super Bowl, you’ve undoubtedly at least heard some of the fallout. The spot featured Budweiser hating on craft beer, proclaiming their own beer is “brewed the hard way”. It was an unabashed proclamation of the AB brand’s claim to the title “King of Beers”, as well as a nod to their staunch supporters – those who have never and probably never will try a craft beer.

 

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