A Third-Generation Woodworker in Rural Maine Deals in Barrels and Craft Beer Controversy

A Third-Generation Woodworker in Rural Maine Deals in Barrels and Craft Beer Controversy

Matt Albrecht, a third-generation woodworker in rural Maine, provides highly specialized services to some of the most esteemed brewers in the country. “I came from a family of woodworkers and do-it-yourself-ers, so I always had an appreciation for woodworking,” Albrecht says. His company, River Drive Cooperage and Millworks, sells custom barrels to Allagash, Deschutes, and […]

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A ‘Weird Artist in a Dirty Bus’ Has a 48-State Roadmap to Thwart Negativity in Craft Beer

A ‘Weird Artist in a Dirty Bus’ Has a 48-State Roadmap to Thwart Negativity in Craft Beer

Heidi Geist doesn’t have what people would typically refer to as a home base. This has always been true. As a kid, her family bounced across the American West. When she finally landed in Maine as an adult, she found herself seeking a new horizon about once a year. “I’m not attached to anything,” she […]

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Beer Has Always Been Political, So Stop Telling Brewers to ‘Stick to Beer’

Beer Has Always Been Political, So Stop Telling Brewers to ‘Stick to Beer’

You may consider it poor manners to publicly discuss politics, especially with a beer in your hand — and especially in 2018. But beer and politics have always been intertwined. Early American public houses slung brews while patrons debated the news of the day. As legend has it, in 1775, a young apprentice was sipping […]

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Baseball’s Beer and Champagne Shower Celebrations Face an Uncertain Future

Baseball’s Beer and Champagne Shower Celebrations Face an Uncertain Future

When cult Danish brewer Mikkeller opened its first NYC brewery in March 2018, the city’s craft beer community fired up Untappd and hopped on the subway. The site of Mikkeller’s first East Coast operation? Citi Field, the Queens stadium of the New York Mets. (Mikkeller’s wasn’t the first craft stadium brewery in baseball, either.

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How Craft Breweries From Allagash to Half Acre Find Inspiration for New Brews

How Craft Breweries From Allagash to Half Acre Find Inspiration for New Brews

Anyone who follows craft beer knows the drill. “NEW BEER ALERT!” your favorite brewery crows, announcing its latest offering via press release, Instagram post, or Facebook update. More and more, the announcements herald one of two types of beers: hazy IPAs, or a stout aged in some kind of barrel with whatever the brewery found […]

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‘This Is a Good Fight’: Four Breweries Making Charitable Moves for Lasting Change

‘This Is a Good Fight’: Four Breweries Making Charitable Moves for Lasting Change

Brothers Daniel and David Kleban started Maine Beer Company armed with a charitable ethos and decisive motto: “Do What’s Right.” The statement appears on Maine Beer packaging, signage, and apparel to this day. “At Maine Beer Company, we try to do things correctly,” Anne Marisic, marketing coordinator at MBC, says.

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‘We Try Not to Chase After Scores’: NFL Alums Are Making Wine and Crushing It

‘We Try Not to Chase After Scores’: NFL Alums Are Making Wine and Crushing It

In his rookie year with the Miami Dolphins, Damon Huard was taught more than just how to play quarterback in the National Football League. Sure, future Hall of Famer quarterback Dan Marino shared expertise on how to execute the playbook, but he also introduced Huard to what would become their second professional act: wine. The […]

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Rosé Beer and Cider Were Inevitable, but Are They Any Good?

Rosé Beer and Cider Were Inevitable, but Are They Any Good?

Brewery Ommegang, an esteemed, Belgian-influenced operation in upstate New York, recently released Saison Rosé, a 7.7 percent ABV farmhouse ale. “The beer was partly born out of recent popularity of rosé,” brewmaster Phil Leinhart says. “But we’ve been thinking about doing a beer with hibiscus for a while.” Ommegang is not alone. Some of the […]

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