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Six Things About NEIPAs You’re Too Afraid to Ask

Six Things About NEIPAs You’re Too Afraid to Ask

Few things in this world command hours-long lines, truck-chasing juice wolves, internet economies, and endless debates quite like juicy and hazy IPAs. Commercially known as New England-style IPAs, or NEIPAs for short, these beers are booming. According to IRI Worldwide, from July 2017 to July 2018 the style grew more than 200 percent in dollar […]

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Nice Haul! The Definitive Craft Beer Urban Dictionary

Nice Haul! The Definitive Craft Beer Urban Dictionary

Just a decade ago, your average American probably didn’t know what IPA stood for. They certainly didn’t use it in polite conversation, and almost definitely never drank these India Pale Ales. The boom in beer culture in the 2000s, however, has finally spawned a society where craft beer has become ubiquitous, and now most of […]

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Hop Take: America’s Largest Craft Brewer Is… Anheuser-Busch? Seriously?

Hop Take: America’s Largest Craft Brewer Is… Anheuser-Busch? Seriously?

Anheuser-Busch is now the nation’s largest craft beer company. That is not a misprint. In terms of dollar sales, A-B has surpassed Boston Beer as the nation’s top craft brewing company, the Chicago Tribune reports. The High End portfolio grew 20 percent to $107.3 million, while Sierra Nevada was up 2 percent to $100.7 million. […]

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Bubbly, Bone-Dry Brut IPAs Are Suddenly All Anyone Can Talk About

Bubbly, Bone-Dry Brut IPAs Are Suddenly All Anyone Can Talk About

“There’s no mistaking that we are living in the heyday of IPA,” Dick Cantwell, brewer and author of ”Brewing Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale,” says. He’s absolutely correct. The Brewers Association ranks IPAs just behind American lagers and light lagers in nationwide popularity. Beer styles within the category span all-out hop […]

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The Oral History of Heady Topper

The Oral History of Heady Topper

Craft beers like The Alchemist’s Heady Topper don’t come along too often. Almost as soon as the Vermont-born beer hit shelves, the subtly cloudy, astoundingly complex, and deliciously juicy 8 percent ABV double IPA outgrew its now-iconic, black-on-silver 16-ounce can. It transformed into a full-fledged cultural phenomenon, complete with haters, cult devotees, and a whole […]

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We Asked 10 Brewers: What’s Your Favorite Cheese to Pair With Your Beer?

We Asked 10 Brewers: What’s Your Favorite Cheese to Pair With Your Beer?

We’re never gonna tell you not to eat cheese with your wine. That we can solemnly swear. However, if you’re a beer drinker, beer and cheese pairings are very much worth your time. Think about it — beer is grain-based and effervescent, so putting it with cheese can be an easier, more balanced path to […]

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For Ohio Brewer Trevor Williams, ‘LaCroix Is Life’

For Ohio Brewer Trevor Williams, ‘LaCroix Is Life’

Hoof Hearted Brewing Company, in Marengo, Ohio, got its name from a fart joke. ”Like many of the world’s most successful businesses,” Trevor Williams, the head brewer and an owner, says with a laugh. (Hint: say the name out loud.) The company’s brand identity is appealingly irreverent, sometimes crass, and ultimately hilarious. Nostalgic beer names and labels […]

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A Craft Brewery Can Sell Out Without Being Bought

A Craft Brewery Can Sell Out Without Being Bought

“Make fun stuff happen, hang out with cool people.” That’s how Sam Richardson, co-founder of Brooklyn’s Other Half Brewing, described his business to me in an interview a year ago. We had been talking about the influence of YouTube beer reviewers (Brew Tubers, as I cleverly called them). The conversation eventually turned to review sites […]

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