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Hop Take: MillerCoors Cuts 200 Employees, Cracks Open a Coors Light

Hop Take: MillerCoors Cuts 200 Employees, Cracks Open a Coors Light

While craft breweries around the country release their annual Oktoberfest seasonals, MillerCoors has slightly different news this fall: 200 salaried employees will be asked to see themselves out, and 150 more open positions will be eliminated by the end of October. Gavin Hattersley, MillerCoors CEO, cited “financial flexibility” as a reason for the cuts, along […]

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Märzen Madness: Six of the Best Oktoberfest-Style Beers, Ranked

Märzen Madness: Six of the Best Oktoberfest-Style Beers, Ranked

For many of us, autumn means getting equal parts excited and infuriated by pumpkin spice lattes and back-to-school specials. For beer lovers, it means Oktoberfests. Oktoberfestbier, or festbier, is another term for Märzen lager, a German style that was historically brewed in March, to be enjoyed during the fall harvest. The beer style is characteristically […]

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Prost! 9 Tips for Creating Your Very Own Backyard Beer Garden

Prost! 9 Tips for Creating Your Very Own Backyard Beer Garden

Drinking beers outside never goes out of style. Beer gardens, or biergartens, are outdoor areas where beer and food are served in a communal setting. Often attached to a brewery or tavern, they have been popular in Germany since the the 1800s (some argue the 1500s). Today, from Bavaria to Brooklyn to Beijing, outdoor beer gardens are still […]

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Getting to Know Cream Ales, the Best Beer You’re Not Drinking

Getting to Know Cream Ales, the Best Beer You’re Not Drinking

Cream ales are one of beer’s biggest misnomers. The name confuses consumers, frustrates bartenders, and occasionally leads to mansplaining. One challenge in defining this style is that different brewers set different rules for cream ales. Historical accounts and modern interpretations vary wildly. Compared to macro lagers, cream ales tend to be a little more bitter.

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Hop Take: Big Beer Lights Up, Cuts Deep

Hop Take: Big Beer Lights Up, Cuts Deep

Constellation Brands, parent of Ballast Point, Funky Buddha, and Four Corners, along with Corona, Modelo, and Pacifico, laid off dozens of its craft sales reps last week. The news leaked on the same day Constellation announced its $4 billion investment in Canopy Growth Corporation, a Canadian cannabis company. Constellation also announced earlier this year that its […]

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In England, Brewing Beer Was Women’s Work Until It Became Big Business

In England, Brewing Beer Was Women’s Work Until It Became Big Business

Denise Marlere runs a thriving brewing business from her home. Her husband, Nicholas, is a butcher. This may sound like a hipster couple in the Hudson Valley, but our duo lives in Bridgewater, England, in the 1300s. Our story ends in 1401, when Denise dies and leaves her brewing supplies and business to her servant, Rose. […]

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Craft Beer Was Built on an Us-Versus-Them Ethos. Now It’s Tearing Us Apart.

Craft Beer Was Built on an Us-Versus-Them Ethos. Now It’s Tearing Us Apart.

In July 2008, the Seattle microbrewery Elysian made a special beer for the 20th anniversary of Sub Pop Records, the influential local record label that had launched the careers of Nirvana and Soundgarden. The pale ale was called Loser, a sarcastic term of endearment at Sub Pop, whose higher-ups were more interested in artistic integrity […]

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