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Barrel-Aged Stouts Have Gone From Curiosity to Cult Collectible Because Innovation is Expensive and FOMO Is Real

Barrel-Aged Stouts Have Gone From Curiosity to Cult Collectible Because Innovation is Expensive and FOMO Is Real

It’s officially #stoutseason. For some, that may mean simply shifting gears from session IPAs to darker brews. For others, it entails a crowded calendar of special events celebrating the release of sticky, sludgy, boozy barrel-aged beers. These coveted creations cost double, and sometimes even 10 times the amount of an ordinary stout. The elevated price […]

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9 Things You Should Know About Tecate

9 Things You Should Know About Tecate

Tecate is more than a Mexican lager. The self-described “true champion of men” claims to provide legendary nights, lifelong memories, and an ideal grilling companion. It also, somehow, thinks it is the perfect light lager for ladies. Originating in Mexico and now available in every state and 16 total markets around the world, Tecate is […]

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Hop Take: Stop Changing the Definition of Craft Brewer

Hop Take: Stop Changing the Definition of Craft Brewer

On Tuesday, the Brewers Association proposed changing some of its bylaws — including redefining what constitutes a “craft brewer.” (Again. The BA has updated its definition two other times.) In an email, the BA wrote the proposal was not “because” of Boston Beer, but is “related” to Boston Beer. In other words, it’s all about Boston […]

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Hop Take: Founders Under Fire for Alleged Racism, Homophobia

Hop Take: Founders Under Fire for Alleged Racism, Homophobia

Founders Brewing is being sued for racial discrimination. Former employee Tracy Evans says he was fired as a result of an attempt to make a formal complaint to human resources regarding incidents of racist behavior, including employees using racial slurs and the alleged existence of a “white guy printer” and “black guy printer” in the Founders […]

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Hop Take: Lagunitas Cuts 100 Employees, Starts Brewing Newcastle Brown Ale

Hop Take: Lagunitas Cuts 100 Employees, Starts Brewing Newcastle Brown Ale

On Tuesday, Lagunitas Brewing, a Heineken-owned craft brewery based in Petaluma, Calif., announced it will be cutting 12 percent of its workforce. CEO Maria Stipp cited a changing craft beer market as a reason for the downsizing. Lagunitas will also begin brewing Heineken-owned Newcastle Brown Ale at its Petaluma and Chicago facilities, indicated by a […]

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Hop Take: The Smartest Small Brewers Are Finally Figuring Out Distribution

Hop Take: The Smartest Small Brewers Are Finally Figuring Out Distribution

Last week, Bellingham, Mass.-based beer distributor, Massachusetts Beverage Alliance (MBA), announced the launch of Homegrown Distribution. The offshoot of MBA will focus on the former portfolio’s overlooked craft brands. Homegrown’s clients will include boutique brands such as Grimm Artisanal Ales, Foley Brothers, and Modern Times. MBA, meanwhile, will continue managing its larger brands such as Boulevard, […]

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Hop Take: Brewery Closings Are Not a Bad Thing. They’re a Mark of a Healthy Beer Industry.

Hop Take: Brewery Closings Are Not a Bad Thing. They’re a Mark of a Healthy Beer Industry.

Hundreds of craft breweries are expected to close by the end of 2018, according to Brewers Association chief economist Bart Watson. But the presence of “distressed breweries” is not necessarily a sign of hard times; it’s a sign of a maturing industry, and one that has become increasingly competitive.

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