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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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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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We Asked 11 Brewers: How Do You Know When You’re In a Really Good Taproom?

We Asked 11 Brewers: How Do You Know When You’re In a Really Good Taproom?

As the American craft beer industry evolves, small-town brewpubs are increasingly outnumbered by slick operations poised for multi-city expansions, massive productions, and, of course, rapidly proliferating corporate buyouts. Taprooms remain essential for all breweries, regardless of size and business model. They provide a physical manifestation of brewery identity, without the carefully worded marketing materials. Does […]

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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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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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We Asked 10 Brewers: What’s the Best Beer Cocktail?

We Asked 10 Brewers: What’s the Best Beer Cocktail?

Beer cocktails have been around for a long time (Michelada, anyone?), yet they tend to get omitted from discussions of America’s cocktail renaissance. Thankfully, that’s starting to change. Jon and Lindsay Yeager, founders of PourTaste, a cocktail creative consultancy based in Nashville, Tenn., recently released a book called “The Ultimate Guide to Beer Cocktails.” It […]

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