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Brut Brews: How Ancient Techniques Are Driving the World’s Trendiest Beers

Brut Brews: How Ancient Techniques Are Driving the World’s Trendiest Beers

Unless you’ve been living under a beer-repellant rock, you’ve likely heard the word “brut” thrown around the beer world lately. This is mostly due to the recently emerged, rapidly spreading brut IPA category. But “brut” is not new to brews. Brewers have been experimenting with the sparkling-wine-inspired method for at least a decade. Called bière […]

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What Is Brix in Wine (And Beer)?

What Is Brix in Wine (And Beer)?

As you may recall from high school chemistry class, alcoholic fermentation is the conversion of sugars (like glucose, fructose, and sucrose) into ethanol (alcohol) and carbon dioxide. Or, put simply, without sugar we wouldn’t have booze. The ability to calculate sugar levels in a liquid, such as grape must or a wort, allows winemakers and […]

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Why Are New England IPAs So Expensive?

Why Are New England IPAs So Expensive?

After “juicy,” the word most often associated with New England IPAs is “crushable.” Yet 4-packs of 16-ounce cans run for more than $20 at some craft breweries. That’s a lot to spend on an ephemeral crush. The same factors that make New England IPAs (NEIPAs) popular also contribute to their higher price points.

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10 Barrel’s Tonya Cornett Says ‘I Rarely Drink the Same Beer Twice’

10 Barrel’s Tonya Cornett Says ‘I Rarely Drink the Same Beer Twice’

Tonya Cornett is a fruit fiend. The research and development brewmaster for 10 Barrel Brewing in Bend, Ore., Cornett is often inspired by cocktail menus — especially those “made with fruit.” Her award-winning kettle sours, called Crush, are Berliner weisses infused with farmers-market favorites like raspberry, apricot, lemon, and cucumber.

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This Marseille Microbrewery Is Crowd-Sourcing Hops and Training Urban Farmers

This Marseille Microbrewery Is Crowd-Sourcing Hops and Training Urban Farmers

Though two people officially own Part Faite, the Marseille microbrewery chugs on community. Born from a successful crowdfunding campaign, Part Faite is run by Gonzalo and Laure Araque-Goy, a couple whose love of beer is only surpassed by a fierce love of  community. Gonzalo and Laure launched their line of three organic brews by enlisting […]

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Farm to Can: 16 North American Breweries Making Hyper-Local Beer

Farm to Can: 16 North American Breweries Making Hyper-Local Beer

The majority of beer produced in North America is brewed with grains grown on a large scale, often far from where the brews themselves are made. So while “local” breweries might be physically making beers onsite, most of their ingredients are shipped from far and wide. Now some breweries are flipping that script.

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A Malt Pioneer Is Revolutionizing How New England Craft Brewers Think About Their Grains

A Malt Pioneer Is Revolutionizing How New England Craft Brewers Think About Their Grains

In the greenwashed ecosystem of conscientious consumption, few words are as bastardized as “local.” Your Stumptown coffee might be locally roasted, but the beans weren’t grown in Oregon or New York. The way we use the word seems disingenuous. Can a neighborhood brewery call itself “local,” then, if few, if any, of its ingredients are […]

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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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