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Actually, It Makes a Lot of Sense That Craft Brewers Are Also Distilling Spirits

Actually, It Makes a Lot of Sense That Craft Brewers Are Also Distilling Spirits

Dogfish Head may be one of the more recognizable craft breweries in America, but there was a time when its Rehoboth Beach outfit made it the smallest brewery in the country. After the 90 Minute IPA became a cult favorite, owner Sam Caligione suggested the company “do more,” according to James Montero of Dogfish Head […]

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An Unlikely Candidate for a Farm-to-Table Makeover? Flavored Vodka

An Unlikely Candidate for a Farm-to-Table Makeover? Flavored Vodka

Vodka has a split personality. It alienates many self-proclaimed cocktail aficionados, who regard it and its fans as “either boring or troublesome,” according to one industry poll. The worst offenders are, of course, flavored vodkas that have been artificially altered to taste like whipped cream or bananas. Consumers, on the other hand, like vodka. A […]

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Prosecco Is Making Moves With Big Bottles and Champagne-Style Flash

Prosecco Is Making Moves With Big Bottles and Champagne-Style Flash

You have probably already heard the stories or seen the pics of Jay-Z and Beyoncé pouring large bottles of Champagne into hot tubs and onto club-goers. The now-iconic Armand de Brignac ”Ace of Spades” Champagne, which is owned by Jay-Z and retails for $300 a bottle, is not your average Wednesday-night, takeout-and-Netflix wine. It’s oversized and symbolizes celebration. […]

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Resilience and Post-Soviet Identity Politics Are in Every Glass of Georgian Wine

Resilience and Post-Soviet Identity Politics Are in Every Glass of Georgian Wine

“Georgia and the vine are very similar in their character,” Lado Uzunashvili says, “If they are not stressed a little bit, they don’t give you their best results.” Uzunashvili owns the Mukado winery in Georgia and represents the 11th generation in a long line of esteemed Georgian winemakers. It’s an impressive heritage, matching the oldest […]

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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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Hop Take: AB In Bev Is Going Green, So That’s Something

Hop Take: AB In Bev Is Going Green, So That’s Something

On Tuesday, April 17, Anheuser-Busch announced its U.S. sustainability goals for 2025. This came hot on the heels of the worldwide sustainability goals it announced in March, and its 2017 vows to pursue renewable resources. Also in 2017, AB InBev’s ”Elevate” platform outlined sustainability goals for 2018. Its newly outlined ambitions cover four categories: renewable electricity and […]

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Contract Brewing Is Losing Its Stigma, Whether Beer Geeks Like It or Not

Contract Brewing Is Losing Its Stigma, Whether Beer Geeks Like It or Not

“Brewed locally, somewhere,” is the motto of Stillwater Artisanal, an undeniably cool brewer that has called many places home. Born in Baltimore in 2010, and currently based in New York, Stillwater has brewed around the world and is now planning to open a facility in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Stillwater is a contract brewer, a company that […]

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