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11 Things You Should Know About New Belgium Brewing

11 Things You Should Know About New Belgium Brewing

A trip to New Belgium in Fort Collins, Col0., is unforgettable for many beer lovers. Founded in 1991, the destination includes a mosaic-clad brewhouse, numerous bars, and a maze-like foeder-filled taproom. Its East Coast location is equally impressive. The facility launched in Asheville, N.C., in 2016, equipped with a 6,000-square-foot tasting room decked out in […]

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Hop Take: Sparkling Canned Cocktails Are Buzzing (Sorry, Beer)

Hop Take: Sparkling Canned Cocktails Are Buzzing (Sorry, Beer)

On Wednesday, MillerCoors announced a new line of canned cocktails, Cape Line Sparkling Cocktails. Scheduled to debut in 2019, flavors include Blackberry Mojito, Margarita, and Hard Strawberry Lemonade. They are filled with buzzwords: The slim-canned sparklers are low-calorie (120), gluten-free, and contain no artificial flavors. They’re 4.5 percent ABV, made with fermented cane sugar, and […]

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The Flavors & Aromas in Craft Beer’s Popular Hops (Infographic)

The Flavors & Aromas in Craft Beer’s Popular Hops (Infographic)

As the craft beer industry continues to expand and drinkers grow more knowledgable, hops have become cult ingredients. Brewers, especially those making renowned IPAs, proudly declare which hops they use on their labels. New England IPAs are more expensive than other styles of beer in part because of the sheer quantity of hops required to […]

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11 Telltale Signs You’re in a Great Craft Beer Bar

11 Telltale Signs You’re in a Great Craft Beer Bar

Craft beer bars are everywhere these days. There are good ones, and there are bad ones. Then, there are great ones. The abundance of beer-focused establishments is a natural progression in the U.S., considering most of us live within 10 miles of a brewery. But not all beer bars are created equally. Some are stuck in […]

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Hop Take: Why Are Craft Beer Release Calendars Still a Thing?

Hop Take: Why Are Craft Beer Release Calendars Still a Thing?

It’s that time of year when craft breweries unveil their 2019 beer release calendars, alerting beer fans to which brands will be brewed in the coming year. Breweries such as Dogfish Head, Founders, and others recently announced these annual schedules. I’m all for seasonal cheer around beer, but these calendars are outdated.

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The 50 Best Beers of 2018

The 50 Best Beers of 2018

This was a bright, bold, hazy year in beer. Throughout 2018, New England-style IPAs (NEIPAs) continued to pour in, reinvigorating craft beer pioneers and the IPA category as a whole. Of course, IPAs are hardly the only brews making news. And so, VinePair’s ranking of the top 50 beers of 2018 includes these alongside many […]

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With Unregulated Draft Lines and AB InBev Investments, Chinese Craft Beer Is at a Crossroads

With Unregulated Draft Lines and AB InBev Investments, Chinese Craft Beer Is at a Crossroads

When AB InBev, the world’s largest beer company, acquired Shanghai-based pioneer Boxing Cat Brewery, it sounded an alarm for China — and the world. Ever since, every single member of China’s craft beer community has been debating how to respond. Some secretly hope that a conglomerate will come knocking on their doors with a large […]

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Hop Take: The Trillium Controversy Shows Us What’s Broken in Craft Beer

Hop Take: The Trillium Controversy Shows Us What’s Broken in Craft Beer

Last week, a former employee of Trillium Brewing posted a personal statement on BeerAdvocate alleging unsavory practices that occurred at the brewery locations in Boston. These included cutting hourly wages from $8 to $5 (not cool), adding tequila to a beer it claimed was tequila barrel-aged (illegal), and selling growlers filled with trub (basically, end-of-keg […]

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