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Here’s Why The Ingredients In Your Lager Matter

Here’s Why The Ingredients In Your Lager Matter

When Sixpoint Brewery of Brooklyn, N.Y. debuted its Alpenflo Helles-style lager this spring, they weren’t seeking to redefine the macro lager, but simply to offer an alternative: an authentic Bavarian Lager with legitimate ingredients, brewed stateside to be as fresh as possible for American audiences. “It was really important for us to honor the integrity […]

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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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There’s a Czech Beer Brewers Are Obsessed With, And It’s Not Pilsner

There’s a Czech Beer Brewers Are Obsessed With, And It’s Not Pilsner

Pilsners dominate Americans’ perceptions of Czech beer, but the Central European country has a dark, beery secret. The second most popular brew in the Czech Republic is near-black tmavé pivo, or “dark beer,” a brewing style that actually predates pilsner — and upstages it in some Czech taverns. At Prague’s oldest brewery, U Fleků, founded in […]

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The Insider’s Guide to San Diego’s Behemoth Brewery Scene

The Insider’s Guide to San Diego’s Behemoth Brewery Scene

Beer is everywhere in San Diego. Anyone who wants to experience the full breadth and depth of the city’s brewing scene faces a behemoth challenge. Not only is San Diego county geographically large (more than 4,500 square miles), and spread out across a wide variety of landscapes, but the sheer number of breweries to explore […]

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Hop Take: Beer Losing Market Share, Hops Losing Homes, Ballast Point Winning Life

Hop Take: Beer Losing Market Share, Hops Losing Homes, Ballast Point Winning Life

The beer industry is stagnant. Wait, no, the beer industry is booming! Hold on, this just in: The beer industry is doomed. Another round of beer market stats jumped out to spook us this week, this time originating from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). It was then published in a report […]

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Beer Nerds Drive Hops Innovation, And That Should Matter To You

Beer Nerds Drive Hops Innovation, And That Should Matter To You

Jeremy Kosmicki pulled a single hop off of an 18-foot bine and rubbed it between his cupped hands, releasing the hop’s aromas shortly before he brought his hands to his face and deeply inhaled. Kosmicki, the brewmaster at Founders Brewing, paused, then inhaled again, comparing the smell of the Hopsteiner branded hop to the countless […]

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