sustainability

Hop Take: Calm Down Everyone, Craft Beer Prices Aren’t Spiking

Hop Take: Calm Down Everyone, Craft Beer Prices Aren’t Spiking

This week, scary reports warned craft beer drinkers that our pints are about to get more expensive. This, allegedly, is due to snowy weather “[flattening] barley crop” and “[roiling] malt supplies” in Canada, one of the U.S.’s top barley imports. This led to a 12 percent price jump in spot prices for barley grown in […]

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‘Beyond Organic’: The Sonoma Trailblazers Redefining Sustainable Winemaking

‘Beyond Organic’: The Sonoma Trailblazers Redefining Sustainable Winemaking

At first stroll, the Green String Farm at Cline Family Cellars doesn’t seem different from other agricultural plots in Sonoma wine country. Rows of vineyards cover the landscape, a barn rises on the horizon, and chickens cluck happily in the distance. The place looks, feels, and sounds like Sonoma. But then, if you’re lucky, you’ll […]

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Hop Take: Molson Coors Hereby Vows to Save the World

Hop Take: Molson Coors Hereby Vows to Save the World

Molson Coors wants to save the world. Or at least set an earth-friendly example. The company recently announced some pretty lofty sustainability goals in a document titled, ”Our Beer Print” (clever, guys). Its “science-based targets” (SBTs) for 2025 includes lowering carbon emissions by 50 percent within its own operations (Molson Coors Canada, Molson Coors Europe, Molson Coors […]

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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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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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Wild Fermentation Is the Sexiest, Least Understood Technique in Winemaking

Wild Fermentation Is the Sexiest, Least Understood Technique in Winemaking

It’s one of the most divisive areas in winemaking. Fermentation, by either wild or industrial yeasts, has become synonymous with the battle between all that is natural, and the convenience and consistency of man-made machination. If natural wine risks becoming a runaway train, then wild fermentation is a flag you wave as it passes by. […]

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10 Things You Should Know About Deschutes Brewery

10 Things You Should Know About Deschutes Brewery

“Do your best, and next time, do better.” Such is the motto of Deschutes Brewery, a brewery deeply rooted in its home and community of Bend, Oregon. As the eighth-largest independent brewing company in the country, and 15th-largest brewing company overall, it comes as no surprise that the brewery is constantly working to improve. Aside from its […]

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This Artisanal Cocktail Apothecary Is Foraging Your Bitters (and Living Your Buzzwords)

This Artisanal Cocktail Apothecary Is Foraging Your Bitters (and Living Your Buzzwords)

Anyone who’s been to a bar in the last 10 years knows that the craft cocktail movement has bequeathed an obsession with all things artisanal. Bitters, shrubs, and infused syrups have gone from unusual additions to must-have ingredients with cult followings. At the forefront is Dram Apothecary, a Colorado company that produces craft bitters, syrups, […]

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Can Bats Save Tequila?

Can Bats Save Tequila?

A trip to an American grocery store is rife with existential struggle for conscientious consumers. Do we want conventional, pesticide-spritzed tomatoes grown somewhere far away but temptingly priced $1.99 per pound? Or are we going to shell out $5 for the organic ones from a farm down the road? Drinkers are facing a similar conundrum […]

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