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Beer Has Always Been Political, So Stop Telling Brewers to ‘Stick to Beer’

Beer Has Always Been Political, So Stop Telling Brewers to ‘Stick to Beer’

You may consider it poor manners to publicly discuss politics, especially with a beer in your hand — and especially in 2018. But beer and politics have always been intertwined. Early American public houses slung brews while patrons debated the news of the day. As legend has it, in 1775, a young apprentice was sipping […]

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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 Bart Watson, the BA’s Chief Economist, Keeps a Lot of Wine Around the House

Why Bart Watson, the BA’s Chief Economist, Keeps a Lot of Wine Around the House

Bart Watson, Ph.D., is a beacon for those of us who love beer and analytics in equal measure. (We exist, and we are all over the internet.) The Brewers Association’s chief economist analyzes economic data, statistics, and market research to distill beer industry intel and predict trends. What does that mean, exactly? Well, Watson is […]

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Exploring Ancient Alchemy and Remote Terrain to Find France’s Best-Kept Wine Secret

Exploring Ancient Alchemy and Remote Terrain to Find France’s Best-Kept Wine Secret

Four hundred years before Portugal began producing Port, an alchemist in France discovered the method, known as mutage, of creating fortified wines. Yes, in 1284 A.D., a fellow who dabbled in magic in an effort to turn ordinary metals into gold changed the course of wine history. This tinkerer was named Arnaldus de Villanova.

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Everything You Need to Know About Beer Cheese, Including How to Make It

Everything You Need to Know About Beer Cheese, Including How to Make It

Every June, thousands of people gather in Winchester, Ky., for the annual Beer Cheese Festival. The family-friendly fest has brought out Kentucky locals and tourists around beer, music, arts and crafts, and competitions for 10 years. The spread that keeps everyone coming back? Beer cheese. Beer cheese is prevalent in the Bluegrass State. Made here […]

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10 Things You Should Know About Opus One Winery

10 Things You Should Know About Opus One Winery

Naming a winery Opus One sets some seriously high expectations. A musical term that comes from the Latin oper, Opus One is attributed to a composition generally considered to be a composer’s first masterpiece. Launched in 1979, when interest in Napa winemaking was still nascent, Opus One is an ambitious joint venture between two of […]

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