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In Belgian lab, scientists search for ‘perfect’ beer yeast

In Belgian lab, scientists search for ‘perfect’ beer yeast

“By analyzing the chemical and genetic basis of a beer’s flavor and aroma, the scientists say they are breeding yeast strains that promote the best characteristics for a good beer. Their work has caught the attention of commercial brewers keen to tweak their recipes to eliminate, for example, a certain smell or to speed up […]

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Why Labatt Is No Longer Giving Its Employees Free Beer For Life

Why Labatt Is No Longer Giving Its Employees Free Beer For Life

““With the escalating costs associated with maintaining a full benefits package, Labatt made the reluctant decision to discontinue our free beer allotment to all retirees in Canada,” Charlie Angelakos, a Labatt Spokesperson wrote in an email statement to MUNCHIES. “We only came to this decision after benchmarking a range of Canadian beer and consumer packaged […]

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Blending: The Art and Science of Sours (Craft Beer & Brewing)

Blending: The Art and Science of Sours (Craft Beer & Brewing)

“Blending is where the art and the science of making sour beer intersect. Brewers know a lot about the effect that microbes, such as wild yeast and bacteria, will likely have on a beer and how to help guide their development, and there are many other variables that they can control throughout the process, but […]

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Why This Brewer Is Putting Pork Scraps in His Beer

Why This Brewer Is Putting Pork Scraps in His Beer

“Calagione is known for brewing with unusual ingredients—gesho root, beet sugar, saffron, and blue-green algae are just a few—and for finding inspiration in the culinary, art, and music worlds, as well as in ancient and obscure beer traditions. In the winter of 2014, he decided to make a stout incorporating scrapple. A traditional breakfast meat of […]

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A Brewmaster’s Secrets To Creating A Lasting Buzz For Your Brand

A Brewmaster’s Secrets To Creating A Lasting Buzz For Your Brand

“Have a unique point of view and stick with it. “I tell a number of brewers, the only thing you think you can do better than everyone else, go out and do that,” he says. “The light shining out of your eyes should blind people. They shouldn’t even be able to look you in the […]

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Grandpa Opens 32yr Old Beer He Had Saved for Cubs World Series Win

Grandpa Opens 32yr Old Beer He Had Saved for Cubs World Series Win

“A 108-year World Series drought ended for the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, lifting a curse that had outlived generations of fans and stretched back to the silent film era. And when it was all over, one lifelong Chicago devotee decided to celebrate with a beer. But not just any beer; a beer he had been […]

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Why craft fans freak when small breweries sell to big companies

Why craft fans freak when small breweries sell to big companies

“One of the most common things drinkers say happens after an acquisition is that the quality of beer goes down. Hicks points to Goose Island Beer Co., which was picked up by Anheuser Busch in 2011 and is renown for its barrel-aging program. That program has come under suspect in recent years after the famous […]

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A Pioneer of the Minneapolis Brewing Boom Will Close

A Pioneer of the Minneapolis Brewing Boom Will Close

“The brewery made the announcement through a Facebook post yesterday that says a new development with their building is the cause for closing. “Development plans for our property do not align with Harriet; thus, we’ve been forced to relocate. After much contemplation, it has become apparent that Harriet can only exist in it’s [sic] current […]

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Higher Prices, Brighter Futures? The Changing Landscape of Beer Retail

Higher Prices, Brighter Futures? The Changing Landscape of Beer Retail

“After years of struggling to gain acceptance, beers that have more ingredients, better ingredients, longer aging periods, and a surplus of creativity are beginning to impact the marketplace. According to data from Chicago-based market research firm IRI and analysis by Bump Williams Consulting (BWC), revenue from higher-priced beers is increasing faster than any other segment. […]

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Craft beer sales down (slightly) in Q3; brewery taproom sales way up

Craft beer sales down (slightly) in Q3; brewery taproom sales way up

“Bart Watson —the economist for the [U.S.] Brewers Association (BA)— has examined the craft beer sales figures for the third quarter (July, August, September) of 2016 and compared the results with those of the third quarter of 2015. He’s used a bit of legerdemain because the BA has removed several breweries from the ranks of […]

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JetBlue and Harpoon are brewing up an exclusive in-flight beer

JetBlue and Harpoon are brewing up an exclusive in-flight beer

““It was one of the biggest things for us that year,” said Harpoon’s National Accounts Manager, Corey Johnson, who joked that he had 15 cases of beer delivered to JetBlue’s office to make it happen. “It was incredibly exciting for a small brewery in the New England area to get our beer on flights going […]

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Beer and Sports Go Hand-in-Hand, Almost Always

Beer and Sports Go Hand-in-Hand, Almost Always

“When asked what type of adult beverage first comes to mind when thinking of 11 different sports, it’s no surprise that beer is the clear leader for sports like football (75%), baseball (70%), car racing (55%), and hockey (51%). Beer also tops the list, though to a lesser extent, for basketball (48%), boxing (39%), soccer […]

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