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Record Number of Breweries Participate in the Austin Area Brew Day

March 19, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Female beer professionals from all over the Austin, TX area came together in February and March to participate in the annual Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day. Held every year in honor of International Women’s Day, Pink Boots members from around the world team up to brew a beer of their choice using the unique YCH Hops Pink Boots blend; a portion of the proceeds benefit the Pink Boots Society scholarship funds.

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Ask the Experts: Spring Beers They’re Excited About

March 19, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Flowers bloom, jackets get placed in storage and new beer makes its way onto store shelves. If the recent weather is any indication, spring is right around the corner. And while I don’t want to jinx it, I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t already daydreaming of new spring releases and returning seasonals that pair well with warmer temps and added sunshine. Thankfully, I’m not alone in that sentiment. Spring is an exciting time for craft brewers as darker beers retreat to their barrels and lighter and fruitier options come into prominence. This spring might be even more adventurous for beer releases as craft brewers continuously compete to address changing consumer preferences amongst the surging popularity of lighter alcohol options, wine and spiked seltzer.

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Forgotten Boardwalk | 1916 Shore Shiver

March 19, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Pretty soon the days will become even longer and the temperatures will continue to get hotter. If you live in the mid-Atlantic, you also understand the oppressive humidity. Some of us are lucky enough to be born into this swamp state with a huge shoreline while others flock here in the summer. To battle the upcoming season, you’ll most certainly need a beer; I’d recommend Forgotten Boardwalk 1916 Shore Shiver.

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The Big Reveal to Crown Colorado’s Best IPA in Unique Blind Tasting

March 18, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

We’re stripping away all the labels, obscuring the flashy names, and getting back to basics with a good old fashioned blind tasting event to crown Colorado’s best traditional American-style IPA (sorry Brut and Hazy fans, your time will come eventually).

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Chicago Quick Sips | March 18 Chicago Beer News & Events

March 18, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at [email protected]

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With New Partnerships and Offerings, Airlines Aim to Take Craft Beer to New Heights

March 18, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

I grew up in Minnesota but currently live in Chicago. This means that I often fly back to Minnesota for family occasions and holiday gatherings. The sub-hour long flight has just enough time for one round of drink service in the cabin. Typically, I opt for whiskey or plain water given the lack of craft beer offerings on most airlines. Now, that might all be changing. A few weeks ago, Minneapolis-based Fulton Brewing announced that Sun Country Airlines would be offering their Lonely Blonde Ale on flights for the first time alongside their current craft option, Surly Brewing’s Furious IPA. It’s an exciting move that shows airlines aren’t averse to the changing drinking demands of consumers. I spoke with a few airlines along with Fulton to get more info on how these partnerships work and what beer drinkers should expect on flights.

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2 Row Brewing | Divine Lunacy Belgian Quad

March 18, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Brian Coleman chuckles when asked how the name Divine Lunacy, a decadent Belgian Quad, came about.

“When I think of Belgian beers,” the 2 Row Brewing president and brewmaster says, “I think of crazy monks getting drunk and having a good time.”

But that’s not the only reason 2 Row landed on the heavenly name, he admits.

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What We’re Drinking | March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

You guys, we made it!! The clocks have sprung forward and I think I am finally getting used to the “time change.” Today I walked our puppers in flip flops–yes, flip flops!! Thank you spring for raining down sunshine instead of water in the Bay Area!! Sadly, the whole country isn’t sharing these feelings as Colorado is dealing with a literal blizzard! Where ever you are, be safe this weekend as many people around the States celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with copious amounts of green beer (or Irish beer) and corned beef. Grab a cold one, or Pedialyte, and see what we’re drinking.

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What’s In Store for Pilot Project, Chicago’s First Brewing Incubator

March 15, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Recently dubbed the “beer capital of America,” Chicago will soon welcome an entirely new brewing concept to the city. Pilot Project Brewing will be Chicago’s first formal brewing incubator – a space for experimentation and collaboration.

Set to open by early summer at 2140 N. Milwaukee Ave., Pilot Project introduces the city to the incubation concept, adopted at brewing spaces across the country such as Rocky Mount Mills and Labrewatory. All who brew are welcome at Pilot Project, from amateur homebrewers looking to kickstart a professional career, to existing breweries in search of an outlet for experimenting with flavors, styles, and peers.

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Other Half Brewing | Mmm…Fruit Dream (Blackberry, Boysenberry & Raspberry)

March 15, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

After a few months of colder weather, are you longing for those warm, summer days with that delicious summer beer in hand? Well, Other Half‘s Mmn…Fruit Dream (Blackberry, Boysenberry, and Raspberry) will take you back to those warm summer months. Not to mention, if you’ve never tried one of Other Half’s beers and you’re a fan of Berliners, this series is one that you have to add to your list to try.

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Old121 Brewhouse Opening in Lakewood’s Former Caution Brewing Spot

March 14, 2019 |

It’s incredible what can be accomplished over post-shift drinks, new friendships, new relationships, new business plans, and in the case of Old121 Brewhouse, ironically enough, a new brewery.

Lakewood, Colorado’s fifth largest city, technically a municipality of Denver, is about … Read More

More Brewing’s Head Brewer & GM Leave to Form Phase Three Brewing

March 14, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Nine years ago when Shaun Berns, his wife Brittany and best friend Evan Morris were working at RAM Restaurant & Brewery, they had talked about one day opening their own brewery. The three made their way from RAM to More Brewing which opened in July of 2017. Less than two years later, the three are ready to open up their own brewery – Phase Three Brewing Company.

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2 Days 2 Nights | The Florida Keys

March 14, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

March is here; and by this point many of us in cold weather states have gotten sick of the sub-zero temperatures, potholes, and unseen sheets of ice that cause us to fall on our ass. Rather than reaching a breaking point and going postal, it may be a better option make your way towards southern Florida for a short getaway in weather that teeters between the mid-70s to mid-80’s to get some much needed vitamin D.

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Great Frontier Brewing Co. | Oak Street IPA

March 14, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Many breweries open with hopes to win a GABF Gold Medal; but not many open due to creating a GABF Gold-winning recipe. However, that’s exactly the case for Great Frontier‘s Mike Plungis.

Great Frontier Brewing Company is located in Lakewood, Colorado. Since opening over three years ago, their focus is on brewing gluten-free and gluten-reduced beers. The inception of the brewery and its beers, like the Oak Street IPA, all came about in a unique fashion.

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5 Questions with Firestone Walker’s Master Blender, Jim Crooks

March 13, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Being a master blender is much like being a mad scientist. It takes an innate knowledge of the craft, a bit of daring, and a bit of flare. The job inherits a lot of risk thanks to how unpredictable wild yeast can be. Thankfully, California-based Firestone Walker has the man up to the task.

Jim Crooks, affectionately called Sour Jim, has run Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks wild yeast facility since its introduction in 2014. During that time, he’s worked on unique barrel blending projects like Feral One and newer ventures like their recently-released Rose-style beer that uses locally-sourced Paso Robles grapes. Crooks has produced a lot of innovative offerings over the past five years, but the best may be yet to come given their focus on blending the lines between beer and wine with the help of locally-sourced ingredients. We asked Jim five questions about his role, why he focuses on fresh, and what comes next for Barrelworks. Here’s what he said.

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Ultimate 6er | Six Cooking with Beer St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

March 13, 2019 |

Do you smell that? It smells like the regret from last St. Patrick’s Day, stale green beer and the multitude of bad decisions you made that day. Seriously, is it necessary to dye the beer green? Well, if you are … Read More

Sun King Brewing & Austin Beerworks | Body Spray Brut Double IPA

March 13, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Defining what makes a person a millennial has been an object of journalistic contention for years now. Is it a strong memory of 9/11, barely remembering the world pre-internet, or growing up watching single-camera sitcoms? May I humbly suggest adding one more to the list: you can identify as a member of the millennial generation if you have ever been personally victimized by a toxic black can masquerading as men’s body spray. Even if you never directly sprayed this shower-substitute on your skin in middle school, you have breathed in its foul fumes at some point during your adolescence. With scents like Apollo, Kilo, Phoenix, Tsunami and Maniac, body spray was aimed at moldable millennial minds hoping they could spray their way to cool.

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We’re Giving Away Tickets to Saturday’s 2019 Collaboration Fest

March 12, 2019 |

122 collaboration projects, uniting 195 breweries spanning 41 different states, along with two international breweries. Collaboration Fest returns this Saturday, at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Denver.

What has grown to become one of the best representations of the craft … Read More

Event Preview | A Salted Cucumber Returns

March 12, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only green-themed boozy celebration this month. Stem Ciders is feting the return of A Salted Cucumber, one of its most popular seasonal releases, with parties at both its RiNo taproom and its Acreage restaurant in Lafayette, Colorado.

Produced in collaboration with Denver-based The Real Dill, A Salted Cucumber is a Gose-style cider first created two years ago in honor of the pickle company’s five-year anniversary. Stem will be selling 10-ounce pours for $5 throughout the day and night on Saturday, March 16 at its RiNo location. Read More

BREAKING | America’s 2018 Top 50 Largest Breweries by Volume

March 12, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Every year the Brewers Association releases their list of the top 50 breweries by volume based on overall craft beer sales for the previous year.
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