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Fate Brewing Founder Mike Lawinski Discusses Upcoming Closure

May 21, 2019 |

The past 48 hours have not been kind to Colorado’s craft beer scene as Littleton’s 38 State Brewing and Boulder’s Fate Brewing both announced their upcoming closure.

The two Front Range breweries now join Woodland Park’s Ute Pass Brewing, Lost … Read More

Beer Lines and What They Say About the Culture of Craft Beer

May 21, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

A few weeks ago as I walked into my office, I noticed a massive line stretching around the block. It was just after 7 a.m. in the middle of the week; clearly, these people had been waiting either overnight or since very early in the morning. It wasn’t freezing out, but it wasn’t warm. I later found out they were waiting for the BTS, the Korean music group, pop-up store to open up. I thought they were all crazy.

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Drie Fonteinen Arrives in Colorado Through Culture Beverage

May 16, 2019 |

One of the world’s most revered Lambic producers has long been elusive to Colorado beer fans, but this week beers from Brasserie de Drie Fonteinen will hit store shelves throughout the Front Range thanks to newly formed wholesaler, Culture Beverage.

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Event Recap | 2019 Beer Under Glass

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

One of the most anticipated events on Chicago’s craft beer calendar is Beer Under Glass (BUG). Put on by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, the event kicks off Illinois Craft Beer Week each year and brings together breweries from all over Illinois.

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Brew Pipeline’s Guest Brewer Program Brings Rare Beers to New Markets

May 13, 2019 |

The secondary market of craft beer is both vibrant and volatile. The search to buy or trade for “whales” and trendy hazy IPAs has only expanded with social media, trade forums and online communities. Buying beer off this market can … Read More

What Does the Boston Beer & Dogfish Head Merger Mean for Craft Beer?

May 10, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

While most of craft beer’s largest watershed moments have involved Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (ABI) acquisition of an iconic, previously independent craft brewery, yesterday’s merger between Boston Beer Company and Dogfish Head Brewery marked an equally resonant moment for the industry, that didn’t directly involve its biggest player.

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BREAKING: Boston Beer Company & Dogfish Head Brewery Merging

May 9, 2019 |

It’s safe to say that 2019 will be a year that changed craft beer forever. Today Boston Beer Company, known for their iconic Sam Adams brand, and Dogfish Head Brewery, two of the country’s largest independent craft breweries, have announced … Read More

2019 Tampa Bay Beer Week | Foeder for Thought

May 8, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

2019 marks the sixth year that Green Bench Brewing Company held Foeder for Thought, a craft beer festival centered around fermentation-forward beers and beer education. Brewers assembled from around the nation to Green Bench, and bring their funky, sour, wild, rustic, and all-around amazing beers with them to pour at the event. Some participated in panel discussions, led by Michael Kiser and the team over at Good Beer Hunting, bringing insight into the brewing world and educating the consumers about all things funky and Foeder. It continues to be one of the most highly-anticipated events during Tampa Bay Beer Week.

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Here’s How Thor Ended Up Drinking Creature Comforts in Avengers Endgame

May 2, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In an alternate timeline of the Marvel comics, Thor, the God of Thunder, could have become the God of Craft Beer. Craft beer nerds who’ve also seen Avengers Endgame, might have noticed several cameo appearances by one of craft beer’s fastest rising brands, Athens, GA’s Creature Comforts Brewing, and now we know how that all came to be.

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Casey Brewing & Blending Opening Second Tasting Room Location

May 2, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

One of the country’s most prolific sour ale producers, Casey Brewing and Blending is about to become a little more accessible. The Colorado-based brewery announced yesterday via social media, that it will be opening up a second tasting room location in downtown Glenwood Springs, just six miles from its current facility.

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Revolution Brewing Finds Sustained Success, Growth in Their Hero IPA Series

April 30, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Sometimes you take the best things in life for granted. Chicago’s craft beer foundation is built on excellent ales like Anti-Hero and Daisy Cutter, but they no longer generate the lines and Untappd check-ins of past years. It’s not their fault—Chicago drinkers have so many great craft beer options at their disposal that it often becomes overwhelming. So how do you consistently churn out excellent flagships while appealing to the “newness” decree of today’s craft beer drinker?

One valid option is Revolution Brewing’s Hero series. With taproom-only releases, unique 6-pack offerings and comic-inspired variety packs, the Hero line has helped the city’s largest independent brewer stand out from the fray and consistently provide something new to the masses. Each new offering allows Head Brewer Jim Cibak a chance to flex his brewing muscles in new and exciting ways. His latest notable creation is Cryo-Hero. I spoke to Jim and the Revolution team about the new Hero variant, the complexities of that brewing process and what other exciting beers they have planned for the coming months.

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Chicago Quick Sips | April 29

April 29, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

If there’s ever been a more urgent time to clone yourself, it’s now. With summer on the horizon in Chicago (despite the weekend snow storm), there’s LOTS coming up on the beer front. Illinois Craft Beer Week kicks off with Beer Under Glass (BUG) May 10, but there’s also plenty to celebrate before then, and why wait? It’s already a big weekend for Star Wars and taco fans, but there’s three important beer events coming up this Saturday, May 4.

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10th Annual Illinois Craft Beer Week Kicks Off

April 29, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In 2018 a lot of changes happened to Illinois’ celebration of craft beer. For the first time, Chicago Craft Beer Week was renamed to Illinois Craft Beer Week (ICBW), Beer Under Glass (BUG) moved to a Friday and the event lasted two weeks.

2019’s Illinois Craft Beer Week will follow suit to the 2018 event as BUG will continue to kick-off the festivities on Friday, May 10, at the Garfield Park Conservatory. However, ICBW will last just one week.

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4 Noses Announces Boulder Taproom and Sour Barrel-Aging Facility

April 27, 2019 |

Joining the likes of Oskar Blues, Upslope, Great Divide, Denver Beer Co, Odell, Periodic, Resolute, Spice Trade, WeldWerks, Grist, 14er Brewing and more, Broomfield’s 4 Noses Brewing is preparing to branch out beyond their original taproom for a second location.

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Colorado Brewers Guild Bids Farewell to Steve Kurowski

April 26, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Over the past decade, there may be no more iconic figure, and beard, that has holistically represented Colorado craft beer, than Steve Kurowski. Today, his tenure is coming to a close after nine years of service, to become Marketing Director for Laws Whiskey House. While serving as the Operations, Marketing and Events Director for the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG), Kurowski not only helped grow the organization from just under 100 members to now over 250, but also brought stability and greater national awareness to Colorado’s craft beer scene.

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McFate Brewing Acquires the Rights to Fate Brewing Name

April 24, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

After an arduous legal battle and three years later, McFate Brewing Company in Scottsdale, Arizona is getting their name back. Fate.

If you are unfamiliar with the story, back in 2016, Fate Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado filed suit against then Fate Brewing Company in Scottsdale, Arizona for the rights to the name. Fate Brewing Company in Scottsdale was forced to rebrand to McFate, even though the two breweries had co-existed for more than three years under the same name. The reaction to the lawsuit by fans of both breweries was swift, with an outpouring of support for McFate and an overwhelming resentment toward Fate Brewing Company.

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David Coors Talks Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Lager & Future of AC Golden

April 23, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Reading more like a scene from National Treasure than your typical beer origin story, the recipe for AC Golden’s latest release, which was first recorded in the annals of history by Adolph Coors himself, was only recently uncovered in a dusty, old, forgotten brewer’s log, stored in the Coors archive room.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Sells to Investment Group & Declares Bankruptcy

April 23, 2019 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

After 24 years of production, Weyerbacher Brewing Company has announced the sale of 55 percent of the brewery to 1518 Holdings LLC, a Philadelphia-based private investment group, and has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Weyerbacher Brewing Company is best known for their high gravity beers. The brewery has a seasonal and year-round lineup that includes heavy hitters like Insanity at 13.3% ABV, Quad at 11.8% ABV, and TINY at 11.8% ABV, as well as more sessionable options like Last Chance IPA at 5.9% and Mellow Monks, a Belgian-style golden ale, at 4.5% ABV.

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2 Days 2 Nights | Stevens Point, Wisconsin

April 22, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

In just about any direction from Chicago, you can do a short drive and experience a fun, beer-filled weekend. About a 3.5-hour drive north of the city and you’ll hit Stevens Point, Wisconsin, home of the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective.

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Blending the Lines | Three Brewers Taking a Fresh Approach to Tea-Infused Beers

April 17, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Beers with higher alcohol content typically aren’t what you consider refreshing. The booziness is hard to shy away from and can often be overwhelming. While some turn to colorful adjuncts and infusions to hide a higher ABV, some industrious brewers are taking a page from the blending book and brewing beer with tea and Kombucha. As beer hybrids continue to increase in popularity, tea-infused beers offer another enticing avenue for brewers looking to differentiate their portfolio and potentially appeal to an entirely new subset of drinkers. Whether it’s an IPA, Wit or Blonde Ale, tea is slowly but surely making its presence felt in the craft beer space. Here’s a look at three craft brewers who have mastered the craft.

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