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Acopon Brewing | Hans Trapp Russian Imperial Stout

January 14, 2022 |

For the past four years, residents of and visitors to the Texas Hill Country have had a privilege rarely bestowed on American beer drinkers — the opportunity to enjoy freshly brewed English-style beers served on cask at the singular Acopon Brewing taproom in Dripping Springs TX. While their beautifully delivered flagship Homunculus Dark Mild Ale and Gaspipes ESB continue to draw in both cask-curious and happily acclimated patrons from season to season, at this time of year there is another very good reason to make a trip to Acopon — the annual release of their Hans Trapp BBA Russian Imperial Stout.

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The PorchCast | Ep 86 Austin Beerworks & Family Business Beer Company

December 1, 2021 |

In episode 86 of The PorchCast, Korey headed down to Austin, TX for a buffet of incredible beer guests. Korey was joined by our own Pam Catoe who also owns and operates Craft Beer Austin, as well as Sheila Garcia of Austin Beerworks, and Marvis Dixon of Family Business Beer Company who also serves as the Texas ambassador for the Black is Beautiful initiative to talk about the Austin beer scene, as well as the incredible things happening at their breweries.

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Brieux Carre Brewing Co. | Saw Bro Hazy IPA

October 22, 2021 |

Beneath a swinging wooden sign, quite literally around the corner from the famed Frenchmen Street and mere yards from the downriver border of the French Quarter, unassumingly sits one of the best craft breweries in New Orleans.

Since its inception in 2017, Brieux Carre Brewing — an impossibly perfect pun, a nod to the historic name for the French Quarter, the french term “Vieux Carre” meaning “old square” — has released some of the quirkiest named, highest quality beers in the burgeoning craft beer scene on the Gulf Coast.

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Fossil Cove Brewing | T-REX On Peaches Belgian Tripel

October 19, 2021 |

What do you get when you have a delicious Belgian Tripel that’s aged in wine and bourbon barrels for up to nine months, resting on some of the most flavorful Ozark peaches you can find? You get a beer that is of prehistoric proportions aptly named T-REX On Peaches. Let’s dig in and uncover more about this incredible brew from Fayetteville, AR-based Fossil Cove Brewing.

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5 Questions with Against The Grain Brewery’s Co-Founder Sam Cruz

October 8, 2021 |

Against the Grain Brewery opened its doors in 2011 as Louisville’s first brewer-owned and operated brewery. And over the past ten years, Against the Grain has grown to four locations and a production facility. From the beginning of the Smokehouse in 2011 to opening the Public House in 2019, ATG has made a name for itself as a brewpub. However, this past year ATG decided to dabble into something more than beer and opened their first music venue, the Flamingo Lounge. ATG went back to its roots, and most recently, opened the ATG Sandwich Emporium which sits above the Flamingo Lounge in downtown Louisville.

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Crooked Run Fermentation’s Oktoberfest

September 17, 2021 |

Daylight is starting to dwindle down a little earlier nowadays. There are slightly cooler temperatures in the air of the evenings and long into the night. It’s turning downright cold in some areas and we are starting to see pumpkin spice everything all the time everywhere! Those are some tell-tale signs that fall is right around the corner. With the coming of fall brings one of the most celebrated times in the beer community, Oktoberfest! Breweries across the land will be holding their versions of Oktoberfest starting in September and running through October. Crooked Run Fermentation in Sterling, VA invites you out to their Oktoberfest festival on Saturday, September 25.

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Xül Beer Co. | It’s A School Night Italian Pilsner

September 10, 2021 |

“Back to school. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool. I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight. Ohhhh, back to school. Back to school. Back to school. Well, here goes nothing.”

Those are the words of the comedic, fictional character Billy Madison, from the movie Billy Madison. I’m sure most of us have seen this movie at some point in our lives, it’s just one of those classic comedies from the ’90s that just seem to last and stay relevant. Speaking of back to school, since mostly everybody has started back at this point, let’s learn about It’s A School Night, an Italian-Style pilsner from Knoxville, TN based Xul Beer Co.

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Six Bridges Brewing | Love Tractor Peach Milkshake IPA

August 17, 2021 |

The state of Georgia is known for many different things: It’s the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr.;  the home of Atlanta Braves baseball and the Augusta National Golf Club (which hosts the Masters Tournament) and the place where Coca-Cola was invented. These are all great things, but one other thing is synonymous with Georgia, even for those folks residing outside the state–peaches. Yes, Georgia is widely known as the Peach State. So what happens when a local brewery uses peaches in one of its seasonal offerings? Come along for the ride as we dig into Love Tractor from Six Bridges Brewing.

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Red Horn Brewery & Roastery | Todo El Día Mexican Lager

August 10, 2021 |

Drinking outdoors in August–in Texas–can be tricky. Trying to find something light enough to continue sipping while keeping flavor paramount is a difficult task.

Red Horn Brewery & Roastery makes it easy with Todo El Dia. This Mexican Pale Lager is a light, crispy brew that’s delicious even without limes.

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RockSolid Brewing Co. | Ambrosia Fruited Gose

July 14, 2021 |

Ambrosia, the drink of the gods! At least that’s what we know according to Greek mythology. Ambrosia was the drink of choice given to the gods because it was thought to give them immortality upon consumption of this fine liquid. Bryan Crass, the head brewer for RockSolid Brewing Company located in historic Ball Ground, GA said, “we think this beer is absolutely divine, worthy of the gods yet available to you!”

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Craft Women Connect, Blk Brew Babes, Pontoon Brewing & The Atlanta Podcast | Pomona Paradise Smoothie-Style Fruited Sour

June 10, 2021 |

Not one, not two, but three of Atlanta’s Black beer-community groups have joined forces with Pontoon Brewing to create the Pomona Paradise Smoothie-Style Sour. The beer came out of Pontoon’s ongoing Brewing Conversations project with The Atlanta Podcast–a community-focused initiative to raise awareness about inclusivity and racial issues in and around the Atlanta beer scene.

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Urban South & Verdant Brewing (UK) | Hop The Pond IPA

May 18, 2021 |

In just five years, New Orleans’ Urban South Brewing has made a huge impact in the beer world and is currently one of the fastest-growing breweries in the U.S. With more than 200 beers released to date, multiple awards under their belt and newly expanded distribution across Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi, Urban South are riding high and celebrating their fifth anniversary in style with a 15-beer collaboration project that includes some of the biggest names in U.S. craft beer. Drekker, American Solera, Aslin and Pontoon are all involved in this highly ambitious project that includes beer styles ranging from mixed-fermentation Table Beer to Fruited Pastry Sour to TIPA.

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Meanwhile Brewing is One of Austin’s Best Outdoor Spaces

May 4, 2021 |

Meanwhile Brewing Co. has one of the largest and most unique outdoor spaces in Texas. When Will Jaquiss, Meanwhile’s founder and brewmaster, was searching for a location in Austin, he wanted to find the biggest space possible.

“We wanted to focus on the taproom experience, first and foremost,” Jaquiss said.

Despite opening within the last year, Meanwhile has been able to offer plenty of customers a beautiful outdoor space in southeast Austin. The 3.7-acre property has a large stage for music, jungle gyms for kids and a soccer field. Although not everything has been usable in the last six months, they have plenty of ideas for the future.

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Hi Sign Brewing | El Berto the Mexican Lager

April 30, 2021 |

Craft beer is about people. For most, it’s about the people you enjoy the beer with. For breweries, it’s about people that enjoy your beer. For Hi Sign Brewing’s El Berto, it’s about the person that inspired a beer.
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Silver Bluff Brewing Co. | Mexican Lager

April 20, 2021 |

Silver Bluff Brewing Co., located on the beautiful Golden Isles (Brunswick and the barrier islands of St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island) on the Georgia coast, brought home some Silver recently at the 2020 U.S. Open Beer Championship. Silver Bluff Brewing was awarded the silver medal for their Mexican Lager in the International Style Pilsner category. Let’s dive in to learn more about this award-winning brew.

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Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches | Jasmine Brett Pale

March 26, 2021 |

Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches has been an Austin staple for craft beer fans and kolache lovers for years, and in 2019, they opened a brewery adjacent to their beer garden. Since then, Head Brewer John Snyder has been brewing delicious and creative beers.

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Braxton Brewing Starts New Year with the Debut of Two New Products

March 25, 2021 |

Braxton Brewing was ready to leave 2020 in the past and start the new year off right. The Northern Kentucky brewery did just that by debuting two new products, a new variety pack as part of their VIVE Hard Seltzer brand and a collaboration beer with a legendary Cincinnati ice cream company.

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5 Questions with Country Boy Brewing Co-Founder & Brand Manager Daniel Harrison

February 20, 2021 |

Country Boy Brewing opened in Lexington in 2012 by four Kentuckians, Daniel “DH” Harrison, Jeff Beagle, Evan Coppage and Nathan Coppage. Their four core beers Cougar Bait Blonde Ale, Shotgun Wedding Vanilla Brown Ale, Cliff Jumper IPA and Halfway Home American Pale Ale quickly gained popularity among craft beer drinkers across the Bluegrass State.

In February of 2017, Country Boy Brewing opened a 22,500 sq ft. taproom and production facility in Georgetown, Ky, just 19 miles from its original location in Lexington. And in May of 2019, Country Boy added a $1.8 million expansion to the Georgetown facility, adding 19,000 sq. ft. This weekend, Country Boy Brewing celebrates nine years of brewing craft beer in Kentucky.

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The Happy Couple Behind Miel Brewery & Taproom

February 18, 2021 |

“You’ll notice he has this laugh.”

That’s one of the first sentences Janice Montoya said about her fiance and business partner, Alex Peyroux, on a stormy Tuesday in January in New Orleans at the brewery they currently co-own, Miel Brewery … Read More

Kentucky Breweries Fighting for Right to Self Distribute Beer

February 16, 2021 |

The three tier-system was instituted after the fall of Prohibition as a means to prevent monopolies and corruption from engulfing the craft beer industry. However as the beer industry has flourished in the modern era, many states have recognized that the institution of distribution isn’t completely black and white. As it currently stands, 39 states across the U.S. have made it possible for breweries to sell their own beer directly to licensed retailers, bars and restaurants. This has allowed thousands of small independent breweries across the country the opportunity to grow more quickly with greater access to market. Kentucky is not currently one of those states.

However, Kentucky breweries have introduced legislation to change that. The Kentucky Guild of Brewers and its brewery members introduced Senate Bill 15 to the Senate to Committee on Committees on Feb. 3, 2021. The proposed legislation advocates for two things. First, it would allow brewers to self-distribute up to an annual total of 2,500 barrels per year. Second, it addresses the unfair contractual relationships between the distributors and craft breweries.

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