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The Plight of Macro Breweries

The Plight of Macro Breweries

By: Nate Reynolds | August 4, 2015 | in: Craft Beer

It's becoming more common to see craft beer commercials on TV that express how special and unique one brewery is from another, how they hand craft everything, and really showcase that they are the little guys staying up all night to get the job done. However, during last years Super Bowl, we saw a commercial from a large corporate American brewery that flipped this marketing on its ear. Instead of gleaming about how micro they were, they expressed that they were "proudly macro" and that their beer is "brewed for drinking, not dissecting." Now, this commercial caused an uproar in the craft beer community, with many micro breweries taking it as an insult. Market trends show America is becoming a microbrew nation, with macro brews quickly losing their stronghold.

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Mexican Craft Beer Revolution

Mexican Craft Beer Revolution

By: Ben Fredette | July 21, 2015 | in: Craft Beer

Craft beer brewers in the United states have spent the past few decades exploring the styles of the more established beer countries--Germany, Belgium, England to name a few. Over time, American twists on these classic styles have become mainstays, and the American craft beer scene birthed some styles of it's own, the American IPA being the most notable of these. More notable than any particular style is the American attitude towards creativity, variety and innovation. This calling card of the American craft beer culture has been contagious and it's spreading to other parts of the world, most recently to our Southern neighbor, Mexico.

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Pucker Up and Try a Sour Beer

Pucker Up and Try a Sour Beer

By: Nate Reynolds | July 14, 2015 | in: Craft Beer

Do you want to serve something totally unexpected, and completely fantastic, at your next party? Try a sour! Not everyone may like crazy tart, sour, and fruity beer...at least at first. But, for new craft connoisseurs, or even advanced beer aficionados with limited experiences to sour beer, you can bet they'll be talking about it for weeks to come.

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Bringing Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA To Life

Bringing Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA To Life

By: Guest Author | July 7, 2015 | in: Craft Beer

New beer R&D usually goes one of two ways – you design a course and do your best to stick to it, or the course exacts its designs upon you. More than a year ago, I was asked to brew a low ABV Pale Ale with a medium body and tempered hop character. This was the stuff of a brewer’s dreams: a shot to create a year round offering to be enjoyed by beer enthusiasts far and wide. The glory at the end of the tunnel shined so bright it blinded me to the long and winding road ahead.

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The Beauty of Session Beers

The Beauty of Session Beers

By: Ben Fredette | June 30, 2015 | in: Craft Beer

It's a brutally hot summer day. Maybe you're headed to the pool, barbecue, or a camping trip. Maybe you're working on your next home brew recipe and don't know what to make. Your beer fridge is full of rare, barrel-aged stouts, sours, and double IPA's - All amazing beers, but you need something that you can enjoy all night at family occasions without getting too intoxicated. What do you reach for?

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Q&A With Nick Matt From Saranac Brewery

Q&A With Nick Matt From Saranac Brewery

By: Guest Author | June 23, 2015 | in: Craft Beer

We had the opportunity to sit down with Nick Matt from Saranac Brewery for a little Q&A. From their epic High Peak series to their new Disruption Nitro, here's what Nick had to say.

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Otter Creek The Rebirth of a Brewery

Otter Creek: The Rebirth of a Brewery

By: Joel Jaffe | June 2, 2015 | in: Craft Beer

Otter Creek Brewery opened in March of 1991 in beautiful Middlebury, Vermont, one of the best craft beer states in the country, if not the world, with their flagship Copper Ale. Soon there after, Otter Creek began brewing future staple liquids, such as Stovepipe Porter and their tasty Black IPA. Four years later, things were going so well that they had to move to a larger facility to brew more beer!

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Warm Weather Styles to Whet Your Palate

Warm Weather Styles to Whet Your Palate

By: Matt Zaloga | May 26, 2015 | in: Craft Beer

As the days get longer and the nights get warmer, it becomes natural for our beer choices to lighten up and become more refreshing. A lot of craft brewers are brewing seasonal beers to coincide with the changing of seasons, but there are also plenty of year-round options that suit the warmer weather. Here is a quick rundown of the beers that pair nicely with spring/summer.

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