Like Mexican-Style Lagers? Here are 11 Craft Beers You Should Try

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Chances are, you’ve occasionally thrown back a few bottles of a popular Mexican amber lager. Maybe you drank them before you got into craft beer and now they make you nostalgic, or maybe you harbor dreams of being the Most Interesting Man  — or Woman — in the World. Whatever the reason, the popularity of Mexican-style …

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Boise Beer Travel: The Quiet Ascent of a Rich Beer Culture

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  It’s been said that if Portland, Oregon, and Bend, Oregon, had a baby, it would be Boise, Idaho. There’s merit to this claim. Boise residents are an outdoor-loving lot. The area’s warm, dry climate is conducive to exploring nearly 200 miles of hiking and biking trails minutes from downtown. The Bogus Basin ski area …

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 Top 50 US Craft Breweries

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The Brewers Association (BA) released its annual ranking of the Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Companies Wednesday, saying the breweries on the list are “providing optimism” in a “dynamic time for the brewing community.” More than 5,200 breweries are operating in the U.S. right now, which is more than any other time in the nation’s …

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Class of 2016: 34 of the Best New Breweries in the US

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In a year when a whopping 861 breweries joined the ranks of America’s booming beer industry, choosing favorites is an almost impossible task. A decade ago that number represented more than half of the national total. So, to help us build our annual feature on brewery openings, we asked our readers, followers, and contributors for …

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Big in Japan: Stouts in the Land of the Rising Sun

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There’s no doubt about it: Stouts are huge in Japan. At the World Beer Cup in Philadelphia earlier this year, Japanese breweries claimed seven medals for the style, including two golds. “They are getting more recognition, it seems like,” says Hiroyuki Fujiwara, a beer judge and president of the Japan Beer Journalists’ Association. “For craft …

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New Belgium’s Brewery, Celebrating 20 Years of Sour Beers

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This year marks New Belgium’s 20 th year for making sour beers, which first launched its wood beer program in 1997 with La Folie. The award-winning sour ale’s 2017 version is now available and continues the sour ale tradition thanks to the craftsmanship of New Belgium’s blending team. Every year, Eric Salazar, New Belgium’s Wood …

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Brewers Find Bold Beer Flavors in Barrels Beyond Bourbon

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  The number of craft breweries with some level of barrel aging program has risen dramatically over the past decade, with most gravitating toward used whiskey casks, particularly bourbon, to add new oaky, vanilla and boozy flavor elements to select batches. But whiskey certainly is far from being the only game in town, especially as …

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8 Arizona Breweries You’ll Want to Explore

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  Beer enthusiasts around the Grand Canyon state would agree that over the last half decade, Arizona breweries have grown exponentially. Phoenix and Tucson, in particular, have exploded their numbers of craft breweries, as Arizona residents have fallen hard for beer from small and independent brewers. In Tucson alone, seven new breweries opened up in …

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An Interview With Saint Benjamin Brewing

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  Succeeding in a big beer city like Philadelphia can’t be easy. This is a town that sits alongside Portland, San Diego, and Asheville as one of the great beer Meccas in the United States, after all. While that means it’s packed with beer lovers, it also means there is a lot of competition. How …

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Breakout Brewer: El Segundo Brewing

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In a sleepy beach town less than twenty miles from downtown Los Angeles, a five-year-old craft brewery is on a mission to change how people see—and taste—hoppy beer. El Segundo Brewing Company has quickly evolved from a favorite of local beer geeks to a destination in L.A.’s thriving South Bay craft-beer scene. And now, the …

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Get Your Pumpkin On: Our Favorite Pumpkin Beers of 2016 (so far)

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 If you’ve been to the beer store lately, surely you’ve noticed that it’s the time of year where we have pumpkin beer up to our tonsils. Some of us put on our Charlie Brown T-shirts and cheerfully fill up one or two make-your-own six-packs, while others throw garlic and holy water at the cooler (the …

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Breakout Brewer: Melvin Brewing

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World Beer Cup gold. A number of GABF golds. Again-to-back wins within the Alpha King Problem. Small Brewpub of the 12 months. Up till just a few months in the past, Melvin Brewing may need been probably the most adorned Three BBL brewhouse within the nation. And the one motive they’re not now’s the addition …

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10 Breweries With Bang-Up Barrel Blending Programs

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Blending beers combines different batches of sour beers to create not only interesting and nuanced flavors, but to ensure that the sourness of each beer is on point. The beers typically rest in oak barrels held in brewers’ cellars for months—or even year—before they’re brought out for the public’s consumption. Each batch can undergo multiple …

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Where to Drink in Boulder, Colorado

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While most of the nation gave up on Prohibition in 1933, the town of Boulder was stuck with so-called “non intoxicating” beer of 3.2 percent ABV and below until 1967, when voters finally repealed their own version of an alcohol ban. Perhaps it was pent-up thirst that resulted in Boulder becoming one of the cradles …

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Reuben’s Brews: Brewing “Bloody Good” Beer in Ballard

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We’ve all heard the previous adage about educating a person to fish. With a slight twist, it usually rings true within the beer business, too: Purchase a person a beer and he’ll drink for an hour, however give him a homebrew equipment and he’ll stop his day job and open a brewery. One thing like …

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The place to Drink in Tucson, Arizona

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  In an Arizona desert local weather, the place common excessive temperatures exceed 90 levels from Could to September, Tucson wants its beer. Town’s first brewing firm, the aptly-named Pioneer Brewery, was opened in 1864 by Prussian-born immigrant Alexander Levin. This was simply 11 years after the Gadsden Buy, when the US acquired practically 30,000 …

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Cruising By way of Cascadia: Important Pacific Northwest Beer Experiences

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Each beer geek has their comfortable place. A favourite bar stool inside sniffing distance of fermenting wort or an inviting spot to speak with a pleasant bartender. Maybe it’s someplace to journey to often, or a brewpub with a transcendent menu and an environment to match. Lately, beer tourism has turn into a significant calling, …

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Three Heads Brewing: 5 Necessities

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In line with the idiom, two heads are higher than one. As for 3 heads, nicely, the jury’s nonetheless out on that one. Though for a trio of mates dwelling in upstate New York however enamored with West Coast ales, Three Heads went from homebrewers’ dream to actuality in 2010. Combining a cool angle with …

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Pedals and Pints: Bike Path Breweries Enchantment to Cyclists

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For a lot of cyclists, having fun with a chilly beer is now not only a reward for ending a difficult journey, it’s the aim of the journey itself. “Craft beer appeals to cyclists’ sense of independence and journey,” says Invoice Watts, an skilled bike owner who has accomplished long-distance rides all around the nation. …

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Beercation: “Brew” Central New York

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100 years in the past, the hills of central New York—from Syracuse to Cooperstown and past—had been lined in hops farms. For a big time within the American historical past of brewing, it was the place to develop the bines that produce these bitter little cones. These had been the times earlier than wire trellises, …

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Past the Pale: Is the Pale Ale Passé or Poised for Reinvention?

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  In 1983, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale medaled on the Nice American Beer Competition. Not within the Pale Ale class, thoughts you, but it surely was considered one of three beers singled out for honors within the Client Choice Ballot. On the time, the beer was simply three years previous. In the present day, 33 …

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Piney River Brewing Company: Making Hay in the Heartland

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Piney River Brewing Company is located 5 miles outside of Bucyrus, Mo., an unincorporated community small enough that the brewery’s first distributor had never heard of it. The closest city, Houston, has a population of just over 2,000. This is Ozark country; the Heartland. Here, folks root for the Cardinals and drink beer from cans …

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