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In the more than 30 years I have been a homebrewer, I’ve seen remarkable progress in both the homebrewing knowledge base as well as available...
Hop Vines
The Harvest Third-generation hop farmer Gayle Goschie can finally rest. The harvest is over. The Crystal Zwickle pale ale from Central Oregon’s Crux...
The uKeg 128 pressurized growler from Growler Werks is a mini keg in the size of a full-gallon growler, keeps beer cold, fresh and carbonated for two weeks.
With craft beer still booming, loyal connoisseurs need new ways to transport their precious liquid to and from destination breweries. Voila! The beer...
With more than 6,000 breweries in the U.S., production methods vary greatly from brewery to brewery. Grand Rapids exhibits breweries from micro to major.
Mitch Ermatinger spent a late July evening completely redefining his production calendar. As the owner of Speciation Artisan Ales in Grand Rapids,...
A must have for every brewer, the hydrometer measures the gravity of beer. (Photo by Daniel Spiess)
As Mythbusters' ballistics expert, Adam Savage, has said, "Remember kids, the only difference between screwing around and science is writing it down...
The Sierra Nevada Beer Camp packaging is one of the brewery's many smaller-scale innovations. (Photo Courtesy Sierra Nevada)
While large-scale advancements in brewing and packaging usually get noticed by craft beer aficionados, smaller innovations like improved pop-top...
"Leaving living yeast in the bottle means that the overall flavor of the beer can continue to evolve and change in subtle ways."
Beer is alive. Well, not all beer, and technically I suppose it isn’t the beer that’s alive but rather that there are living things in the beer, but...
How to Take Beer on a Plane
We all love a good beer vacation. But what about bringing home some of your favorite beers that are not available in your home state? If you’re...
As brett's popularity increases, styles such as Brett IPA become more prominent.
This is the continued story of an anthropomorphized yeast who rose to the fore of modern brewing after being discovered by a Guinness talent scout....
A judging session by The Beer Connoisseur review panel.
The craft beer ecosystem is vast and varied. With an abundance of fascinating and ever-evolving beer styles, over 5,000 breweries and tens of...
An Orpheus Brewing tulip glass glimmers in a shaft of sunlight.
All seasoned craft beer drinkers know this: While what you drink is certainly paramount, the way you drink it is almost as important. I’m not...
St. Bernards: A Tail of Licker Barrels and Heroism
St. Bernards have a way of getting our attention. Their gargantuan stature and calm demeanor has contributed to their larger than life persona, even...
Organic Beer: The Natural Choice
Organic goods can be polarizing. Are they actually healthier? Does the quality merit the price increase? Why are they so expensive in the first place...
Mr. Brettanomyces
Mr. Brettanomyces lurks where you’d least expect – perching in the rafters of your brewery, watching. He moves almost weightlessly, soaring...
Gueuze: The Champagne of Craft Beer
Everyone is familiar with Miller High Life’s classic marketing axiom claiming it as “The Champagne of Beers.” While most suds-swilling consumers of...

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