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What is Unfiltered Beer?
Nothing gets beer geeks and connoisseurs riled up these days like a strikingly hazy New England IPA. There’s something about the opaque, orange-...
popular beer sizes
From one bar to the next, there’s little consistency in what a serving of beer might look like. Serving sizes and the vessels they come in can be...
How Long Does Beer Last?
Beer is best fresh. There is little debate about this in the craft brewing community. However, some beers can be saved for a longer period of time,...
Everything You Need to Know About Hops
With IPA as the leading craft beer style in America, even casual craft beer drinkers are aware that hops provide the bitter flavor in their favorite...
What is Irish Stout?
Thankfully, not everyone who joins in the annual revelry on March 17th drinks the obligatory and ubiquitous green lager beers. Instead, many opt for...
Genesee Cream Ale, Dundee Brewing
Long before the appearance of the widely-accepted standard for the style - Genesee Cream Ale - nearly fifty years ago, this hybrid-style beer was...
Beer Shipping Laws Deconstructed
Beer shipping laws are inscrutable at best and completely opaque at worst. Why are they so confusing? We hope to clear up some misconceptions in this...
Ray Daniels, Founder of the Cicerone Certification Program.
As craft beer has become more and more entrenched in modern cuisine, the way in which craft beer is served and presented in fine establishments has...
PicoBrew Model C
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...
How Are Hops Grown and Harvested?
Beer lovers know that hops are the most important element of any good brew, but how are hops grown and harvested? Let's delve into a hop harvest in...
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...
A Primer on Bottle-Conditioned Beer
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...

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