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What Is Gruit?
You’ve certainly heard the word “gruit.” You’ve likely seen it listed in the bottom right-hand corner of your local brewery’s tap list. But what is...
The Rise of Functional Beers
As a beer connoisseur, I wonder why I drink. Often, it’s for the flavor. Sometimes, it’s for the buzz. Not infrequently, there’s some utilitarian...
Beer in American History
Beer runs deep in the veins of American history, coursing through the hearts, minds and livers of those who founded modern America. Lincoln once said...
The Inspiration Behind America’s First Craft Brewery
When Jack McAuliffe opened his one-and-a-half-barrel brewery on Eighth Street East in Sonoma, California in the spring of 1977, after the first craft...
The Complete Guide to IPA Styles
There has been enough written on the IPA beer style in recent years to fit into a mammoth, epic tome that could fill an entire library shelf. However...
The Function of a Coolship in Brewing Wild Ales
If you’re a fan of breweries such as Russian River, Allagash or Jester King, you may have heard mention of a brewing device called a coolship....
The Role of Yeast in Brewing
The fascinating microscopic organism that is yeast provides a tremendous impact on beer and brewing. Yeast plays a key role in creating the...
Understanding Whiskey in Barrel-Aged Beer
For many drinkers, the closest whiskey gets to beer is in a shot glass next to a pint. Whiskey and beer are poised for a delicious collision, however...
How to Host a Whiskey Tasting Party
So you want to host a whiskey tasting party. You want it to be entertaining, informative and a positive experience for everyone. You’ve come to the...
Is Beer Healthy?
With the dramatic influx of craft breweries across the globe it is no wonder that craft beer and brewing is becoming increasingly popular and...
The Origins of Pumpkin Beer
I don’t know that there’s a beer more pathologically, frequently and substantively misunderstood than pumpkin beer. I’m not talking about the...
What is the Brewer's Star?
Have you ever noticed a brewery proudly displaying a six-sided Brewer’s Star in their breweries or incorporating it into their branding? Other than...
The Oldest Breweries in the World
Beer has been around for millennia, but dedicated breweries are a far more recent invention. Read on to explore the oldest breweries in the world. It...
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a drink made from a sweetened tea that’s been fermented by a gelatinous colony of yeasts and bacteria. Fortunately for writers like me,...
The Theory of Lupulin Threshold Shift
What is Lupulin Threshold Shift, does it change your palate preferences, and can the phenomenon be reversed? In 2005, legendary Russian River brewer...

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