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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...
The Bubbling Science of Beer Foam
Beer foam is extremely important to a perfect pint, but what exactly is its scientific genesis? As babies, we blow snot bubbles. As toddlers, we blow...
What Is DDH Beer?
If you have spent any time recently in a brewery taproom or any number of beer destinations throughout the country, you may have noticed three little...
The Global Impact of COVID-19 on the Beer Industry
COVID-19 has dramatically reduced beer production and consumption around the world, hitting craft and independent brewers extremely hard. Almost...
What Are Noble Hops?
The term noble hops often appears on beer labels and brewpub menus, but what does it mean? It may sound regal and traditional, but the term is...
introduction mead
Craft mead ranks as a hot new trend in the alcohol industry, but few imbibers truly understand and appreciate the complexities and defining...

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