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With 4,269 breweries in the United States alone, craft beer represents a 12% share of the total beer market. As recently as 2011, craft beer only accounted for 5.7% of the market. Doubling market share in just four years demonstrates how quickly the craft beer industry has expanded and matured, and with it, so have the expectations of the beer-drinking consumer.

The American Shaker Pint

The American Shaker Pint

Patrons expect proper beer service, which includes proper beer glassware. The importance of the beer glass goes beyond aesthetics. Depending on the type of beer, the proper glass can also enhance aroma or taste. (more…)

Posted by on June 13th, 2016

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worldcitizen/Flickr

Getting bored with IPAs and pilsner? You might want to delve into the funky, flavorful world of sour beers.
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Posted by on December 7th, 2015

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by Brian Stechschulte, Executive Director, San Francisco Brewers Guild

If you’re thirsty for a beer tonight, satisfying that urge is pretty simple. Your corner store, watering hole, or even better yet, local brewery, should offer a range of great choices. Unfortunately, depending on where you live, that’s not always the case. The creation, delivery, and your access to beer is highly regulated. Many laws serve an important purpose, while others stifle economic growth and limit choices for beer fans. The groups confronting these issues around the country are brewers’ guilds, and the benefits of their collaboration extend far beyond the legal landscape. (more…)

Posted by on July 25th, 2013

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by John Verive, Beer of Tomorrow

As craft beer gains popularity, tap lists grow longer, and beers become more creative and extreme it sometimes seems that a craft beer fan can have too many options. It may be a wonderful problem to face, but if you’d rather not struggle deciding what beer to try there’s a simple solution. If you just want a satisfying and restorative beer, try a pilsner. The classic golden lager makes for an excellent start to a session, is great before a meal, and pilsners pair wonderfully with many foods. It’s an easy call; try one and see why the pilsner is considered by many brewers to be “the brewer’s beer.” (more…)

Posted by on July 18th, 2013

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by John Verive, Beer of Tomorrow

We all know beer is delicious. But what you may not know is this wonderful beverage is inexorably tied to the human experience. The history of beer is long, and its earliest records are as fascinating as the changes that are happening in the beer world today.

Beer Is Linked to the Development of Human Civilization

The history of fermented beverages is a riveting, if fragmented, tale. The earliest recorded recipe was a hymn to the Sumerian goddess of brewing dated to 3000 B.C. The hymn lyrically explained how to brew a beer known as kas, which means “what the mouth desires.” Sounds about right. (more…)

Posted by on April 30th, 2013

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Photo by Nick Olejniczak

by John Verive, Beer of Tomorrow

Today’s beer drinkers demand more than the thin, yellow lagers from the giant multi-national breweries. They are better informed and have a more developed palate than ever before, and the craft beer industry has been happy to grow along with the surging ranks of beer fans. However, there are many pervasive myths and misconceptions about every aspect of beer that refuse to go away. Let’s take a look at some of the most heinous falsities and set the record straight on dark beers, proper serving and storage temperature, and the damage done by years of beer advertisements. (more…)

Posted by on February 27th, 2013

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As the weather gets cold, the shelves start to fill with this season’s winter beer selections. But what exactly is winter beer? Since there is no official winter style of beer, I sought out some opinions from the craft beer industry.

“A Winter Beer should be strong to warm the soul from the cold outside and be spiced to help celebrate the season.” – Brenden Dobel, Head Brewer, Thirsty Bear Brewing

“A beer that gives you that little extra push during the cold winter months. It should warm you up and keep life a little spicier than usual with a strong malt backbone and high octane influence.” – Mark Goodwin, Brewer, McMenamins Old Church & Pub

“A good winter warmer should smell like winter. Like snow, spice, and booze. There’s something so seasonally evocative about a winter warmer. It’s the Instant Beer Drink of Winter. It’s the beverage of slow down, savor, and (perhaps ironically) chill.” – Sean Lilly Wilson, Founder and Chief Executive Optimist, Fullsteam Brewery

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Posted by on December 4th, 2012

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Tomorrow the newest James Bond movie Skyfall will open to great fanfare. One of Bond’s most memorable characteristics is his penchant for martinis “shaken, not stirred,” a line first uttered by Sean Connery in 1962’s Dr. No.

But ask any mixologist (especially one who would declare himself a mixologist and not a bartender), and he’ll tell you that 007 has philistine tastes — no one should ever order a martini that way. Conventional wisdom dictates that only cocktails with juices, dairy, or egg whites should be shaken. This aerates the drink, creating a pleasing foam head on favorites like daiquiris, margaritas, or mai-tais. When a cocktail contains a carbonated ingredient like soda, a proper bartender will “build” the highball — that is, pour the ingredients atop one another in the glass. And, if the drink contains only spirits, like a Manhattan or (ahem) a martini, it should only be stirred to incorporate the ingredients, but avoiding clouding their clarity. (more…)

Posted by on November 8th, 2012

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Thank Oskar Blues of Lyons, Colorado, for serving Dale’s Pale Ale in a can back in 2002. Ten years later, there are dozens of craft breweries making their beer available in cans.

But why cans? Doesn’t it ruin the taste of the beer? Actually, just the opposite is true. Modern cans, unlike cans from more than 20 years ago, have a water-based polymer lining that prevent the beer from touching any metal while in the can. Canned beer has a better seal than bottles, locking out oxygen that can damage the beer. No light can get inside, which means a canned beer will never be light struck, or skunked. Environmentally, cans are more easily and more often recycled than glass, and because cans are lighter, they take less energy to ship. Finally, cans are much more portable and can go many places where glass cannot. (more…)

Posted by on August 2nd, 2012

Photos by David Jensen

Have you ever walked into a beer bar or pub and noticed some of the taps both looked and dispensed beer differently? Or have you ever been to a beer festival, or beer event, where beer was served directly from a spigot in the side of a metal container propped up on a table? If so, then you may have already encountered cask conditioned beer. If not, then after you read this article, I hope you seek some out. (more…)

Posted by on May 1st, 2012

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