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A Fight Is Brewing

Mikkel Borg Bjergso, a 38-year-old former high-school science teacher who runs the Danish brewery Mikkeller, stuck his face into a bag of hops and inhaled deeply.

The Craft Beer Movement

In 1990, Cambridge archaeologist Dr. Barry Kemp unearthed Queen Nefertiti’s Royal Brewery buried beneath the Egyptian sands. There, he found ten brewing chambers containing ancient beer residue. With the help of some electron microscopy, the 3,250 year-old recipe was identified.

How to Sell a Craft Beer: Location, Location, Location

Small batch brews are all about local flavor—both in and on the bottle. For those who appreciate craft beers, life has never been so good. The world of American artisanal brews is one of astonishing variety.

As Craft Beer Starts Gushing, Its Essence Gets Watered Down

There was once a time when it was easy to throw around the term "craft beer" and know exactly what you were talking about.

Free Craft Beer!

CRAFT breweries may be a big story in the media these days, but they face much tougher challenges than most other small businesses.

The bitter truth

Brian Hunt and I sat under a redwood tree in his rutted, gravel driveway in a rural part of Sonoma County, California. We were somewhere around Santa Rosa, but I couldn’t say where, and nor could my dashboard Garmin.

The Craft Beer Market Has Exploded, And Now Brewers Are Worried About A Collapse

On a recent Monday morning, the stretch of Route 100 that runs through sleepy Waterbury, Vt., was bumper-to-bumper. The line of Camrys, Sierras, and Outbacks, some from as far away as Illinois, inched forward in the crisp air, their drivers united in a singular goal.

How to Decipher the Beer List at Your Local Craft Beer Bar

It's happened to the best of us. You fancy yourself to be pretty well-versed in all things ale and lager, but suddenly, you find yourself reading through the extensive menu at an ambitious new beer joint and you feel like someone dropped a foreign-language dictionary into your lap.

Strange Brews: The Genes of Craft Beer

SAN DIEGO — Troels Prahl, a brewer and microbiologist at the Southern California yeast distributor White Labs, sits at his company’s tasting room bar with four half-pints of beer. He describes each between thoughtful sips.

The craft beer revolution: how hops got hip

Creative young brewers and radical flavours have made people excited about beer again. But does craft beer live up to the hype – and will it change Britain's pint-swilling culture? Brewer Jamie Hancock is having a "moment".

King Of Craft Beer: How Sierra Nevada Rules The Hops World

Ken Grossman has survived his share of froth and burst bubbles in the 35-plus years since he cofounded Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Now 59, he still oversees the nation’s largest private craft brewery, producing nearly 1 million barrels of beer a year and ringing up more than $200 million in sales.

Is Sam Adams Too Big to Be Craft Beer?

Craft beer is big. Independent craft breweries saw their collective sales grow 20 percent last year, and they’re slowly taking away sales from the giants. Overall beer sales are flat, but locally brewed India Pale Ales are killing it. Craft beer is also small.

Craft Beer’s Larger Aspirations Cause a Stir

Time was, beer came in one size: whether bottle or can, the stuff inside measured a reliable 12 ounces. But walk into a craft-beer store these days and you’ll see shelf after shelf taken over by giants: 22-ounce “bombers,” 750-milliliter wine bottles, even three-liter jeroboams.

Idea of the Week: Mapping the Rise of Craft Beer

As of March, the United States was home to two thousand three hundred and sixty craft breweries, the relatively small, artisanship-oriented producers best known for India pale ales, porters, and other decidedly non-Budweiser-esque beers.

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