Blood, Sweat and Beer

What does it take to create—and keep—your own successful craft brewery? More than a couple of tanks and a handful of hops, that’s for sure. Filmmakers and craft beer fans Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin started filming interviews in May of 2014, amassing footage of an......

Heavy Medal Records

Hundreds of American brewers—a huge percentage of the U.S. industry, as it happens—are more than a bit foggy this week following the GABF, or Great American Beer Festival , held each fall in sunny Denver, CO. As the world’s largest gathering of craft brewers and beer......

Barreling Big

Ask anyone who’s tried a lot of Firestone Walker brews to name one less than “damn near perfect” and they’ll be hard pressed. From the iconic Pale 31 to D.B.A., Wookey Jack, and Pivo Hoppy Pils , Firestone Walker is in a class by its own (and the awards......

Readers’ Choice Poll: Best U.S. Brewery

Alright, party people, time to stand up and be counted. On the eve of GABF , we want to hear from YOU. We whittled down a list of 150 breweries in six regions across the country like so: Pacific Northwest plus Hawaii and Alaska; California (with over 400 breweries, it really stands apart);......

The Best New Breweries in America

We’ll say it: beer just keeps getting better. In the last 1,000 days, well over 1,000 breweries have opened their doors across all 50 states. That’s a lot of new beer to track! Luckily the experts at DRAFT Magazine have been keeping tabs, too. On newsstands now, the......

42 Reasons To Love Craft Beer

Douglas Adams joked that 42 is the answer to everything in his mega bestseller The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy , so that’s reason enough we’ll pick that number for a run down of the reasons we’re loving beer in the late summer of 2014. Why do you love craft......

Cloudy With a Chance of Reign

In what has become an almost eerily familiar occurrence, the Brewers Association recently published news that ten years ago would have sounded like a gag: there are now more than 3,000 breweries operating in the U.S. (3,040, to be precise). While that sounds far from the highwater mark of......

A Brewer Breaks Out

In life, blending is a good thing. Just think: Root beer floats. Neapolitan ice cream. And who can forget Goobers, that wonderful blend of peanut butter and jelly that came in a single jar? Troy Casey knows a thing or two about blending. Casey earned a reputation as an expert on sour ales......

Run Like Ale

The phrase “beer run” usually means wondering who will take one for the team and (soberly, or else) head for the store. But lately the craft beer and lean, mean jogging machine crowd have been crossing paths in surprising ways. As Philadelphia’s Daily News recently......

The Hops Down Yonder

Having just come off the incredible four-day music, craft beer, wine, arts, and culture bacchanal that is Bonnaroo , on a 600-acre farm near Manchester, TN, we’re riding a wave of inspiration. Why? Craft breweries are blossoming like wildwood flowers across the entire region. We met......


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