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Sixer: Just the sweet stuff

POSTED ON February 12th  - POSTED IN Blog

By: Draft Magazine

A dash of sugar, a spoonful of honey and doses of other sweet fermentables add complexity (and a bit more booze!) to these sipping iStock_000009227815XSmallbrews.

Colorado Vixnu Imperial IPA: This 9.5%-ABV Brazilian brew reimagines an IPA with Rapadura cane sugar, which weaves tasty burnt sugar notes through peachy hops and toasted bread flavors.

Founders Sweet Repute: Residual syrup inside the maple barrels that aged this 12.6%- ABV wheat wine kick-started an unintentional secondary fermentation and laced the brew with lip-smacking sweetness.

Beer Cheat Sheet: 29 Facts and Tips to Savor with your Favorite Malt Beverage

POSTED ON January 20th  - POSTED IN Blog

By: WeightWatchers

Beer bellies, the traditional male malady, are enough to put either sex off the idea of downing a cold one. But they’re a fallacy, Beer in glassessays Charlie Bamforth, PhD, chair and professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis, and author of Beer: Health and Nutrition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004). “This is a silly myth. If folks get fat from drinking beer, it’s because their total calorie intake is too high, and they are not working it off.”

Sports Venues give a Toast to the Trend toward Craft Beers

POSTED ON January 17th  - POSTED IN Blog

By: SportsBusinessDailyiStock_000014887290XSmall

Arenas and stadiums are awash in craft beers as teams and concessionaires seize the opportunity to capitalize on the trend toward specialty brews.

The U.S. now has more than 2,500 breweries, more than at any point in history, and more than 1,600 are in the planning stages, reported USA Today. Almost all of them are craft brewers.

Draft Magazine-America’s 100 Best Beer Bars 2014

POSTED ON January 9th  - POSTED IN Blog

By: DraftMagazine

After six years of making this annual list, we had to rethink the definition of a top-notch beer bar. New ones iStock_000014224879XSmallare opening every second, and “good beer bar” no longer equals a zillion taps; there’s just more to it now. We needed to walk out of these places saying, “Now there’s a bar that really, really cares about your experience with beer.” So what does that mean? Having well-cared for, thoughtfully selected beer with an eye toward variety, trends and tradition, in the kind of place you’d want to stay awhile, delivered by someone who knows their stuff. We don’t want to send you to a place where the server doesn’t look up from her texting when you ask questions, or where you’ll be told a saison “is basically a lager.” (And yes, both of those things happened on our visits.) We’d rather you to go to ChurchKey in D.C., where beers are smartly grouped by flavor (citrusy, woodsy, etc.), rather than just by style. We want you to go to Bailey’s Taproom in Portland, Ore., which cares so much about beer freshness, the digital menu says when each keg was tapped and how much is left. We want you to go to all 100 of these places, because they really are a cut above the rest.

3 Things Beer Aficionados Can Look Forward to in 2014

POSTED ON January 6th  - POSTED IN Blog

By: Entrepreneur 

It appears that 2014 will be another great year for beer consumers. With more than 2,500 breweries in operation and another Craft Beer Health Benefits1,500 in planning, there has never been a better time to be a beer drinker. While brewers continue to push the innovation envelope, here are three things beer drinkers can expect to see in 2014.

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Look for more brewers to balance out their portfolios with more sessionable beer offerings in the year ahead.

Draft Magazine Pairs: Beer & cookies

POSTED ON December 26th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

By: DraftMagazine

Good thing you’re not driving the sleigh. Here’s how to beer-pair your cookie plate.winter_seasonals_snippet_post_home

Oreo + Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout: Forget milk; this is dunkability. A gorgeous chocolate, vanilla and bourbon-laced brew melds seamlessly with Oreo cocoa/white frosting sweetness, while the cookie’s crunch finds a friend in the dry barrel notes.

Peanut butter cookie + Great Divide Oatmeal Yeti: Peanut butter flavor fits snugly between this oatmeal-smooth imperial stout’s prickly roast and silky chocolate (think Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups). Best of all, the P.B. turns shell-dry in the beer’s ashy finish for an amazingly clean end.

Beachwood Brewing’s ‘Beachwood Six’ Named Top Beer of 2013 By DRAFT Magazine

POSTED ON December 5th  - POSTED IN Blog

By:  LongBeachPost

Just months after winning five medals and being named Best Mid-Sized Brewpub of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival, Long iStock_000003699391XSmallBeach’s Beachwood BBQ and Brewing has garnered even more acclaim for its beers.

DRAFT Magazine, the country’s largest bi-monthly magazine dedicated to craft beer, named Beachwood Six–a smoked black saison brewed to commemorate the sixth birthday of the Long Beach brewpub’s sister Seal Beach location–one of the 25 best beers of 2013. 

In the magazine’s end-of-the-year issue, DRAFT’s beer editor Christopher Staten listed Beachwood Six along with 24 other bottled brews as ones that defined unpredictable beers that played on traditional beer styles while celebrating weirdness and experimentalization.

San Diego Beer Week distinguishes local scene

POSTED ON November 20th  - POSTED IN Blog

By: USAToday

Three years ago Mike Hess, a former financial planner whose clients included uber San Diego craft brewery Stone Brewing Company,iStock_000007640359XSmall decided to take a leap into the world of San Diego craft beer. Tonight he was presiding over a five-course San Diego Beer Week tasting dinner at the beachy chic Paradise Point resort’s Baleen restaurant along with chef Amy DiBiase.

Add one more to the list of San Diego craft beer overnight sensations.

Hess’s Grazias Vienna Cream Ale (a mash-up of Austria’s second largest city Graz and the Spanish word for “thank you”) might be a new kid on the block, but its innovative, malt forward, Nibble hops balanced taste and creamy smooth texture was an instant Beer Week hit — and a tasty snapshot of San Diego’s take-it-or-leave it craft beer culture. (It didn’t hurt that DiBiase paired it with her cocoa nib crusted venison carpaccio.)

Craft Retail Dollars Up 20% on 18% Volume Growth During September/October

POSTED ON November 6th  - POSTED IN Blog

By: Brewer’s Association

Craft’s strong year off-premise has continued through the beginning of autumn. In the October 6th four-week scan data released by theiStock_000026180072XSmall IRI group on October 18th, craft volume accelerated, showing a 17.6% increase from the same period a year ago. That raised craft’s year-to-date volume increase up to 16.4%, up from 15.2% this summer. Craft retail dollars also increased by 20.0% for the period versus a year ago, and are up 18.7% year-to-date. All beer volume has recovered slightly from the summer, and is now down only -0.3% in volume YTD in the IRI numbers, up from being down -1.1% YTD in the June/July numbers.

Unlike gains during the summer, this month’s growth occurred without price cutting, as the price per case of craft in the IRI data increased 45 cents from the previous month, up to $34.12 during the four week period. Overall YTD prices are up 2.0% from the previous year, about a point above the U.S. inflation rate of 1.2% through September. The total beer category saw a slight price increase during the month of 16 cents versus the previous month, largely driven by the growing market share of craft and domestic super premium, and declines in the lower priced domestic premium and domestic sub-premium categories. Overall beer case prices are up 2.9% year-to-date.

More big beer makers are happy to go hoppy

POSTED ON November 1st  - POSTED IN Blog

By USAToday

Beer makers, big and small, are tapping into consumer willingness to experiment beyond traditional brews.

Still Life with a keg of beer and draft beer by the glass.

Bored with Budweiser? Crack open a new vanilla bourbon-flavored lager from the market leader’s “Project 12” limited edition 12-pack, which debuted Monday and is available through the end of the year. Other twists on the traditional Budweiser lager within the pack (four bottles each of the three flavors): a darker, slightly stronger brew and a hoppier one made with Pacific Northwest hops.

Or if you prefer holiday spices, Blue Moon Brewing, which is owned by competitor MillerCoors, has a new Gingerbread Spiced Ale in its brewmasters winter sampler pack, out Saturday. ..

Seasonal and limited-edition beers are not new, but, typically, smaller, independent craft breweries have been the ones more likely to release them. Boston Beer Co., the largest U.S. craft brewery, has its own gingerbread-flavored beer, the Merry Maker stout, in individual 22 oz. bottles, and the cinnamon, ginger and orange peel-infused Winter Lager, in six packs and a winter variety pack, on the way to stores now.. Also just out, the brewery’s Utopias, a blended and barrel-aged “extreme” (read: very high alcohol) beer — only 12,000 bottles were made and each sells for $199.

10 wildly diverse pumpkin beers

POSTED ON October 30th  - POSTED IN Blog

By DraftMagiStock_000019725900XSmall

Proclaiming you love pumpkin beers is a bit like saying you love “colors” or “weather”: Flavor-wise, this year’s crop of gourd-inspired brews are all over the map, but we’re sure there’s at least one in the patch you’d pick.

If you like real pumpkin…
Terrapin Pumpkinfest
Harnessing the real (almost stinky, in a good way) earthy pumpkin, this brew has an authentic gourd flavor with brushes of cinnamon, nutmeg and a nice toast finish.

If you like pumpkin pie…
Anderson Valley Fall Hornin’ Pumpkin Ale
A soft mouthfeel and full, sweet pumpkin flavor harken the texture and taste of pie flling, while a touch of bitterness clips the swallow clean.