Bills and Brews Founder Matt Laslo is now Managing Editor of TheNewsStation.com — a national alt-weekly focused on American culture, which means covering the war on drugs, the opioid epidemic, criminal and prison justice reform efforts, efforts to overhaul US drug policies, CBD, along with psychedelics, health and wellness, music, etc.
But with Laslo at the helm, you can be sure coverage from TheNewsStation.com will also include craft beer!
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WEEK OF JANUARY 21st
Newcastle Is Small and Hip Like You, Reassures Newcastle
But could microbrewers team up to make a Super Bowl ad based on this concept?
An Adult’s Treasury of Yet More 2015 Release Calendars
For quality, scheduling your drinking is everything.
Texas Brewer Calls Out Snobs for Being Too Negative
Humility, opines BSJ, is at the heart of brewing with bad distribution prospects.
Craft Beer Uses Four Times More Barley
If you think craft is a rip-off, consider what mainstream gets you.
Anheuser-Busch InBev Buys Out Elysian
By end of Q1, the giant will have all four of their pubs, too.
Ore. Microbrewer Ditches AB InBev for Smaller Distributors
Ninkasi CEO: “[W]e will be better aligned long term with independent and locally owned wholesalers.”
A Challenger Appears: N.C., and Especially Asheville, Gaining on Calif.
Is this why West Coast brewers are seeking out talent in the South?
Sierra Nevada Now Valued at a Billion Dollars
CEO says the U.S. can support another 3,000 microbrewers.
For Now, Stone is Done with Sublimely and Levitation
Beer Aliens drops that and other tidbits from the San Diego County scene.
Wisc. Wastewater Engineer Brews Beer from Treatment Plant Effluent
‘Activated Sludge’is raising awareness of municipal workers’ competence.
WEEK OF JANUARY 14th
Chicago Bar Owner tells Jim Koch Staleness, not Popularity, is Sam Adams Problem
Long-time admirer hints the specialty brews could keep things interesting, threatens Koch.
Lagunitas Celebrates America with Threat of Frivolous Lawsuit
Consumers flock to the sweet, sweet flavor of serifed, capitalized letters.
Lagunitas Founder: Sierra Nevada IPA Label ‘Immediately Struck Me as a Problem’
Twitter backlash talks down Tony Magee.
Beer Spiked with Crocodile Bile Kills 50
Mozambican wake attendees were drinking pombe, made from corn flour or millet.
Intuition Ale Calls For More Funds to Legalize the Florida Half-Gallon Growler
Microbrewers crowdsource $50,000 to battle the wholesalers and distributors.
Ind. Lawmakers Push for End to Sunday Sales Ban
The Hoosier state’s blue law is the last to enshrine a day of brew rest.
Iceland Makes Beer from Whale Testicles
For a ‘true Thorri atmosphere,’ the testicles are first delicately cured, salted and smoked.
The Beer Can Turns 80
The trend that started in Richmond, Va. now accounts for half of all beer sales.
Stone Brewing Brings Back Its Japanese Green Tea Collaboration
This time they’ve swapped out the New Zealand hops for Australia’s.
Fla. Judge: ‘Japanese’ Kirin Beer, Brewed Stateside, Misleads
Anheuser-Busch InBev loses class-action and owes consumers up to 50 bucks each.
WEEK OF JANUARY 7th
Beer-Name Overlap Makes Trademarking Difficult
The trouble of setting down grassroots as the roots become crowded
Microbrewing Leader Sam Adams Battles Market Oversaturation
As bolder beers come down the pipe, a former industry leader contends with fickle drinkers.
In Defense of Sam Adams: Are Drinkers Too Enamored with Obscurity?
Angry blogger says hipsters are oversold on their own ‘authenticity.’
Newcastle Hijacks Doritos Ad Campaign
I heard you like to ad-crash the Super Bowl, so I ad-crashed your ad so you can get crashed while you ad-crash.
Small BREW Act Seeks to Invigorate Microbrewing
Bill would slash taxes on production of smaller batches.
To the North, a Powerful Monopoly Unravels
Did reporting by the Toronto Star break its back?
Are These America’s Hundred Best Beer Bars?
Draft magazine says so. But leaves the comment section open.
Oskar Blues Rolls Out in Four New Markets
The canning innovator is also expanding its tap offerings.
Unfiltered and Unpasteurized, Cask Ale Hits Charm City
One Baltimore reviewer says the flavor is especially distinct.
Brewing with Juniper for True ‘Norwegianness’
The search for authenticity in the perfect farmhouse ale
WEEK OF DECEMBER 31st
Forty-Thousand Miles Later, the Ultimate American Beer Odyssey Comes to a Close
Brandon Wurtz and Michael Roberts went to 789 breweries.
Wet-Hop Beer Goes Year Round
Is Ken Grossman the real-life Wizard of Oz or something?
New England Brewing Offends Indians with Robot-Ghandi Beer
Conn. brewer issues nonapology to fans of the ascetic prohibitionist, carry on.
‘Ancient American Ale’ Reproduced Using 2,400-Year-Old Honduran Pottery
Biomolecular Archeologist Patrick McGovern is contracted out by Dogfish.
Beer More Nutritious Than Wine
It’s true, say a doctor and a brewing professor, despite having more calories.
Richmond, Va. Service Industry Laments Stone’s Sweetheart Deal
They say City Hall subsidies in a saturated market could strain their livelihoods.
Alaskan Artist Completes a Beer Painting a Day in 2014
Scott Clendaniel used oils, and portrayed beers from all 50 states and D.C.
Market Analyst Says Session Beers to Expand Lady Guzzling
Craft beer continues to outgrow other alcohol market segments.
After Three Years, D.C.’s Chocolate City Closes Its Doors
Its swan song? GoodBye.P.A., featuring Citra and Galaxy Hops
Founders to Re-Release ‘Blushing Monk’ Raspberry Ale
You’ll be able to pick up this much-sought-after brew come March.
WEEK OF DECEMBER 24th
Penn. Regulators Allow for Beer Delivered with Pizza
Restaurants weigh whether the profits will be worth the added risks.
New Brewing Yeast Species Discovered?
Gene sequencers wonder whether they’ve encountered a groundbreaking Saccharomyces, or a new horizon altogether.
Wealthy Swedes Probably Hoarding Brew Delicacies
Wooden containers called tuns maintain exceedingly drinkable beer centuries old.
In One Video, Every Single Microbrew Purchase for Last Five Years
The cashier doesn’t care. They never care.
Is Your Glass Cleaner Killing Your Head?
Dawn is slaughtering your bubbles.
Restaurant HopCat Detroit Shatters World Record
With the help of Short’s Brewing Co., they put more a single brewer’s beers on tap than anyone ever has.
Gaining a Late Start in 2011, South Koreans Brewers Still without Supply Lines
Meanwhile, a Samsung-affiliated brew titan could keep Gangnam Style little-guy free.
Terroir: How the Land Sculpts Water, Plants, and Beer
Trappist artists have been shipping local water miles just for quality control.
Boulevard Beer Shows its Cards for 2015
With four new stouts on the way, they’ll by staying busy.
Beer Advocate Returns to Its Old Rating System
You can’t just Rotten-Tomato it with general quality rating. Attributes are required again.
WEEK OF DECEMBER 17th
Georgian Craft Lobbyists Get $12,000 in Crowdsourced Donations
They want to allow state breweries to sell on-site.
Texas Regulators Sued for Turf Exclusivity
Three brewers want to again be able to pay distributors for local access.
Whistleblower Wets the Eyes of Canadian Craft Patriots
Ontario Star accuses public sellers of colluding with foreign-owned retail monolith.
No One Expects the Spanish Acquisition
Mahou San Miguel buys up a third of Cedar Rapids’ Founders, one of the world’s best breweries.
New York City Bodegas Cower as Distributor Merger Looms
Their trade association says one Brooklyn-Bronx alliance could make them uncompetitive.
Homebrewers Association Inducts Barack Hussein Obama II
Though re-election is behind him, the president’s homebrewing experiment pays off.
Professional Forager at the Bleeding Edge of the Brewing Arts
Paul Baudar’s hop-free California concoctions rely on leaves’ natural yeasts.
Tröegs Puts Nugget Nectar in a Pounder
The hyper-hoppy, heavy amber ale hits shelves this winter.
Feminist soured by Twin Peaks location’s gender stereotypes and lad-mag promotion.
WEEK OF DECEMBER 10th
Bartender Sues Fla. Over Growler-Size Prohibitions
The state where you can fill a gallon but not the half-gallon.
Time Declares Craft Uncool Because its Selling on Flights
Eight breweries are taking to the skies.
New U.S. Brewery Opens Every 16 Hours
More on the bubble that’s been expanding since 2000
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale Anointed Season’s Best
Paste magazine ranks 31 Christmas ales.
How We Instigated Most of Our Bar Pummelings
America’s finest news source reports.
All Cincinnati Microbrewers Collaborate On a Beer
BlackTart Tart Stout to celebrate city’s beer week in February
300 Kegs Comprise Genesee Brewing Company Christmas Tree
N.Y. brewers to ignite 600 feet of green lights.
U.K. Pub Chain Stops Carrying Heineken, Fosters, Strongbow
Heineken Ireland’s talks with a discounter head south.
Virginia Historical Society Makes Good on 300-Year-Old Recipe
“You can feel a connection across time when you’re drinking something that maybe hasn’t been drunk for a couple hundred years.”
Did Shortened Break Periods or Ingredient Scarcity Popularize Sessions?
The history of this brew.
WEEK OF DECEMBER 3rd
With Month Left to Go, Year-Long Drinking Odyssey Has Hit Up 600 Breweries
Duo has tried 6,000 different beers.
3-D-Print Your Own Beer Bottle Locks
Why are you still buying yours when you’re out?
Ariz. Wholesalers Lobby to Maintain Microbrewery Production Caps
Craft brewers say wholesalers are anti-competitive.
Rogue Makes Stout with Sriracha
New chili-sauce beer sells out.
Brewing Prof.: Microbreweries Represent ‘the New Cultural Capital’
NPR checks in with college’s microbrewing minor, new this year.
Cigar City Charts Out Its 2015
Tampa, Fla. microbrewer to release a special brew almost every month.
Down From the Trees, Human Ancestors Began Digesting Alcohol
Fruit fermenting on the ground could provide a valuable calorie source.
Craftbeer.com Speculates that the Word “Bride” Derived from “Brew”
BONUS: Profiles of female brewing honchos and visionaries.
For One Ohio Brewer, Massive Local Presence Stepping-Stone into Distribution
Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist expands at Kentucky border.
WEEK OF NOVEMBER 26th
Craft Beer Outsells Budweiser
But the industry is only 14 percent of beer market share.
Budweiser Casts Off ‘New Coke’ Approach, Reinvests in Advertising
Did calories and taste accelerate its decline?
Drinking a Lot Doesn’t Mean You’re an Alcoholic
The CDC says some people binge without long-term dependency.
Australian Aficionados’ Infographic on Glasses
It’s beautiful and snobby.
Major League Soccer Team Gets Dogfish Head Beer Garden
After this, and the hotel, the Maryland brewer is probably plotting the next Epcot.
Successful Craft Brewers Mention Sierra’s Celebration as Best Thanksgiving Best
New Belgium’s Kim Jordan recommends other brewers’ beers.
Danish Brewery’s NSFW Ad is Silly, Avant-Garde Metal
“Gypsy” brewer Mikkeller brews berserk.
AUDIO: Lengthy Sit-Down with Goose Island Brewmaster
Brewery is to host events, open tap rooms and a learning center.
Price Gouging Limits Brewers’ Profits
Even the brewers say most of their beers get worse when you save them.
WEEK OF NOVEMBER 19th
Lead Fla. Regulator: Growler Drinkers Would Say They’ve ‘Only Had One’
But the five-beer-equivalent gallon, they say, people won’t finish quickly.
New N.Y. Law Allows Producers to Sell By The Glass
The state rolls out $3 million in grants for the microbrewing industry
New Breakfast Beer Has Pork
Dogfish Head’s scrapple brew may contain the sweet maple syrup of nostalgia.
Buffalo, N.Y. Brewery’s Robot Deliverymen Fight Citywide Snow-In in Ad
Flying Bison Brewing Company yet to announce Prime memberships.
Bipartisan Group in Ohio House Want More Alcohol in Beer
Their legislation would raise limit from 12 percent to 21 percent.
Mass. Regulators Investigate Bars for Pay-To-Play
Sparked in part by Twitter accusations of violations of local and federal laws.
Cincinnati Block Fire Takes Out Kitchen at Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery
Its public house will remain closed for some time.
Minn. Brewer Intentionally Uses Ecologically Invasive Plant and Animal
Excelsior Brewing Company says it will have an exotic taste.
Alcohol Thresholds Raising Push Sits in Committee
One Ohio lawmaker says they cost the state a Stone facility.
TRAILER: Beer Bubbles Aren’t Bursting in California
Calif. microbrewers brag about working with their families, proximity to the beach.
WEEK OF NOVEMBER 12th
WWII Vet Served Belgium’s Finest from his Helmet
He explained to medic he was bringing aid and comfort to the wounded.
Bell’s Collaborates with Austrian Manufacturer on Wheat Beer Glass
Marketing claims the lip’s “slosh” unleashes more aroma.
By Beer Advocate Standards, the Chuck Norris of Beer
The ‘right’ hop level, color and ABV recipe puts the dream within your reach.
Enthusiastic Reviewer of Tröegs Pumpkin Ale Wants More Saison Sour
Plus embedded video of the brewery at work.
Mass. Pay-To-Play Investigation Subpoenas Yuengling and Harpoon Brewery
Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors among others not subpoenaed.
The Gypsy Rises as Two Roads Brewing Gets Automated
The Conn. brewer produces outside brands.
Did the Seattle Seahawks Water Their Red Hook Lines?
Local lab shows nearly half percent dips on several brews.
WEEK OF NOVEMBER 5th
Born in the ‘90s, Japanese Craft Brewing Still Encumbered by Price
They’re a rare find in the United States.
Glass Owner Passionate for Head Retention
Says with high beer prices, why not?
The Two-Year Doubling of Sour Beers’ Popularity
This appears to be emanating from Portland.
Obama’s Honey Ale Recipe
This is the first beer ever brewed in the White House.
WEEK OF OCTOBER 29th
VACATION PRO-TIP: Bathe in Beer Ingredients while You Drink Beer.
Prague’s Beer Spa wants you to relax in hot barley, hops and yeast.
New Yorker Cover Celebrates Microbrew Snobbery
Discriminating tastes are way bigger than Williamsburg.
Capitalists Are Helping a Restaurant Sue Florida Over Anti-Growler Laws
The Sunshine State’s ban on the half gallon faces new legal opposition
A Highly Acclaimed Coffee Brew Finally Gets Bottled
But not before it’s been barrel-aged for four months.
WATCH: Good Documentary on Oskar Blues
The Longmont, Colo. brewer was an early canning proponent among microbrewers.
WATCH: Innovative Ad for Norwegian Beer Festival Ducks Local Law
Apparently, without the freedoms we take for granted, they can’t show actual beer when promoting their festival.
Los Angeles Microbrewer Battles Zoning-Law Hassles
Zoning is driving up the expense of operating in the city.
Another Microbrewer Tempts Copyright Fate with its “Parody” Beer
The mouse is a difficult beast to tangle with.
How Did Beer Taste Before Yeast Was Pure?
Beer blogger says the landscape used to be far more tart.
WEEK OF OCTOBER 22nd
Wet-Hop Farmers Expanding in Outer South
It’s a crop that’s been easier only farther north.
Is this the Nation’s Only Black-Owned and -Operated Brewery?
Cajun Fire Brewing Co. is in New Orleans.
Two Hundredth Anniversary of the London Beer Flood
A million liters created a 15-foot tidal wave, demolished homes and killed eight people.
Food Scientists Find Floating Plastics in Top German Beers
So much for Deutschland’s beer purity law . . .
Anheuser-Busch Battles Kentucky Regulators
Locals say they want to stop a monopoly.
WATCH: Documentary on How Pilsner Urquell is Made
This very old company is now a tentacle of SABMiller.
A Massachusetts hospital says Drinking Beer Makes Men More Likely to Reproduce
Coffee does the opposite.
Store Beer in the Frig Efficiently Using Strong Magnets
The bottles hang from the top.
Smooth Criminals Make Off with 39,000 Cans of Miller High Life
They’re sipping the Champagne of Beers, riding big rigs off into the sunset.
A Colorado Brewer Cleans Out Grocery Store’s Count Chocula Supply
Black Bottle Brewery features brews that taste like off-the-shelf cereals.
LISTEN: Podcast on a great encyclopedic/social beer mobile app.
Guest Greg Avola developed Untappd.
WEEK OF OCTOBER 15th
The Dark Sides of Brewery Work
“I hope you enjoy puking at 9 am as you shovel rotting grain slime by hand.”
Bars Take Bribes to Not Offer Your Favorite Brews
One Massachusetts man is snitching on them.
Peer-Reviewed Medical Journal: Beer Fights Arthritis in Women
“[W]omen who drank beer 2–4 times a week had a 31% decreased risk compared to women who never drank beer.”
A Primer on Pennsylvania’s Weird Beer Laws
Where distributors have to sell you the whole case
LISTEN: The Ramones’ Steel Reserve Commercials
A late-punk selling-out for the beer that’s “strong enough for a homey but made sweet for the freaks.”
The Brewers Association says More Ladies are Getting Into Beer
They say young women represent 15 percent of total craft consumption
Being Ready for the Holidays with Hard Cider
You should have started doing this five months ago, though.
Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Hits Shelves
It’s got new artwork.
Vietnamese Regulators Battle Overheated Beer Service
The Man says it’s about health, gets accused of snobbery.
WEEK OF OCTOBER 8th
Dogfish Head Makes New CEO Position
President Sam Calagione ‘Appoints from Within’
Sierra Nevada Releases Barrel-Aged Narhwal in Bottles
Beer Advocate rates Narwhal at 92 percent.
Celtics and Bruins Fans Enjoy Great Beer on Tap
The TD Garden features quite the selection at its Craft Beer Garden
Great American Beer Festival Winners Announced
Oregon’s Breakside Brewery wins the IPA Gold.
Mass. Brewer Pulls out of Georgia due to Distribution Headaches
Is the three-tier distribution system to blame?
Dogfish Head founder says There’s No Corporate Drama.
OK, Sam looks sober enough to us.
What Pumpkin Beers to Try, and Avoid
Schlafly’s excellent ale triumphs. (No relation to Phyllis Schlafly.)
The Grey Lady Slams Potential Miller-Anheuser Merger
The New York Times says this will hurt beer.
Preserving the Art of the Norweigan Farmhouse Ale
Maltøl is made with juniper instead of water.
You May Have a Gene that Makes You Hate IPA
Why a quarter of us just can’t get into bitter beer.
WEEK OF OCTOBER 1st
Learn More About Your Beer Overlords
The five companies that make half the world’s beer.
Dog Trained to Get Beer from Fridge.
The pinnacle of American discipline
“Beer is a good family drink.”
The Smithsonian digs into the roots of American brewing.
Duff Debuts at Universal Studios Orlando
Animation fans will be disappointed they can’t take bottles off the premises of one bar.
High-End Robitussin Wows America’s Connoisseurs
“[A]n upscale product for the cold and flu sufferer with a discerning palate”
Finnish Scientists Recreate 170-Year-Old Beer from Shipwreck
They say 19th century beer was sweeter.
World’s Most Expensive Beer = $900/Bottle
It’s made from glacier water.
Previous Most-Expensive Beer Record-Holder Had Taxidermy Bottle
It’s 55 percent, and you would drink it out of the mouth of a dead animal.
The Washington Redskins are Selling Beer from the World Cup
Budweiser says it’s out of date.
Stone To Brew on East Coast
Richmond, Va. lured them with money, and an offer to change their zoning laws to allow greater brewing volume.
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 24th
Anheuser-Busch InBev Plotting Latest Astroturf Ad Campaign
LEAKED DOCUMENTS: Corporate America to “drive Shock Top penetration with Experience Maximizers in the ‘Reward Myself’ need state.”
Is Pabst Victim of Nativist Panic?
Majority stakeholders say their loyalties aren’t with the Kremlin after all.
Elite Consumers are Cornerstone of Booze Industry
As in most markets, 20 percent are buying 80 percent.
World’s Largest Beer Festival Under Way
Munich’s Oktoberfest expects 6 million visitors.
PODCAST: The DC Brau Story
How a Flying Dog Alum started the giant Beltway production brewery.
Recreate (Much Of) the Great American Beer Festival at Home
If you couldn’t make it, here’s what was on the menu.
Hurry up and snatch your dot-beer domain name, brewers.
They just went on sale.
This Excel File Has Beer Advocate’s Top 250
Keep track of your way up the list.
Draft Magazine Profiles America’s Unique Breweries
Harder to find out, but these are the experimenters to look out for.
Oskar Blues’ Ten Fidy Hits Shelves
Be sure to catch this limited annual release.
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 17th
Senator Landrieu Helps Out With Keg Stand
The vulnerable Louisiana Democrat turns to the tailgate for votes.
Inside Iowa’s Beer Caves
Archaeologists may elect to preserve the 19th century structures.
Rumors Spike About Merger of the Two Largest Beer Companies
Anheuser’s out of debt and looking to seal the deal.
Oskar Blues Brewery One of America’s Fastest Growing Companies
The Longmont, Colo. Brewer recently celebrated 516 percent growth.
Obama Gifts Belgian Embassy with Sam Adams
Two NATO pals are bonding over sports and brew.
Woman Gifts World with Clam Adams
Years ago one artist found a unique way to celebrate women’s pioneering work for beer.
Study Suggests Hops Improves Cognitive Functioning
In younger animals, chemical in hops aids adaptation to environment.
Jimmy Carter’s Role in Jump-Starting the Microbrewing Industry
This is how the 39th president’s deregulatory regime brought brewing to the masses.
Hipsterism’s Mighty Blue-Collar Brew Sold to the Russkies
Is this enough to get the single-chain-cyclers to take up Republicans’ Sam?
People Work Out More on Day They Drink
One WaPo comment nails it: It’s about increasing sex appeal before heading out for the night.
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 10th
VIDEO: James Nielsen’s Record-Shattering Beer Mile
This is a vulgar display of power.
After-Workout Beer, the Post-Beer-Mile Refresher
A nutritionist says beer may function like a sports drink.
Shattering World Record, German Carries 27 Mugs
Oliver Struempfel carries over 130 pounds of beer.
Beer Nerd Devises, Consumes, Hates World’s Most Bitter Brew
His secret ingredient? Hop extract!
Australian Authorities Crack Down on Duff Sales
The kids are emulating the wrong Barney.
VIRTUAL REALITY: Dogfish Head Offers Google Maps Tour
On site they’re selling sausages made from beer.
College Offers Beer Minor
Paul’s Smith College is focusing on the crucial marketing aspects.
Board of Whisky Brewery: Founder Would See Brewery ‘Burn’
Court slaps gag and restraining order on distiller Chip Tate, a former Goldman employee.
Miller Lite’s Urban Outfitters Marketing Strategy Works Every Time
You can get nostalgic about anything.
Former Firefighter Turns Firehouse Into Microbrewery
This week in community revitalization
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 1st
Victory to Open 120,000-Square-Foot Brewpub in Leesburg. Pa.
It will include 300-seat restaurant and outdoor terrace.
Pretzel Bakers at Munich’s Oktoberfest May Strike
Organizers lining up scab pretzels just in case.
Could Too Many Craft Brewers be Bad for Drinkers?
Dogfish Head president says there will be blood.
Inside the Difficulties of Hop Farming
Why, for now, even unaffiliated craft brewers still benefit from Anheuser’s resources
Get Buzzed Without Getting Fat
Beers ordered by optimal calorie-to-alcohol ratio
Anchorage Brewing Founder Thanks Social Media for Craft’s Success
This wood-fermenting pioneer talks shop.
Thieves Steal $10,000 from Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild
Police confirm all beer, people safe.
Craft Beer Takes Off . . . on Airplane Flights
Craft brewers’ embrace of cans, and lighter weight, is helping.
Craft Sales Up 23 Percent This year
Sam Adams’ unbelievable growth continues.
Pennsylvanians May Be Able to Buy Booze Out of State
If they drive into Jersey to buy cheap, as of now they may pay a price.
Summer Beer Trend Goes Year-Round
Analysts discuss expanding market for making-a-fool-of-yourself-proof session brews.
WEEK OF AUGUST 27th
Beer Drinkers Are Job Creators
Beer Institute says every job in a brewery is 45 outside.
Delirium Tremens to Try Hand at an IPA
The Belgian brand celebrates 25 years of aggravating regulators.
Thrillist Ranks 50 States by Beer
Oregon beats out Colorado and Washington due to brewery density.
Bell’s Brewery’s “Planets” Concocted with Synesthesia
AUDIO: Listen to Gustav Holt’s suite as you down each one.
Wild American Hops Debut on Beer Market
Beer writer says they have a more florid, citrus quality than the European variety.
Wicked Weed Opens Huge $5 Million N.C. Facility
New brewery coming in fall of 2015, along with 83 Asheville new jobs.
Microbrewer Starts Political Action Committee
New Belgium to forward its brewing, environmental agendas.
Budweiser to Take Over Colorado Town
Is “Up For Whatever” campaign the sleaziest since Colt 45’s “Works Every Time?”
N.C. Craft Brewers Guild President Reluctantly Embraces the Kochtopus
Erik Myers takes a strange bedfellow to battle the distributor stranglehold.
Yeungling to Sell in Connecticut in October
The extremely old Penn. brewery continues its 2014 New England invasion.
WEEK OF AUGUST 20th
Corona Recalls Glass-Laden Beer
Check your production code to see if you’re eligible for a refund.
Conservative Activist Phyllis Schlafly Doesn’t Want to Share Name with a Beer
Why Schlafly has had to go by The Saint Louis Brewery
The Struggle to Keep Philly’s Beer Gardens Open
Pennsylvania lawmakers and tavern owners say they exploit legal loophole.
Widmer’s ‘Rejection Ale’ Touts Craft Authenticity Despite Distribution Agreement
Whatever the Brewer’s Association does, this brewer says they’re still Jenny from the block.
Win Free Trip to the Great American Beer Festival
Become a American Homebrewers Association member, or renew, before Aug. 31 for a chance.
Deep South Brewer Battles Regulators, Hurricane
Lazy Magnolia Brewing, one of Mississippi’s only microbrewers, benefits from local pride.
The Fake Beers of Television
Why your favorite star is never drinking a mainstream brand
Introducing, the 99-Pack
Austin Beerworks wants everything to stay bigger in Texas.
Not Much Difference Between Tastes of Lite Lagers
Marketing fuels most of their brand loyalty.
Ariz. Brewery: Drinking From Cans ‘Playing Russian Roulette’ with Health
Nimbus Brewing says BPA in cans — a growing microbrew trend — carries significant risks.
WEEK OF AUGUST 14th
Bureaucrat Keeps Beer Bottles from Referencing Altered Consciousness
Treasury Department official ‘Battle’ Martin can veto any label.
Not Particularly Popular White House Petition Tries to Dethrone ‘Battle’ Martin
Martin’s enemies list is small. Or maybe they’re too scared to sign in the post-Snowden world.
Next Glass App to Use Science to Tell You What to Drink
“We’ve brought tens of thousands of bottles through the lab to analyze and store their DNA in our Genome Cellar.”
VIDEO: Inside the Anheuser-Busch Plot to Destroy Florida Craft Brewers
How a ’60s-era legislative grudge against Miller empowered a racket
Pabst to Revive Ballantine IPA
Ballantine was watered down after the ’70s, discontinued in the ’90s.
Texas May Allow Beer at Gun Shows
New rule would stipulate such shows be ammo-free
U.K. Critic Taste-Tests Ale from 1973 Royal Wedding
Forty-year-old beer goes way of Princess Anne’s marriage
Sierra Nevada Scientist: Use Wild Yeasts for Flavor But Not Fermentation
Chris Baugh says microbreweries’ expanding budgets will fuel research.
Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker Tops Great British Beer Festival
It’s widely available in Great Britain, but sadly, only there.
Brewery Mocks Bizarre Norwegian Speech Laws About Beer Festivals
Apparently you can’t tell the public which other breweries are attending.
WEEK OF AUGUST 6th
The Young-Gun Brewers Revolutionizing Flavor
They’re new to the game and earning critical acclaim.
Reason Women Are Awesome No. Googolplex: They’re Beer’s Pioneers
But today, infographic says, it’s not generally their drink of choice.
A Diamond of a Beer Bar in the Rough
Can it make Spain care about microbrewing?
TIME Magazine: Beer Fights Heart Disease, Dementia
One study was sponsored by a beer company, but we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.
WATCH: Will This Car Dealership Commercial Earn the Wrath of Dos Equis Attorneys?
It won’t be the first “most interesting man” they’ve gone after.
WEEK OF JULY 30th
Palin Wetting Her Whistle in Colorado?
At the Western Conservative Summit, probably four drinks
Light Beer Sinks>
Last year sales of Miller Lite dropped by 4 percent.
For You Bobby Vilas Out There: The Beer Shed
You could always buy one pre-made, but then you don’t get to install your own sink.
Interview with RateBeer Connoisseur Who’s Reviewed 30,000 Beers
Is Jan Bolvig the most prolific beer critic on earth?
Gallup Shows Wine Failing to Overtake Beer
Beer stays Americans’ alcoholic beverage of choice.
FIFA Now Being Bribed With Beer
Desperate for a Scottish World Cup, BrewDog names beer after FIFA official
VIDEO: How to Clean Your Draft
Some states legally mandate bars know how to do this.
The Canadian Government Has It Out For Beer Drinkers
This British Columbia drinker is bent out of shape about new alcohol pricing minimums.
Bells Hiring Assistant Brewer in Michigan
Hurry up to submit your application by Aug. 4
Ninkasi Brewing to test yeast viability in low-G environment
With Raging-Bitch-Level Hit, Flying Dog Backburners Out-Of-State Distribution
In Maryland alone they’re selling more Dead Rise than “all … other 40-plus beers combined everywhere else”
Why Crowdfunding Major Breweries Is a Bad Idea
Just go buy beer, for God’s sakes.
Deadspin Takes On Image Beers
“Rolling Rock, which sucks real bad, has a strange little mystique around it …”
WEEK OF JULY 24th
INFOGRAPHIC: Speaking Beer Snob
Woo afficianados. Alienate “people with lives outside of beer”
VIDEO: 21st Amendment Breaks Ground on New Brewery
Inside its new San Leandro, Calif. home
First Louisville, Ky. Brewer-Owned, -Operated Brewery Expands
Set to grow 400 percent by 2015
World’s No. 1 and 2 Beer Companies to Merge?
The rumors swirl around A-B InBev and SABMiller.
Homebrewing in the Middle of Nowhere
When the suppliers are far off, save money by traveling with your gear.
WEEK OF JULY 18th
D.C. Legalizes Pints.
Beltway breweries can now serve 16 oz. on-site.
UPDATE: Eating Yeast Probably Won’t Slow Your Buzz
NPR calls ‘B-S’ on Sam Adams’ founder’s trick.
Craft Bars to Try Before You Die
One magazine’s bucket list
Goose Island’s Bourbon County Vanilla to return
Goose Brewmaster Brett Porter is in the big leagues but still tips his hat to the microbrewers.
California Bill Would Let Beer Into Farmers Markets
Plus more legislative changes possibly afoot in the West
WEEK OF JULY 15th
Your Beer Predicts Your Politics
CLASSIC CHART: Bud Light drinkers wishy-washy, apathetic
Hazmat Crews Bring Oskar Blues Brewery to Halt
Chemical leak sickens two dozen employees in Colorado.
Harpoon Going Employee-Owned
“This reflects the outstanding people we have here at Harpoon and our commitment to each other … ”
Tröegs to Distribute in North Carolina
Pennsylvania’s Nugget Nector heads to south.
Hardest Drinking Town in U.S. Can Now Enjoy Shiner
The premium bock makes its way to Boston.
Cascade Brewing’s Operations Crippled by Regulations
One of the finest West Coast barrel brewers shutters online store.
WEEK OF JULY 11th
Shock Top Ad Campaign Insults Culinary Artistry
Cheers to talking about beers that “try too hard.”
VIDEO: Ken Burns’ Masterful Documentary “Prohibition”
Check out this 30-minute preview. Then get to Netflix. Or better yet, buy it.
Is Big Beer’s niche in tart saisons, bourbon-barreling, and kiwi pale ales?
How megabeer can make the brews that put the little guy over a barrel
In the D.C. area? DC Brau’s Growler Hours Return This Weekend
Brewer swears the rare stuff will run out early.
WEEK OF JULY 8th
Discriminating Americans Drinking Less as Breweries Expand
Next July Fourth aficionados will be bringing spittoons to the barbecue.
Popular Domestic Microbrews Not ‘Evolving Toward Diversity’
Americans are coming to agreement – just like the English, Irish, Belgians, Germans, Czechs.
MLB All-Star Game to Feature Self-Serve Beer Stations
Get charged by the ounce for your draft pour.
Raise a Pint of #FUSS to Your Cheap Barkeep!
Canadian consumer advocates call for government crackdown.
WEEK OF JULY 5
Craft Beer May Alter the Senate
The reason every lawmaker should come on Bills and Brews: the kids like craft beer.
Belgian Flavor Right Here At Home
In case your hops aren’t the only thing bitter after the World Cup loss.
The Onion’s Buzzfeed Parody Takes On Microbrewers.
“For Imperial IPA lovers, it’s tough to beat the classic malty sweetness of The Disease.”
Another Trademark Scuffle Causes Brewery to Change Name
Even the down-home “The Shed” is taken.
Sierra Nevada’s Co-Founder Tried to Make Wine in His Closet at 14
And more in this update on brewer Ken Grossman
Draft Beer Dispenser Raises Big Kickstarter Bucks
The capacity of two growlers – which home and craft brewers alike can fill.
WEEK OF JULY 1
Census Bureau Says Breweries Doubled in Five Years
They say there were in 869 in 2012.
Brewers Association’s Brewery Numbers Don’t Easily Square with Census Bureau
How do they figure 2,822? (Although we hope they’re right.)
Midyear Industry Intel Shows the Decline of Big Beer
The latest data is great news for microbreweries, IPAs and especially Sam Adams
The Great War Was Not Great For Beer
On the Triple Entente’s misguided temperance mission
Dogfish Starts Taking Reservations for its Delaware Inn
Beer-Branded getaway features library curated by the good taste of City Lights
WEEK OF JUNE 30th
India Pale Ales: America Versus England
Now that we’ve bested England in the World Cup, how does their IPA stack up against ours?
Blogger Draws Brewery Map of Beer Advocate’s Top 250 Beers
California domination of U.S. scene revealed
Blue Moon’s Founder Talks About Making Beer Weed
“As a botanist you can graft a hop plant onto marijuana and it’ll actually grow on the hop plant.”
Sick of Gentrification? One South African Brewer is Fighting Back.
An ad campaign that was cool before you knew about it.
WEEK OF JUNE 26th
Busch Sues ‘Natty Green’ to Protect ‘Natty’ Trademark
Are Criminal Microbrewers Stealing Natural Light’s Good Name?
INFOGRAPHIC: Beer Around The World
Where It’s Priciest and Cheapest
San Diego City Council Gives Boost to Microbreweries
Ballast Point and AleSmith to Get Huge New Facilities
N.C. Brewery Not Heavy Metal Enough
Show Involving High Volumes of Pig Blood Leaves Production at a Standstill
The Rise of Lagunitas
The Nation’s Fifth Largest Craft Brewer
WEEK OF JUNE 20th
Beltway Beer Laws Loosen The Belt
Montgomery County, Md. microbreweries can now self-distribute.
INFOGRAPHIC: Scotland’s Brewdog Brewery on Making Brews
How to Make Your Own Hop Candy
For the odd moment when you can’t drink a beer..
Small-Time Malting on the Rise in Wisconsin
Brewing’s just one part the equation.
The Homebrewer Who Doesn’t Drink
‘Really. No, really, guys!’
WEEK OF JUNE 18th
Pennsylvania Mug Clubs May Return
Liquor board may once again allow special discounts for bar regulars. Cheers!
Lagunitas Opens Chicago’s Largest Craft Brewery“People that think Bud and Miller and Coors are forever institutions forget that when you watch a Dirty Harry movie, he is drinking Schlitz.”
Cancer Doctor Mocks Anti-Industry Hysteria
#FoodBabeArmy demands Big Beer’s ingredient list. We second that!
Florida Man Wins World’s Largest Beer-Off
An Irish/Scottish ale takes best in show at the National Homebrewers Competition.
PHOTO GALLERY: NC Sierra Nevada Taproom/Restaurant Under Construction
Brewery to open up August. Road trip?
WEEK OF JUNE 11th
Illinois Brewpubs Battle Damaging Regulations
And you thought what Stone faces in South Carolina was a buzzkill.
The Most Popular Brew in Every World Cup Country
USA Today outlines the crowd-pleasing swills.
Canned Beer Increasing, Though Classiness of Glass Reigns Supreme
An update from NPR on the rise of canned microbrew
Bud Gets Stingy
Busch faces backlash after watering down its blue-collar staple.
Why Big-Budget Beer Ads Don’t Work
How CGI and celebs don’t make you love a beer.
WEEK OF JUNE 3rd
Rogue Brewer Dies at 71
Rogue Ales founder and craft beer pioneer Jack Joyce saddles up to the great bar in the sky.
South Carolina Ready for West Coast Brews
All but one – ONE – member of South Carolina legislature vote for bill to attract Stone Brewing to the Palmetto State.
The Cruise for Craft Beer Drinkers
I’m on a boat, motherfucker!
How To Sell Craft Beer: Lesson One
It’s all about the hometown heart strings, folks.
Better Hops, Better Beer; More Expensive Hops, More Expensive Beer
WEEK OF MAY 30th
Left Hand Re-Releases Homefront IPA
All proceeds go to Wounded Warriors.
The Brew Too Cool To Say Its Name
The Huffington Post digests Pabst’s Kitsch success.
Hidden History: Beers Before Any Were Cool. And You Know, Legal.
Help crowd-fund “Ghost Breweries,” a documentary on underground prohibition breweries.
How to Speak Beer Snob
Yes, “quaffable” and “mouthfeel” are real words.
A Thousand Dollars for Free Beer Forever?
How trust and risk-taking saved a Twin Cities brewpub.
The World’s Strongest Beer? Not So Fast!
Blogger casts serious doubt on one Scottish brewery’s claim to fame.
WEEK OF MAY 21st
First Nonprofit Pub Releases Own Brew
$100,000 annually to charity — the benevolent majesty of ethanol
Anheuser-Busch Fights“Stone Bill”
In South Carolina, corporate attorneys try to stop brewers, like Stone, from selling at production facilities.
WATCH: Scary Wildfire Bears Down on Stone May 15
Anheuser-Busch lawyers aren’t the only threat.
Microbrewer to Produce 176,000 Barrels Annually
Two Roads Brewing undergoing $2.4 million expansion
WEEK OF MAY 16th
Crab Cakes and Football, That’s What Maryland Does
We’re biased to the locals. Maryland free safety seasoning gets doused in Maryland beer.
Even People Who Like Buffalo Wild Wings Drink Craft Beer
Chain sports bar usually located next to car dealership will highlight local brews as beer of the month.
Ever Progressive South Carolina Set To Liberalize Craft Brew Laws
To attract San Diego’s Stone Brewing to South Carolina, lawmakers in Columbia will allow brewers to sell at production facility, regardless of size.
Industry Group in Maine Predicts 200 Percent Growth in Four Years
We’re less likely to question the numbers when it’s about beer.
Sporting KC Scores Smokestack
Kansas City institution Boulevard Brewing honors MLS champs Sporting KC with 750 ml brew.
WEEK OF MAY 13th
Brewnited We Stand
American Craft Beer Week rages on in Boulder.
MillerCoors To Expand Nonbeer-Beer
A week after announcing a positive first quarter thanks to sales in fake-craft beer, conglomerate brewer says, why not strawberry-flavored beer?
More than 50 Members of Congress Congratulate FDA for Doing its Job
In utterly indecipherable language, U.S. representatives tell the Food and Drug Administration keep on keeping on with rules changes for spent grain and small brewers.
Kona Beer Begins “Dear Mainland” Ad Blitz
The Hawaiian brewers aims to capture more warm-weather drinkers in the hot, mainland states.
We Love Drones
At least ones that will bring us craft beer. Except that’s not happening, much to the chagrin of a Wisconsin brewer.
WEEK OF MAY 9th
Craft Brewers Prove Congress Cares More About Business Than People – Again
You know how hard it is for you and I to meet our congressman? It’s easier with beer and a business.
American Craft Beer Week Kicks Off May 12th
Because why not start your Monday morning with craft beer? We do.
Pennsylvania Senate Considers Wine To Go Law
Bill would ease some restrictions on beer and liquor sales, but maintains state ownership of liquor stores.
Beer Winning Drug War in Colorado
Industry analysts wonder legal weed’s effects on craft beer.
Remember Your Next Bender
The Beer Mapping Project helps you locate all the craft brewers in area. You can look back if your forget.
WEEK OF MAY 6th
Cinco de Mayo Hangover Cure
Draft Magazine recommends a stout with a hint of chili to celebrate America’s favorite non-holiday.
Colorado Brewery Taps the Alleghenies
Longmont, Colo.-based Left Hand Brewing hits the Keystone State.
Florida: More Than Old People and Old People Cocktails
The southern reaches of this far southern state celebrate two craft festivals in one weekend.
Nation’s Least Shitty Fruit Beer Returns
It’s like a Doritos Locos Taco – you just want to know what watermelon beer tastes like.
Craft Beer Documentary Heading to a (Mostly) Annoying City Near You
Both Portlands, Austin, Denver, Vancouver and others. Enough said.
WEEK OF MAY 2nd
Ozzy Osborne = Massive Douchebag
Past-his-prime rocker sends cease and desist to Baltimore brewer for using his name.
Boston Beer Boasts Huge Revenue Increase
Share price soars on news of massive revenue jump over first quarter last year.
Bill Regulating Craft Sales Passes Florida Senate
PolitiFact says bill’s champion misleading public on true consequences.
Dogfish Head Set To Release Wasabi IPA
We’ve come to expect crazy recipes from Sam Calagione, but wasabi? The special release, coming in June, is a partnership with musician Juliana Barwick.
American Craft Beer Week Right Around the Corner
Brewers Association shindig/bender kicks off May 12th.