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Automation, Technology & The Romance of Craft Brewing

Automation, Technology & The Romance of Craft Brewing

There was barely a bar stool available at Fishtown’s all-local, all-draft beer haven Johnny Brenda’s, when I ducked in one Saturday night in late October. I spotted co-owner William Reed at a first-floor table beneath the stairs, weaved my way ...

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Knights, Castles & Peaceful Anarchists

Knights, Castles & Peaceful Anarchists

You can learn a lot staring at your empty beer bottles. You can guess how long you’ve been at the bar or how much your tab will be. Sometimes, the words on a label tell an interesting story about brewing ...

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The Relevance of Craft

The Relevance of Craft

Over the last decade, beer has experienced quite the transformation. Beer, in its simplest form, has been around for centuries. Beer as a “culture” has been ingrained in countries around the world and sets a mythic visual: expansive German beer ...

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Cooking with Craft for the Holidays

Cooking with Craft for the Holidays

Well, well, here we are again! ‘Tis the season for the insanity! This year, I have a cure for the chaos of mobbed shopping, screaming kids, smelly aunts and lame office parties. There is no better excuse to booze up ...

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Are Beer Nerds Ruining Craft Beer?

Are Beer Nerds Ruining Craft Beer?

Over the last twenty-five years, the amount of craft breweries in this country has risen from 100 in 1988 to almost 2500 in 2013.  The staggering expansion of craft beer has been fueled by, supplied by, and produced by a ...

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The Impact of Big Beer on the Craft Brewing Industry in America

The Impact of Big Beer on the Craft Brewing Industry in America

Craft beer has become ubiquitous today and this type of exposure to the marketplace is inclining more and more people to branch out to try different styles of full-flavored beers. For the beverage giants, sales are stagnant or declining, and ...

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The Power of the Beer Review

The Power of the Beer Review

It is in our nature to have opinions. We form opinions about almost everything we come into contact with, every minute of the day. We have opinions about people, clothes, politics, sports, food, and of course, beer. Since widespread access ...

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Beer and Cheese

Beer and Cheese

A natural pairing by Peggy Paul  For decades, we’ve been told that wine and cheese are the “it” couple of the culinary world. But in the last few years, as small-batch artisanal cheesemaking has swooped in on the heels of ...

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Harvest from the Hood

Harvest from the Hood

When Standard Tap opened in 1999 it was the only place in Northern Liberties where you could get a local beer. A largely industrial area at that time, the neighborhood’s landscape of drinking and eating spots featured VFW-style watering holes ...

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Jim Meiers – All Anyone Wants to Talk About is His Clothes.

Jim Meiers – All Anyone Wants to Talk About is His Clothes.

by Drew Lazor In an industry like craft beer, one that prides itself on laissez-faire sartorial standards, this is odd enough to merit mention.

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