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Can you name all of the Brewers Association (BA) beer styles? If you’re a well-versed beer drinker, I bet that you could name most of them. For example, if you took a look at the list for 2013, you would find familiar beer styles such as pilsner, stout, porter, and ...

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Celebrating Philadelphia’s German Beer Heritage

Celebrating Philadelphia’s German Beer Heritage

Weisbrod and Hess. Esslinger. Engel and Wolf. Bergner & Engel. Baltz. Bergdoll. Finkenauer. Yuengling. Philadelphia was once inundated with beer made by German brewers. No surprise, really, considering the number of Germans that came to this country in the 18th and 19th centuries. Victory. Sly Fox. Neshaminy Creek. Stoudts. ...

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The Science of Brewing VS. The Art of Beer

The Science of Brewing VS. The Art of Beer

The world of beer is much like the world we live in. It can be brought down to simple, or not so simple, calculations of how it all works. Just as a meteorologist uses specific formulas and tools to predict weather patterns, brewers have similar scientific ...

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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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