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Alt-Weekly Ransoms Stodgy Newspaper’s Twitter Handle for Beer

The olds will never figure out Twitter. Case in point, this article posted by the Cleveland Scene, an alt-weekly that squatted on the Twitter handle of that city’s venerable daily newspaper and then sold it back to them for a bounty of beer.

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A-B InBev Denies Packaging Similarities with Flying Dog Beers

I’ve always felt a little spoiled covering the craft beer industry, as most of the people I speak with are down to earth and share their thoughts fairly freely, from brew masters, to CEO’s, to the media folks from the larger breweries.  After reaching out to a large corporate brewery for the first time, I’ve […]

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Great American Beer Festival Sells Out in Under 20 Minutes, Internet Rejoices

If you’re thinking of going to the Great American Beer Festival, you should stop now. All the tickets to the October beer sampling extravaganza sold in in less than 20 minutes, with many people unable to click their way into a pass for the festival.  As you can imagine, these people are thrilled.

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WTF?! Consumer Reports Names Shock Top a “Best Buy” in Craft Beer

There was a time before the Internet put thousands of real-world user reviews at your fingertips that you would have to rely on publications like Consumer Reports to help sort out the bad dishwashers from the good, the most reliable VCRs from the tape eaters, and the sweet rides from the lemons.  Those days are […]

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For the First Time Since Prohibition, Homebrewing is Legal Across America

Today is July 1st, and besides being the first day of a short work week we’re all riding out to get to the fireworks, barbecue and beer, it also marks a significant milestone for homebrewers. Today, a law legalizing homebrewing goes into effect in Mississippi, which was the last bastion of backwards brewing bans.  That […]

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Next Game of Thrones Beer Reflects Darker Times Ahead

If you’re a regular watcher of HBO’s serial snuff flick Game of Thrones, you’ve become used to seeing what’s inside of the people you like; their blood, their bones, or maybe just the little pieces Ramsay Boldin clips off of them. Apparently the folks at Ommegang understand that the show has taken a dark turn, […]

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Five Pop Culture Beers: The Good, The Bad and the Blue

Star Trek Vulcan Ale recently began beaming into beer stores across Canada, another sign that the day of the officially licensed craft beer is upon us. There have been a few movie and TV related brews that’ve sprung up over the years; some good, some great, and some pretty darn bad. Here are five that […]

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Dogfish Head Reveals Final Ingredient for Grateful Dead Brew (and it sounds tasty)

Last October, Dogfish Head announced they were taking suggestions for the final ingredient of American Beauty, an Imperial Pale Ale they are brewing as a tribute to the Grateful Dead. They were looking to add something to the brew that reflected the connection between Deadheads and the band.  I made several suggestions over at Today.com, […]

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Rogue Ales Sues Rogue 24 Restaurant in Washington D.C.

What’s in a name?  Well quite a bit if you’re a business that has spent many years and countless dollars trying to get people to remember it. For instance, if I say Microsoft, you think about how much your computer sucks.  If I say Nike, you think of little slave children making wonderful sporting goods.  […]

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Best Craft Beer State: Does Quantity Equal Quality?

USA Today recently published their list of the “10 “best” craft brew states in America,” and it seems that no complex calculations were involved – they simply listed the states with the most breweries, from greatest to least, and then supplied a few examples of why each state is awesome. Here’s what their list looks […]

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Bud’s New “Bowtie” Can Shows They’re All About Style, Not Substance

How a brewer chooses to seek innovation tells you a lot about what motives them. If you had any question as to where Budweiser’s priorities lie, look no further than their new bowtie-shaped can which will be hitting the shelves early next month. While a brewer like Sly Fox is working to get around the […]

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Heineken “Ignite” Bottle Just Wants to Rave All Night Long

These things happen so fast. Just a few years ago, the Heineken bottle was a happy and innocent little green vessel, one that liked to hang around the house with the grownups and maybe have a play date with its buddy Chip (and sometimes his brother Dip) on a Sunday afternoon. It loved to watch […]

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“Craft Beer Destination” at Yankee Stadium Puts the “Crap” in “Craft”

How do you spell “crap” at Yankee Stadium? Apparently you keep the “cra,” but replace the “p’ with an “ft.” This might be the only way to explain how the Bronx Bombers could justify selling three beers and a cider made by MillerCoors in their “Craft Beer Destination,” a new addition to the Great Hall […]

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Beer Pong Master Arcade Machine Brings the Frat into the Bar

I’ve said in the past how Beer Pong isn’t really Beer Pong if there’s not beer in the cups.  I don’t even know how to process this latest development, an arcade machine – think Skee Ball or Super Shot Basketball – called Beer Pong Master. If you’ve ever played this frat favorite, you know the […]

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Top 5 States for Brewery Openings is 2012: the Rich Get Richer

Another interesting nugget to come out of the Brewers Association “State of Craft Beer” press conference was data on the states that saw the greatest number of brewery openings in 2012.  If I were to guess, I’d say it would be states where craft beer is just catching on.  I’d be wrong. 

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