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The Next Great Craft Beer Town: Athens, Georgia(April 15)Where's the next great craft beer town? We’d put our money on Athens, GA, which complements Atlanta’s burgeoning scene (it’s only an hour away) with its own trifecta of sold-out brewfests, standout craft breweries (including the regional powerhouse Terrapin Beer Co.), and new-school gastropubs. This week marks the annual Athens Beer Week (April 7–16), so we thought there was no better time to turn our attention to this breakout beer town. Complete Story
    

           
NoDa, 7 other N.C. breweries win big at World Beer Cup
(April 15)Charlotte’s NoDa Brewing Co. has cracked the toughest category in one of the nation’s biggest beer competitions, winning a gold medal for its Hop, Drop ‘N Roll IPA. How big a deal is that? “It doesn’t get a whole lot bigger than this,” said Margo Knight Metzger, executive director of the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild. Complete Story

7 unexpected uses for beer(April 15)Sure, drinking it is the best thing you can do with a beer, but it does come in handy for other uses, too. Complete Story

2014 Brewers Assocation awards announced at Craft Brewers Conference
(April 14) - The Craft Brewers Conference opened with the General Session and Keynote Address in Denver, Colo. During this session, former BA Board member and co-owner of Elysian Brewing Co. Dick Cantwell announced the 2014 recipients of the F.X. Matt Defense of the Small Brewing Industry Award, the Brewers Association Recognition Award and the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing. Complete Story

Beer spills into history books
(April 14) - Beer is so significant in Oregon that somebody should make a historical collection so future generations can study the details of the state’s current frothy culture — including, for example, the Cascade aromatic hop used to make beers such as Total Domination or Hammerhead. Complete Story
 
Wilmington, NC to host at least 5 new beer breweries
(April 14) - Wilmington is about to become a beer connoisseur's heaven, with at least five new craft breweries working in various stages to open this spring and summer. Port City residents and tourists will be able to go to the source for brews made in batches from just a few barrels up to 120 at larger craft establishments. Complete Story
 
Small Colorado breweries come up big at World Beer Cup
(April 14) - Twenty Colorado breweries hauled in 24 awards at the World Beer Cup 2014 held Friday night at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Denver, including 10 gold medal awards. Complete Story
 
Love of beer, outdoors led to brewery in Littleton, NH
(April 14) - In a historic building on the north bank of the Ammonoosuc River, an extended family from Michigan is brewing old-school, artisanal European beers, managing in just six short months - albeit with years of planning and extensive market research - to earn a growing number of accolades and admirers. Complete Story
 
Craft Beer Book of the Day: The Craft Beer Revolution by Steve Hindy
(April 11) - The craft-beer explosion is the reason why. In the past three decades a grassroots movement has turned into a big business. Microbreweries have gone from nowhere to slurping 10% of a market worth $100 billion a year, though it is still dominated by two giant companies, Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors. In “The Craft Beer Revolution” Steve Hindy, co-founder and president of the Brooklyn Brewery, one of America’s most successful small beermakers, tells of the struggle to “bring down the Goliaths”. Complete Story

Florida Beer Co. Takes a Chance With a Craft Pilsner
(April 11) - This summer, the Florida Beer Co. is looking to introduce a pilsner beer to its lineup: Sunshine State Pils. This pilsner will join the family of lagered beers from FBC, including Florida Lager, and beers of the Key West and Hurricane Reef lines. In other words, they have the experience and patience to deal with creating a craft pilsner. Complete Story
 
Old Brewery of the Day: The Jackson Brewing Company in San Francisco
(April 11) - Jackson Brewing Company was started back in 1859 by veteran brewers Thomas Green and Jacob Lyon. Back then the brewery was located on First Street between Howard and Folsom. In 1867 the partners sold the brewery to William Frederick, who moved it to Mission and 11th. Frederick also built his own house on the same block. Complete Story

 
Does American craft brewing have a quality problem?
(April 10) - In an auditorium filled with thousands of brewers Wednesday, Paul Gatza told a story about visiting a beer festival this year. He went out of his way to check out breweries he had never tried before, he said. Most had opened in the past two years. Gatza, president of the Brewers Association, the Boulder-based trade association for small and independent American craft brewers, said seven or eight of the 10 breweries needed improvement. The brewers didn’t think so, he said. They thought their beers were awesome. Complete Story

Sierra Nevada unveils national beer camp
(April 10) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is challenging every U.S. craft brewery to a multi-weekend traveling beer festival this summer. Calling it Beer Camp Across America, the event announced Wednesday would bring brewers and their fans together, much as Sierra Nevada has done with its annual beer camp here, according to a press release.The national camp starts in Chico and concludes with the opening of Sierra Nevada's new North Carolina plant in August. Complete Story
 
Craft beer and BBQ festival coming to Niagara College
(April 10) - Niagara College’s Brewmaster students are capping off their academic year by organizing a new festival. As part of Niagara College’s first-ever Craft Beer & BBQ Festival, the College will welcome craft breweries from throughout Ontario and some of North America’s top barbecue chefs to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus on April 12. Complete Story

U.S. craft brewers exporting beer — and ideas — around the world
(April 9) - On a shipping dock in the Vail Valley, Crazy Mountain Brewing loads cans of its Mountain Livin' Pale Ale onto containers bound for Sweden. Ska Brewing in Durango gets Twitter messages in Japanese, thanks to a beer-importing business run by an American expatriate in Japan. Complete Story
 
Pingree bill would let farm animals eat spent brewery grain
(April 9) - U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine said Tuesday that she is co-sponsoring legislation that would prevent the Food and Drug Administration from putting new restrictions on the way beer brewers handle spent grain, an organic byproduct of the brewing process. Complete Story

Would you pay $300 for a bottle of barrel-aged beer?
(April 9) - It didn’t start at that price. When Taps Fish House & Brewery released Remy’s Pappy, its barrel-aged Imperial Russian Stout, on Feb. 16, it was pegged at $35 for a 750 ml. bottle. Now the widely coveted libation is selling online for a lot more. Perhaps that’s because its reputation was already in the stratosphere: Last year Taps’ Trace of Remy scored a phenomenal 99 out of 100 on BeerAdvocate.com. This year, Remy’s Pappy got a perfect 100. Of course, it’s also rare: Only 90 cases were produced. Complete Story
 
The 10 Best Beers You've Probably Never Heard Of, from ABC News
(April 9) - In honor of National Beer Day, Jon Richards, a Cicerone Certified Beer Server at The Growler Station offered to share 10 of the best beers you probably haven't heard of, but should definitely try. So take a gander at his list and see if you don't develop a thirst. Complete Story

Classic City Brew Fest showcases Athens' expanding craft beer repertoire
(April 9) - Classic City Brew Fest founder Owen Ogletree believes Georgians, at least, began cresting the craft beer wave in the early 2000s, when our state lifted its alcohol-by-volume restrictions on beer, opening the trading gates for imports into the state. “That’s when people realized craft beer could have a huge flavor and personality,” said Ogletree. Complete Story
 
Craft beer reaches for the skies on U.S. airlines
(April 7) - While some Delta shuttle flights have offered Sam Adams in bottles for about 20 years and Virgin America has offered beer from San Francisco's 21st Amendment Brewery for a few years, a critical mass of other airlines has joined them recently. Reasons for the surge include the craft beer industry's new preference for cans over bottles — which are lighter and easier to store on drink carts — as well as greater availability of the beers. Complete Story
 
Former Hamm's brewery reborn as Minnesota urban farm
(April 7) - The former Hamm's brewery complex in east St. Paul has been transformed into an urban farm, the home to thousands of tilapia and racks of leafy green vegetables. A St. Paul Pioneer Press report says the six-story building is now occupied by Urban Organics, an aquaponics farm. Aquaponics is a method of raising fish and vegetables in a system where the fish waste helps nourish the vegetables, and the plants purify water that gets recycled back into the fish tanks. Complete Story
 
IPA meets IPO: Small brewery selling shares
(April 6) - For the price of a pint of Breakaway IPA at American Brewing Co. in Edmonds, you could soon buy eight shares in the microbrewer itself. The little company and some current shareholders are preparing to sell shares in an initial public offering of stock, the first since the mid 1990s by a brewery here. Complete Story
 
Oregon Brewers Festival toasts 27th year of celebrating craft beer
(April 5) - On a sun-soaked July afternoon, there’s no better place to sip suds with friends than the Oregon Brewers Festival, one of the nation's longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals. Nearly 85,000 fans will travel from around the world to take part in the 27th annual event, which will run July 23 through July 27 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. Complete Story
 
Braxton Brewing Company Heading to Covington, Kentucky
(April 5) - It's the next career move for Richard Dube, a nationally renowned brewmaster who most recently was vice president of brewing and quality at Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. It's the story of a father and his two sons taking the plunge into business, with all of the excitement and trepidation that entails. Complete Story
 
No hops with the hoops: NCAA rules ban beer sales at Final Four
(April 5) - After the last buzzer sounds at the Final Four, fans of three colleges will be drowning their sorrows — while followers of the lone winner will be raising a toast in victory. But they’ll be doing it with a soda, a sports drink or some other G-rated beverage. Complete Story
 
Overshores Brewing Opens in East Haven, Connecticut
(April 5) - Christian Amport’s dream is now a reality. The young entrepreneur on Friday officially opened his Overshores Brewing Co., which Amport said is the state’s first Belgian-style brewery. This is not keg beer, he explained. Complete Story
 
Ninkasi Now Operational In Second Brewery
(April 5) - Brewery celebrated the culmination of three years of planning and construction when it brewed its first batch of beer in its new facility in Eugene, Ore. last week. The new brewery – and 90-barrel brewing system therein – initially adds 70,000 barrels to the company’s current capacity with room to grow ultimately to 250,000 barrels annually. The company’s current maximum annual capacity is 90,000 barrels. Complete Story
 

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Braves Sweetwater Beer Pavilion Set to Sling Brews All Season Long
(April 4) - Sweetwater is beyond excited to be taking the field as partners with the longest continually-operating franchise in baseball - our hometown Atlanta Braves. Starting opening day, you'll be able to enjoy 16 oz. cans of 420 and IPA while Tomahawk choppin' at Turner Field. The hut you see above is a good place to start, but you will also be able to find coldies pretty much anywhere cans are being sold.  Complete Story

After outcry, FDA to revise proposed rules on brewery grain as feed
(April 4) - The Food and Drug Administration will redraft proposed rules for the use of brewery waste as animal feed after both brewers and farmers complained the plan would impose a burden on the centuries-old practice. “People reading (the proposal) thought 'I need a whole new system, we've got to do something totally different.' That was not our intent,” said Daniel McChesney, director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance in the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine. Complete Story
 
More women making impact on Asheville brewing
(April 3) - Just a year ago, Leah Tyrell was slinging slices, burgers and nachos as a waitress at Asheville Pizza and Brewing. Now, she's canning and brewing beer for the company, one of a growing number of local women working in the brew industry here. Complete Story
 
Schlafly trademarks “Beer®”
(April 3) - The St. Louis Brewery LLC, has produced beer under the Schlafly brand name since 1991. Their beers also have unbranded names of the styles associated with the beers and not brands. Naturally, the brewer would start selling beer under the name “Beer.” Complete Story
 
5 of the best small British breweries
(April 3) - Britain now has more beer producers than at any time in the past 70 years. Ben McFarland salutes five small breweries that are well worth seeking out Britain, a nation where fields of barley vastly outnumber vineyards, has got its microbrewing mojo back. Complete Story
 
Beer brewers push back against proposed FDA rule restricting use of old grains
(April 2) - Beer brewers are objecting to a proposed federal rule that would make it harder for breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed instead of throwing them away. The Food and Drug Administration rule change would mean brewers would have to meet the same standards as livestock and pet-food manufacturers, imposing new sanitary handling procedures, record keeping and other food safety processes on brewers. Complete Story
 
Samuel Adams introduces HeliYUM Ale on April 1
(April 2) While we’ve devoted most of our time and attention to delivering flavorful beers that do justice to the unique flavors of the five Noble hops , we wanted to brew a beer that leverages the first of the six noble gases – Helium. HeliYUM takes advantages of the properties of Helium for a truly remarkable brew that has an incredibly light mouth feel, a brilliant clarity, and allows the other ingredients to really shine through. More Info

Conshohocken Brewing Opens Today in Conshohocken, PA
(April 2) - The Conshohocken Brewing Company opens to the public today at 5 p.m. The brewery and tap room is located at 739 E Elm Street, just steps from the Schuylkill River bike trail. Co-founders John Remington and Ken Buonocore are joined by head brewer Andrew Horne. Horne is a Villanova grad who began his brewing career at Yards Brewing before heading out west to the likes of Oskar Blues and Avery Brewing. Complete Story
 

                    

               
Q&A with Stone Brewing's Mitch Steele
(April 2) - TBrewmaster Mitch Steele took a few minutes off from emptying bags of hops into beer tanks and searching the planet for inspiration to give us a feel for where Stone is heading. We discuss a little bit of Stone history, and look into what’s on tap for 2014. Of course, the article wouldn’t be complete without trying a few drinks and compiling a list of Stone Brewery’s “must have” beers. Complete Story
 
Cask Brewing Systems Releases Self-Refilling Beer Can
(April 1) - Today, April 1, Cask Brewing Systems, the North American creator of the first microcanning equipment and a leading innovator in canned craft beer, is announcing the release of its new Self-Refilling Beer Can. This can is a unique Cask invention that enables consumers to refill empty beer cans with the beer that was originally packaged in the SRBC. Complete Story and Video
 

Brewers Association Lists the Top Craft Breweries of 2013(April 1) - The Brewers Association—the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers—today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume and the craft brewer definition in 2013. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 38 were small and independent craft brewing companies. Complete Story 
 
 





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Top 10
Ales & Lagers
in the USA

Golden Ale
Blonde Ale
English Summer Ale
English Pale Ale

English IPA
Imperial IPA
Bitter
ESB
English Mild Ale
 English Brown Ale
Porter
Stout
Oatmeal Stout
Imperial Stout
Old Ale 
Barley Wine
Scottish Ale
Strong Scottish
Irish Red Ale
American Amber
American Pale Ale
American IPA
American Brown Ale
German Alt
German Kolsch
German Wheat
German
Hefeweizen
Belgian Saison
Belgian Ale
Belgian Abbey Ale
Belgian Lambic
Belgian Witbier


Lagers
American Light Lager
American Pilsner
American 
Premium Lager

Amber Lagers
Bohemian Pilsner
German Pilsner
Munchner Helles

Munchner Dunkel
Marzen
Oktoberfest
Schwarzbier
Bock
DoppleBock


Hybrids
American Cream Ale
American Wheat
American specialty wheat

Fruit/Vegetable beer
Pumpkin beer
Herb and Spice beer
Chocolate Beer
Coffee beer
Rye/Roggen Beer
Wood / Barrel
Aged beer
Wood/Barrel
Aged strong beer
Smoked/Rauch beer

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