Drinkability in ‘session’

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This is a promising development. One trend that I’ve been hoping for – lower-alcohol craft beers – seems like it’s beginning to take hold. These are not quite “session beers,’’ by strict definition – that’s an old British classification for beers with less than 4 percent alcohol by volume – but because it’s all but impossible to find good craft beers with such low ABV in this country, these new lower-alcohol brews are being loosely called session beers. (Beer connoisseurs argue about this phrase all the time online.) (more…)

US. New Belgium Brewing Announces Can Line Expansion

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New Belgium Brewing is pleased to announce it is breaking ground on a 16,000 sq. foot can line addition to its bottling hall. The new system, manufactured by KHS, will increase New Belgium’s canning volume capacity six fold. (more…)

American craft beer: the hippest of hops

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From tasteless mass-produced beers a decade ago, innovative, flavoursome American ales from a thriving craft brewing scene can now be found in the UK. Is this a welcome invasion? (more…)

US. Senate Small Brewers Caucus Established

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The Brewers Association (BA) shared the news today that the Senate Small Brewers Caucus has been established. The formation of the Caucus was led by Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), who support the role of America’s small and independent brewers as an engine of economic growth in the country. (more…)

The Portland of the Far East: craft beer is booming in Japan.

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Walking through Tokyo’s garish Roppongi district on my first visit to Japan, I found it remarkably easy to ignore the pulsing high-tech signs promoting electronics, movies, and cars. What caught my eye was probably the most modest ad: a tiny bilingual sandwich board that said “Craft Beer Bar.” When I think of Japanese alcohol, sake and mass-produced lagers come to mind. Apart from the excellent Hitachino Nest, I wasn’t aware of any Japanese craft brewers of note. Skeptical, I squeezed down a narrow staircase into a tiny, subterranean bar, expecting nothing more than insight into which foreign craft beers suit the Japanese palate, and possibly a taste of a Hitachino Nest creation that hadn’t yet crossed the Pacific. (more…)