Category Archives: beer

Brewers Association Unveils Seal to Signify Independent Beers

As mega-multinationals continue to acquire American craft breweries, the Brewers BACraftSealAssociation (BA) has created a seal designating which beers are still produced by independents.

The seal features the silhouette of a beer bottle turned upside down, which, the BA says, “captures the spirit with which craft brewers have upended beer,” and the words “Brewers Association Certified Independent Craft.”

The seal is available for use free of charge by any of the more than 5,300 small and independent American craft brewers that have a valid TTB Brewer’s Notice, meet the BA’s craft brewer definition, and sign a license agreement. It is available to both member and non-member breweries of the BA.

Breweries can find more information about the independent craft brewer seal at BrewersAssociation.org/seal and consumers can learn more at CraftBeer.com/seal.

Chicha de jora, Machu Picchu & high-altitude light-headedness

On the latest episode of “The Drinkable Globe” I go to Machu Picchu and Cusco, Peru in search of chicha de jora, the Incan fermented corn beverage—essentially the Americas’ first beer, long before the Europeans brought their own version. I apologize for my lethargy in this particular video. I was a little loopy and woozy from being about 11,000 feet above sea level.
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Brewers Association releases annual Top 50 Breweries list

brewersassocThe Brewers Association (BA) has just released its annual rankings of the Top 50 Craft Breweries and Top 50 Overall Breweries in the U.S. Of the Top 50 Overall Breweries, 40 meet the BA’s definition of “craft brewer.” Not a ton of surprises this year, other than the fact that Duvel Moortgat USA has shot up to No. 6 on the craft brewers list from No. 15 in 2015. But that’s not really a surprise because the jump is primarily due to the fact that Duvel Moortgat acquired 2015’s No. 13 brewery, Firestone Walker. See the graphics below for the complete lists.

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Alexandria, Va. beer weekend in All About Beer Magazine

 

As far as beer scenes go, Alexandria, Va. no longer lives in the shadow of Washington, D.C. Here’s a piece I did in All About Beer Magazine, that tells you why.

The Drinkable Week: Craft Brewers Conference Edition

 

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I head to the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia and share a few of my insights on the state of craft beer industry—or whatever the hell it may end up being called a decade from now. This episode also features a special guest: Victory Brewing Co. co-founder Bill Covaleski.

 

The Drinkable Week: Las Vegas Edition

Gold-finished whiskey, weed-infused vodka and veteran actor/writer Chazz Palminteri were just part of the chaos at the 2016 Nightclub & Bar Show in Las Vegas. So grab a meat straw for that Bloody Mary, crank up the smoke machine and enjoy this episode of The Drinkable Week.