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Tap This: Sour beers can be an acquired taste but a pleasant exploration

Tap This: Sour beers can be an acquired taste but a pleasant exploration

Craft beers come in increasingly different combinations of flavors, colors and aromas, and craft beer brewers continue to push the boundaries of what constitutes beer. An increasingly popular beer style within the beer community is changing perception on what many have traditionally regarded as beer. Sour beers have begun to enter beer lineups for numerous […]

Tap This: Spring is the season for saison: A drinkable, flavorful Belgian

Tap This: Spring is the season for saison: A drinkable, flavorful Belgian

With spring in the air — maybe not visible on the thermometer or with the sheer volume of snow still on the ground — there is one specific style of beer that reigns supreme this season. The saison is the perfect spring season beer, but what exactly is it and where does it come from? […]

Tap This: Oregon’s Rouge Ales brews world class beers

Tap This: Oregon’s Rouge Ales brews world class beers

The craft beer industry has grown in leaps and bounds. The current number of American breweries is about double the amount that existed in per-prohibition America. While the number of breweries opening has been on a steady and sharp incline as of late, in 1988 it was a vastly different story. In the mid ’80s […]

Tap This: Liquid gold at the end of the rainbow

Tap This: Liquid gold at the end of the rainbow

St. Patrick’s Day is when many claim to be Irish and celebrate by consuming mass quantities of green macro beers. If you’re a better-beer drinker, fear not; there is a plethora of great craft beers to enjoy. Stouts have long been an Irish tradition but many American brewers got on board and now brew phenomenal […]

Tap This: Big beer bubbles vs. small beer bubbles

Tap This: Big beer bubbles vs. small beer bubbles

Craft beer, like any other market, is full of fads and offerings to differentiate one beer from another. Some fads come and go with a whisper others stay around and continue to build in popularity. One such fad is the addition of nitro, or nitrogen, in beer. While this may not technically be a fad […]

Tap This: Move over hops, coffee is the new flavor on scene

Tap This: Move over hops, coffee is the new flavor on scene

The craft beer movement has brought forth a wide array of ingredients previously overlooked as possibilities within beer. Many of these ingredients are new and exciting and forever pushing the definition of beer. One ingredient has been viewed as a perfect addition — coffee. While coffee as an ingredient is not traditional in a historic […]

Tap This: 6 beers to try this Valentine’s Day no matter who you’re with

Tap This: 6 beers to try this Valentine’s Day no matter who you’re with

When discussing craft beers in America we tend to drop impressive dates of some older breweries that opened in the late ’70s or early ’80s. These “older” breweries seem to have been on the landscape for quite some time. Some macro breweries even date back to the 1800s, but in the overall beer landscape, we […]

Tap This: 6 beers to try this Valentine’s Day no matter who you’re with

Tap This: 6 beers to try this Valentine’s Day no matter who you’re with

Valentine’s Day is traditionally celebrated with a fine evening of food, chocolates, wine and flowers. However we need to re-examine this tradition and look at the beer offerings available to us now that will not only pair better with that box of chocolates, but may even be rich and chocolaty enough to replace the chocolates. […]

Tap This: Let the power of hops compel you

Tap This: Let the power of hops compel you

If there is one thing that can be said about many craft beer lovers it is they desire flavorful beer regardless of style. This is what propells many brewers into a variety of directions to ensure they’re brewing impactful and flavorful beer. The one ingredient that has truly risen above all others to help? The […]

Tap This: Brewing beers with variants

Tap This: Brewing beers with variants

Craft beers come in all kinds of varieties and ranges of alcohol by volume (ABV). However, some beers are brewed to have a strong similarity with another. Often a brewer will brew a base beer and then a variety of ingredients to make unique and distinct beers. These are called variants. A better way to […]