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One Reason to Still Like Congress: The Small Brewers Caucus

To some, the Small Brewers Caucus (both in the House and Senate) might sound like a sneaky way for our elected leaders to score some free pints. In reality, the role they play in supporting the ever increasing craft beer economy is invaluable. While most battles are being fought at the state level, the importance of having representatives from every state supporting the growth of artisanal ales and lagers is greater than ever before.


The American Craft Beer Quick Hits - February 23, 2015

Craft Beer News That You Need To Know About!

We blame the industry for this… It used to be that when we wrapped up our Weekend Picks on Friday, we could coast through the weekend. There was little need to check in for updates – things were pretty much done. But clearly all that’s changed.

So here’s some of what’s happened in the world of craft beer while you were off enjoying yourselves.


FEBRUARY 23, 2015


Hey it’s Friday – Work’s been brutal and you’re ready to shut down and some fun. Well good, because we’re all about it and we’ve got all kinds of ideas for you. From the nation’s coolest beer festivals, movies, and music to cutting-edge TV  we’ve got your back big-time. Plus we’ve a special weekend beer pick for you too, because we know you’ll be drinking!

So welcome to our awesome Weekend Picks…

FEBRUARY 20, 2015

The American Craft Beer Friday Wrap-Up

This Week’s Compendium of Our Good, Bad & Ugly

Hey we get it.  You’re busy and you can’t hang with us 24/7. But still, we don’t want you to be missing all the good stuff. So as part of our ongoing commitment to bringing you the best craft beer and lifestyle coverage on the face of the planet - and to keep you plugged into our ongoing recklessness – we do a weekly compilation of our recent good, bad and ugly.

So welcome to another Friday Wrap-Up

FEBRUARY 20, 2015

More Reasons To Drink – 12 Ways That Civilization Could End

Part I

We all drink for different reasons. And one of the reasons why we drink at the American Craft Beer compound is to take the “edge” off of a sometimes troubling and unruly world. And if we didn’t already have enough to worry about – we do now – because an Oxford study just came out about likely ways that our world could end – and we don’t like any of them.


 |  FEBRUARY 19, 2015

Newbies - New Releases That You Want to Look Out For

Booming Rollers / Dry-Hopped Loser / Rise Up Red IRA and more!

So many beers, So little time… Sometimes mistakes made during the brewing process can lead to something unexpected. We’ll have more on that for you, plus we’ve some interesting new releases from Upslope and Modern Times Beer that you’ll want to get your sweaty little hands on.


 |  FEBRUARY 19, 2015

The Art of Branding Craft Beer

A Conversation with Blindtiger Design’s Oceania Eagan

We view the craft beer biz as an entertainment industry – a wonderful mashup of brewing, performance and visual arts. And yes, it all starts with the beer, but it sure doesn’t end there. A brewery’s branding is increasingly important in today’s crowded marketplace and its label art and imaging now matter more than ever.

And that’s where Oceania Eagan comes in…


FEBRUARY 18, 2015

The American Craft Beer Rumor Mill - February 18, 2015

This week's guide to Craft Beer News, Gossip, and Innuendo

February was off to a tumultuous start and Rumor Mill is on the case, making sure that you are always plugged in to all the craft beer news that matters. Plus we’ve an all-important update on what we’ve been drinking lately and you absolutely don’t want to miss that.

FEBRUARY 18, 2015

Zwickelmania 2015: Exploring 6 Portland Brewers

When we go out to sample a number of beers we usually go to one location, park our asses on a stool or stand in lines at a festival to taste as much as we can, all for a price. The variety comes to us. With Oregon’s Zwickelmania, we the indulgent masses, get a once a year opportunity to tour over 110 local breweries in five hours, sample a multitude of beers, talk with the brewers themselves and do it all free of charge. Trekking to the freshness is worth it.


Newbies - New Releases That You Want to Look Out For

City of the Dead / Dank & Sticky IPA / Prairie Apple Brandy Noir and more!

So many beers, So little time… After eight years of building two distinctive brands, Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey are introducing a third line of beers to their portfolio. We’ll have more on that for you, plus we’ve some interesting new releases from Upslope and Modern Times Beer that you’ll want to get your sweaty little hands on.

 |  FEBRUARY 17, 2015
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