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The American Craft Beer Rumor Mill - April 13, 2016

More Craft Beer Industry News, Gossip, and Innuendo

Yikes, it’s April already… and clearly nothing is slowing down anytime soon. But no worries, Rumor Mill is always on the case, keeping you 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.

APRIL 13, 2016

“If You Can’t Beat Them, Buy Them” – Big Beer’s Strategy To Upend Craft Beer

Devils Backbone Sells To Anheuser-Busch

“If you can’t beat them… buy them”

We don’t know who coined that phrase originally… but it certainly appears to be one of Big Beer’s answers to an irritating problem called craft beer.

 |  APRIL 12, 2016

Status Update - Craft Beer in Peru

Things are seriously brewing down here in Peru, as the craft beer world continues to explode in this vibrant South American nation.  Yes, Peru -- the home to Machu Picchu and llamas-- is making some crazy good beer.  And as part of our series, here’s an update of what’s been cracking down here lately.


Newbies - 6 Spring Craft Beers You Need To Check Out

Seven Kingdoms / Big Rig Pub Ale / Ella Imperial IPA and more

So many beers- So little time... With winter waning, we’re beginning to see some “warm weather” offerings. …Plus we’ve some great new releases from Lagunitas and Flying Dog that you’ll want to get your sweaty little hands on.

 |  APRIL 11, 2016

Good Books – Sarah Hepola’s Blackout

ACB‘s Guide to New Books on Beer and Anything Else That We’re Reading.

Alcoholism is a subject that’s mostly avoided the drinks biz – but it’s one of the 800 pound gorillas in the room. We all know people who drink recklessly - who are victims to alcohol’s pleasures and pull. It may be one of the reasons that some are drawn to our industry to begin with. After all if you enjoy getting buzzed, the alcohol business is not a bad place to be…just sayin’.

Which brings us to Sarah Hepola’s Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, a compelling account of one woman’s “drinking life” and her very personal journey back from self-destruction.


What’s Trending Lately In American Craft Beer

The American Craft movement is a non-stop parade of ideas and ever-changing brewing directions - that’s one of the things that makes it so much fun. What was once the new “next big thing” can quickly become commonplace (barrel-aged stouts anybody?) but it seems like there’s always something new just around the corner.

And here a couple of things that are trending right now in the world of craft beer…

APRIL 11, 2016

The American Craft Beer Quick Hits - April 11, 2016

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. 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 yourself.

APRIL 11, 2016

The American Craft Beer Weekend Wrap

A Reckless Compendium of Our Good, Bad & Ugly

Hey we get it.  You’re busy and you can’t possibly 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 – we do an occasional compilation of our recent good, bad and ugly.

So welcome to another Weekend Wrap-Up...

APRIL 9, 2016

MacLeod Ale Brewing - Real Cask Ale in Southern California

MacLeod Ale Brewing has brought the British cask ale tradition to the the San Fernando Valley - and SoCal's just a better place because they have!



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

APRIL 8, 2016
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