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Newbies - New Releases That You Want to Look Out For

Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout / Winternacht / The Dissident 2014 Reserve and more!

So many beers, So little time… Disregarding repeated warnings from concerned public officials, Epic Brewing is releasing a massive Imperial Stout with religious implications! We’ve got that concerning story for you plus some other serious new releases from Deschutes and Terrapin Beer that you‘ll want to get your sweaty little hands on.

 |  SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

5 Pumpkin Beers You Can’t Miss

Welcome to the season of Oktoberfests, Fresh Hopped IPAs and Pumpkin beers. The Fall season is always an exciting return to darker and richer brews after a summer of lighter offerings. Yet before we get overwhelmed by the big, heavy beers of the Winter, it’s the perfect time to get lost in all those Pumpkin Ales. Last week we reveled in what the style is and some of the best available, yet there are hundreds of varieties to choose from, so we’re not done with the style just yet. You’d be silly not to try these beers before they’re gone for another year.


The American Craft Beer Quick Hits - September 29, 2014

5 Craft Beer Happenings 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.


SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

The American Craft Beer Friday Wrap-Up

More of ACB’s 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 continuing recklessness – we’ve introduced a weekly compilation of our good, bad and ugly.

So welcome to another edition of our Friday Wrap-Up…

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

Beat the Late Summer Heat in Santa Barbara at Fig Mountain Brewing

What’s the best way to get out of the 105-degree LA September heat? You head to Santa Barbara County for some refreshing beer at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company. If you’re in a wine tasting party and want to drink something refreshing, or even in an Oprah stalking party and want to do something that’s legal, then Fig Mountain provides two options to try their amazing craft beer in the SBC. 



Hey it’s Friday…Work’s done and it is time for your All-Oktoberfest weekend! We’re all about it and we’re not making any picks that don’t involve bier and lederhosen – and neither should you.

So welcome to our awesome All-Oktoberfest Weekend Picks…

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

What The Hell Is a Pumpkin Ale?

American Craft Beer’s Guide To Beer Styles

To the uninitiated this story may seem to pose a stupid question. Yes… it’s an ale featuring pumpkin and yes, it’s now a more defined style as set by the BJCP’s 2014 Guidelines (Spiced Beer: Autumn Seasonal) than ever before, but vagueness has never stopped us before and we’re dead set on finding out what the hell makes this beer tick. It’s this thirst for knowledge that drives us to dig deeper into the stories behind the beer we drink, thus protecting you from the embarrassment of not knowing exactly what it is you’ve decided to put in your mouth.

So welcome to the latest in our ongoing series (drum roll please…) “What the Hell is a Pumpkin Ale?”


Newbies - New Releases That You Want to Look Out For

J. Maria / Hop Trip Fresh Hop Pale Ale / Enjoy After 10.31.15 Brett IPA and more!

So many beers, So little time…Disregarding repeated warnings from concerned public officials, the anarchists at River North are releasing some barrel-aged trouble just in time for this year’s GABF. We’ve got that alarming story for you plus other serious new releases from Deschutes and Stone Brewing that you‘ll want to get your sweaty little hands on.

 |  SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

Things We Learned From The 2014 Oregon Brewers Festival


Craft beer’s emergence as an economic force and its growing popularity today has led to major events that can benefit entire communities. The Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF), held in Portland last July, was a perfect example of this.


SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

The American Craft Beer Rumor Mill - September 24, 2014

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

Hey it’s Wednesday and that means it’s Rumor Mill Time….The craft beer distribution map is changing so fast our heads are spinning. We’ll get into all those changes and on to other things that are breaking right now in the world of craft beer. Plus we’ve an all-important update on what we’ve been drinking lately.

We don’t sleep so you can….THIS WEEK’S RUMOR MILL IS ON!

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
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