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Five Scrumptious Coffee Stouts that Beat Your Local Barista!

Coffee is delicious, but Coffee Stouts are even better. That’s an objective truth. For one thing, coffee doesn’t come with booze. That alone is enough to declare Coffee Stout the winner, by miles! But, it doesn’t end there! To get a delicious coffee drink, you’ll have to go down to the local cafe. Coffee Stout, on the other hand, doesn’t even require you to leave your couch, thanks to online retailers like Tavour who will bring it straight to your door!

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5 Tips for Storing (and Serving) the Brews in Your Craft Beer Delivery

There are two particularly awesome things about being a craft beer fan in 2020. One, the choices today are more plentiful than ever. And two, you can get at-home beer delivery! How neat is that!? But, as much as we’d like it to, no beer stays drinkable forever. It’s important to unpack your beer delivery soon after it arrives and stow each brew properly — minus any that you crack open and sip right away, of course. Here at Tavour, we’re big beer fans at home, too. Follow these five rules for storing all the different brews that arrive in your beer delivery, and you can enjoy their flavors as intended!

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German Beer Tradition, American Brewing Craft

German Beer. It’s as synonymous with the country’s culture as pretzels, Hansel and Gretel, and the music of the Scorpions. Or Beethoven, I guess. If you’re into that kind of stuff. But, if there’s one thing that truly defines the country, it’s gotta be the beer.While the Sumerians get credit for actually inventing the world’s greatest beverage, it’s the Germans who turned it into the bubbly brew we know and love today. 

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The Best Beers To Store in Your Craft Beer Cellar

Why do you need a craft beer cellar? Well, you don’t need one, but if you love beer tasting, aging many beer styles can awaken new flavors, tame the sting of a high ABV, or smooth out the mouthfeel. Cellaring can increase a beer’s shelf-life by keeping out harmful light and controlling temperature. Draft Mag relays that beer “should mature in a cool space, but not your fridge” — that’s why a cellar or basement is ideal. For long-term aging, the Washington Post agrees. The fridge is too cold, and can slow down the aging process, dry out corks, and let in air that causes off-flavors.

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New Beer Delivery! Craveworthy IPAs on Tavour This Week

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New Beer Delivery! Scrumptious Stouts on Tavour This Week

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7 Surprising Benefits of Beer

Gone are the days when the persona of the typical beer drinker was overweight, yellow, and went by the name “Homer Simpson.” Aside from exploring a diversity of great new flavors from craft breweries, there may be other benefits of beer consumption. The modern craft movement has helped change beer culture as we know it, including imbibers’ attitudes towards well-being. A joint Harris Poll and Nielsen survey of nearly 2,000 drinking-age adults showed that craft beer fans consider themselves more health conscious than others. Even better, the science is there to back it up! Today, Tavour looks at 7 surprising benefits of beer linked to moderate drinking:*

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Beer of the Month Club? How About New Beer Everyday Club?

A Beer of the Month Club SOUNDS like an amazing idea, right? But, like so many ideas that seem really good in theory — sock suspenders, keeping a bear as a pet — it’s actually not that great, in practice. Sock suspenders will irritate your calves, a pet bear will destroy your home, and your Beer of the Month Club will probably send you a bunch of bottles and cans you don’t even want. Plus, many have monthly subscription fees, charge for initial membership, and don’t tell you what’s coming until it arrives. At least with sock suspenders you know what to expect. So, what is a craft beer fan to do when they want to explore the rugged beer frontier? Fortunately, today’s brave new world of advanced brew acquisition provides a host of other options. Let’s take a look!

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How Beer Is Made: And Tips For Homebrewing Beginners

To understand how beer is made, it’s best to start with the essential ingredients: yeast, grain, and water. Brewing requires fermentation to extract sugars from the grains (often barley), allowing the yeast to turn it into ethanol (alcohol) and carbon dioxide (carbonation) — beer in its simplest form.

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Types of Beer That Dominated Summer 2020

Summer 2020 has flown on by, and so have a myriad of warm-weather brews. As breweries gear up for fall and the more snuggly sippers that come with it, Tavour takes a look back on the thirst-quenching types of beer that dominated the past few months:

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What Happened to Wheat Beer?

Wheat Beer — the American version of Witbier — is one of the most approachable styles in craft. The versatility of wheat complements practically every ingredient. When brewed into beer without any other additives, wheat creates a crisp, clean character, lighter than in brews made exclusively with barley. This makes it an excellent choice for pairing with many types of food, particularly fruits like raspberries and watermelon, and even savory dishes like beer can chicken. The American Wheat Beer is widely considered one of the most refreshing styles and has historically been a favorite beverage during warm weather. But, if you look around your local grocery store or even specialty bottleshops, you won’t likely find many Wheat Beer options. Where did all the Wheat Beer go?

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5 Great Modern Amber Ales

Back in the 1990s, when the American Craft Beer scene hadn’t yet reached legal drinking age and no one had even HEARD of a Kardashian, Amber Ales reigned supreme! Kind of. The average 90s bar featured four or five taps, and the line-up looked something like this: Bud, Bud Light, Coors, Heineken (for a fancy night out), and something vaguely ‘amber’ in appearance. If you were curious, you could ask, “what kind of craft beer do you have?” “Either Alaskan Amber or Heineken,” the bartender would reply. It was a different time.

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2020's Most Popular Beers On Tavour (So Far)

We crunched the data for the highest member-rated brews to determine 2020’s most popular beers on Tavour! Here are the Top Ten.

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Beer Delivery to Your Doorstep, No Pants required!

Since the beginning of time, folks have dreamed of sitting at home in their underpants waiting for their beer delivery. Well, dream no more — the era of craft beer delivery is finally upon us! With better technology, greater demand, and a dramatically changing craft beer landscape, breweries are taking a cue from the pizza industry and dropping their suds right on thirsty people’s doorsteps. Now, if only they would embrace some kind of ‘30 minutes or it’s free’ deal! That probably won’t happen, but beer delivery already is! Here are a few ways it’s taking off.

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How Well Do You Know the Pale Ale?

You’re familiar with the Pale Ale, and you should be. India Pale Ales are among the most popular beer styles right now! Their lower ABV American Pale Ale cousins (usually just called “Pale Ales”) aren’t doing too shabby either — Toppling Goliath’s Pseudo Sue holds top scores on rating sites around the globe. But, IPAs and APAs are just the tippy top of the iceberg. Today, we’re going to boost your Pale Ale IQ and name drop some very tasty beers while we’re at it. It’s time to get to know the multifaceted Pale Ale family in all its delicious forms!

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Craft Beer Beats Starbucks with the Season’s First Pumpkin Spice

We’re halfway through August and pumpkin spice drinks are already popping up. But this year, it’s not Starbucks or other coffee shops who are early. Craft breweries are taking everyone’s favorite fall flavors and weaving them into delightful seasonal beers! 

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How to Make Beer Can Chicken, Beer Bread and Beer Cheese Dip

If you thought drinking beer was awesome, wait until you taste some of the delicious foods you can make with it! Below is a recipe for beer bread that calls for beer in place of yeast! And, bread’s even better when paired with flavorful sides and entrees. So, we’ll walk you through additional recipes for beer cheese dip, beer chili, and beer can chicken that will complement your beer bread, too.

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7 of Our Favorite Crazy High Alcohol Beers!

Not that long ago, 7% ABV was considered a seriously high beer alcohol content. How things have changed! These days, craft breweries overflow with double-digit ABV brews! Some of them are incredible, others are just really boozy. But, all of them are guaranteed to make your belly warmer and your smile broader. Here are seven of our absolute favorites.

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What’s the Difference Between an Ale and a Lager? Tavour Has the Answers!

It’s a great time to be a beer drinker. From creamy Milkshake IPAs to a baker’s menagerie of Pastry Stouts, it feels like craft fans have more to choose from than ever before! Still, the abundance has also led to some confusion, especially when it comes to seemingly simple terms like “Lager” and “Ale.” So, we’re here to set the record straight. Let’s go!

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Can Craft Beer Festivals Still Happen in 2020?

Every summer, craft beer festivals pop up all over the country like dandelions. Fans flock to these boozy bastions to try specialty brews and sample beers from far-off states. Brewers attend the festivals to chat with other brewers and see what’s happening at the cutting edge of the industry.But with COVID-19 still looming, summer beer festivals across the country have already been cancelled. Even The Great American Beer Festival — the granddaddy of all U.S. beer celebrations with more than 2,000 participating breweries — is doing the whole thing online this year!If you’re wondering how to enjoy a few beer-centric events this summer, here are some of the ways festival organizers are trying to tackle social distancing, while still throwing some of the season’s best beer parties!

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How 4 Breweries Changed Their Small Towns Forever

Wilmington, North Carolina is what CraftBeer.com calls one of “America’s Beeriest Beach Towns.” It wasn’t always this way. When John and Michelle Savard moved back to their hometown in 2012, the local beer scene consisted of one small brewery, a few bars, and whatever the grocery stores were stocking. So in 2012, they launched a home brewing supply store that they soon expanded into Wilmington Brewing Co. — a destination for both Southern beer fans and homebrewers looking to hone their craft. 

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Craft Breweries Get Scrappy — A Mid-Year Update

It’s been a rough few months for American craft brewers who entered 2020 riding high. The 2010s were a decade of great success that began with under 2,000 breweries and concluded with well over 8,000! Then Coronavirus hit, and mandatory closures of bars, taprooms, and restaurants across the nation plunged the industry into a panic.

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Wait in 4-Hour Lines For Aslin Beers No More

Glamping, Grovestand, Double Orange StarFish. These aren’t just highlights from your summer road trip. They’re also the names of craft beers that fans in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) wait in lines for upwards of four hours to snag! Locals will tell you that, before Aslin opened their first brewery 5 years ago, if you didn’t live in Herndon, VA, there was no reason to go there. Aslin gave beer geeks a reason. And, now that Aslin is working with online retailer Tavour, brew-enthusiasts around the country will soon taste the fermented fruits of Aslin's labor.

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Top Beers to Take Camping With You This Summer!

Camping is proving to be a viable alternative for this year’s fun-seekers. With this comes the rise of craft in camping beer culture.

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How a Brand New Brewery Thrived During Quarantine

Fair Isle Brewing — the first dedicated Wild Ale brewery in Seattle — opened their doors at the end of January, and on March 15th, Covid-19 closed them again. That’s a setback that would spell the end for many small businesses, but for Fair Isle founders Geoffery Barker and Andrew Pogue, it just meant they had to get creative!

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The Summer Beer Drought is Coming! Here's How to Avoid It

Travel back in time a couple decades, and you’d likely find your parents sipping the same beer every time they had a drink. Until the recent craft boom, beer fans were very brand loyal. Now, we’re in an age of brewing creativity — it’s common for beer aficionados to pick out a new brew every time they shop. Finding new summer beers this year has been a lot more difficult thanks to COVID-19. Data shows, due to social-distancing restrictions, breweries are registering nearly 50% less new beers in 2020 than last year. In a nutshell, this means fewer beer options, and many breweries are sticking to tried-and-true flagships and old favorites. Adaptation has been the key for breweries to stay afloat during the pandemic — and those that are prospering noticed the ways people shop for beer has changed, so they quickly moved with the times. App-based craft beer delivery sites like Tavour have helped keep breweries’ doors open and allowed them to continue to churn out a variety of new beers. So, even though it might feel like we’re in a serious new summer-beer drought, there's a wide selection of new summer-beer releases coming to Tavour. Here are a few to look forward to!

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10 Must-Try American Sour Ale Specialists

Plenty of breweries make an occasional Sour Ale, but the country’s best tart brews usually come from Sour Ale specialists — breweries that live and breathe mixed fermentation and oak aging!

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10 Rising Brewery Stars on the Hazy IPA Scene

You might think you know everything about Hazy IPAs — where they come from, what they taste like, and even the biggest names in the haze game. Well, we bet you haven’t heard of these rising stars! They’re all small-batch — and their beers rarely leave their home states. Getting a taste is next to impossible! But, each of the following 10 breweries is making big waves on the Hazy IPA scene. So, buckle up and get ready to discover your new favorite!

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8 of the Most Popular IPA Styles in America

Walk into any beer bar or taproom in the country and you’ll likely see a dozen IPAs on draft. But what exactly is an India Pale Ale? And what’s the difference between a New England Style IPA, a West Coast IPA, and all the other versions? Well, grab your favorite brewski and get ready for a crash course in all things hops!

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An American & English Barleywine Tasting Menu

A step-by-step Barleywine tasting flight to help you distinguish between styles.

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Ditch your Cake for these 10 Pastry Stouts

Have a favorite after-dinner treat? There’s a good chance its sweet flavors also come in craft beer form! Here are 10 Pastry Stouts to satisfy every type of dessert craving

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Drop the Budweiser and Crush these 10 Craft Pilsners Instead!

If you really want to know how good a brewery is, you HAVE to try their Pilsner. With no adjuncts to hide behind and less hop character than many other styles on the market, this simple, clean beer can reveal any faults or mistakes made along the way. And sure, you probably have a few macro Pils stuffed into your fridge, but those chilly blue mountains and self-proclaimed “King” ain’t got nothin’ on these 10 craft Pilsners.

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10 Berliner Weisse Craft Beers to Quench Your Summer Thirst!

Berliner Weisse is back in a big way! It seems like every brewery on the block is cranking out some version of this refreshingly tart brew. Pretty wild for a beer style that almost died out over a century ago! Berliner Weisse first appeared in Northern Germany, way back in the 1600s. By the late 1800s, folks all over Berlin couldn’t get enough, and more than 70 breweries produced a version. But just 100 years later, Pilsners and Lagers reigned supreme, and only two breweries in the city continued to make Berliner Weisse. Luckily, a new wave of American craft breweries swooped in to save the day! Now the style is common in craft beer bars and bottleshops across the U.S. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to know where to begin. So, here are 10 can’t-lose Berliner Weisse beers to keep you refreshed this summer!

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Glassware to Elevate Your Beer Drinking Experience

The days of any-old-pint-glass are far behind us. For craft beer fans, using “proper glassware” means creating a tasting experience that amplifies presentation, aroma, ABV, temperature, and even ergonomics. Once you spend your precious time selecting the ideal craft beer for your palate, follow these simple glassware tips to make it truly shine!

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10 Gorgeous Taprooms and Beer Gardens to Visit This Summer

Ah, summer. It’s a time to kick back, relax, and scratch a few things off your bucket list. And this year, we’re dreaming about spending the long, sunny days visiting some of the country’s most beautiful taprooms and beer gardens. To inspire a little beer-soaked wanderlust, we put together this list of 10 breweries to visit as soon as shelter-in-place orders are lifted.

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How to Support Independent Breweries During COVID19

Tavour always had a clear mission: support independent craft breweries and build a community of like-minded beer lovers. And we’ve never wavered from that.Now, in this unpredictable and difficult time, that mission is more important than ever. That’s why, starting March 20, 2020 we are releasing a new box on the Tavour app each week to showcase just a few of the talented breweries we work with. The goal? To stand together and support these indie businesses in a time of crises, when even tomorrow is unknown. And with each curated selection, we can all come together while enjoying a lineup from some of our favorite breweries across the country.

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10 Milkshake IPA Breweries that Beat Your Local Ice Cream Parlor

The Milkshake IPA combines two of humanity’s finest achievements — milkshakes and beer! And while the style is new, it’s based on a decades-old dream. Just check out this quote from 1945: “If a man ordered a beer milkshake, he thought, he’d better do it in a town where he wasn’t known. But then, a man with a beard, ordering a beer milkshake in a town where he wasn’t known — they might call the police.”That’s from Cannery Row by John Steinbeck, and is perhaps the first-ever reference to a beer milkshake. Fortunately, things have changed since the 40’s — beards are no longer considered a sign of moral decay, and breweries all over the country are making beer milkshakes in the form of Milkshake IPAs!What exactly is a Milkshake IPA?

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Road Trip to 10 of the Best Saison Breweries in the Northwest!

Grab a few buddies (and a designated driver) and prepare to discover 10 of the Best Saison Breweries in the Northwest!

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Salty, Sweet & Sour: The 10 Best Fruit Flavors to Pair With A Gose

The German Sour Ale known as the Gose is one of the most mispronounced beer styles. It’s also one of the brightest styles in craft. Breweries traditionally make Goses with wheat, barley, coriander, and salt. They top-ferment them using ale yeast as well as lactobacillus for souring.

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