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The 6 Types of Breweries All Craft Beer Fans Should Know

Unless you’ve been doing your drinking under a rock, you’ve noticed that the modern craft beer movement of the past decade sparked a steep rise in brewery openings all across the country. In fact, Statista reported 8,386 breweries in the United States as of 2019, compared to just 2,670 in 2012. From tiny corner brewpubs to large campuses with warehouse-sized brewing facilities, today’s breweries come in a wide range of sizes. But, which are actually “craft?”

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Yuengling Partners with Molson: Are They Still Craft?

Independent beer drinkers who are loyal to craft were stunned on September 15th when Yuengling announced a partnership with Molson Coors. With Molson Coors' help, fans will soon find Yuengling beers in the Midwest and West Coast states for the first time in the brewery’s 191-year history. This will save a lot of folks money on baggage fees, no longer having to smuggle beer across state lines in their suitcases. But, will they even drink Yuengling any more now that the brewery is in cahoots with Coors?

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Beer Town U.S.A. – How Breweries are Transforming Their Hometowns

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. 

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Test Your IPA IQ with These 7 Fun Facts!

No beer style has risen to greater prominence over the past decade than the IPA. But, how much do you really know about it? Here are seven interesting facts to amp up your hoppy IQ:

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The 2020 Fantasy Football Fan’s Starting Beer Lineup

Fantasy football season is here, and it looks different in 2020. Altered training camps and no pre-season mean skewed projections. But, for many fantasy leagues, there’s another significant change — the inability to meet up in person and sling back a few brews during drafts and games. For so long, beer and fantasy football have gone hand-in-hand! The good news is that as 2020 leagues go virtual, home beer delivery is also just a few clicks away. Craft beer app Tavour has come up with their own fantasy starting lineup to kick the season off right:

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How Craft Beer Is Reforming Taxes

Craft Beverage Industry Urges Passage of Tax Reform Act. Small businesses across the country have felt the impact of Covid-19 quarantine measures, and craft breweries are among the hardest hit. According to a study by the Brewers Association, total craft brewery sales were down over 30% through May of 2020 compared to the previous year. Furthermore, most craft breweries have been forced to pivot from on-premise draft beer sales to the distribution of packaged beer, where margins are lower.

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Stout vs. Porter — What’s the Difference?

If you poured a Stout and Porter into separate glasses, without looking at the cans they came from, there’s a good chance you wouldn’t be able to distinguish which was which. After all, both styles are on the darkest side of the beer color spectrum, and they even share many of the same aromas, flavors, and mouthfeel characteristics. The main reason is because the two popular dark beer styles have become pretty interwoven over the years. For the most part, it comes down to what the brewers want to call their dark creations. But, if you want to impress your friends with some nifty beer knowledge, here’s a little history about how Stouts and Porters originated and what actually defines each style.

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8 Types of Craft Drinkers and their Beer Delivery Choices

What’s in your beer delivery when it arrives? Is it full of hopbombs, or perhaps some dark delights meant to be cellared? Do you rush to crack them open, or do you take time to plan out when to indulge? There’s no wrong answer — today’s incredibly diverse craft selections mean there’s room for all! Most of us craft fans enjoy trying beers of different styles, but at the end of the day, we all have brews we gravitate towards over others. Depending on what takes up most of the slots in your beer delivery box, you’re probably one of 8 different types of craft drinkers:

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How Beer Delivery Makes Remote Bottleshares Possible

If you’ve attempted a virtual bottleshare or tasting party without using a mutual beer delivery service, you probably know the feeling of ‘it’s just not the same as in real life.’ The Atlantic chalks it up to how “videochat happy hours fail to measure up to real-life happy hours because we keep comparing them with real-life happy hours, expecting that they will satisfy the same desire with the same efficacy.” It’s hard to connect over craft beer if you and your buddies aren’t drinking the same brews.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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