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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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Brighten Up Your Winter with Beer Delivery!

Many of us get a bit down when the weather gets cold, and sunny days are fewer. While you might be tempted to just hunker down and wait for spring like some kind of hibernating bear, you do have better options as a craft beer fan. Beyond the usual heavy-hitting Stouts and Winter Ales lining local store shelves this season, beer delivery provides an opportunity to step outside the box. Today’s craft beer movement brims with bright and tropical brews that’ll melt away winter fatigue! It’s time to crank up the heat and pop out a beach chair next to the beer fridge. Clever craft fans can create a vacation through their beer delivery by looking for sunny sippers like these:

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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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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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Beer Delivery — It’s What’s for Breakfast!

You’ve probably had breakfast in bed at some point in your life. But, you haven’t truly started your day off right until you’ve had a breakfast beer in bed. With the magic of beer delivery, you can treat yourself to breakfast brews after your nightly snooze, with more ease than ever!

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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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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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Beer Delivery and Food Delivery: a Match Made in Heaven!

Our favorite door-to-door service is obviously beer delivery, but you can get just about anything dropped off on your porch these days. The fanciest pants you have to put on these days are pajamas! But, have you considered coordinating your deliveries? With such a wealth of options literally at your fingertips, it’s easy to find a meal to go with any brew in your latest shipment. To help out, here’s a quick rundown of deliverable meals and beer style pairings. After all, beer is awesome, but beer and food is even better!

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Think You Know Your Favorite Craft Beer Style? These 5 Brews Might Make You Think Twice

According to the Brewers Association, the fundamental distinction of what makes a craft beer “craft” is: something made in small scales, by craft brewers, and “generally made with traditional ingredients like malted barley; interesting and sometimes non-traditional ingredients are often added for distinctiveness.” In some cases, those ingredients are really far from traditional. But, that’s what makes craft beer the beverage for everyone — brewers are constantly imagining new recipes that shift the borders on what were once rigid style guidelines. Suddenly, everything is not as it seems: the brew in your glass could be both a Sour and a Stout at once; or an IPA and a Lager; or even a Fruit Beer and a Cider! We LOVE this fact about craft beer. Which is why we want to tell you about five of our favorite brews on Tavour that blur the lines between styles.

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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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A Roadmap of Tavour’s Most Popular Stouts

Hey, Stout lovers! Today, we’re celebrating a few of the most sought after, decadent Stouts to ever grace the Tavour app. These are brews from a selection of our all-time favorite breweries — from the Pacific Northwest all the way to the coast of Florida — and each one boasts its own level of luxurious flavor. The brewers pack some with so many baking ingredients, they’d make Martha Stewart jealous; others spent years in top-shelf bourbon barrels. Without further ado, here are 10 of the most popular Stouts, according to Tavour members:

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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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8 Stouts that Jump-Started the Marshmallow Beer Craze

Much to the delight of dessert beer geeks, craft brewers have bombarded their lineup of Stouts, IPAs, and Sour Ales with every marshmallow concoction imaginable. It wasn’t long ago that marshmallows in beer were not a thing. The first style to embrace the ooey-gooey adjunct was the Stout, and the first one ever seen at Tavour was High Water Brewing’s Campfire Stout — released in 2012! Here’s a little tidbit about that lip-smacking brew, and seven more that helped awaken a marshmallow renaissance:

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Top 5 Stouts of 2020, According to Tavour Members

In the past year alone, we’ve featured over 300 different Stouts on Tavour. Some were decadent, dessert-like treats, while others shined with silky complexity from aging in Bourbon barrels. As the curtain closes on 2020, we’re taking a look back at the 5 Stouts that Tavour members ranked the highest. We hope you remember them fondly:

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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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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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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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Welcome to the Stout Dark Side

In craft beer, you’ll typically find fruit flavors in bright styles like Sour Ales and IPAs — but what’s out there for fruit lovers who want a taste of the Stout dark side? According to the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines, there are seven types of Stouts, and none of them include fruit by definition. That doesn’t mean breweries haven’t been making fruited Stouts; Bell’s Brewery created their Cherry Stout way back in 1988! Since then, a few breweries have made a fruited Stout here and there, but over the past two years, fruited Dark Beer is on the rise thanks to the Pastry Stout boom. If you like to dabble in the dark side of brews, here are 8 Deviously Delicious Fruited Stouts to help open your eyes to the chocolate fondue of craft beer:

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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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What the Heck is a Golden Stout?

“Golden Stout” sounds like something that can’t possibly exist. But, just because something sounds impossible doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Golden Stouts are very real! You might even be able to snag one in your next beer delivery. But, what the heck are they? To find out, we’ll take a look at a few of our favorite beers in the style to see if we can get this Stout debate sorted out.

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Whatever Happened to Craft Beer IBUs?

Remember IBUs? The “International Bitterness Unit” once appeared on beer labels and bar menus everywhere as the globally agreed-upon measurement for how bitter a brew is. But, as you may have noticed, it’s become an increasingly rare sight over the past few years. In fact, there’s a chance you didn’t see a single IBU in your last craft beer delivery, or store trip. There’s a reason for that, and it has a lot to do with how far craft beer has progressed.

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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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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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Yummy IPAs for Your Tavour Beer Delivery!

Each week on the Tavour app, we highlight top-notch beers from independent craft breweries across the U.S. — and sometimes even from abroad! Here are just a few of the sought-after IPAs we shared with beer lovers recently. Have you scheduled your beer delivery yet?

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Tavour Craft Beer Report and Trends for April 2021

There is no doubt that 2020’s COVID-19 Pandemic changed how companies interact with consumers, and that shift had a huge impact on American Craft Beer. According to Nielson, overall off-premise craft beer sales grew over 14% in 2020, compared to just 0.6% for the previous 12 months! And much of that increase represents online sales. In fact, a survey conducted by online retailer Tavour in March of this year found that breweries had moved an average of 25% of their business to online channels. The app-based platform has helped enable this shift — more than 125 began sharing their beer through the app-based platform for the first time in 2020, joining 600+ breweries who already utilized the service. In order to better serve the nation’s beer aficionados and provide insights on upcoming industry trends, Tavour closely examines their inventory data each month. Based on these findings, here are the top trends of April 2021.

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