Craft Beer


Wed October 9, 2013
Craft Beer

Your Favorite Beer May Become Your Favorite Ingredient

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 10:10 am

Peter Ogburn for NPR

Craft beer is having its moment. Microbreweries and craft beer operations are thriving, and weekend warriors spend hours in the garage honing recipes and sharing test batches. Beer is what friends drink when they get together. It's fun. It's accessible. You rarely see people sipping glasses of wine at a tailgate or a backyard barbecue.

Wine is what people think of for fine cooking — steaks with red wine reduction and mussels with white wine sauce. However, beer has a place on the stove, too.

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Tue September 10, 2013
Craft Beer

Why Aren't There More People Of Color In Craft Brewing?

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 7:38 am

Michael Ferguson, of the BJ's Restaurants group, is one of only a small handful of African-Americans who make beer for a living.
Greg Barna Courtesy 'Beer Geeks'

Michael Ferguson sometimes jokingly refers to himself among colleagues as "the other black brewer."

That's because Ferguson, of the BJ's Restaurants group, is one of only a small handful of African-Americans who make beer for a living. Latinos and Asian-Americans are scarce within the brewing community, too.

"For the most part, you've got a bunch of white guys with beards making beer," says Yiga Miyashiro, a Japanese-American brewer with Saint Archer Brewery in San Diego.

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Mon September 9, 2013
Craft Beer

Craft Beer's Success Makes Sam Adams Founder A Billionaire

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 1:38 pm

Founder and Chairman of the Boston Beer Co. Jim Koch has seen shares of his company rise from $20 in 2009 to a record $227 Monday.
Isaac Brekken Getty Images

These are good times for craft beers — and not just for people who like to drink them, but for those who make them. As an example, look to the brewer of Sam Adams. Boston Beer Co.'s soaring stock price has made its founder, Jim Koch, into a billionaire, Bloomberg News reports.

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Wed August 28, 2013
Craft Beer

A New Look For New Belgium

The new label for New Belgium's Fat Tire Ale
New Belgium

That bottle of Fat Tire you know so well is getting a new look. That’s just the first in a complete makeover of New Belgium’s labeling and packaging.

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Sat August 24, 2013
The Salt

Wine Has Sommeliers. Now, Beer Has Cicerones

Originally published on Sat August 24, 2013 6:08 pm

Ray Daniels inspects a glass of beer. A Chicago brewer, Daniels started the Cicerone training program five years ago.
Johnny Knight Courtesy of Ray Daniels

If you've been to a fancy restaurant, you've probably seen a sommelier — those wine experts who make sure you get the best possible match for your meal. But what if you don't want a chardonnay or pinot? What if you want a nice cold beer?

A new program is working to bring this same level of knowledge to the world of malt and hops by turning out batches of certified beer experts known as Cicerones.

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