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ThirstyBear Brewery Puts Big Emphasis on Fresh, Local Ingredients

ThirstyBear Organic Brewery

..., Spanish influenced cuisine, we add local farmers, locally sourced ingredients and craft it in a way that our Spanish thread, our Spanish influence is noticeable. It could be a locally raised, grass-fed, beef burger but the ingredients, the preparation will say, “If they served this in Spain, this is what they’d do!” We also incorporate not just beer, but the ingredients of beer (yeast, hops, malt) into our cooking. The food...

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Craft Beer Muses

Local Ingredients Bring Local Beer to the Next Level

Bringing Local Flavors to Your Pint

...ke you happy to be in Vermont—the only place you can find Lawson’s Finest. Hawaii | “Aloha” To celebrate the distinctiveness of island life, Maui Brewing Co., based in Lahaina, Hawaii, experiments with many local ingredients, including the spiritual element of “Aloha.” Their coconut porter is a favorite on the mainland, according to owner Garrett Marrero, but the brewery has also produced brews that highlight local mango,...

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Botanical Beers Are Back to the Future

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...u by Left Hand Brewing Co. in Longmont, Colo. Good Juju is a summer seasonal brewed with a hearty portion of fresh, organic ginger which gives it a uniquely refreshing spice character that you can’t achieve using traditional ingredients. Jester King Brewery in Austin, Tx., has embraced botanical ingredients in their Dichotomous series of limited release beers by using lavender, rosemary and spearmint, all harnessed in their barrel-aged farmhouse...

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Craft Beer Muses

6 Breweries Going Uber Local with Ingredients

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...esting proprietary wild yeast to provide that extra connection to their home terroir. However, some breweries are going even further and infusing a healthy dose of regional pride and local tradition into their beers by using ingredients with cultural and even historical ties to their community. Here are six craft breweries that are not only producing unique, high-quality beers and celebrating their locale but they’re actually working to...

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Beer & Food

11 Summer Ingredients You’ll Want to Try with Beer

11 Summer Ingredients You'll Want to Try with Beer

As we get into the depths of July, farmers markets and produce sections at local markets are busting with the bounty of summer ingredients, while the beer cooler is filled with a growing number of lighter, fresh styles — kolsch, saisons, pilsners, gose — and let’s not forget pale ale and ever-present IPA. So as we turn to cooking, eating, drinking and being outside as much as we can, look for these 11 summer ingredients for some new seasonal...

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Craft Beer Muses

Challenge Your Palate with 10 Off-Kilter IPA Ingredients

IPA

...your favorites. On IPA Day, you can live vicariously through all those folks new to beer who wander into craft breweries (which all seem to be Pokemon Go gyms). If you’re looking for an IPA like no other, here are a few new ingredients to try out for IPA Day. 10. Agave This cactus-like plant is native to Mexico and the southern United States and is the prime ingredient in tequila. It contributes a sweet and syrupy nectar and can enhance the...

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Science Helping Reimagine Beer Ingredients

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With the number of American small and independent craft breweries tipping 3,400, the demand for more, unique and efficient beer ingredients continues to grow. Brewing scientists are hard at work helping suppliers keep up with brewery demands. Here’s a quick look at just a few of the developments in the world of beer ingredients. Hops The craft beer industry seems to be obsessed with hops. Hop heads and brewers alike find the complex...

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Farm Breweries: When Local Means Your Own Backyard

Lickinghole Creek Lisa

...most part, barley and hops, the primary ingredients in most craft beers, are grown in specific regions of the country suited best for the crops. Farmers in these areas can supply the demands of brewers and even deliver fresh ingredients, but not many breweries can consider them local ingredients. Barley and hops don’t thrive in all climates and it makes the most sense financially to grow the crops with the highest yield, so many farmers are...

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Craft Beer Muses

Wild Pints: Fascination with Foraged Beer

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...duct that tastes and smells like this place.” A view of the Scratch Brewery buildings and tasting house. Photo © Aaron Kleidon Kleidon, who grew up in the area, has access to 900 acres of forests, fields and swamps to gather ingredients for Scratch’s ever-rotating beer list, which at one time or another has included an amber ale brewed with toasted pignut hickory bark, a bière de garde with chanterelle mushrooms, and even a coffee porter brewed...

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Craft Beer Muses

Cask Ale’s Journey Into the Modern Beer World

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...w.” According to McLean, “Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. I’m not completely against that, though. Dry hopping is a traditionally acceptable augmentation of cask-conditioned ale and [adding adjunct ingredients] comes from a really logical place.” There are several compelling reasons that breweries turn toward more creative ingredients in cask ales. One is that the market demands it. That’s the case in Louisiana,...

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