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CraftBeer.com’s Beer Trends of 2012

To celebrate the end of 2012, we're looking back at the top 10 CraftBeer.com posts of the past year to see what trending topics were the talk of the craft beer nation.

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10 Nut Beers Cracking onto the Scene

Truth in advertising is vital in craft beer culture. There better be fresh hops in our fresh hop beers, real cherries in our krieks, and just as seasonally-relevant, real pumpkin in our field or pumpkin beers. Yet the distinguished British classic, nut brown ale, contains nary a nut. These craft brewers are putting the nuts back in nut beers.

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Repeal Day: The Good Thing About Prohibition Was…

In “Last Call”, a recent article in the Washington Monthly, Tim Heffernan suggests that while Prohibition did not succeed the way its supporters hoped, the end may have set this country up for a better future. Could the Noble Experiment and consequential end of Prohibition have been a good thing?

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The Shaker Pint

There are grumblings from deep within the craft beer movement centered around one of the fundamental beer vessels—the classic shaker pint. What are the concerns about this glass and are they warranted?

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Brown Ales: The Overlooked Spectrum of Beer

If you judge a book by its cover, brown ales might seem dull. But, when you look below the surface, brown ales can be just as innovative, tasty and food-friendly as every other style, if not more.

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Defining Beer Gravity

No one mentioned that my future understanding of brewing science would vastly benefit from retaining a little more than the gossip of my first period chemistry class.

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The Poetry of Esters

Julia Herz takes a look at the mystical world of esters, those fruity smelling metabolites created by yeast during fermentation that are perceived in the aroma and flavor of craft-brewed beer.

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The Challenges and Rewards of Brewing Fruit Beer

Ezra Johnson-Greenough, organizer of the Portland Fruit Beer Festival talks about the possibilities when fruit is brought into the brewery with Alex Ganum of Upright Brewery and Jason McAdam of Burnside Brewing.

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Session Beer: How Low Can You Go?

After years of craft breweries reaching into the stratosphere of alcohol by volume (ABV) there is a renewed effort to go the other way, and offer lower alcohol beers that don’t sacrifice on flavor—also known as session beers.

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