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Craft Beer Muses

Spirit Quest: Aging Beer in Tequila Barrels

Curiosity, challenge-seeking, and a love of spirits has driven brewers to seek out the new flavors of tequila barrels so they can ply their trade. Each brewer is looking for something different, and to seek a tequila barrel is to accept the challenges that come with aging beer in one.

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Craft Beer Muses

What’s the Deal with Gluten-Free Beer?

Gluten-free beer has three distinct categories, each with viable options, but, for those uber sensitive to gluten, there can be risks.

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Mardi Gras beer

Craft Beer Muses

The Krewe of Craft Beer

In Louisiana, Mardi Gras is celebrated with opulent floats from krewes in lively and historic parades, flamboyantly-costumed performers throwing beads, doubloons and coconuts, festive music...and craft beer? A new Mardi Gras tradition has been taking root since 1990—great seasonally-crafted beers have been added to the region’s pre-Lenten celebrations.

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Budweiser Beer Ad

Craft Beer Muses

Beer Ads: Differentiate Don’t Denigrate

The Budweiser ad didn’t bother me as a craft proponent—it bothered me as a beer lover. It strikes me as deeply misguided for any beer brand to adopt this type of negative differentiation in an era when all beer companies should be working together to build beer, and when Anheuser-Busch InBev is increasingly playing in the categories they are denigrating.

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