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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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miami

Craft Beer Muses

Craft Beer Making Waves in Miami

Joe Baur finds craft beer Mecca in the unlikely Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, Florida. This industrial-turned-artsy neighborhood is home to a handful of breweries that are helping revitalize the neighborhood and make Miami a craft beer destination.

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College Craft Beer Playoffs

Craft Beer Muses

The College Craft Beer Playoffs

Bryan Richards declares the winner of the College Football Craft Beer Playoffs by looking at five beer-related criteria including number of craft breweries, 2015 GABF medals, oldest craft brewery in town, closest brewery to campus and number of classes in brewing or fermentation sciences.

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craft beer predictions 2016

Craft Beer Muses

Predicting 2016 Craft Beer Trends

When looking ahead to craft beer trends in 2016, I decided to get in touch with those most closely connected to today’s small brewers. Here are some sage words from leaders at a variety of the American state brewers guilds.

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