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College Craft Beer Playoffs

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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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Craft Beer Muses

12 Beers of Christmas

Don Russell, author of Christmas Beer: The Cheeriest, Tastiest and Most Unusual Holiday Brews, shares his 12 beers of Christmas in honor of the season.

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Craft Beer Marzen

Craft Beer Muses

American Craft Brewers Experimenting with Märzen

For traditionalists, Märzen is celebrated with a nod to the Reinheitsgebot, the 1516 Bavarian purity law that specified that only water, barley and hops could be used in the production of beer. But for the more adventurous brewers out there, Märzen is yet another opportunity to do something uniquely American.

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Craft Beer Muses

Beer Haze: Clarity in a Topsy-Turbid World

Beer clarity—or lack of clarity, also known as ‘turbidity’—is one of beer's most telling attributes when it comes to quality. But, before you go tossing out every beer that doesn’t appear impeccably crystal-clear, realize that beer haze isn’t necessarily a flaw.

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Pumpkin Craft Beer

Craft Beer Muses

Pumpkin Beers: Why People Love—and Love to Hate—Them

Pumpkin beer is loved so much that in the month of October it rivals the popularity of India pale ale—the top-selling craft beer style in supermarkets in America. What’s most surprising about this little style that could is that beer lovers take an emotional stand for or against it, but why?

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Beer Styles Beginner

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Beer Styles for Beginners

No matter where your craft beer journey begins, the fact remains you always have to start somewhere—and that's the most overwhelming part. Here are a few of the most approachable beer styles, including commercial examples from America's small and independent brewers.

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