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Ah beer. We love it, right? And we also all love lists. Seems like we internet lovin’ beer peeps cannot get enough of them. Well, here is a combination of two of our favorite things. I am proud to introduce (and provide insight on)’s most popular posts from the last year. We consider these a nice peek at the craft beer trends of 2014.

The top posts of 2014 are an eclectic mix of stories covering a wide variety of topics related to craft beer. This mix mirrors many beer lovers’ strong demand for diversity in their beer selection and a desire to dive deeper into the science of beer, but also keep it light with travel-related and beer and food pairing content.

To celebrate small and independent craft brewers and the ever-advancing U.S. beer scene, take a gander at’s top posts of 2014.

2014 Craft Beer Trends

  1. 5 of America’s Beeriest Beach Towns | Gary Glancy | @brewgar

    With more than 13,000 Facebook likes, I’d say beer lovers also love a good beach vacation! Gary took us to some of the best and most beery spots in the U.S.—let the 2015 vacation planning begin!

  2. 10 Bucket List Beer Bars | Tiffany Lutke | @TiffanyLutke

    Tiffany asked some of the most respected brewers in the biz what beer bar they consider the best in the country. Find out if your favorite bar made the list.

  3. Kegs: You’re Renting, Not Buying | Andy Sparhawk | @AndySparhawk

    As lovers of craft beer, we all have a responsibility to take care of and return kegs when we’re finished with them. Keg theft is an expensive loss to brewers, and drives up prices for everyone involved in beer—including the consumer.

  4. Cellaring Craft Beer: To Age or Not to Age? | Andy Sparhawk

    What are the rules for aging craft beer? What styles tend to age best? How long is too long for a beer? Andy attempts to give some clarity to a subject that has lots of differing opinions.

  5. Coming Clean about Dirty Beer Glassware | Julia Herz

    How do you know if a beer glass is dirty? What should you do if you think your glass hasn’t been properly cleaned? I want to empower you to make sure you have the best beer drinking experience when it comes to glassware and service.

  6. 12 Frighteningly Delicious Beers for Halloween | Michael Ludwig

    Homebrewer and beer blogger Michael leads us through a virtual beer isle of creatively scary craft beers.

  7. So You Want to Be a Beer Judge? | Julia Herz 

    This topic is near and dear to my heart. Wanna judge beer? Then read this post. Bonus: my personal beer resume is included. Find out where I’ve judged and how I got my start.

  8. Beer-Soaked Grilled Cheese | Brooklyn Brew Shop | @bklynbrewshop

    Thanks Erica and Stephen for this brilliant beer-battered bread n’ cheese sandwich recipe. Check out Brooklyn Brew Shop for some of the most creative recipes involving craft beer out there!

  9. Craft Beer Fall Seasonals 2014 | Meghan Storey | @mestorey is the leader in sharing seasonal offerings from U.S. craft brewers. Four times a year, Brewers Association Web Editor Meghan Storey does a roundup of beers ike only the BA can, giving us the most robust and eclectic seasonal beer list on the internet.

  10. Pumpkin Beers: Why People Love—and Love to Hate—Them | Julia Herz

    Speaking of seasonal beers, why are pumpkin beers so loved (and hated)? Find out why I’ve yet to meet a beer style that has more people either lovin’ or hatin’ on it than pumpkin beer.

And on that note, happy holidays and many good beers to all. – Julia Herz

Julia Herz is the executive director of the American Homebrewers Association. A BJCP beer judge and Certified Cicerone®, Julia co-authored the free Beer & Food Course, as well Beer Pairing (Voyageur Press). Despite her long resume, she will always consider herself a beer beginner on an unending journey to learn more about craft beer. is fully dedicated to small and independent U.S. breweries. We are published by the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers. Stories and opinions shared on do not imply endorsement by or positions taken by the Brewers Association or its members.