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Researchers create probiotic beer that boosts immunity and improves gut health

Researchers create probiotic beer that boosts immunity and improves gut health

Beer lovers may soon have a gut-friendly drink to raise a toast to, thanks to the creation of a novel probiotic sour beer by a team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS). This new specialty beer incorporates the probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei L26, which was first isolated from human intestines and has the ability to neutralise toxins and viruses, as well as regulate the immune system.Read More

Deschutes Brandy Barrel Abyss Rocks Your Mouth Off

Deschutes Brandy Barrel Abyss Rocks Your Mouth Off

It’s nearly July, it’s Texas, it’s 1 million degrees Kelvin…yes that’s a thing, so you know what I want to drink tonight?  A barrel-aged Imperial Stout, obviously.  That Deschutes Abyss has been calling my name since I dropped it in the fridge a while ago.  A beer like that usually calls for celebratory circumstances but, screw it, what’s worth celebrating more than the end of the work week.

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New Independent Craft Brewer Seal To Help Distinguish Craft Beer From Big Beer

New Independent Craft Brewer Seal To Help Distinguish Craft Beer From Big Beer

While small and independent craft brewers represent 99 percent of the 5,300+ breweries in the U.S., they make just 12 percent of the beer sold in the country. The rest of U.S. beer sales comes from Big Beer along with imported brands. As large brewers continue to have unprecedented influence and acquire millions of barrels of formerly independently brewed beer, the seal differentiates in a crowded and increasingly competitive marketplace.Read More

Urban Family’s The Flowers are Sleeping Embraces the Funk

Urban Family’s The Flowers are Sleeping Embraces the Funk

Tragically, this is my first run in with Urban Family Brewing Company, a travesty I plan to remedy again and again and again.  I’m a huge fan of Saison, the funkier the better.  Think, foot sweat dribbled onto a horse blanket with a little bit of light fruit for posterity.  Amazing!  This Brett Farmhouse Ale delivers, on all accounts.

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Braxton Labs to Release First Canned Beer: New England Style IPA

Braxton Labs to Release First Canned Beer: New England Style IPA

New England Style IPA #002 is brewed with Citra and Mosaic hops. It’s an unfiltered, hazy IPA with notes of mango, peach and grapefruit. It has a medium body and smooth mouthfeel.

“The idea behind Braxton Labs is to push the envelope on new innovative styles and listen to what our customers really want,” said Evan Rouse, Braxton Brewing Company COO.  “New England IPAs are extremely popular right now, and our Lead Innovation Brewer, Zac Boehnke, and team truly knocked it out of the park with Braxton Labs’ first New England IPA. I can assure you this version is just as good — if not better. We are excited to get these cans in your hands.”

Braxton Labs’ first New England IPA quickly became its most popular beer selling out in less than two weeks. Given its popularity, the brewing team decided that they wanted to can a beer to get more beer in more customers’ hands.

Check out more about the New England style ipa ‘Haze Craze’ here.

Pliny dethroned, as Zymurgy releases its Best beers list

Pliny dethroned, as Zymurgy releases its Best beers list

Russian River’s Pliny the Elder has long been a fan favorite.  Whispers of Pliny sightings pass between beer nerds, the ones lucky enough to lay eyes on this Imperial IPA anyway.  And long has this west coast mainstay been at the top of the list, 8 years to be exact.  Zymurgy magazine releases its yearly Best Beers list every June, outlining the voted favorites of the year.  This year, much to the surprise of its readers, the king has been dethroned.

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Jester King to release montmorency vs. balaton blend

Jester King to release montmorency vs. balaton blend

Montmorency vs. Balaton is the newest incarnation from Jester King, to be released at their taproom on June 16th, 2017.

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5 beers to drink now to celebrate the “haze craze”

5 beers to drink now to celebrate the “haze craze”

New England-style IPAs are all the rage these days.  Juicy, hazy, and thick, not exactly what one would expect in an IPA.  This craze actually started back in 2004 when the Brewmaster of The Alchemist decided not to filter or pasteurize his new IPA, Heady Topper.  This left a hazy product with a thick mouthfeel and intense hop flavor without relative bitterness.  It took a long time to catch on, like 10+ years, but now the New England IPA is beginning to get the recognition it deserves.

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A Love Letter to Prairie Artisan Ales

A Love Letter to Prairie Artisan Ales

Prairie Artisan Ales, located in the heartland, gives me the feels all through my heartland.  What started as a labor of love from two brothers in Oklahoma, has blossomed into a trendsetting operation for craft beer.  These guys push the envelope whenever possible, with their ever hearty stouts, funky saisons, boozy imperial IPAs, and brain-stretching bottle labels.  I wait with bated breathe for the next release, always stalking their movements, like a cat on the prowl for her next meal.  And a meal from Prairie never disappoints.  So…Prairie Artisan Ales…how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.

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Boulevard Brewing expands again to accommodate canning line

Boulevard Brewing expands again to accommodate canning line

Boulevard Brewing announced recently that it will break ground on a $10 million expansion soon.

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