Craft Beer

3:23pm

Fri May 18, 2012
The Salt

U.S. Craft Beer Brewers Thrive, Despite Small Share Of The Market

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 9:35 am

A row of taps highlights specialty and imported beers at Brouwerij Lane, in Brooklyn, New York. Craft brewers have found a way to thrive, even as the U.S. economy struggles.
Bill Chappell NPR

It's a good time to brew beer in America. According to beer expert Julia Herz, U.S. brewing isn't just on the upswing, it's on top. "We're now the No. 1 destination for beer, based on diversity and amount of beers," she says.

But if you want to see the strength of America's beer industry, you may want to look past beverage giants like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors. According to the Brewers Association, nearly 2,000 American brewers operated during 2011 — the most since the 1880s.

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1:16pm

Tue May 15, 2012
The Salt

Vermont Beer Makers Bring Back Old-Time Maple Sap Brews

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 6:33 am

This farmer, pouring maple sap into his pail near Wilmington, Vt., in 1954, may have turned the dregs of the season's sap into beer.
Robert F. Sisson National Geographic/Getty Images

In Vermont, the last sap in the spring maple sugaring season isn't considered good for much. It's too dark and strong to use for commercial maple syrup — people tend to like the light and clear stuff.

But long ago, that late season sap was used in a potent dark beer that offered some cool relief to farmers when the hay was cut in the heat of summer.

Now some local microbreweries are bringing the historic drink back from extinction.

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10:29am

Tue May 8, 2012
Arts & Culture

Oskar Blues Hopes to Brew Success on the East Coast

Oskar Blues delivery truck
Daquella manera Creative Commons/Flickr

We’re just a few days into May, but it’s already shaping up to be a busy month for Colorado craft beer. Last week Longmont-based Oskar Blues announced that it would be opening its first facility outside Colorado, with plans to open a new location in Brevard, North Carolina.

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11:03am

Thu April 19, 2012
Business

Six of the Largest Craft Breweries Call Colorado Home

Lindsey Gee Flickr/CreativeCommons

Colorado continues to be the Napa Valley of craft beer, at least according to a new survey released by the Boulder-based trade group Brewers Association.

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11:44am

Mon April 9, 2012
Colorado Brewing

New Belgium Picks Asheville as Site for New Brewery

photo by Betsy Weber Creative Commons/Flickr

The craft brewing industry says the recently-announced expansion of New Belgium Brewing into North Carolina is a sign the market for craft beer remains strong.

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