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6 Companies Are Selling 50% Of The World Beer Supply. Here's How.

A family tree of the world's major beer companies
Oct 2, 2014 12:30 pm

So you're out grilling, trying to preserve what's left of the nice weather this fall, and decide to crack open an ice cold beer. Did you ever stop to think where exactly it came from? The answer may actually be simpler than you think. According to Quartz, half of the world's supply of beer comes from a grand total of six brewing multinationals. A chart depicting the family trees of these six companies is surprisingly easy to follow.

WDA: 7 Important Fall Beer Quests To Complete

Football beer, Zwanze Day, hop harvest, Oktoberfest
Sep 5, 2014 1:00 pm

Autumn is one of the best seasons for beer — we toss away (after finishing) our sessioners, bikini beers and shandies and bust out the bottles we've been aging since the weather got warm. We're talking Imperials, coffee beers, stouts, Oktoberfest brews, hearty ciders and freshly hopped IPAs. Peruse 7 of our favorite fall weekend drinking assignments below and pick your favorite(s). 

Please Drink These 7 Very Hoppy IPAs

Celebrate IPA Day with special hopped-up brews
Aug 7, 2014 2:00 pm

Today is the hoppiest day of the year: National India Pale Ale (IPA) Day! I'm usually not one for Hallmark holidays, but when hopportunity knocks, I've simply got to obey. New IPAs seem to drop every week, and with nearly all 3,000 breweries in the country producing at least one, it can be difficult to discern the best of the best at your local craft beer store. I'll try to make your trip a little easier by showcasing the best new IPAs for you to try in celebration of this mighty day.

Question: How Is The Severe Drought Affecting Beer Production?

Could a water shortage lead to a beer shortage?
Jun 13, 2014 2:00 pm

As you've likely heard, a sizable chunk of the country is experiencing a severe drought. Beer nerds will recall that water is a key component of the brewing process (it takes between 3.5-5 barrels of water to brew one barrel of beer), so with many breweries operating in drought-affected areas, will output be affected?

 

Kickstart This: HopBox Handcrafted Brewing Kits

A simple way to brew beer at home
May 16, 2014 11:00 am

An afternoon spent brewing homemade beer? Sounds like an ideal weekend plan to us. HopBox Brewing Kits are perfect for brewing cider, mead and beer – whether you’re a veteran brewer or brewing your first ever batch. It appears our excitement is shared — the project's Kickstarter campaign had received almost three times the necessary funding amount of $45,000. But there are more reasons to donate, and to check it out. Read on.

Beer Geekery: 13 Things You Probably Never Knew About Hops

The more selection, the bitter. Get it? Hop joke!
Mar 20, 2014 2:00 pm

Our brew obsession has a lot to do with the wide range of incredible flavors and aromas imparted by different kinds of hops. There’s also a common misconception that all hops are bitter, which is far from true. Hop profiles are incredibly diverse, from the intense tropical and citrus fruits of Citra hops to the white wine and gooseberry flavor imparted by Nelson Sauvin. Check out a few other things you probably didn't know about the best thing to happen to beer since water.

5 Weekend Drinking Assignments For A Lazy Sunday

Cold? Bored? Feel like polishing up your beer game?
Jan 5, 2014 1:00 pm

Yeah, we don't want to go outside right now either. If only winter mix was like spring mix. Sadly one is a blend of ice, snow and rain and one is a salad. As a result, we're hitting the craft beer section hard, kicking back and relaxing. But, you know, for educational purposes, so here are 5 suggestions from Jon Katz's Weekend Drinking Assignment to expand both palate and mind. 

Our Beer Writer Cameos In This Video About Brewing Perrier Beer

A beer experiment on film, with bubbles
Dec 18, 2013 2:00 pm

Food Republic beer writer Jon Katz was called to Brooklyn microbrewery Bitter & Esters not long ago to participate in an experiment: making beer with Perrier as the base. Not only does he admit to underage drinking on film, he learns that delicious fizzy water makes delicious fizzy beer, which happens to be our favorite kind! Check out the Société Perrier video after the jump.

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