Tapped In: A visit with the craft beer kings of San Francisco

The hell-or-high-watermelonAnchor Brewing Company, opened in 1896, had fallen on hard times when it was bought in 1965 by Frederick Louis “Fritz” Maytag III. Rather than compete with the macro breweries of the time, he decided to try something different, offering his flagship product at a higher price — and discovered there was a market for more expensive beer.

“Certainly Steam beer is responsible for starting [interest in craft beers] because every other beer in the U.S. at the time was a yellow beer,” says Mark Carpenter, Anchor’s brewmaster.

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Craft beer hops for the Final Four’s hoops

While there’s nothing like attending the NCAA finals in person, your couch does have one big advantage over the seats occupied by fans in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium: You can enjoy a beer with the game.

Sales of beer — or any other alcohol — are prohibited in the general seating areas of NCAA-sponsored events (though big spenders in the luxury boxes often get an exception to that rule).

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Spring is Saison season for craft brewers

In the craft beer hierarchy, Saison beers don’t hold a candle to IPAs – but that hasn’t stopped them from amassing a loyal following.

In raw numbers, the production difference between the two is staggering. IPAs make up more than 21% of all craft beers on the market. Saisons only account for 0.13%, according to market research firm The IRI Group.

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Foreign markets thirsty for America’s craft beer

America’s craft beer industry isn’t just taking away market share from Budweiser, Miller and Coors. It’s starting to impact brewers in other countries as well.

Craft beer export volume was up by 35.7% in 2014 for a total of $99.7 million, according to the Brewers Association, the trade group for American independent craft brewers.

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Tapped In: The state of craft beer in Austin

For attendees at this year’s South by Southwest festival, there was no easier beer to find than Miller Lite. As one of the show’s major sponsors, it was everywhere – and being freely offered every few feet by one company or another.

But savvy beer drinkers at the interactive, film and music festival were sampling — or, in many cases, re-discovering — some of the local brews.

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Here are the best beers from the birthplace of the next big thing in craft

It’s brewvivalonly been around for six years, but Charleston, S.C.’s Brewvival craft beer festival has quickly become a must-attend event for beer lovers and beer brewers around the country – if you can get a ticket.

With over 50 breweries and more than 200 beers on tap, it’s a gathering that has made its mark by offering a bounty of varieties you won’t find at any other festival. Brewvival’s not about simply bringing your standard kegs, you see. It’s a place where brewers typically try something different – and pull out all the stops.

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Tapped In: Craft beer — A farmer’s salvation?

Craft Florida Lawmakers Pass Bill That Bans State Breweries From Selling 64 Ounce Growlersbrewers aren’t just changing the beer industry, they’re having a noticeable impact on the nation’s farmers as well.

Craft breweries tend to use a lot more of the key brewing components per batch than large competitors like Budweiser and Coors. How much? A recent research report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture notes that the average craft style beer uses between three and seven times as much malt per barrel as a mass market lager.

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Tapped in: Craft breweries usher in a beer can revival

Eighty LYONS, COLO. - September 24, 2003 - Dale Katechis , left, owner, and Brian Lutz , brewmaster, hold freshly canned six-packs of Dale's Pale Ale  in the brew house of Oskar Blues Brewery  in Lyons, CO Wednesday afternoon, 9/24/03. Packagingyears ago, the beer industry had a breakthrough. The Gottfried Krueger brewery in Richmond, Va, working with the American Can Co., was the first beer maker to put beer in a can—and it was an immediate and overwhelming success.

These days, cans are less associated with fine beer—and generally thought of as the container of choice for brands like Bud Light and Pabst Blue Ribbon. But as craft breweries expand their footprint and distribution boundaries, the can is making a comeback.

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Did Budweiser misfire with its anti-craft beer Super Bowl ad?

Budweiser’s budweiser super bowl adSuper Bowl commercial reuniting a lost puppy with its best friend, a member of the company’s iconic Clydesdale horse squad, might have melted hearts Sunday night, but the company’s other ad choice lit a fire under fans of craft beer.

The ad — entitled “Brewed the Hard Way” — seemingly mocked not only craft beer, but also the people who enjoy it, a move that proved to be both tone deaf and embarrassing for the company.

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Tapped In: 8 craft beers for your Super Bowl party

This Inside A JD Wetherspoon Plc Public HouseSunday’s match-up of the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots is more than the epic conclusion to the NFL season — it’s a great excuse to throw a party for friends. And if you’re hosting, you don’t want to screw it up.

Last year, Americans spent just shy of $536 million on beer during the Big Game, according to Nielsen. And as we get more selective about what we drink, it’s critical to have the right choices on hand. (Interesting side note: The Super Bowl is only the ninth most-popular “beer holiday” of the year.)

Budweiser may be all over the commercial breaks — with seven planned spots — but the savvy host will offer a good assortment of craft beers. Here are a few good options that will complement the game — but don’t have an alcohol content that’s so high you’ll miss the second half.

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