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Rising Costs: Strategies to Save on Packaging

Rising Costs: Strategies to Save on Packaging Image

As prices increase on everything from PakTech carriers to cardboard, here’s how breweries are thinking creatively—and sustainably—to reduce costs.

BY: Kate Bernot
Firestone Walker’s David Walker Manages By Walking About Image

Firestone Walker’s David Walker Manages By Walking About

BY: David Walker
Beyond Beer: Le Squawk Takes Flight for Green Cheek Image

Beyond Beer: Le Squawk Takes Flight for Green Cheek

BY: John M. Verive
Q&A: Weathered Souls Cofounder Marcus Baskerville Image

Q&A: Weathered Souls Cofounder Marcus Baskerville

BY: Jamie Bogner

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Rising Costs: Strategies to Save on Packaging

As prices increase on everything from PakTech carriers to cardboard, here’s how breweries are thinking creatively—and sustainably—to reduce costs.

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Firestone Walker’s David Walker Manages By Walking About

David Walker, cofounder and CEO of Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, California, shares some thoughts on management after a quarter-century of building a brewery into a widely respected, award-winning regional powerhouse.

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Beyond Beer: Le Squawk Takes Flight for Green Cheek

After initially underestimating the challenge of brewing hard seltzer as well as its sales potential, Evan Price and his team at Green Cheek are taking the Le Squawk brand in new and more flavorful directions.

Q&A: Weathered Souls Cofounder Marcus Baskerville

The creator of the Black Is Beautiful initiative reflects on that experience as well as the intention that led to the launch of his San Antonio brewery.

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Do Spent Grains Represent a Hidden Revenue Stream?

Rebecca Kern, an animal scientist who works with livestock producers, argues that brewers are missing out by viewing spent grains as waste instead of a “co-product.”

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Dialing It in: Making the Case for a Malt Sensory Program

Independent brewers are prolific consumers of malt, increasingly nudging growers and maltsters into more characterful varieties. What’s lacking is wider adoption of programs that can evaluate and analyze that character—and then communicate it to drinkers.

BY: Ben Keene

Free Beer! Breweries Pitch in to Promote Vaccinations

The more people who get vaccinated, the more hospitality can get back to full steam and do it as safely as possible. Breweries have been finding ways to get involved—including the obvious.

BY: Don Tse

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Beyond Beer: Phase Three Goes for Irreverence with Lulz

Our latest in a series on small breweries going beyond beer: From a young brewery built to anticipate the latest trends, the Lulz brand of seltzers finds success by embracing big flavor while shedding all beery pretensions.

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Direct-to-Consumer Beer Shipping: Six Questions to Ask

Online beers sales are growing, but there are complex state and local rules that must be understood to be followed. Knowing and following those rules is key to further expanding this avenue to additional sales.

Fostering a Culture of Accountability at Small Breweries

The recent outpouring of stories about sexism and harassment makes it plain that breweries must do more to cultivate environments where people look out for each other. Here are concrete suggestions from experts on how to get there.

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Beyond Beer: Ska’s Refreshing Road to Hard Seltzer

In Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing’s path to hard seltzer and CBD-infused soda began by making flavored water for the team and giving it away to patrons. Scaling up to alcoholic seltzer worth drinking, however, proved to be a bigger challenge than expected.

Hope Grows at Wheatland Spring Farm + Brewery

Harvesting their own grains and yeasts for country ales and lagers, Bonnie and John Branding are out to prove they can build a sustainable farm business by growing beers that taste like their place.

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Hops for the Future: Preserving the Nobility

In this ongoing series that looks at hop-related issues that will matter to brewers in the years to come, Stan Hieronymus spotlights the need to think ahead when it comes to securing the future of some valued hops from the past.

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Marketing Trends: Augmented-Reality Packaging for Small Breweries

Tech that can bring beer labels to life—with animation, music, information, stories, and more—may soon be affordable to even the smallest breweries.