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Hops Insider: Middle-Finger Hops, Bag-of-Weed Terpenes, and More

New varieties and products on the immediate horizon range from a defiantly intriguing public hop to compounds that might emulate “sticking your head in a bag of weed.” Will you apply the eye dropper, or the sledgehammer?

Rethinking Your Brewery’s Water Profiles | Video Tip

In this clip from his video course, Breakside brewmaster Ben Edmunds makes the case for streamlining the number of water profiles at your brewery—a change that leads to better comparisons among beers and adjustments that can improve multiple beers at once.

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Field Quality is Critical to Craft Beer—and It’s Everyone’s Job

Successful breweries prioritize quality, from raw materials all the way to finished, packaged product. Yet even after your beer leaves the brewery grounds, there are ways to help ensure that people are enjoying the best possible version of it.

Behind The Bar: Looking Ahead When a Business Closes

It’s never easy when some doors shut for good—especially when you’ve put so much into opening them and running the business. Yet hospitality evolves, change is inevitable, and each hard-earned lesson can strengthen your next endeavor, ensuring that the past becomes prologue.

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The Art, Science, and Business of Wood-Aged Beers with New Belgium’s Lauren Woods Limbach

From forecasting your foeders to flavoring with fruit, New Belgium’s wood-cellar director and master blender Lauren Woods Limbach shares the expertise she’s amassed over more than two decades of running a successful, large-scale wood-aging program.

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Brewing a Business: How to Open a Brewery

So you want to open a brewery? Join Allan Branch, founder of History Class Brewing, as he takes you from why and where, to how.

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Does Your Brewery Really Need to TikTok?

In the context of an industry desperate to attract younger customers, can small breweries looking to grow their brands afford to overlook such a popular platform? Here we look at the potential pros and cons of getting into the TikTok game.

Know Your Brewery’s Strengths ... and Then Add to Them, Methodically | Video Tip

Whether it’s an unfamiliar style, yeast, or dipping into barrel-aging and blending, Breakside brewmaster Ben Edmunds explains why it pays to know your brewery’s wheelhouse—and to carefully, thoughtfully add to those strengths.

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Selecting Malts for IPAs that Win

In IPAs, hops do the talking, but building the right platform gives them the best chance to have their say. Here, a few award-winning brewers share advice on creating that malt base—especially for the American and West Coast styles—plus, we look at a new base malt designed especially for IPA.

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Finding and Managing the Right Food Program for Your Taproom

Most people who operate small breweries don’t want to go into the restaurant business—yet food is an increasingly important way to attract customers and increase beer sales. For small breweries considering what kind of food program might be the best fit, here are some lessons learned.

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Breakside’s Guide to Institutional Beer Quality | Brewing Course

Ben Edmunds, cofounder and brewmaster of Breakside Brewing in Portland, Oregon, shares his insights on how to build and maintain a methodical quality program that can take your brewery’s beers from consistently good to consistently excellent.

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Putting Mid-Fermentation Dry Hops to the Test

Recent experiments at New Belgium could help smaller breweries decide whether the benefits of mid-fermentation dry hopping are worth the potential costs.

Case Study: In a Tough Market, NoDa Is Growing by Leveraging Quality and Retail Flexibility

Bucking the current headwinds to grow via distribution, Charlotte’s NoDa Brewing has ambitions to become no less (and no more) than the brand of the Carolinas.

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Brewery HR: The FTC Nixed Noncompetes. What About NDAs?

As the federal government moves to ban noncompete agreements, businesses can look to other methods for protecting themselves. Here’s what it means for small breweries and their teams.

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Packaging: A Look at Digital Can Printing for Small Breweries

While the tech is still young, the digital printing of cans is growing in capacity and becoming more accessible—and it can be done quickly, in batches as small as a half-pallet.

Infographic: The Over/Under on Beer Ratings

To illustrate how some styles of beer tend to attract more effusive ratings than others, we compared the top scorers in several categories.

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