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The No-Boil Challenge

Inspired by traditional farmhouse brewing, and further propelled by positive results—including increased sales—some brewers say they’re getting better beers without boiling.

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What If Your Heart’s No Longer in It?

Results of a burnout survey indicate beer industry pros are asking fundamental questions about their career paths, often feeling undervalued—and some are leaving it all behind.

Behind The Bar: Let’s Make Beer Fests Vital Again

Today, with distributors cutting back and tough competition at retail, it’s time to re-emphasize the festival as a way to attract new customers. Here are some experience-based tips on running a successful and profitable event.

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Hops Insider: Revenge of the Hop Creep

In a market with no room for error, neither is there room for avoidable off-flavors—including diacetyl and other issues caused by hop creep. Research continues into its causes and how best to avoid or eliminate it before beer leaves the brewery.

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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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Tasting Beer: Mastering Your Palate with Randy Mosher

By applying a more holistic, brain-aware perspective on your own sensory data, you can improve your ability to evaluate beer and raise the level of your brewery’s quality control and analysis.

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The Beer Ticker: Post-Nashville Hot Chicken Recovery Edition

From a new association for Black American brewers to the top beer in Africa, here are some news and announcements from around the industry.

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Developing New Sales Models in a Tough Market

With tighter competition, fewer wholesalers, and lower wholesaler interest, small breweries are looking for incremental ways to grow sales. That’s led to new models and some new opportunities—but there are no easy paths.

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Canning Line Nightmares: What to Know About Megasphaera and Pectinatus

As brewers, we love our low DO levels and our cans of light, crisp lager in the summertime. Unfortunately, so do a couple of the stealthiest spoilage organisms known to the beer industry.

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Don’t Break in Case of Emergency: Preparing for the Next Disaster

As damaging weather events become more common, breweries should consider whether investing in backup equipment now could help save money in the long term.

Infographic: Brewing Industry Burnout, Quantified

A recent survey found a high degree of occupational exhaustion among people who work various jobs in the brewing industry. Here we present the responses graphically as a violin plot.

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Copacking Offers Another Route to Product Diversity

For some breweries looking beyond beer, copackers have become vital partners for launching new products. Here’s what to know when weighing your options.

The Beer Ticker: Industry News & Notes, Spring Thaw Edition

From Bay Area acquisitions to big new taprooms in the Midwest, here are some news and announcements from around the industry.

Infographic: The Top 50 Craft Brewers by Volume in 2023

This week the Brewers Association updated its annual list of the top 50 craft brewers in the United States by volume of beer produced, so we’ve updated our infographic that tracks the shifts in rankings and new arrivals each year.

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Under the Microscope: Getting to Know Exogenous Enzymes

Better brewing through chemistry? From avoiding stuck mashes to boosting hop aroma while dodging diacetyl (and decreasing tank time), there may be multiple uses for exogenous enzymes in your brewery.

Case Study: Notch Brewing Leans into a Strong Point of View

In Massachusetts, Notch has carved a niche for traditional lagers and ales of modest strength and for bar service that honors those traditions—and, along the way, its confident approach has had an outsized influence on the industry.

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