Ben Keene

Author of The Great Northeast Brewery Tour, a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Beer, and former editor of BeerAdvocate, Ben Keene has judged beer competitions across the US and has spoken at industry conferences and conventions. He lives in Seattle.


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Malt Producers Evolve for a Changing Beer Industry

As small breweries proliferate, the largest malt producers—known for consistency, quality, and scale—aim to innovate and stay nimble to serve the changing market.

BY: Ben Keene

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Leveraging Local: Craft Malt as a Path to Success & Sustainability

Quality, price, and scalability remain drawbacks for small-batch local malt, but many small breweries argue that the benefits far outweigh the costs.

BY: Ben Keene

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From Pivot to Permanent: Looking Ahead to the Post-Pandemic Landscape

Breweries that altered their businesses to stay afloat during the pandemic are beginning to see that many of those changes will stick around. Here are several ways the industry will look different on the other side.

BY: Ben Keene

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Brewing with Purpose: Making the Most of a Good-Cause Beer

Last year was big for brews that raised funds and awareness for causes, from social injustice to hospitality workers in need. Here, four brewers from different parts of the country share experiences and advice on doing the most good with good-cause beers.

BY: Ben Keene

Raw Materials: Hop Producers Cope with Crisis

The pandemic’s unpredictability also affects the laborers, farmers, and dealers who supply breweries’ raw ingredients. Their experience, flexibility, and optimism are helping to buffer a potentially volatile market.

BY: Ben Keene