Don Tse

Don Tse is an internationally recognized beer writer and beer judge, working from his home base in the middle of North America’s barley belt.

Under the Microscope: Dealing with Diastaticus in the Brewhouse

Determining whether a yeast is a contaminant is like deciding whether a plant in your garden is a weed—it all depends on whether you want it there. The insatiability of diastatic strains can be a danger if uninvited. Properly managed, it can be an asset.

Beyond the Ball Announcement: Getting Past the Can Crunch’s Latest Twist

Ball’s new minimum orders and higher prices have left independent brewers scrambling. Besides higher costs industry-wide, likely knock-on effects include streamlined SKUs, a return to labeling and shrink sleeves, and a boom in digital can printing.

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How Yeast Can Help Smaller Breweries Join the NA Beer Game

There are only so many ways to make a low- or no-alcohol beer, and none provide an easy route to a product that tastes good—especially for smaller breweries. However, one increasingly viable option is specialized yeast. Here’s how it works.

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Coming Soon: Even More Yeast Strains, Thanks to New & Old Tech

Brewers have never had more choices when it comes to yeast, and the arrival of new strains is accelerating thanks to selective breeding and gene editing. Bespoke yeasts, anyone?

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.

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Running a Safer Beer Festival

Ready to get back to holding beer fests and other special events? As more people get vaccinated and authorities relax some rules, there are ways to ensure a profitable event where people feel safe.

After Rough 2020, Independent Brewers Set for Rebound

The pandemic dealt craft beer its toughest year in 2020. Production and market share dropped, but not as steeply as once feared—and there are plenty of reasons for optimism.

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Seven Questions You Should Be Asking Your Malt Supplier

Are you getting the best and most suitable malt you can from your supplier, to make the best possible beer for your customers? To make sure, here are some questions to consider asking.