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Hops Insider: Bracing for the Next Market Correction

Tough times are ahead for hop merchants and farmers coping with surplus stocks and stalling demand. After enjoying wider selection and lower prices in the short term, are brewers ready for what comes next?

Video Tip: Filling the Foeders with Care

From planning the brew schedule to preserving the pellicle, New Belgium wood-cellar director Lauren Woods Limbach explains the delicate task of promptly refilling a foeder.

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Beer Awards: Brewing to Win

Brewers who’ve enjoyed repeat success at the judging tables have this advice for their friendly competition: From category selection to packaging methods, you need to sweat the details.

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Beer Awards: Sizing Up the Competitions

Medals and other honors can raise your brewery’s profile, boost your team, and even increase sales. Yet with tighter budgets and more competitions than ever, breweries are carefully considering where and how many they can enter.

Opening a Brewery? First, Ask the Big Questions.

In the first episode of his Brewing a Business video course, Allan Branch of History Class Brewing in Panama City, Florida, outlines the most important questions you need to answer if you’re serious about opening a brewery.

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Tips on Surviving the Winter Lull

It’s the toughest time of year for beer—cold weather, health kicks, and lots of people just staying home. For breweries barely hanging in there, these months can be a knockout blow. From a variety of voices in the industry, here are some ideas about how to make it work until spring.

Video Tip: How Brewery Operators Can Avoid the Death Spiral

In this clip from his video course, Allan Branch—founder of History Class Brewing and El Weirdo tacos in Panama City, Florida—explains the usefulness of “fear-setting” as a way to be ready for warning signs that your brewing business could be in trouble.

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Evolve or Die: Insights from the Craft Pioneers

These are tough times to run a small brewery—but was it ever easy? For perspective and advice on finding success in today’s industry, we reached out to seven successful brewers and entrepreneurs who’ve left it behind.

Video Tip: Keeping the Wood Cellar Clean and in Good Repair

“There’s nothing romantic about a dirty wood cellar,” says Lauren Woods Limbach, New Belgium’s wood-cellar director and master blender. In this clip, she explains the importance of cleaning and preventive maintenance—especially when it comes to aging foeders.

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Hops Insider: The Search for a Cure … for Hopcontractophobia

There are hops in abundance, but beer sales are unpredictable—it’s no mystery why many small breweries are relying on the spot market. Yet many suppliers are aiming to lure brewers back to more flexible contracts that better suit today’s market.