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  • Homebrewing, the Ultimate Obsession

    I sort of fell into homebrewing by chance. I'm one of those people that have always enjoyed beer, so you would figure that I would have looked into homebrewing a lot earlier than I did. The problem was, I had always assumed it was too hard, too time consuming, and too expensive of a hobby to get into. Sure I had seen the Mr. Beer kits, but that always led to me another problem; I enjoyed good craft beer. I was convinced that there was no way I could get a good product out of a plastic barrel-shaped container. I also didn't think that it was possible to make a good craft beer unless you converted your garage into a brewery and installed a very large copper kettle. As it turns out, I was wr...


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  • Homebrewing Rookies: Two Brothers Give It a Shot

    This past Christmas I decided to buy my older brother (a serious beer fanatic) a Brewers Best homebrewing set. What better gift to get for a person who loved microbrews and could possibility someday brew all his own beer and avoid paying $9 to $10 for six-packs of the finest Microbrews?

    The store clerk at the local home brewing store (a gardening store with a small home brewing/wine making section) said the Brewers Best kit was the best route to take for first time brewers like my brother. The enormous box, which retailed for roughly $70, included bottle caps, Priming Sugar, Cleaning Solution, two 5-gallon buckets, a few tubes, and scrub brushes. In addition to the kit, you als...


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  • The Rise of Homebrewing

    Over the past few years, in the shadows of the craft brewing revolution, thousands of beer lovers have stepped up to the plate and taken the brewing process into their own hands. What was illegal thirty years ago across the United States has recently become one of the fastest growing hobbies in the country. Led by amateur brewers of all ages, craftbrewing has not only become a new popular pastime, but an obsession for many, and the center of an entirely new industry within the food and beverage sector.

    So what motivates these amateur brewers to spend weeks, or even months, crafting their own brews rather than picking up a six-pack on the way home from class or work? Some do it for...


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  • Prohibition and the Resulting Beer Distribution System in the United States

    For anyone who has ever sat and pondered the steps between a beer's conception and the moment it reaches your lips (and for those who haven't wondered but are reading anyway), here is a look at the alcohol distribution system in the United States which has been in effect since the Twenty First Amendment was passed in 1933.

    To put things in perspective, we should first cover the period before the current system was established. In 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment received its final ratification, and in conjunction with the Volstead Act effectively made alcohol illegal (sort of), marking the beginning of Prohibition in the United States – a 13 year period when the manufacture, s...


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  • Dogfish Head Brewery

    Dogfish Head is named after Dogfish Head, Maine where brewery founder Sam Calagione spent his summers growing up. The Brewery was founded in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware in the summer of 1995 has made major strides since its days of being the smallest commercial brewery in America. Originally offering one flavor of beer in its brewpub, Dogfish head has since added 17 more styles and expanded its distribution to over 25 states and has become one of the premier craft breweries in the United States.

    While during the early years Dogfish Head was able to expand gradually, their growth reached a new level in 2002 when demand for its products caused Dogfish Head to move its brewery to a 100,...


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