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Conscious choices: an ethical trip to Ghent, Belgium

Belgium’s third largest city, Ghent, is becoming a haven for eco-friendly tourists. In the past, the city has been known as a liberal playground, and this mindset has blossomed into a socially and environmentally conscious economy. There are several vegan cafes, organic markets, and even environmentally friendly fashion boutiques. Overall, the nearly 50,000 students in Ghent give the city a …

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The Beer Sherpa in Europe

Spending 31 days in 10 cities across Europe makes for a great beer tour. Highlights from England included a Czech-style lager made by ex-pats in London and an imperial stout in Lewes, Sussex. In Brussels, De La Senne’s Zinnebir on cask was a revelation, while in Ghent, it was an oud bruin aged on oak leaves that delighted. A dark …

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Who Are Beer Festivals Actually For?

For many beer lovers, festivals are fun events. Others, however, cannot overlook their exclusionary reality. Festivals are overwhelmingly filled with people who are cisgender, white, straight and male. Some within the industry are trying to change this. Pittsburgh’s Fresh Fest and London’s Craft Beer Cares festivals are dedicated to increasing diversity within the community. Larger players such as the Great …

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Cherry on top

Kriek is a cherry lambic style beer which originated in Belgium. The Funk Factory in Madison, WI is making its own kriek using traditional natural fermentation. The creator, Andrew Holzhauer, turned making kriek into a family affair by using his own cherry orchard and getting help with picking from his family members. He even used the Dutch name for the …

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It’s time to give saisons some much-deserved love

Light beers that are brewed in the summer months are often of the saison variety. Saison beers consist of a spicy yet fruity flavoring that is ignited by its natural yeast. Gilman Brewing Co. in Berkeley offers about a dozen different saison products brewed right in an old-school barrel. They use fermenting methods that do not include Brettanomyces, and they …

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Belgian beers owe their success to medieval hybrid ‘super yeasts’

Just like the phenomena that is seen in plants, when certain yeasts are put together, they have the ability to create a product that is highly stress-resilient. Belgian beers often have two parent yeasts that can come together to make a subtype of yeast that is much stronger and produces a whole different taste. This is considered a medieval practice, …

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INVITATION: HERE’S TO A LESS WASTEFUL HALLOWEEN

Three companies are coming together to reduce the amount of food waste that is produced by Halloween events. Last year’s seasonal waste ended up resulting in 18,000 tons of food being thrown out. The company trio has developed a new beer that is made from the surplus of pumpkins left over from the Halloween season. The pumpkins will be collected …

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Ask Kate About Beer: What beers pair best with spicy food?

Beer pairings can make or break a meal, but it’s important to remember that although these pairings have standard guidelines, they are completely subjective. Overall, people should drink what they like. But, from an expert perspective, there are a few rules to follow. When it comes to the general pairing, it’s important to match the intensity of the food with …

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It’s official… CAMRA says this is Real Ale!

We are very proud to announce that our beers have been certified by CAMRA as Real Ale in a Bottle (RAIB). As many of you will know, all our beers are naturally bottle conditioned and as a result, have a small amount of live yeast in each bottle – this is critical to obtain RAIB accreditation by CAMRA. Why Bottle …