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The latest news, trends, and resources for professional brewers and members of the beer community.


Inside the taproom at Corporate Ladder Brewing

Corporate Ladder Brewing Climbs to New Heights in Craft Beer

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: January 30, 2024
Wearing a suit and grinding it out with a nine-to-five, Monday-to-Friday schedule is only for some. Punching your timecard and answering to The Man for eight hours until the glorious moment you punch out for the day is daunting. Doing that day in and day out can certainly take a
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Brewing With Chocolate: Elevating Beers Through a Delicate Process

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: January 22, 2024
We’ve written about using bold flavors to make great beer, like with kettle or smoothie sours or pastry stouts. While those flavors in beers are ...
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Scotch Ale Packs a Malty Punch and a Throwback Beer Experience

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: January 19, 2024
Craft beer consumers still go gung-ho over IPAs. According to Untappd’s 2023 Year in Beer review, .hop-forward beers had more than twenty-three million check-ins above ...
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Black IPA: An Underrated Style Booming with Flavor

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: January 12, 2024
It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that IPAs are the top craft beer style among consumers. The proof is in the data. ...
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The Top Craft Beer Trends of 2024

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: January 10, 2024
As the calendar flips to a new year, the best breweries are taking note of where the industry is heading, taking notes of industry trends ...
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Beer Names Explained: Experts Share Secrets on the Perfect Beer Name

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: December 18, 2023
Making great beer is obviously an important part of a brewery’s process—whether you’re a nano, micro, or a full-blown production facility. But the reality is ...
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HopKick Provides Extra Flavor, Aroma Kick You Need in All Beverages

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: December 12, 2023
We’ve written extensively in this space about numerous hop-based innovations, many of which go through the R&D process at John I. Haas. Whether it’s HopHaze®, ...
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Oatmeal Stout: How the Experts Integrate Oats for a Silky, Velvety Brew

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: December 5, 2023
We’ve just covered the tip of the iceberg with stout styles, previously chatting with experts about high-octane imperial stouts, making pastry stouts taste just like ...
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Citra Hops: The Hop That Invigorated the Craft Beer Revolution

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: November 27, 2023
We’ve written extensively about popular hops across the globe as part of this series, including Galaxy and Nectaron in the Southern Hemisphere and Mosaic and ...
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Milk Stout: How Lactose Lends a Silky-Smooth Mouthfeel

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: November 22, 2023
Undoubtedly, stouts pick up traction from consumers during the colder months. But that doesn’t make life for brewers boring, with so many subsets of the ...
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