Archive: Brewery

Blue Ox Malthouse: A Conduit Between Communities

For Joel Alex, a maltster is a conduit between communities, a craft to its source, a farmer to a creator, a producer to a customer. As a homebrewing enthusiast with a background in environmental education and community development, Alex, founder of Blue Ox Malthouse in Lisbon Falls, Maine, became a change agent for agriculture in the Pine Tree State after a conversation at a farm potluck. “A craft brewer and I discussed the lack of local ingredients available in the industry due to lack of malting capacity. The light bulb went off! Somebody had to do this!” he told Beverage Master Magazine. “I had friends growing grains and other friends getting into milling grains and brewing beer. The idea just […]

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The New Face of Closures

Closures come in all shapes and sizes – shiny, matte, 3-D embossed, silkscreen, utilitarian, wood and plastic. Some are aluminum, decorated with digital printing and metalized with a coating in the color of your choice. Closures can define a brand and target demographic, boost shelf appeal and differentiate brands from one another. With recent innovations and a bevy of options, in today’s market packaging solutions are no longer an afterthought. Functionality matters Closures are a major, and functional, design feature of modern packaging. They protect the spirit from spillage and contamination and are designed to show any evidence of tampering, all while providing beverage producers with space for branding and advertising. Creating a unique closure system requires expertise and resources […]

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Hop Growers Anticipate Plenty of Product for Brewers This Year

Brewers across North America anticipate plenty of hops, as growers continue a years-long trend of increased production. Last year, hop production across the U.S. totaled around 104 million pounds, over 55,000 acres. The Pacific Northwest is the runaway production leader for hops in the U.S., with Washington alone accounting for 53,000 acres. “Currently, the Pacific Northwest crop looks very good,” said Ann George, executive director of the Yakima, Washington-based Hop Growers of America (HGA). Irrigation water supplies are adequate this year, and mild temperatures have contributed to good growing conditions, George said. Roy Johnson, national sales manager with John I. Haas Inc., which is based in Washington, D.C. but grows hops in Yakima, as well as other regions worldwide, agrees. […]

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Keeping Off Flavors Out of Your Beer

When consumers reach out for a craft beer, they have an expectation of how that beer should taste. When an off flavor sneaks in, it can lose the brewery customers and hurt their reputation. Keeping off-flavors out of beer is not as difficult as it may seem, as long as brewers have the tools and know-how to do so. An off flavor is a defect in beer that does not adhere to the style or ruins its taste. Some of the most common are diacetyl, which takes the form of butter or theater popcorn; oxidation, which comes across as papery; dimethyl sulfide, a sweet corn taste; and acetaldehyde, often taking the shape of green apples. Causes Many different factors cause […]

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Brewing to the Green Extreme – Steam Whistle’s Premium Canadian Pilsner

At Steam Whistle Brewing, they live by their motto: Do one thing really, really well.  Since 1998, Steam Whistle has grown from a dream hatched by three friends around a campfire into one of Canada’s largest and most beloved independent breweries. Greg Taylor, Cam Heaps and Greg Cromwell had previously been colleagues at a Canadian premier microbrewery in the 1980’s and 90’s before it was bought out by a national brewer and closed down, as the fate of many of Ontario’s independent breweries at that time. Sitting around the fire, the self-named “Three Fired Guys” dreamed about their own brewery one day, making a Pilsner that would compete with the best in the world. Not only has their only product, […]

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Pumps in Craft Beverage Processing

Breweries and distilleries use pumps on the hot and cold sides of the beverage production process, but there is a lot that goes into selecting the right pumps for each job. When choosing new pumps, brewers and distillers must consider the intended purpose, hygiene standards for compliance, energy efficiency, cost, and other factors. By applying the feedback of industry experts who work with pumps every day, beverage producers can recognize common issues that arise with pump use, how to avoid those issues, and how to choose the best pumps for their operations.  Pump 101 for Brewers and Distillers There are quite a few reasons why brewers and distillers use pumps, including the elimination of unwanted, viscous, and abrasive raw materials […]

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StilltheOne Distillery: Changing the Game in Small Batch Spirits

StilltheOne Distillery in Port Chester, New York is small craft distillery that is creating a big buzz in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Under the guidance of Albert Savarese, a creative and marketing-savvy entrepreneur, StilltheOne is not only introducing consumers to new and innovative products, but it is also collaborating with the local community to offer spirts that embrace the concept of farm-to-table and express the high quality of Hudson Valley grains. StilltheOne (STO) opened in 2009 as the first distillery in Westchester County since the introduction of Prohibition in 1920. Its then-owner named the distillery for his wife, who was “still the one.” Savarese, who had just come from a sales and marketing position […]

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Malting Barley Research at Penn State Aims to Support Craft Beer Industry

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – When it comes to libations, more and more Pennsylvanians are raising their glasses in favor of craft beer. In fact, according to the Brewers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, there are 136 craft breweries in Pennsylvania that produce more than 4 million barrels of beer annually. The economic impact of the industry is estimated at $4.48 billion, the second largest in the country. The industry’s popularity has caught the attention of researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, including Greg Roth, who’s spearheading research in malting barley — a key ingredient in craft beer production — with a goal of helping Pennsylvania farmers benefit. “In the last 15 years, there has been a tremendous […]

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Extension Helps N.Y. Brewers, Growers Raise a Pint

The essential ingredients of a pint of locally produced New York state craft beer are quite simple: hops, barley, yeast and water. Much more complex, however, is how the supply chain of those elements comes together to create beverages that adhere to New York’s escalating farm brewery regulations. It’s a recipe further challenged by the relative infancy of the farm brewery industry and its explosive growth. Since the introduction of the state’s farm brewery license in 2013, which offered tax benefits and relaxed regulations for breweries using New York-grown ingredients, there are now more than 160 farm breweries online. And while the path to startup has been made easier, there exists significant challenges for farm brewers looking to procure New […]

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Turning Your Brewing Passion into a Business A Guide to Starting a Brewery

So you have the desire, the passion, the funding and a comprehensive business plan to start a brewery. Now what? There are many aspects of starting and running a business that must be considered, such as manufacturing, accounting, marketing, personnel management and facilities, to name a few. At times it can be a bit overwhelming, for a good reason. “Everyone wants to start a brewery, right?” said Vic Falck of Calusa Brewing in Sarasota, Florida. “We were drawn to the industry for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost we love beer, are dedicated to making the best we can and wanted to share that with the world. It’s an exceptional and supportive community filled with passionate people doing what […]

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