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Pumping Success Into Your Brewery or Distillery

Pumping Success Into Your Brewery or Distillery

By: Gerald Dlubala For breweries and distilleries, the beer and spirits that flow within drive business, but the pumps used to move that product can easily be considered the heart of production. If a pump fails, product flow stops and downtime eats away at production and delivery schedules. Having a ...
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Getting to Know Beer’s Key Ingredients:  Barley growers say, “If there is no barley, then there is no beer.”

Getting to Know Beer’s Key Ingredients: Barley growers say, “If there is no barley, then there is no beer.”

By: Cheryl Gray Barley has been around for some 10,000 years. When this ancient grain was introduced in the United States, in New England during the 17th century, it was produced specially to quench the thirst of colonists who wanted to make beer. Malted barley remains the key ingredient in ...
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Basque Cider Comes to the Columbia Gorge

Basque Cider Comes to the Columbia Gorge

By: Becky Garrison  Unlike the domestic ciders that dominate the Pacific Northwest, Basque cider (known in the Basque region of Spain as Sagardo) has a wild, untamed quality. These ciders are made only once a year using heirloom apples and native yeast strains that naturally occur in a given orchard ...
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Brewery Air Compression Systems: Why Quality Matters

Brewery Air Compression Systems: Why Quality Matters

By: Alyssa L. Ochs Compressed air systems are often misunderstood in the brewing industry and undervalued as a long-term investment; however, compressed air is an essential part of the brewing process, and an efficient system is integral. Choosing the best pneumatic system for brewery operations requires understanding the uses of ...
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The Golden Age of Hops and Beer:  The Fine Art of Choosing a Hop

The Golden Age of Hops and Beer: The Fine Art of Choosing a Hop

By: Robin Dohrn- Simpson Choosing the right hops can be a complicated task. Some breweries choose hops based on past agreements – they have long-standing relationships with growers they feel confident will provide what they need, at the highest quality. Some search out their hops based on geography, based on ...
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A Guide to Some of the Best Canadian Beer Fests

A Guide to Some of the Best Canadian Beer Fests

By: Briana Tomkinson The popularity of craft beer in Canada has fueled the growth of beer festivals across the country. Some, like Craft Beer Week events in Vancouver and Ontario, are primarily dedicated to showcasing local brews, while other festivals, like Montreal’s Mondial de la bière, are opportunities for beer-lovers ...
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Forward-thinking Marketing Is About Looking Back

Forward-thinking Marketing Is About Looking Back

By: Jim McCune HefeWheaties is a new beer from Fulton, which collaborated on the brew with another Minneapolis company, General Mills. Many beer brands have recognized the value of “nostalgia marketing” by tapping into our fondest childhood memories to sell more. But What is Nostalgia? It’s a human emotion defined ...
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Burning Questions From the  Craft Brewers Conference (Part 2)

Burning Questions From the Craft Brewers Conference (Part 2)

By: Jack McCraine - Firm Director, Baker Tilly Continuing with part two of our Q&A from the Craft Brewers Conference from Denver, with additional follow-up questions to our panel of experts. It was clear that times are tough and brewers are feeling the pressure from every aspect of their business ...
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Lots, Codes, and Life:  Dating in the Beer Industry

Lots, Codes, and Life: Dating in the Beer Industry

By: Eric Myers As the number of active breweries in the country exceeds 7000 and roars toward 8000, it’s more important than ever to consider one of the crucial facets of your packaged product: shelf life, and how to communicate it to your customer. It’s not just marketing; date lot ...
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Gaining Ground in Grimsby:  Mountain Top Hops

Gaining Ground in Grimsby: Mountain Top Hops

By: Adrienne Roman It’s no wonder the International Herb Association named it the 2018 Herb of The Year. The history of the Humulus Lupulus, better known as the hop plant, was first documented in the 1st century AD when its female cones were used for beer preservation on long nautical ...
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