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Bent Brewstillery:  Innovation on Tap

Bent Brewstillery:  Innovation on Tap

By: Nan McCreary Bartley Blume may work twice as hard to produce both beers and spirits in Minnesota’s first combination brewery-distillery, but he also enjoys twice the opportunity to roll out new products that come from his ever-creative brain. They include a hoppy IPA without bitterness and a whiskey aged ...
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Exploring the Rise of U.S.-Based Agave Spirits

Exploring the Rise of U.S.-Based Agave Spirits

By: Becky Garrison According to research from the International Wines and Spirits Record Drinks Market Analysis, agave spirits represent one of the fastest-growing drink categories in the United States. The agave spirits category is forecast to grow by 4% compound annual growth rate through 2022. The most popular agave spirits, ...
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Palate-Pleasing Chemistry: Keep Taste Buds Excited with New Twists on Flavor

Palate-Pleasing Chemistry: Keep Taste Buds Excited with New Twists on Flavor

By: Cheryl Gray In the flavoring industry, it’s all about chemistry. Literally. Food chemists work to identify, develop and improve upon a good thing. For beverages regulated by the TTB, the balance is in creating new tastes for drinks such as beer, distilled spirits, sake, wine and kombucha without comprising ...
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Options and Improvements for Brewery & Distillery Tanks

Options and Improvements for Brewery & Distillery Tanks

By: Alyssa L. Ochs Various kinds of tanks and tank systems are used in both breweries and distilleries to create the amazing craft beverages we know and love. Brewing and distilling tanks also require specialized systems to work properly, ensure quality control and serve other purposes. Therefore, it’s important to ...
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Brewery Filtration Benefits With Knowledge & Testing

Brewery Filtration Benefits With Knowledge & Testing

By: Gerald Dlubala Filtration systems touch every aspect of the brewing process, and in an industry that continuously must evolve with market shifts and trends, the filtration system has to respond in kind. While the various methods and types of filtration leave room for a brewmaster’s personal choice and individual ...
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The Most Popular Spirit You’ve Never Heard of: “Vodka"

The Most Popular Spirit You’ve Never Heard of: “Vodka”

By: Tod Stewart That’s likely the answer you’ll get if you ask any spirits aficionado—and even a few distillers—what is the world’s most popular spirit. Though whiskey would have been a better guess, neither of these categories combined can hold a candle to one that you may never have heard ...
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Taking it Easy With Light Spirits

Taking it Easy With Light Spirits

By: Hanifa Sekandi You want to be the life of the party, but you do not want the party to take the life out of you. So you are on the hunt for a middle ground where you can entertain and imbibe with friends yet feel refreshed in the morning ...
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Best Practices for Writing Your Wholesaler Job Descriptions

Best Practices for Writing Your Wholesaler Job Descriptions

By: Kary Shumway, Craft Brewery Financial Training Recruiting, hiring and retaining good employees is a challenging task. However, with a clearly written job description the task gets easier. The purpose of a job description is to clearly define what needs to be done, and clearly define the type of person ...
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The Brewstillery Movement

The Brewstillery Movement

By: Kris Bohm: Owner of Distillery Now Consulting LLC. Breweries make beer and often their equipment has the capacity to brew more beer than there is necessarily a demand for. Plain and simple, idle equipment does not help generate cash flow. An alternative use to consider to keep idle brewery ...
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Is it Time to Franchise?

Is it Time to Franchise?

By: Raj Tulshan, Founder of Loan Mantra The Casual Pint, a craft beer shop and bar, opened its first location in 2011 and their first franchise two years later. Since then, they’ve steadily expanded. Now, they have 20 franchises in eight states, and have found the franchise model to be ...
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