When in New England

Each era is characterized by certain indelible images. Circa 1967, hippies in flower-pattern dresses, cut-off shorts, dancing in mud. Circa 1992, skinny kids slouching around in flannel shirts. And circa 2017, people in Red Sox t-shirts standing in line to buy cans of New England IPA.

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Jeff AlworthNEIPAComment
Let's All Have a Beer

There are a few public spaces out there where this might happen, but honestly, there aren't many where you're going to come into meaningful contact with people with whom you disagree. In most bars in America, you'll find liberals and conservatives drinking amicably next to each other.

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Trust Your Judgment

Don't buy the hype. In an increasingly confused marketplace with thousands of breweries and tens of thousands of beers, groupthink has identified certain winners. They're almost certainly good, but there are so many more out there that are also good--and possibly even better, or at least more suited to your preferences.

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Your Guide to the 2017 Oregon Brewers Fest

There are 91 regular beers at this year's Oregon Brewers Festival and another ninety-odd in the specialty tent. How on earth will you navigate this surfeit of choice? By listening to the Beervana Podcast, of course, in which Patrick and I--Certified Beer Authorities*--give you the short list of the beers you'll love.**

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Jeff AlworthOBF, OBF 2017
Brewing Pliny the Elder

The American Homebrewers Association launched an interesting project yesterday. They selected one beer from one brewery in each state and did a Secrets of Master Brewers thing: a full recipe and formulation. Where possible, the AHA has tried to track down a classic beer.

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Breakside Slabtown

That spirit animates the new building, which draws throngs of young pubgoers. Sound and light bounce off hard surfaces and ricochet around, creating a sense of vibrancy. The little nooks and pockets offer different types of seating for groups of varied sizes and purposes--there are even couches and coffee tables. Even in this enormous space, you can find places for more intimate groups.

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Memories of Shakeouts Past

The case in point is Portland Brewing, which became an unexpected focal point for how quickly breweries can collapse. The brewery still exists, but is a living tar pit containing the bones of two deceased breweries, and the struggling, trapped bodies of a couple more.

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Brewers Reflect on the "Independence Seal"

I was interested in two very basic questions: 1) Did breweries believe it was important for consumers to know about breweries' independence?, and 2) were they planning to use the seal? I canvassed a half dozen breweries of different sizes from different parts of the country and got responses from four--Ninkasi (OR) and Harpoon (MA), large craft breweries, Port City (VA), a medium-sized brewery, and Gigantic (OR), a small brewery.

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