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Craft Brews Slowly Chipping Away At Big Beer’s Dominance

Craft Brews Slowly Chipping Away At Big Beer’s Dominance

| March 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Beer is a $200 billion a year business in the U.S., but most of that money goes to the two companies, Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors. But smaller “craft” breweries are challenging that dominance, and it’s a battle that’s being waged on grocery store shelves and the taps at your local pub.

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Who Grew Your Pint? How Craft Brews Boost Local Farmers

Who Grew Your Pint? How Craft Brews Boost Local Farmers

| March 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Malt is an essential component of beer, but most comes from a handful of industrial processors that pool grains from across the U.S. and Canada. Now, a small but growing number of craft malt houses are malting grains from small regional farmers, enabling microbreweries to offer truly local beers.

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My American Pantry (MAP) Celebrates Local Food Producers

My American Pantry (MAP) Celebrates Local Food Producers

| February 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Founder Andrea Blum is laying the groundwork for an online marketplace with an aerial photo series highlighting regional food and drink makers.

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KQED’s Forum: Study Links Alcohol to Cancer Deaths

KQED’s Forum: Study Links Alcohol to Cancer Deaths

| February 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

A new study finds that even moderate alcohol consumption can increase the risk of cancer-related death. KQED’s Forum hears from one of the study’s authors, who says alcohol is responsible for 20,000 cancer deaths every year. But the study is not without controversy. Some researchers say alcohol may have certain health benefits, and that it’s risky to advocate total abstinence. Forum looks at the mechanism by which alcohol may increase cancer death. Should you give up booze altogether?

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Local Brewers Bet on Low-Alcohol ‘Session’ Beers

Local Brewers Bet on Low-Alcohol ‘Session’ Beers

| February 19, 2013 | 2 Comments

Industry veterans and newcomers see low-alcohol “session” beers as an untapped market.

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The 3rd Annual Tour de Biere: An East Bay Bicycle Brewery Tour

The 3rd Annual Tour de Biere: An East Bay Bicycle Brewery Tour

| February 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

The 3rd Annual Tour de Biere celebrated San Francisco Beer Week by visiting breweries in the East Bay by bicycle.

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Sexy Eats & Food Gifts for Valentine’s Day: Did Someone Say Chocolate?

Sexy Eats & Food Gifts for Valentine’s Day: Did Someone Say Chocolate?

| February 12, 2013 | 1 Comment

What’s on the menu for this Valentine’s Day? Chocolate, of course! Feed your sweetie(s) or your own fine self something sweet from our round-up of delectable, locally made treats.

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Celebrating Beer Week With A Bike Ride To Marin Brewing Company!

Celebrating Beer Week With A Bike Ride To Marin Brewing Company!

| February 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Over 30 of us gathered on a lovely Saturday afternoon to ride to the Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur to kick off SF Beer Week.

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When The Microbes Are Happy, The Brewer Is Happy

When The Microbes Are Happy, The Brewer Is Happy

| February 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Yeast are demanding little critters. To make good-tasting beer, brewers have to pamper them like pedigreed pets. A new report says it’s all about the microbiology. Brewers say they use science to keep their charges happy.

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SF Beer Week: 6 New Craft Brewers On Our Radar

SF Beer Week: 6 New Craft Brewers On Our Radar

| February 7, 2013 | 2 Comments

In honor of SF Beer Week, which kicks off Friday, we take a look at some of the newest craft beer makers who have made the leap to professional brewing in the past year.

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New Hampshire Cuts Red Tape To Put Nanobreweries On Tap

New Hampshire Cuts Red Tape To Put Nanobreweries On Tap

| February 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Small, local breweries are trendy, but in many places, starting one can involve a lot of red tape, thanks in part to Prohibition-era liquor laws. New Hampshire is the first state to try to change that. But is the “nano” model really sustainable?

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A Quest For Real Beer, Without The Gluten

A Quest For Real Beer, Without The Gluten

| February 3, 2013 | 1 Comment

Malted wheat and barley add flavor and heft to most beers, but they also contain gluten, making beer off limits for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. For those looking for gluten-free options for Super Bowl Sunday and beyond, good news: There are more choices than ever before for flavorful, full-bodied gluten-free beer.

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Frosty Mexican Bulldog Margarita

Frosty Mexican Bulldog Margarita

| January 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

One of the best parts about traveling is the exposure to new and exciting things. And it doesn’t always require busting out your passport. This little gem comes from one of my many trips to Texas. Austin, Texas to be specific. I am a SXSW regular, you see, and this little puppy has kicked off many a tequila-filled night while there. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Beer and Gouda Fried Risotto Balls (Arancini)

Beer and Gouda Fried Risotto Balls (Arancini)

| January 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

The Super Bowl will be here in just over a week and you are probably looking for some fun appetizer to wow the crowd with. Well, look no further! The great thing about these risotto balls (called arancini) is that they not only make a great starter but you can put them on a salad or have them as a side. Super versatile! And the fact that they are made with beer and cheese doesn’t hurt either.

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