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Celebrating 35 Years of Garlic at the Gilroy Garlic Festival: Gastronomic Highlights

Celebrating 35 Years of Garlic at the Gilroy Garlic Festival: Gastronomic Highlights

| July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

This year marked the 35th anniversary of the ultimate summer food extravaganza— Gilroy’s Garlic Festival. It was a three-day event packed with…well, food. Lots of food. Specifically, garlic. 82 tons of fresh California garlic to be precise. View BAB’s photo gallery of the festivities!

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Beyond Beer: Emma Christensen on DIY Brewed Beverages

Beyond Beer: Emma Christensen on DIY Brewed Beverages

| July 19, 2013 | 3 Comments

The author of True Brews shares her homebrewing habit with BAB’s Sarah Henry. Watermelon-Mint Soda anyone?

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The Dog Days Of Summer Lead Drinkers To Shandy

The Dog Days Of Summer Lead Drinkers To Shandy

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

A beer-cocktail combo popular in 19th century England is seeing a global revival. Shandies are tasty, fruity and practically scream summertime. They’re also lower in alcohol than a regular beer, which makes them more appealing as governments tighten rules on drinking and driving.

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Not Everyone Cheers Turkey’s Move To Tighten Alcohol Rules

Not Everyone Cheers Turkey’s Move To Tighten Alcohol Rules

| June 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Among the many reasons for ongoing riots in Turkey: A recent law restricting the advertising and sale of alcohol. Secular Turks see the new rules as the latest effort by the ruling AK Party to impose religious values on the population.

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Into the Cellar with Dave McLean: Brews & Dogpatch News

Into the Cellar with Dave McLean: Brews & Dogpatch News

| May 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Brewmaster Dave McLean dishes about his new Dogpatch brewery, set to open soon. McLean is the owner of the Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery and Alembic hotspots and shares about the state of craft beer (hint: we’re in such a sweet spot for suds lovers).

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Home Brewing: Soon To Be Legal In All 50 States

Home Brewing: Soon To Be Legal In All 50 States

| May 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Alabama legislature has approved a bill making it legal to brew beer at home, a practice that had occupied a legal gray area. If Gov. Robert Bentley signs the bill, as he is expected to do, homebrewing will be legal in all 50 states.

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Bay Area Home Brewers Opt for Homegrown Hops

Bay Area Home Brewers Opt for Homegrown Hops

| April 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

Home brewers take their craft to another level by growing their own hops, which ensures a steady supply and allows them to experiment with making wet hops beers.

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Study Finds No Harm In Occasional Drink During Pregnancy

Study Finds No Harm In Occasional Drink During Pregnancy

| April 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

The study looked at about 10,000 British children born at the turn of this century and found no developmental problems among those whose mothers drank moderately during pregnancy. But even the study’s authors caution that abstaining from alcohol is still best for mothers-to-be.

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Arsenic In Beer May Come From Widely Used Filtering Process

Arsenic In Beer May Come From Widely Used Filtering Process

| April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Arsenic in beer doesn’t sound like a good idea, even if it’s due to a centuries-old filtering process. A new study says filtering beer with diatomaceous earth could boost levels of arsenic. But it’s not clear whether this poses a health risk.

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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 | 1 Comment

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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