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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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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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