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Why the Germans want to brew U.S. craft beer

Jason Notte - - MarketWatch

U.S. craft beer's success at home is great and all, but reaching Hasselhoff levels of popularity in Germany is a far more impressive milestone.

Let's start off by saying that craft beer isn't exactly a new concept outside the U.S. The Australian craft-beer industry has grown about 13% each year since 2003. In Ireland, the burgeoning industry has tripled in size since 2011 and makes more than 50% of Ireland-produced beer exports while taking on multinational companies including Heineken and Diageo, which have bought up traditional Irish brands Guinness, Murphy's and Beamish. The Esquire Network's "Brew Dogs" looks at U.S. craft beer through the eyes of brewers from Scottish craft brewery BrewDog. Some of the best craft beer in the world, at least according to BeerAdvocate at RateBeer, is being brewed by Mikkel Borg Bjergsø's Copenhagen-based Mikkeller.

How the craft beer revolution made cans cool again

Svati Kirsten Narula - - Quartz

For decades, US beer drinkers have operated on the assumption that high-end, foreign brews come in bottles, while down-home, budget beers are packaged in flimsy, 12-oz. cans, the better for pounding and crushing.

Bisbee's Beast Brewing Brings East Coast Flavor To Arizona Drinkers

Robert Charette - - Sierra Vista Herald

Jim and Amanda Gibson have journeyed a long way since celebrating their one-year anniversary of opening Beast Brewing Company in Bisbee this month. The Gibsons were drawn to Cochise County by warmer climes and the opportunity to become craft brewing entrepreneurs.

FORE! Pro Golfers Launch Golf-Themed Contract Brand via Brew Hub

Chris Furnari - - Brewbound

(Cue the orchestral music and Jim Nantz narration)

Every champion golfer comes to The Brew Hub imbued with a towering source of inspiration. It starts as a solitary journey, but it is one that no golfer, if he dreams of becoming a craft brewer, makes alone.

Four Peaks wins Travelchannel.com's top brewery contest

Kellie Hwang, The Republic - - AZCentral.com

Four Peaks Brewing Company has come out on top in Travelchannel.com's favorite craft brewery contest.

The website's original online series, "Microbrew Madness," sent hosts and film crews out to 16 microbreweries across the country, including Four Peaks, and then asked viewers to cast votes for their favorite brewery. The Tempe-based brewery was announced as the winner at the end of Oktoberfest on Oct. 5.

Will a bunch of terrible craft beer ruin the booming craft beer industry?

Jon Terbush - - The Week

With the craft beer industry booming, quality control has emerged as a primary concern among brewers. Roughly 1,250 new breweries opened in the last five years, bringing the total to 2,822 nationwide. Yet not everyone who wants to make good beer knows how to make good beer, so the slew of fledgling ventures — all with varying levels of experience, knowledge, and skill — has led to some really bad brews hitting the market.

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