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Brewers’ Perspectives: Cask Ale

Cask ales are all about balance, subtlety, and drinkability. Here, some of the best cask-ale brewers discuss how (and why) they produce cask ales.

Breakout Brewer: Wander Brewing

At Wander Brewing, the biggest focus is blazing a trail through beer and beer styles that interest and inspire them, from Belgian styles to rauchbiers to fruited kettle sours to barrel-aged saisons to coolship beers and, yes, even IPAs.

Making the Leap to Commercial

Dreaming of turning your homebrewing hobby into a career? Professional brewmasters go through a lot to earn that position, and opening your own place is even harder. Here are some things to consider as you dream of making the leap.

Breakout Brewer: Cloudburst Brewing

Brewing on used equipment and playing around with new techniques, hops, or other ingredients, Cloudburst Brewing is turning out a spectrum of beers that are remembered for their bold names and the causes they support.

Breakout Brewer: Aslan Brewing Co.

From core beers to core values and down to every last detail, Aslan Brewing Co. is very much an expression of its four owners’ commitment to organic ingredients and their community.

Breakout Brewer: Transient Artisan Ales

Specializing in modern farmhouse ales, Transient Artisan Ales’ Founder and Brewmaster Chris Betts uses simple recipes and barrel fermentation to create beers that are works of art.

Breakout Brewer: Burial Beer Co.

With deep roots in the town’s history, a diverse lineup of inspired beers, and major expansion in its future, Burial Beer Co. has established itself as a fundamental planet in Asheville, North Carolina’s craft-beer-soaked universe.

Killing Craft? AB InBev Blocks Sale of South African Hops to American Craft Brewers

The AB InBev-SAB Miller merger leaves hundreds of small, independent brewers without access to important hops as AB InBev earmarks the entire production for its own brewers.

Forward Contracting Hops

When breweries contract their hops usage at least three years in advance, it lets hops growers better project the varieties to grow and whether to expand the farms, helps prevent shortages or overages, and creates more stability in the hops market.

Brewer’s Perspective: New England–Style IPAs

Getting great results brewing a New England–style IPA requires more focus on process than recipe alone. Ryan Brooks, formerly of Coronado Brewing in San Diego, shared their process of developing a New England–style IPA in the West Coast IPA heartland.