Author Archives: Warren Wills

Warren is the Assistant Editor & Portland Correspondent for American Craft Beer. Regular contributions include "The State of American Craft Beer" series and the "What the Hell Is" series on beer styles. "Anything worth doing, is worth doing right." ~Hunter S. Thompson

The State of American Craft Beer – Tennessee

Everyone knows Tennessee as The Volunteer State, but it's also known as the Big Bend State, the name Tennessee is claimed to be derived from a “Cherokee modification of an earlier Yuchi word” translated as “meeting place”, “winding river”, or “river of the great bend.”

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A Craft Beer Writer Attempts to Remember FWIBF 2017

We've done our best to piece together what happened at the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest. The pictures here were taken as a humble attempt at penetrating the time fog that's clouded our memory, as we're hoping to figure out what exactly did go down in Paso on Saturday...

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The State of American Craft Beer – Rhode Island

The 39th state on our list, The Ocean State, Rhode Island. The nickname is purely tourism driven, added to license plates in 1972 to help promote it’s 400 miles of coastline. Also known as “Little Rhody” and “The Plantation State,” the latter is derived from the state’s official name, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

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The Next Big Thing? Local, Hazy, Fresh, Cans

America's hot new thing isn't so much just a style, but a mentality. The era of the high ABVs and sours is slowly ebbing, being replaced instead with fresh, hazy ales - a symbol of the industry's shift to a more local focus over national distribution.

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The State of American Craft Beer – Oregon

The state’s nickname is rooted in the extensive capture of beavers in the 19th century when their prized pelts were desirable for fashionable fur hats. It officially became the state animal in 1969, is also the mascot for Oregon State University and appears on one side of it’s two sided state flag.

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