Author Archives: Warren Wills

Warren is the former Assistant Editor & Portland Correspondent for American Craft Beer. Creator of "The State of American Craft Beer" series, he now maintains his own site at

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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The State of American Craft Beer – Portland Oregon

For context, the City of Portland proper houses 70 breweries alone as of 12/31/2016, more than 32 entire states on their own and 105 total in the tri-county metro region. This arguably makes Portland the Beer Capital of the World, housing more breweries than any town, any where.

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The State of American Craft Beer – Ohio

Having left the N states behind, we’ve made it all the way to the 35th edition of our list, The Buckeye State, Ohio. Their nickname is derived from the tree of the same name, known by local native tribes as the hetuck. But the nickname didn’t really stick until William Henry Harrison ran for president in 1840.

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What The Hell Is A Flanders Red?

If you’re familiar with the various sour ales of Belgium, you might already be rolling your eyes and thinking, “Aren’t Flanders Red and Browns and Oud Bruins all the same?” Yes and No, is about as exact as we’ll get on that classification, suffice it to say that it’s complicated. So here’s a bit of what each are, what they’re not and we'll let you decide.

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