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The Chicago Craft Beer Renaissance

Chicago has always been a beer town, but it's not always been thought of as a craft beer town. Yes, the windy city has been home to many fine craft brewers in the past (Goose Island comes immediately to mind) but we think it's safe to say that it's never been considered a major craft beer city on the level of a Portland, a San Diego, or a Seattle. Fast forward to today and all that's changing big-time. Chicago is now in the midst of a major craft beer renaissance and the whole country has taken notice.

So what happened?

DECEMBER 13, 2012
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It's official. Your American Craft Beer San Francisco correspondent will be packing up his pint glasses, traveling across the country, and relocating to Chicago in January. Since my days in the Bay are numbered, I've put together a short bucket list of beer-related places I must visit before I pioneer across the country. Some of these I've done before while others are suggestions from the beer community in San Francisco.

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The American Craft Beer Rumor Mill – December 12, 2012

Hey it's Wednesday and it's Rumor Mill Time! 1988 was a very big year for a number of start-up craft breweries and Deschutes is getting them all together to celebrate their shared anniversaries! We'll be giving you everything that we know so far, plus we've got some fast-breaking craft beer news from Hangar 24 and Dogfish Head......We also have a hot new release that you've got to get your hands on. So fasten your seatbelt because......THIS WEEK'S RUMOR MILL IS ON!

DECEMBER 12, 2012
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The American Craft Beer 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide – Part 1

With the holidays just around the corner, we thought it might be a good time to highlight some of this season's more interesting craft beer gift ideas for the beer lover on your list. So we turned to our American Craft Beer correspondents for suggestions and we got so many great ideas back that we were forced to divide our guide into two parts this year.

DECEMBER 11, 2012
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A Bend Gas Station Taps into the Growlers-to-Go Market

900 per week - that's approximately how many growlers they're filling every seven days at the Growler Guys located out of a Shell Station/convenience store in Bend, Oregon. Kizer and Kent Couch are the Growler Guys and they have thirty working taps that they're changing up constantly. Think about that - the pumps outside only offer three grades of gas - (four if you include diesel) yet there are thirty working taps inside serving up some of the freshest beer from some of the best brewers in America!

DECEMBER 10, 2012
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The Beer Cure…

Scientists at Sapporo Medical University in Japan have just released a new study that indicates drinking beer might actually be good for you and help you ward off colds.

DECEMBER 9, 2012
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A Tour Of The B2 Restaurant Group

In the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, four very distinct bars seem to share a few things in common. Boasting a combined 88 taps, B2 Restaurant Group is a perfect example of how craft beer is for everyone. Each of the four locations is completely different from the next, and I'm a regular at all of them.

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