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The American Craft Beer Weekend Picks – January 4, 2013

Hey it's Friday and we're heading into the weekend. With the holidays just behind us and having just dodged the "End of Times" as predicted by the Mayan calendar, you clearly need a break! So if you're up for some idea, we've got them. We're all about the fun and we've got you covered. Plus we've got some special weekend beer picks for you too!

JANUARY 4, 2013
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A Journal of the Apocalypse

If you are reading this then something went horribly wrong and you may be the only one left. We had heard so much about the Mayan prophecy that the world would end on 12/21/12, but I didn't believe it. There was nothing in my non-superstitious mind that made me think that this was anything more that another Y2K: something cooked up to make the paranoid more paranoid. And I always felt that 12/22/12 would be just like 1/2/2000, and we would all be fine, but I didn't expect what would happen at Elysian Fields on that Thursday...

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The American Craft Beer Rumor Mill

Hey it's Wednesday and, like it or not, it's Rumor Mill time. Just because you're still detoxing from your new year's celebrations doesn't mean we're not running a Rumor Mill. It doesn't matter to us that you've been power-pounding beer for the last 48 hours (who hasn't?) - this industry never sleeps! So crawl out of bed when you're better - and fasten your seatbelt when you do - because THIS WEEK'S RUMOR MILL IS ON!

JANUARY 3, 2013
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The American Craft Beer Guide to Hangover Cures

Hey, we all might have had a misstep or two . . . Just saying.

If you're smart, you no longer go there - but I'd wager that there's no one reading this who's never felt the wrath of a real hangover. A real hangover is not just feeling tired or feeling a little off. A real hangover is brutal - a real hangover sucks. But hangovers can be avoided or at least lessened, and we've got some suggestions.

JANUARY 1, 2013
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The American Craft Beer Quick Hits – December 31, 2012

We blame the industry for this... It used to be that when we wrapped up our Weekend Picks on Friday, we could coast through the weekend. There was little need to check in for updates - things were pretty much done. But so much is going down lately that all that's changed. So here's some of what's happened in the world of craft beer news while you were enjoying your holidays.

DECEMBER 31, 2012
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The American Craft Beer Weekend Picks – December 28, 2012

Hey it's Friday and we're heading into the weekend. With the Christmas holiday having just taken place and with New Year's Eve barely a week away, you want to keep the good times rolling and we're here to help you with that! We're all about the fun and we've got you covered. Plus we've got some special seasonal weekend beer picks for you too!

So welcome to our Weekend Picks!

DECEMBER 28, 2012
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Be Afraid…Be Very afraid – Craft Beer is Not Going Away

They're more scared than they're letting on....And with all the data coming out lately, they damn well should be.

The bad news for Big Beer keeps coming -you've been reading it everywhere. Sales of craft beer continue to soar. According to the Boulder-based Brewers Association, sales in the first half of 2012 rose 14 percent over the same period in 2011. Production's up by 12 percent! Guest Metrics, a proprietary database that tracks transactions from restaurants and bars has just released a report that reveals that "Anheuser-Busch InBev, MillerCoors, and Heineken USA all lost share to craft beers in on-premise during 2012." That's a two share on-premise loss to craft beer. Big beer can't be loving that!

DECEMBER 27, 2012
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Nano-Breweries Get a Big Break in New Hampshire

It's tough starting a new craft beer business. Upfront costs can be challenging and state and local regulations daunting.....So when legislators actually do the right thing and enact laws that really help - they deserve their props. And we're giving them to the statesmen of New Hampshire who've recently made things a whole lot easier for nano-breweries!

DECEMBER 27, 2012
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The American Craft Beer Holiday Picks

Here in Madison we welcomed 15 inches of snow today by way of 35 mph winds. On days like today, there is little Sconnies can do but crack open a brew and let Mother Nature do her thing. Luckily I had some of my favorite craft brews and crafty friends on hand to keep me company. We pride ourselves in our winter knowledge up here, and we've come up with what we believe to be the choice beers this side of the snowpocalypse. Whatever you're up to this holiday season, we've got the beer for you.

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