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The American Craft Beer 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide – Part 2

With the holidays just around the corner, we thought it might be a good time to highlight some of this season's more interesting gift ideas for the craft 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. If you missed our first installment, you should check it out; it's got lots of fun ideas - Holiday Guide Part 1

Now on to Part 2 of this year's Holiday Shopping Guide .....And, oh yeah, HO, HO, HO!

DECEMBER 17, 2012
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Big Wood, Bold Beer: A Barrel-Aged Beer Festival

On December 6, Brouwer's Café in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood kicked off its annual wood-aged beer festival Big Wood. This suggestively named weekend featured 62 barrel-aged beers on tap, from American Brewing Company's Stupid Sexy Flankers with Raspberry to Upright Brewing's Apricot/Brett Seven. Of special note this year were five beers from local breweries that were aged in Wheat Whiskey barrels from Dryfly, a craft distillery in Spokane, WA. Brouwer's distributed the Dryfly barrels to the breweries specifically for the Big Wood fest, and these beers were served at Big Wood for the first time. These included the Big Time Old Sol Wheatwine, Black Raven "Mr. Kitty" Blueberry Pale Ale on Nitro, Elliott Bay Lake City No Doubt Stout, Elysian Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout, and the Fremont B-Bomb.

KATELYN PELAK - SEATTLE CORRESPONDENT | DECEMBER 14, 2012
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The American Craft Beer Weekend Picks – December 14, 2012

Hey it's Friday and we're heading into the weekend. With the holidays just around the corner (not to mention the End of Times as predicted by the Mayan calendar), you've never been busier, and you, no doubt, need a break! So if you're up for some ideas, we've got them. We're all about the fun and we've got you covered. Plus we've got some special "End of the World" weekend beer picks for you too! So welcome to our Weekend Picks!

DECEMBER 14, 2012
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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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MY SAN FRANCISCO BEER BUCKET LIST

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.

JASON HOLLINGSWORTH - SAN FRANCISCO CORRESPONDENT | DECEMBER 12, 2012
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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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