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Break the Pumpkin Streak with Fresh Hops and Flanders Delights

As the summer sun descends southward, the nights grow longer, and the leaves begin their colorful demise, another annual tradition has made its presence known in just about every place you go these days. Pumpkin. Flavored. Everything . Especially beers. Please don't misunderstand - I'm just a red-blooded American like y'all, but I demand variety and must seek out the best each season has to offer. The fresh hop (not wet hop*) beers and the old-world style of the Flanders Red/Flemish Brown are a great place to start. Here's a map by which to plot your escape from Pumpkin-flavored hell.

WARREN WILLS – PORTLAND CORRESPONDENT |
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OF CRAFT & CONTRACT – IPSWICH ALE’S ROB MARTIN TELLS US HOW IT’S DONE

Rob Martin is an impressive guy - not everyone can go from a brewery employee to the President and Owner of Ipswich Ale Brewery in just 5 years. That's a big achievement at any brewery - but Ipswich Ale is not just "any" brewery. Since 1995, this brewery has been crafting great beers not only for themselves but also by contracting out their services to other up-and-coming breweries.

DAN VARRICCHIO - BOSTON CORRESPONDENT |
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The 2013 Great American Beer Festival Award Winners

If you're into craft beer at all, you know that the Great American Beer Festival took place in Denver over the weekend. You probably know as well that the GABF is not just about sampling serious beer - it also plays host to one of this country's most important beer competitions and 2013's winners were announced on Saturday.


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THE AMERICAN CRAFT BEER WEEKEND PICKS – October 11, 2013

Hey it's Friday, the weekend's almost here, and you're ready for some serious fun. Well good, because that's where we come in.  From the nation's coolest beer festivals to movies, music and cutting-edge TV shows - we've got your back big-time. Plus we've a weekend beer pick for you that you'll want to chase down. So welcome to this week's edition of our awesome Weekend Picks.


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Cold Brews and Kayaks

Athens, GA may be known for its vibrant bar scene, but there's another attraction you should consider the next time you're down for a visit: Kabrewing. Grab some friends and some serious beer and head out to the Broad River and enjoy early fall the right way.

TEAM MJ - BRETT MORRIS AND ANDREW JAMES - ATLANTA CORRESPONDENTS |
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Shutdown Blues – How The Government Shutdown Is Affecting Craft Brewers

Think this is just about the National Parks being closed? Think again!

The government's political gamesmanship is having far reaching consequences and it's affecting the craft beer industry directly. It all starts with the TTB who like many regulatory bodies in government have had most of their functions shutdown since October 1st. And while many of those who work in the brewing industry are far too familiar this agency, many of you who just enjoy drinking craft beer may not have a clue as to who the hell they are or of the significant sway they hold over the industry.


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BOS to GABF: An Unexpected Journey

As you read this, I am making my way from Boston to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival. I have packed my ACB T-shirt, business cards, digital recorder, and cell phone charger. I am carrying granola bars, gum, and Tylenol in my purse. I am ever so slightly terrified. The stats from last year are mindboggling - 3,000+ beers and 49,000 attendees.

JULIANA CASALE - BOSTON CORRESPONDENT |
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The American Craft Beer Rumor Mill – October 9, 2013

Hey it's Wednesday and that means it's Rumor Mill Time...Everyone's heading out to Denver this week for the GABF and the town will be rocking! We'll be bringing you what's shaking so far. Plus we've got some updates from the Grateful Dead crew and our friends at Dogfish Head. We've also got a very, very special new Rumor Mill release that you'll want to chase down. So fasten your seat belts...THIS WEEK'S RUMOR MILL IS ON!


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