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The American Craft Beer Weekend Picks – July 12, 2013

Hey it's Friday and the weekend's almost here. We're almost halfway though summer and you're ready for some fun and that's where we come in! We're all about it and we've got your back big-time. Plus we've got a special weekend beer pick that you'll want to track down. So welcome to this week's edition of our awesome Weekend Picks!


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Finnriver Cider: 5 Years Ahead of the Game

Driving up a long winding road with witty, rhyming signs asking you to drive slowly, you're immediately struck by the scenic views of the Chimacum Valley on the northern Olympic Peninsula of Washington, views you may have missed if you hadn't turned off of Highway 19. At the end of this snaking path is a small gravel parking lot next to the anticipated red barn, with signs pointing to a craft cider tasting room.

MATT LYMAN - NORTHWEST CORRESPONDENT |
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Lager? I Barely Know Her

Jack's Abby has come a long way since it began operations in Framingham, but one thing that hasn't changed over time is the terrible beer puns. If you haven't seen Private Rye or Hurts Like Helles on the shelves, keep an eye out; the brews are even better than the wordplay. I recently spoke to the man behind the puns, and the beer, to get his take on the last two years. Here's what Jack Hendler had to say for himself. 

JULIANA CASALE - BOSTON CORRESPONDENT |
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Brewer Demand for the 2013 Great American Beer Festival Overwhelming

It appears that registering for the opportunity to have your beers represented at the Great American Beer Festival has now become as difficult for brewers as it is for fans seeking admission tickets. Hosted by the Brewers Association and held every October in Denver, GABF is without question one of craft beer's biggest events. Last year's tickets sold out in mere minutes, leaving many a disgruntled patron disappointed and frustrated with the online process. And now that frustration with the process seems to be spreading to the industry's side of things...


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The American Craft Beer Rumor Mill – July 10, 2013

Hey it's Wednesday and it's Rumor Mill Time...Move over Hanson...Mumford and Sons have a new beer coming out soon and we'll be bringing you everything we know so far. Plus we've got some fast-breaking news from Cigar City and from the boys at Three Floyds! We've also got an awesome new release that you'll want to chase down. So fasten your seat belts everybody...THIS WEEK'S RUMOR MILL IS ON!


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The City of Home-Brewerly Love

My wife and I rolled into the Marriott in downtown Philadelphia early on Thursday and fun was in the air. The lobby was packed with clusters of homebrew clubs decked out in club shirts, luggage carts buckling under the weight of dozens of beer bottles and homebrew equipment, and Sierra Nevada pouring pints in the corner. Yep, we were in the right place, and I was ready for the crowing event so far in my beer-loving life - the 2013 National Homebrewers Conference.

JOSEPH ALONSO - ATLANTA CORRESPONDENT |
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Seeing Stars: A Q&A with Enlightenment Ales

The more I speak with brewers, the more I'm realizing that there are two types of breweries: specialists and generalists. Lowell-based Enlightenment Ales falls firmly in the specialist category, as possibly the only commercial brewery in the United States producing bière de champagne using the traditional méthode champenoise. To explain this mouthful of French and to let me in on what's next for the three-year-old brewery, I contacted founder and one-man army Ben Howe.

JULIANA CASALE - BOSTON CORRESPONDENT |
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