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Craft Beer Rock Stars

It's crazy how much the excitement that now surrounds the craft beer industry reminds us of the energy that used to (and to a certain degree still does) surround the music industry. And just as the music industry back in the day gave birth to the rock stars - people like Mick Jagger or Robert Plant, who became the faces of the bands they came from - there's a similar thing happening with some people in the craft beer arena today.

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The American Craft Beer Rumor Mill – December 5, 2012

Hey it's Wednesday and it's Rumor Mill Time! There was a major Rock Icon sighting at Dogfish Head last week. We'll be giving you everything that we know so far, plus we've got some fast-breaking craft beer news from Tröegs and Saint Arnolds...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!

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Nebraska’s Growing Harvest – Craft Beer

Thanksgiving conjures up different visions for everyone, but for me, it's about spending time with family in the comfort of a home, surrounded by copious amounts of both new and beloved craft beer. So when I decided I wasn't flying home to Virginia as I normally do over the holiday, my husband and I braved the roads and drove 11 hours to Omaha, Nebraska to spend time with my twin sis, Tiffany, and her husband Nathan.

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An American Craft Beer Take On Marijuana Legalization

With Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act having recently won approval from a majority of Colorado voters, it appear s that the state's populace is ready to move beyond marijuana prohibition, as they did eighty years ago when they voted to approve the repeal of alcohol prohibition. And whatever your position is on the subject, there is no denying that there is a growing trend (at least at the state level) suggesting that many Americans are increasing open to repealing what they see as marijuana prohibition.

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“Eclectic and Weird”: ACB Visits Jolly Pumpkin Brewery in Dexter, MI

When Ron Jeffries began brewing the original test batches for Jolly Pumpkin Brewery in Dexter, MI, a pale ale was considered "really crazy" in the craft beer industry. But Jeffries took crazy to a new level when he turned his evolving business plan into a craft brewery focused on sours. "We saw a spot in the market for French and Belgian beers. No one in the US had an emphasis on sours," explains Jeffries - so he and his wife Laurie opened the sour-focused Jolly Pumpkin Brewery in 2004. As it stands today, Jolly Pumpkin is known as the only brewery that ages all of its beers in oak barrels and is the only US brewery to make its name brewing only sours.

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Sandy Relief- The NYC Craft Brewing Community Lends A Hand

Zach Mack, our NYC correspondent, also runs the Alphabet City Beer Co. His place is down on Avenue C in lower Manhattan, and he, like so many of the region's small businesses, was hit hard by Sandy. He's not complaining (it's not his style) and explained that so many people took it worse than he, but he did worry that the region's devastation is now an afterthought for many and that the national media's attention may have moved on.

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The American Craft Beer Weekend Picks – November 30, 2012

Hey it's Friday and we're heading into our first December weekend. Work had to be brutal coming off a long Thanksgiving break and you're ready to get away and have some fun. That's where we come in. If you're up for some suggestions - we've got them. We're all about it and have got you covered. Plus we've got a massive weekend holiday beer pick for you too! So Welcome to a Holiday Edition of Our Weekend Picks!

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