Hello brew crew!
Here’s an update of some of our favorite beer stories from the past week:
DON’T FEAR THE BEER
Burning Brothers’s Brewing, St. Paul, Minn., is totally gluten-free. Founders Dane Breimhorst and Thom Foss spent three years concocting brews with no trace of gluten strands. Now these brews are available to tap room guests, but only after you wash any gluten off your hands before ordering! When the Midwest’s only zero-gluten craft brewery says they’re free of gluten–they mean it. It’s all impressive, but most importantly, the beers hit the mark on taste, too. Click here.
NEW GLARUS BEER AND THE MARS CHEESE CASTLE
Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune, takes us on his journeys to Wisconsin to purchase the widely popular New Glarus beer. The problem for most Chicagoans is New Glarus, Madison, Wisc., stopped distribution in Illinois in 2003. Wisconsin’s Mars Cheese Castle, found roughly 10 miles north of the state line, claims New Glarus beers account for 70-percent of all their sales. Noel tries to answer the question of whether the legendary brew is worth the drive across the state line. Click here.
WHEN CHICAGO’S ONLY CRAFT BEER WAS IN MILWAUKEE
In 1978, Peter Hand Brewing closed leaving Chicago with its closest craft brewery in Milwaukee. Now the Windy City has 144 local craft brewers, second only to Portland, Oregon (196). The resurgence of craft breweries in Chicago exploded during the past seven or eight years, and it appears the craft beer buzz will keep booming. But will it last for Chicago to take the top spot? Click here.
THIRD COAST IN THIRD PLACE
The Midwest has some catching up to do when it comes to the highest craft beer consumption in American cities, according to Neilsen. This info map shows the cities that drink the most craft beer. West coast, East coast, Third coast. Click here.
CRAFT BREW LANGUAGE 101
Here’s a quick refresher on a few craft beer language terms. Why is describing a beer as “hoppy” no longer a very telling term? Why do “Bombers” remain a persistent source of controversy? And who is “Brett,” and will he always make you taste something unpleasant? Click here.