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  1. Craft Brewers Embrace Sustainability in Creative Ways

    Craft Brewers Embrace Sustainability in Creative Ways

    The unfortunate reality is beer, like most products in a global economy, requires resources and leaves behind waste. Three to seven barrels of water produce one barrel of beer. Energy heats and cools ingredients throughout the brewing process. Read on to learn the creative ways breweries are putting sustainability as a priority.

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  2. Beer Money: Financing Options for Craft Breweries

    Beer Money: Financing Options for Craft Breweries

    Whether you run an established craft brewery or are just starting out, there are times when you might need “beer money” - outside funding to pursue new opportunities or endure a period of uncertainty. On Tap Credit Union is here to help you understand the ins and outs of your financial options when it comes to financing that perfect brew.

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  3. Same-Same yet Different -  The Exploration of Beer and Wine

    Same-Same yet Different - The Exploration of Beer and Wine

    At the most basic level, making beer and wine is the same. Ingredients, like barley or grapes, break down into fermentable sugars, sit around for a while with some yeast, and viola—booze. Despite their similar processes, beer and wine are obviously very different drinks. But why is that? We are going to break down some of the key differences between them and discover how they can be same-same, yet different.

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  4. On the Tip of Your Tongue: An Interview with a Beer Sensory Specialist

    On the Tip of Your Tongue: An Interview with a Beer Sensory Specialist

    The beauty of beer is that in addition to the year-round classics we anticipate, brewers are a mighty inventive bunch and despite beer being around for centuries (it’s one of the first beverages produced by humans), there’s always something new and exciting brewing. Are you drinking what's trending for 2022?

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  5. Are You Drinking the Trends of 2022?

    Are You Drinking the Trends of 2022?

    The beauty of beer is that in addition to the year-round classics we anticipate, brewers are a mighty inventive bunch and despite beer being around for centuries (it’s one of the first beverages produced by humans), there’s always something new and exciting brewing. Are you drinking what's trending for 2022?

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  6. Making a Beer Menu

    How to Design a Beer Menu... Maybe Four IPAs is One too Many

    Context is everything when designing a beer menu. Whether you’re picking crushable, budget-friendly thrills for a dive bar or choosing beers for a fine dining tasting menu, there are tons of factors to consider. Read on to find out more on how to create the best beer menu for our tasting room.

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  7. There's an Enzyme for That!

    There's an Enzyme for That!

    In creating a beer, it seems completely straightforward but what if there is a problem. What if there is an undesirable off-flavor? Was there not enough fermentable sugar? Is this not the right mouthfeel for the style? What about the clarity? What if it just isn’t quite right?

    All of these problems can possibly be solved by using the right enzyme! But what enzymes are out there? It turns out, more than even some professional brewers are aware of!

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  8. On Provenance and What Makes a Regional-Style IPA

    On Provenance and What Makes a Regional-Style IPA

    Is it really an East Coast IPA if it’s brewed in California? Breaking down how locality has shaped two iconic beer styles.

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  9. Thinking Beyond the Limits of Coffee Beers

    Thinking Beyond the Limits of Coffee Beers

    Coffee beers are one of the largest growing beer styles in the nation—but they’re also difficult to make. Here’s how to harness creativity and collaboration to make truly special beers.

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  10. Smoking Good Beers

    Smoking Good Beers

    While fruity, juicy, hazy and tart flavors have dominated taprooms, a bolder, divisive flavor—smoke—has billowed its way into porters, lagers and ales. As uncommon as the beer made with smoked wheat or malt is, it’s likely been around since humanity’s first pour.

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