Like a small child with a new toy I get overly-excited when I discover a new brewer that thumps all the right pleasure points. Like Almanac out of San Francisco. I recently attended a craft beer fueled birthday celebration where the honoree brought a couple hundred (yes 200) bottles of microbrew that he’d harvested from all over the USA. We sat around for eight or nine hours drinking a panoply of the finest beers being produced in the US. The winner, by my estimation, was Almanac. I’ll be writing more about them in the future but for now onto this week’s craft beer news roundup: We are slowly restoring functionality to the site. Links to articles posted are “hot” in comments below.

Great Raft out of Shreveport is getting bigger http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/great-raft-…

The Science Behind The Craft Beer Explosion. Sit down with Chris Baugh, a scientist at Sierra Nevada as he talks yeast, grain and hops http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/the-scienc…

Amp up your home brew by wrangling yeasts indigenous to your area http://shop.beerandbrewing.com/Bootleg-Biology-p/b…

The Napa Valley Of Craft Beer http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2014/0… it’s in Alabama.

‘t Gaverhopke Koerseklakske: Ambachtelijke Brouwerij is a small brewery and brewpub in west Flanders just outside the city of Kortrijk http://ithinkaboutbeer.com/2014/08/13/t-gaverhopke…

Pabst goes into the IPA business http://www.syracuse.com/drinks/index.ssf/2014/08/b…

Bonus: Kentucky farmers go into the hop business http://www.kentucky.com/2014/08/16/3383382/kentuck…

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