Our first report of the new year. Let’s get settled in. The week of January 16th 2017 we should see Hopslam from Bell’s Brewery make its way into Louisiana. In the frozen north this is a big deal with people lining up and making mad rushes about the state to lay in their supplies.

Bierstadt Lagerhaus Pilsner has been adjudged to be the finest beer coming out of the entire state of Colorado We love to see hop heavy Colorado getting on the lager train, and realizing what we’ve known for years: a well-crafted pils can more than hold its own against even the burliest IPAs.

Predictable. As soon as we saw the headline from First We Feast for the best beers from each of the 50 states we knew that Ghost In The Machine from Parish Brewing would be the Louisiana offering. And it’s fine. Is it the best? Not even close. Check out all 50 entries

Mikkel Borg Bjergsø has opened a Mikkeller Brewery in San Diego The vagabond brewer who has crisscrossed the globe for the past decade appears to be settling down complete with a 19 tap wall in the old Alesmith building.

Nice longread from Austin Ray on Suarez Family Brewery of rural Livingston, New York. Owner Daniel Suarez was the first employee of Shaun Hill at Hill Farmstead so you know the man knows his way around a brew kettle. The article nearly goes off the rails when Ray states “My wife and I had gone to Austin for a few quiet days off.” Unless the author was traveling in time back to the 60s we can’t fathom how that was possible. There is no quiet time in Austin.

Still, a nice longread on running a mom and pop brewery in the middle of nowhere.

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