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What's Brewing?! Craft Beer Blogs to Follow

Updated: Mar 7

With over 150 different beer styles and more than 20.000 brands to choose from in the U.S.A. alone, craft beer tasting has become a lifestyle culture. We present some of the most up to date and fun to follow craft beer Blogs.


Craft Beer is a worldwide phenomenon that is growing rapidly nowadays. Very well known & interesting breweries are not only located in European countries and the USA but also in Canada, China, Vietnam, Japan, Australia etc., plus some other parts of our planet that are difficult to imagine. It looks like, slowly but steadily, the whole planet has become thirsty for craft beer.


Why has craft beer become so popular?

There are many reasons, so we will make a brief analysis of a few of them here:

  • Home brewing is a hobby which is spreading fast. Everybody can try with a simple home kit ordered on the internet. Then, becoming a gipsy/nomad brewer or creating a micro-brewery is the next step. That means more craft beer production overall.

  • Buying second hand brewing equipment or importing equipment from other countries at affordable prices is something was not an option just a few years ago.

  • Home brewers go a step forward by trying new tastes, new ingredients and new recipes. At the same time, their social networks are their real-time testers, fans, clients and the people who will make suggestions for changes. Finally, we have more groups of people and communities involved in the craft beer society.

  • Craft beers simply taste better. Brewers put their heart & soul in a bottle, a can or a keg, together with quality ingredients. They pay attention to the smallest details of the brewing process, something that massive production companies are not doing.

  • Craft beer pairs surprisingly well with food. An excellent match for BBQ & outdoor events. White meat (chicken/fish) plates, seafood, pasta, cheese & desserts are must.

  • There are so many different types & flavours of craft beers, more than we can hardly imagine, that we are likely to find our favourite taste: NEIPA, APA, Dark IPA, Double or Triple IPA, Triple Hop Ales, Imperial Stouts, Hoppy Summer Ales, Honey Weiss, Helles Lagers, to name only just a few. The list gets long as the brewers’ creativity & imagination. New craft beer types are being developed continually.

Craft Beer society is getting bigger & beer tasting has become a highly interesting and fun hobby. You can taste local craft beers by simply joining a Craft Beer Walking Tour , a Craft Beer Tasting Session ( if you don't like walking so much ) or a Mini Craft Beer Walking Tour, as a gateway into the Craft Beer world.


Weekend breaks or summer holidays, provide the frame, in search of new beerhouses, pubs & craft beer tastes.


Many Craft beer festivals take place all year round worldwide bringing craft beer people together & creating a strong network at the same time. Craft beer tasting is a social phenomenon and the stories behind every craft beer, making it even more interesting. The local economies and independently owned businesses are growing & progressing. The outcome is a need for new employees, brewers, specialized bottle shops and even travel experiences like our Craft Beer Walking Tours, all around the world.



Craft brewing, started in the USA, back in the 70s with the creation of the New Albion Brewing Co. in Sonoma California. on 1976.

New Albion Ale is acknowledged as the flagship beer brewed by the first U.S. microbrewery of the modern era.

Big CHEERS from all of us, to the pioneer Jack McAuliffe and his dream!








7 interesting Craft Beer Blogs; mostly but not only from U.S.A.


They are great resources that may keep us up to date with the latest craft beer trends, homebrewing, brewing process, beer law frame, food pairings for each beer style & other highly interesting topics.


1. Craftbeer.com


This website is published by the Brewers Association, a nonprofit organization that protects and promotes small & independent U.S. craft brewers. Their mission is to bring to light the stories of these people, their businesses & communities, for all of us to see.

They are the heartbeat of the U.S. craft beer society. Additionally you may find beer school, educational resources and amazing tools like: Brewery finder, Discover the beer styles, Beers & food pairings. This is a must visit website.



2. Brew York


A guide to New York City's beer scene since 2008. The editor is Chris O’Leary. Beer news, the New York brewery map, a Beer Guide with recommendations of places to drink your beer, beer events calendar and an amazingly complete archive of past posts. If you are visiting the Big Apple or you would like to stay up to date about New York & beer, this is the website to follow.



3. The Full Pint


The Full Pint has been a trusted place for craft breweries & for those looking for information on craft beers for over 10 years now. It is an independently owned niche website that features beer news & reviews, beer events, opinion-articles and e-shop. For a few years now, there is a podcast with fun & interesting conversations with the leading people of the beer industry.



4. BREWPUBLIC


Brewpublic leaves no beer behind in the quest of bringing thirsty Brewpublicans all the information of the finest craft ales, lagers, yeast culture, and all things related to beer and brewing. It is a community who shares a collective passion for all that brewing encompasses.

Their mission is to provide us with current brewing news, events and culture, like no other resource in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.A. Their motto is: “Lets drink to our inalienable right to malt, yeast and the pursuit of hoppiness”.



5. Mr. Beer


Mr. Beer is all about making homebrewing easy and consistent. They are far from new in what they are doing; they were the first to have a 1-800 number support line and an online chat! By the mid 2000's, Mr. Beer introduced an easy to use website, a beer of the month club, and the introduction of cider, well before today's cider craze!

After almost 20 years of strong growth and millions of homebrew kits sold, the company was acquired by the Australian Coopers Brewery in December 2011. The Coopers Brewery is a family owned brewery with 150 years of experience behind them, and the world's largest manufacturer of brewing malts.


6. Good Beer Hunting

This is a space devoted to the future of beer. Located in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, surrounded by some of the best bars and restaurants, the GBH Studio is home to a strategy & design practice devoted to craft beer and craft-minded brands who strive to be more impactful and relevant. Stories, sightlines, podcast, events & an e-shop are just some of what the website is offering. Not to miss the b-Roll link, including visits to brewerys, festivals and experiences.


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7. Zythopedia


The Greek blog about Beer. More than anything else, it is a Beer Encyclopedia. Zythopedia is the combination of the words Zythos ( meaning beer in Greek) & Encyclopedia. This is a huge data bank about the laws of the Greek country on beer, brewing equipment & techniques, suppliers, basic knowledge, events & news.

A pioneer in the Greek beer world that keeps evolving & staying up to date. Definitely a must visit website from absolute beginners to experienced brewers and beer enthusiasts of all levels.


 

Of course the list of good beer blogs is massive and gets longer every day. We just compiled a small selection, choosing a variety of websites in terms of their geography or specialty.

Bonnie and Clyde Urban Tours in not only a Travel Agency that operates Non-touristy tours but also follows the Craft Beer scene and trends worldwide.

Part of our mission is creating and developing a stronger Craft Beer network in Greece!


In our Events Calendar & Blog page, we include Craft brewers, beer festivals, bottle shops & venues. Our Craft beer community is continuously becoming bigger & stronger.

More is more for all of us, after all.


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