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Apr 13, 2014

Episode 17: Brewcast - Boulevard Brewery



Jacob and James decide to toast the winners of the first ever, March Craftness tournament.  They were joined by Scotty Peppers (Peppahs for you Massholes) and Josh Levine as they tasted some of Boulevard's best beers. 

THE BEERS:

Sixth Glass
Terra Incognita 
Single Wide IPA
Pop Up Session IPA
Grainstorm 
Dark Truth Stout





Mar 31, 2014

Episode 16: March Craftness - The Championship





March Madness is here.  We broke down our March Craftness tournament in Episode 14, the first round of the tournament but here is week two, our Final Four.

Mike and Kez both joined Jacob and James again.  They tackled this tournament with the upmost respect and seriousness required for picking the winner of these games.

Eight beers randomly drafted their seedings and competed to win it all.  Below is the second round of the tournament, the Final Four.  

5. Arrogant Bastard Ale (California)
vs
6. Boulevard Imperial Stout (Mizzouri)



Mar 27, 2014

Craft Beer Makes Me Thirsty


The Craft Beer Boom

Although Anheuser-Busch and SABMiller are the biggest brewers out there, producing well-known brands like Budweiser and Coors Light, they’re certainly not the only option for beer lovers. In the past few years, craft beer sales have exploded, proving that American consumers love the unique tastes that come out of microbreweries.

Craft beer, for those who are hazy on the definition, is typically defined as a beer produced by a small independent brewery. These breweries strive to produce both traditional and innovative flavors through their brewing and fermentation practices. There are many different types of beers produced by craft breweries, such as brown ales, IPAs, barley wines, and even drinks as rich as chocolate stout.

According to an infographic produced by Kendall College’s School of Hospitality, 36% of consumers say they drink craft beer. That number went up to 43% when only Millenials (adults between the ages of 25 and 34) were polled. Since Millenials are considered tastemakers for food and drink trends, we’ll likely see that number increase even more in the next few years.

One of the biggest things that’s going to help the sale of craft beers grow is greater awareness. Close to half (45% of consumers) say that they would try more craft beers if they knew more about them—and there’s no shortage of information out there for those who take the time to look. Local breweries often offer tours and tastings, and a quick Google search yields seemingly endless results for craft beer and food pairings (curry with an IPA, anyone?). For people who want to pick up craft beer at the grocery store but are unsure what constitutes a craft beer, there’s an app that will scan a beer’s bar code and let you know. With so many craft beer enthusiasts who are eager to share their knowledge, it certainly seems like craft beer is going to be more than just a passing trend.