First Gluten-Free CBC
Oct21

First Gluten-Free CBC

The first annual Gluten-Free Craft Brewers Conference (GFCBC) took place at Holidaily Brewing Co. in Golden, Colorado on Wed. Oct 2. With research data showing that the gluten-free beer market is expected to climb 14% by 2022, gluten-free breweries from across the country gathered to collaborate on education, branding and marketing, and innovative ways to continue pushing the gluten-free beer industry forward. Participating breweries...

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Reflecting on GABF
Oct10

Reflecting on GABF

How was GABF? Invigorating. You could say it was the energy of the 800  breweries with 4,000 beers from around the country, or maybe it was the excitement in each attendees eyes trying the beer(s) of their dreams. For me, it’s how far GABF has come to include EVERYONE! Standing inside GABF this year, I reflected on a time when I first got diagnosed with Celiacs Disease. I had not had the chance to make it to the festival prior...

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Gluten-Free Craft Brewers Conference & GABF
Oct01

Gluten-Free Craft Brewers Conference & GABF

I am humbled to announce that I am giving a presentation on marketing, branding, and social media at the Gluten-free Craft Brewers Conference in Golden, Colorado on Oct 2. Coincidentally, the conference will take place during the week of the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). This is the first time in craft beer history that a conference will be dedicated to the gluten-free craft beer market. Other tracks taking place tomorrow...

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello
Jul26

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello

Sorry for the break, but this brew babe needed some R & R away from the brewing life. For the past month, I’ve been vacationing with my mom in Italy. It was amazing! I always enjoyed spending time with my family who live there, but this time I especially loved attending my cousin’s wedding that took place in Sorrento. The scenery was breathtaking and the food was delicious.  Finding beer, especially gluten-free beer, is hard to...

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A Head Brewer’s Journey, Challenges and Advice
May28

A Head Brewer’s Journey, Challenges and Advice

During the Craft Brewers Conference, I visited Jagged Mountain Brewing Co. in Denver. Jagged Mountain is one of the few breweries that offer gluten-reduced beers, which is noted on the menu.  While I was there this time around, I shared a few beers with Alyssa Thorpe, who was recently hired as the head brewer of Jagged Mountain two months. Alyssa shared her journey, challenges, and advice with me. How did you get into the beer...

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Gluten-Free Malt House Pushes Industry Forward
May21

Gluten-Free Malt House Pushes Industry Forward

According to recent market research report announced at the Craft Brewers Conference seminar, “Against the (Traditional) Grain: Gluten-Free Beer,” data shows the gluten-free beer market will grow 14% by 2022. At this seminar, Twila Henley Soles, owner of Grouse Malt House, spoke about the importance of gluten-free malt in this sector of the industry. Grouse Malt House, is USDA Organic and certified gluten-free located in Wellington,...

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Craft Brewers Conference ’19
Apr05

Craft Brewers Conference ’19

Next week, over 13,000 professionals in the beer industry will be united for the Brewers Association’s Craft Brewers Conference (CBC). The conference is held from April 8-11 in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, about 1,000 exhibitors will be at BrewExpo America and over 55 events will take place around the Denver area to celebrate craft beer. “We’ve got a roster of smart, engaging speakers across 96 seminars who are eager to...

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The Need for Mead on Long Island
Feb21

The Need for Mead on Long Island

WA Meadwerks, which opened September 2018, is the newest and only meadery on Long Island. Founded by Joseph Abruzzo and Roger Wanner, the taproom is located 26 West Hoffman in Lindenhurst. Mead (wine made from honey) can be made with fruits, spices, and anything in between. The styles range from dry to sweet, typically gluten-free, with an ABV from 4.5% to 16%.  WA Meadwerks encompasses these styles through the 16 meads available on...

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Windy City Travels
Feb18

Windy City Travels

Gluten-free deep dish pizza at Chicago's Pizza A flight of cider at Eris Brewery & Cider House Camp Anawanna at Three Dots and a Dash Cloud Gat at Millenium Park Cider at The Northman I have been dreaming about visiting Chicago since I was a kid. My inspiration was drawn from watching shows like Early Edition and Family Matters, and movies like Adventures of Babysitting and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Although CiderCon took a huge chunk...

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Commercial Cider Tips from the Pros
Feb16

Commercial Cider Tips from the Pros

During CiderCon, a panel of four professional cidermakers gathered for an exclusive discussion on commercial cider. The Q&A panel consisted of Eleanor Leger (Eden Specialty Ciders), Brent Miles (Sly Clyde Ciderworks), Marcus Robert (Tieton Cider Works), and Tim Godfrey (Golden State Cider). Each shared guidance on finance, production, marketing, and more. Here are some highlights and additional tips on launching a new commercial...

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