Inside Beer - December 12th, 2019

Inside Beer (Dec 12th, 2019)

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1. The Brewers Association has looked back at 2019 and found it was a big one for small and independent breweries. The organization reported a 4 percent production growth year-over-year for U.S. craft breweries. The industry was responsible for 550,000 full-time equivalent jobs and contributed $79.1 billion to the country's economy. The industry also gained two new national holidays this year, National Independent Beer Run Day (July 3) and Small Brewery Sunday (December 1). -- BREWERS ASSOCIATION

2. The educational service OneClass surveyed college students about what they're drinking, and beer is not at the top of the list. OneClass surveyed 580 U.S. and Canadian college students at 49 schools - 180 males, 398 females and two who preferred not to identify their gender. The service found that a large majority (61 percent) preferred to drink liquor. Hard seltzer came in second with 16.21 percent making it their drink of choice. Just 13.28 percent choose beer, and 9.66 percent drink wine. Those students who do choose beer drink Corona most often, followed by Bud Light and Coors. -- CRAFT BREWING BUSINESS

3. The BrewDog Network is now available to stream for free. Launched in 2018 as a video-on-demand subscription service for $4.99 a month, the BrewDog Network offered a mix of original content and acquired shows. The subscription service didn't generate the audience anticipated. In mid-2019, it added spirits, wine, travel and adventure shows and changed its name to Drink TV while lowering the subscription price to  $2.99 a month. Subscribers still didn't bite, so now it's re-launching as the free BrewDog Network. The network will be growing its roster of shows as well as offering apps for mobile devices and connected TVs to stream its shows that currently include "The BrewDog Show" and "Daily Drink." -- AMERICAN CRAFT BEER

4. Doylestown Brewing in Pennsylvania is offering canning services to other small breweries. Small scale breweries and brew pubs can brew and keg their own beer, and Doylestown Brewing will take it and can it for them at a lower price than most mobile canning units cost. The brewery offers additional services such as pick up and delivery, label design, cola registrations, and barcode options. -- BREWERIES IN PA

5. Seasonal beers have hit a saturation point. While seasonal beers can be a respite from the new-every-week IPAs, consumers only drink them for a short time. Pumpkin beer that once flew off the shelves quickly now ends up on deep discount in January. Christmas beers aren't appealing after December 25, and even those re-branded as Winter Beer only appeal until January. To combat seasonal fatigue, brewers are starting to remove the seasons out of the beers' names like Bell's Brewery that's renamed its Winter White Ale to Bright White. -- BEER AND BREWING

6. Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark tested the theory that tapping a beer can's bottom can keep a shaken can from foaming over. Using randomized controlled trials involving 1,000 cans of lager, the testers cooled cans to drinking temperatures and randomly divided them into shaken and not shaken groups. After opening, they found no meaningful difference between the shaken and not shaken cans. -- MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW

7. Some beer drinkers are dabbling in aging beers to see how their flavors change over time. Unlike good wine, beer isn't an inherently ageable beverage, so knowing which beers can age is important. IPAs should not be aged because of the volatility of hops. Those beers that may be good candidates for aging include Flanders Reds, lambics, barrel-aged American wild ales, quads, barleywines and imperial stouts. Storing beer in mild conditions is important, too. -- HOW STUFF WORKS

8. Female sake brewers are returning to Japan. Once integral to the brewing of the iconic Japanese beverage, they were pushed out of the process over 100 years ago. Both the mythic and actual history of sake is women-centric, but it became taboo for women to be part of the brewing process starting with Japan's modern age. Women are starting to re-enter the sake business, and now 50 of the country's 1,500 licensed breweries are run by women. -- ATLAS OBSCURA

9. Brewery Ommegang is adding Chardonnale, a beer/wine hybrid, to its 2020 limited series releases. The Cooperstown, NY, brewery filed a lael with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for the new beer. Chardonnale was fermented with chardonnay grape juice that was aged on oak chips. It will be an 8.7 percent ABV golden ale. -- TENEMU

10. Foolproof Brewing in Rhode Island is up for sale. Owner and founder Nick Garrison is looking for someone to buy the Pawtucket-based craft brewery for an undisclosed selling price. Citing "largely personal reasons" for selling the business, he hopes to find a new owner who will keep the current employees. -- BREWBOUND

Robin Shreeves is a wine, beer, spirits and travel writer. She's the wine columnist and restaurant and beverage features writer for the Courier Post newspaper in New Jersey. She holds an Intermediate Sommelier certification from the Wine School of Philadelphia. Her food and drinks writing can be found at Wine Enthusiast, VinePair, Food Network, Spirited magazine, USA Today, Mother Nature Network, Drink Nation, Edible Philly and Edible Jersey. Visit her website and follow her on Instagram at @rshreeves

Editor: Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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