How is Beer Made?

A short tour of the Harpoon Brewhouse in Boston, MA. (Recorded 27 June 2013) How Beer is Made Beer (both Lager and Ale) is made

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Who Invented Beer?

Prehistoric Beer There is some debate about whether grain was first explicitly cultivated in brewing beer or baking bread. However, there is no doubt that

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How to Serve Beer

Beer Serving Basics The most important thing to remember about serving beer is that it should be the freshest beer you can get. This is

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What is Craft Beer?

In the early 1970s, Anheuser Busch, Miller, and Coors were fighting it out with advertising campaigns and discounting practices that left them with paper-thin profit

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The Dive Bar

There are many names for business establishments that dispense beverage alcohol to the public for a profit: bar, tavern, bistro, restaurant, gin mill, suds bucket,

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The Truth Behind Taco Tuesday

What is a Taco? Wikipedia says: “A taco (US: /ˈtɑːkoʊ/, UK: /ˈtækoʊ/, Spanish: [ˈtako]) is a traditional Mexican dish consisting of a small hand-sized corn

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First, let me introduce myself. I am Peter LaFrance, author of Beer Basics and Cooking & Eating With Beer, (John Wiley & Sons, Inc. – 1995). I have also been published in American Brewer, All About Beer, and Ale Street News.

I have been writing about the brewing industry since 1984. Credits include contributing editor for Restaurant Management and Top Shelf magazines. I have also written for Beverage Media, New Brewer, Beverage Dynamics, and All About Beer magazine.

Welcome to The Old Growler!