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Printed Manual Now Available for Teachers and Test Takers

The Brewers Association has updated its Professional Beer & Food Course and is now offering a printed version of the manual in order to make it more accessible to educators and students. Co-authored by Chef Adam Dulye, executive chef, and Julia Herz, publisher of, the curriculum is the definitive course for chefs, culinary institutions, retail establishments, hotels, caterers, beverage students and beer educators.

Content updates have been made to the 70-page manual including enhanced graphics and illustrations, a more robust craft beer and food pairing section including a chef-driven beer and food pairing chart, and the addition of a new instructor guide featuring tips and tricks on how to teach the course.

Continue reading the Press Release:

Zymurgy / Re: Nov 2014 Zymurgy - Napolean Complex Recipe
« on: November 03, 2014, 04:01:49 PM »
Hi there,

I'm afraid I don't really have a reason for why we added the lacto first. I think the thought of allowing the lacto to have dibs on taking hold seems reasonable. Historically wouldn't the process have been to let the wort cool slowly over night, allowing the bacteria to develop? Maybe that's why we thought to use that first.

We were really pleased on how it turned out, but feel free to switch it up if you'd like.


Beer Travel / Pair Like a Pro & More
« on: October 23, 2012, 08:05:55 PM »
Hi All,’s October Newsletter can be found here:

Featured this month:
Craft Beer and Food Pairing Tips
Vegetarian Pairing Options
Brown Ales
Not being a “Beer Vader”
Guadalupe Brewing Co.

You can signup to recieve the newsletter by visiting or its Facebook page:

Andy Sparhawk

Beer Travel / Newsletter
« on: July 12, 2012, 08:37:52 PM »
The July edition of the Newsletter is now available and can be found here: This month we highlight:

Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville, FL
The Return of IPA DAY
Craft Beer & Baseball
And Much more.

Check out this edition and sign-up to recieve future newsletters at

General Homebrew Discussion / New York Craft Beer Week
« on: September 27, 2010, 06:18:45 PM »
We just wanted to remind members in New York, and surrounding areas, that the 3rd Annual NY Craft Beer Week runs through October 3rd. We’d love hear from those of you who are attending some of these wonderful events. Be sure to leave a note on the NY Craft Beer Week Release or if inspired to do so, create your very own craft beer road trip post, which highlights your experience during the week. No you don’t have to drive anywhere to write a Road Trip, simply give us the who-what-when…etc and make us jealous of your good beer fortune.

Cheers! (Andy)

That's my fault for being unclear, LOL. Too bad its also going on to Tech Talk today, I'm sure there will be a bit of confusion there, as well. :D Here is what I was speaking of: Thanks for keeping an eye for these ACBW Point-Of-Sales materials.


Hi All,

As American Craft Beer Week draws near, I am wondering if you have come across any of this year’s American Craft Beer Week Point-of-Sales materials in local bars or retailers. If so, please report back that you have seen these materials out there.  It is the first year that we have specifically worked to provide more ACBW presence at retail and we don’t have too many options on measuring its success. Best case scenario, you take a picture of it and send it to me (

The Brewers Association is so appreciative of the support that AHA members have provided to this program, thank you. Don’t forget to “like” the American Craft Beer Week page on Facebook to be entered to win a pair of tickets to each session of the Great American Beer Festival, this September.

Andy Sparhawk
Brewers Association

General Homebrew Discussion / ACTION REQUESTED: Nationwide SYLB Alert
« on: March 15, 2010, 07:54:37 PM »
Please contact your U.S. Representative and ask that he/she sign on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 4278.
Dear Beer Enthusiasts, Homebrewers, Breweries & Beer-Allied Companies,
We are asking you to support America's small brewers by making a very simple request of your U.S. Representative to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 4278.
Federal legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 4278 (link opens a PDF), seeks to enact a reduction in beer excise tax for America's small brewers.
For small brewers brewing less than 6 million barrels annually, this legislation would cut the small brewer tax rate in half, to $3.50/barrel on the first 60,000 barrels, and reduce the upper tax rate from $18/barrel to $16/barrel on beer production above 60,000 barrels up to 2 million barrels.
Read the entire SYLB Alert
Resources to help make the case for HR4278
The BA has developed a resource page to give you the information and tools you need to make the case to your Representative for supporting this tax relief measure—and by extension, for supporting the small brewery businesses that are such a vital part of our local communities.
Harvard University's John Friedman's study, Economic Impact of Small Brewers Excise Tax Reduction (H.R. 4278), (link opens a PDF), reveals that H.R. 4278 would also help stimulate job creation quickly and at a low cost.

Help Protect Craft Beer In Maryland

The Brewers Association of Maryland has requested that Maryland beer enthusiasts take action to oppose legislation seeking to increase the state excise tax on beer and other alcoholic beverages. Please use the below alert to spread the word and encourage supporters to act.

Maryland SYLB Alert:

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