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Best Beer in the Midwest

Midwest is Best: The Best Beer in the Midwest

The Midwest has hundreds of breweries, taprooms, gastropubs and other businesses pumping out beer on a daily basis. Let’s take a look at the best beer in the Midwest.

Seeing as the Midwest known for amber waves of grain, it makes sense it would also gain a reputation for producing some of the country’s heartiest beers. Milwaukee and St. Louis have been brewing hubs for decades. The craft beer explosion has also roped in brewers from small towns featuring big tastes. If you’re looking for a new brew to sell in your restaurant or something to inspire your brewmaster, check out the beers we’ve selected here as the best beer in the Midwest.

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gluten-free beer

Gluten-Free Brew: Benefits of Keeping Gluten Out Of Your Beer

Why make should breweries begin brewing craft gluten-free beer? Read more to find out!

The variety of beers available at pubs and restaurants expands every month. Many places not only carry different types of beer but also specialty beers made out of special ingredients. A wide selection of beers satisfies the palates of a wider variety of customers. Not every customer wants the same thing. Some customers wish to balance going out to eat with their healthy living choices. Gluten-free beer falls under this category, thanks to a growing awareness of dietary restrictions. Some restaurants now carry gluten-free beer to court these new diners and drinkers.

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homegrown hops

Growing Your Own Hops

Growing your own hops offers the chance to control the taste from mesmerizing start to satisfying finish. Are you ready to get your hands dirty?

Hops are an important part of the brewing process, but brewers often concentrate on other elements such as flavor elements and the percentage of alcohol in the beer. Discovering how to grow, cultivate and customize hop content is a big step for a brewmaster to take. But for those looking to make a truly one-of-a-kind beer that can only be tasted at one brewery, it might be worth looking at starting from scratch.

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taproom

Understanding Taproom Laws in Your Area

The taproom can be the key to expanding your brewery in new and exciting ways.

Smart brewers know that the more people that taste a product, the more customers they’ll have. Finding ways to get your beer in glasses is one of the hardest parts of running a beverage business. Many breweries have gone the direct route by establishing brewpubs where consumers can dine and drink on the property – like a couple of our favorites, Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee and Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. in Indianapolis. For those who can’t commit to the time and effort, the taproom has become an excellent way to directly sell your brews to your customers. Educating yourself on their history as well as what you need to do to open one can help you get paid by your customers and take out some of the middle men.

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high gravity beers

High Gravity Beers – Risks and Rewards

High gravity beers are challenging to drink and challenging to make.

There are many elements that craft brewers love to play with when making their unique concoctions. Some like balancing ingredients to break into new beer categories. Others like experimenting with add-ins for unique experiences. The latest trend catching the fancy of brewing mad scientist are “big beers.” These beers have a high alcohol content, creating the high gravity craft beer category. High gravity beers are right up there with wine on tap as something the educated customer will want to see when they walk into your brewery, pub or restaurant.

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saison beer

It’s Saison Season: Welcome to the Summer of Saison!

Now that the season is upon us, take a deeper look at these tasty beverages and how they can brighten up your brewery.

With spring freshly finished and summer still full of hot, thirsty days, many breweries are rolling out their saison beers. These light, effervescent beers provide excellent refreshment as the temperature climbs. The key to this unique treat is the saison yeast and the creative additions to the brew. Saison beers are often where brewmasters experiment with unique tastes and ingredients. Customers usually want something light and fun during the summer.

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