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What is craft beer, and what sets it apart? Defining craft beer can be a bit difficult because it’s pretty subjective. A great craft beer is really decided on by the drinker. However, a generalized definition is, “a beer made in a traditional or non-mechanized way by a small brewery.” Small breweries are key in creating craft beers because they brew marginally smaller batches. Their processes are not as fully automated like some large-scale or commercialized breweries. Craft beers use all the same ingredients as a regular beer – hops, malt, yeast, and water – and are fermented in the same ways. But we set craft beer apart mainly by the type of brewery that it’s produced in. Small-scale breweries are popping up all over the country, and are quickly becoming the backbone of the brewing industry.

Reliable Water Services works with craft breweries to satisfy all of their hot water needs. We work directly with the brewmasters and brewery engineers to create a customized hot water equipment plan, and because each brewery has special needs, no plan is exactly the same. Craft beer is a special notch in the brewing industry and RWS is proud to do their part in production!

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Breweries & Craft Brewing, Food and Beverage & Food Manufacturing

Wisconsin Craft Beer: A Brewing Tradition Enters The Modern Age

Brewing beer has been a Wisconsin tradition since territory times, with the first known breweries dating back to the 1830’s.  

In the decades following, Wisconsin has been home to some of the most well-known beer in America – making Miller High Life, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Leinenkugel’s and Schlitz household names.

But it’s no longer these brewing giants capturing the interest of many beer enthusiasts. Wisconsin craft beer is rapidly gaining in popularity, style and availability. We want to focus some well-deserved attention on some of the most popular and best Wisconsin beer – brewed in the hidden treasure troves of small Wisconsin microbreweries across the state. 

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Breweries & Craft Brewing, Food and Beverage & Food Manufacturing, Industry News & Tips, Restaurants

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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Breweries & Craft Brewing, Food and Beverage & Food Manufacturing

Nitro or Cask Beer: What’s the Difference?

Let’s take a look at both and see where the differences make things interesting.

Bars and breweries have plenty of options to deliver delicious brews. Bottles and cans get shipped to stores. Taprooms bring fresh kegs of new brews direct to thirsty masses. The trusty CO2 tap can be found in nearly every tavern across the world, but there are other ways to deliver unique flavors at a brewery. One method, nitro beer, uses nitrogen in the carbonation of their beers rather than the traditional carbon dioxide. The other, cask beers, brings back the brewing tradition of cracking a cask of beer and drinking it during the prime of its life. Is one better than the other?

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Food and Beverage & Food Manufacturing, Tankless Water Heaters

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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