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Craft brewing is quickly taking over the brewing industry. But what is different about craft brewing? It all starts with the brewery itself. A craft brewery is a very small scale brewery, officially defined as producing less than 6 million barrels of beer per year. Craft brewing also follows traditional and non-mechanized processes of brewing, resulting in smaller batches, but great-tasting beer. The trademark of craft beer and brewing is innovation. Breweries all over the country develop new styles of beer that have no precedent and introduce craft beer styles with unique twists, flavors, and styles. Craft breweries face many challenges because of their small-scale nature. Access to market and cost of raw materials, ingredients, and operation in such a highly taxed industry makes competition for craft breweries pretty tough. In spite of these challenges, craft brewing is an ever-growing, popular niche in the brewing industry in today’s market. Craft brewers are involved in their communities, aiming to bring people together with the love of beer. We think that’s a great excuse to grab a craft beer and enjoy!

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Breweries & Craft Brewing

High Gravity Beers – Risks and Rewards

High gravity beers are the one-of-a-kind brew you’ve been searching for.

High gravity beer provides a playground of elements for craft brewers. Some brewers enjoy the challenge of balancing ingredients to break into new beer categories, while others revel in experimenting with add-ins to create unique tastes. The latest trend that’s catching the fancy of mad brewing scientists is “big beers,” a.k.a. high gravity beers. These high-alcohol beers feature distinct flavors establishing the style as a leader amongst craft ale. This complex beer is a fun challenge to brew and an impressive addition to your unique brew offerings.

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Pumpkin Ale: A Festive and Delicious Beer for Fall

With the autumn upon us, now is the time for breweries to showcase their seasonal beers like the one-of-a-kind pumpkin ale!

First introduced in the 18th century, the American-born pumpkin ale has been a crowd pleaser for many years. Craft beer drinkers appreciate the flavors of this festive autumnal brew, packed with different spices. Pumpkin ale offers a variety of flavor interpretations from hints of pumpkin pie to Thanksgiving-in-a-bottle. This unique profile makes this beer a beloved and festive seasonal beverage.

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Are you interested in expanding your brewery? This Q&A with Lakefront Brewery president Russ Klisch will show you the pros and cons of owning a brewery restaurant business.
Breweries & Craft Brewing, Food and Beverage & Food Manufacturing, Industry News & Tips, Restaurants

Q&A with Lakefront Brewery: The Pros and Cons of Running a Brewery & Restaurant 

Lakefront Brewery is a thriving and beloved brewery and restaurant at the heart of Milwaukee’s riverfront.

Founded in 1987 by two brothers, Russ and Jim Klisch, this iconic beer establishment has been providing the Milwaukee community with good beer, good food, and even better memories for over 30 years. Interestingly, their ever-popular restaurant, located in the brewery’s beer hall, wasn’t always part of the plan.

We sat down with Russ Klisch, president and co-founder of Lakefront Brewery, and Mike Walker, Lakefront Brewery Front of House Manager to learn more about what it’s like to run a brewery restaurant business, how to create great brews, and the details of Lakefront Brewery’s journey to becoming a treasured Milwaukee staple.

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How to Promote Your Brewery: 6 Fun Brewery Events to Bring People in the Door

Running a brewery is no small job!

Not only do you need to create delicious brews, but you need to attract plenty of customers to keep your business afloat. By hosting brewery events, like beer tastings, special events, and getting involved in your local community, you can promote your business and keep your brewery packed with new and returning customers.

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Considering a new type of beer to offer at your brewery? Wild fermented ales are the healthiest beer to drink today. Hop on the latest beer trend!
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Wild Fermented Ales: The Healthiest Beer to Drink Today

Is there really a beer that’s beneficial to your health? Read more to find out!

It’s true, out of all the different varieties of brews available, a wild ale is the healthiest beer to drink today. Through a hands-off fermentation process, these sour beers offer health benefits like stress relief as well as immune and digestive system support. Every beer lover knows the struggle of enjoying their drink of choice while also maintaining a healthy body; wild fermented ales allow you to do both. Add the latest beer trend to your brewery menu.

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The Season for Pale Ale Beer: Why Saison is The Perfect Summer Beer

Now that summer is upon us, take a deeper look at how these tasty pale ale beers 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 are excellent refreshments on hot days as the temperature climbs. The key to this unique pale ale beer treat is the saison yeast and the creative additions combined with the brew. Saison beers are often where brewmasters experiment with unique tastes and ingredients creating fruited beers and chocolate ales. Customers want something light and fun during the summer; saison beer is exactly that.

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The Secret to Homegrown Hops

The Midwest is known for beer and a crucial element of that beer is hops.

As the hop farming industry takes off, what do breweries need to know to get in on the growing game? Is it worth getting your hands dirty? Hops are as crucial a flavor factor in beer, as the percentage of alcohol and brewing process.  Craft breweries can boost flavor (and their locavore status) by adding their own homegrown hops. But growing your own hops is a big undertaking, especially for a small operation. If you’re considering growing hops at your brewery, here’s what you need to know.

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Breweries & Craft Brewing

Indiana Breweries: Craft Beer On The Rise

When you think “beer” you might not immediately think “Indiana Breweries.” But microbreweries in Indiana are on the rise, with the number of Indiana craft breweries more than doubling since 2012.

These days the Hoosier state is home to some heavy-hitters in the world of craft beer. Not one but two of the beers from Three Floyds Brewing Co. was labeled a “quintessential, must-drink beer” for beer lovers. And several Indiana breweries have won prestigious awards at the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival.

So if you’re looking for a new local brew to sell in your restaurant or something to inspire your brewmaster, check out these featured Indiana breweries and some of their award-winning brews that made the list for the best beer in Indiana.

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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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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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