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The History of Beer Is the History of the World

Homer Simpson sez “beer is the cause of, and the solution to, all of life’s problems”. Some scientists claim beer may be the origin of civilization as we know it. The first civilizations emerged along the great river valleys of the then known world: the Tigris and Euphrates, the Ganges and Indus, the Yangtze and Yellow.
Via Outside Magazine

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Portland Cider Co. releases Fruit Forward Community Cider

Portland Cider Co. asked Portland-area neighbors to recycle their fallen and unwanted backyard fruit this summer, and the community responded in a big way. Portland Cider Co. collected over 400 bushels –– or 16,000 lbs –– of apples, plus fruits and berries. As a result of the generosity, Portland Cider has made a record quantity of its annual Fruit Forward Community Cider.
Portland Cider Co. will release its Fruit Forward Community Cider on October 19 at its Clackamas Pub & Cidery, located at 8925 SE Jannsen Rd., Bldg F. The company has pledged to donate 100% of the net proceeds of sales of this community cider to Hunger-Free Schools, a program of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon that works to ensure students of all ages and levels have enough to eat.
Via Portland Cider Co.
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Portland Fresh Hops Festival kicks off Friday night

Portland Fresh Hops Festival
It’s nearly here! Fresh Hops Fest kicks off tomorrow night. There are still limited tickets left for Friday night, but we’re getting close to our cap! Or stop by Saturday. We’re around from noon-8 p.m. with a kids area (noon-5), live music, food trucks and more. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
WHAT: 16th Annual Portland Fresh Hops Festival. The beer list is almost finalized. Check out our working list here. We’ll have food from Urban German and other vendors.
WHEN: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 and noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
WHERE: Oaks Amusement Park
CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS.

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Inaugural Greater Fort Lauderdale Beer Week

Greater Fort Lauderdale Beer Week Shines a Spotlight on Broward Brews
The 1st Greater Fort Lauderdale Beer Week is scheduled to kick off Sunday, September 15 and run to the 22nd.
The week of tastings and festivities begins with a brewery crawl and the Beer & Body Craft Beer Girls meetup. Tuesday, September 17, a craft beer-and-cheese pairing takes place at Fat Tap Beer Bar & Eatery, followed two days later by a SoFar Sounds session. The seven-day celebration will conclude Sunday, September 22, with Blowouts, Brews, & Drag at Hair Circus in Fort Lauderdale.

Via – New Times

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UK – 1,100-Year-Old Viking ‘Beer Hall’ Discovered.

1,100-Year-Old Viking ‘Beer Hall’ Discovered. But It Was Only for the Elites.

Discovered on the island of Rousay, Orkney, in northern Scotland, archaeologists recently unearthed Viking drinking hall. The hall appeared to have been open from the 10th to the 12th centuries, likely served upper class Vikings, according to archaeologists.
Now, all that remains are stones, a handful of artifacts, and very old trash heaps.
Via Live Science

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Celebration of Women in Craft Beer Returns to NYC

The Largest Celebration of Women in Craft Beer Returns to NYC
Last year, Hop Culture Magazine created a female-oriented beer fest.

August 7th, Hop Culture kicks off the second run of the Beer With(out) Beards Festival. Festivities will begin with a week-long pre-game hosted at bars all around the city, starting with the Blind Tiger. You can find the entire list of this year’s events here.
Via – Forbes

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Portland Cider Co. invites neighbors to contribute backyard apples & fruits for a community cider

Portland Cider Co. has kicked off its fourth annual Community Cider program, which features a cider made with 100% recycled backyard apples and fruit from neighborhoods in the Portland Metro area. The ciderhouse is calling upon the community to donate its fallen and unwanted backyard apples, as well as other fruits and berries, to hand-press into a community cider to support Hunger Free Oregon; 100% of the net proceeds of the cider sales will be donated to the charity.
Via – Portland Cider Co. FB

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St. Louis Craft Beer Week Begins Next Week

Things are gonna get festive when the St. Louis craft beer scene is celebrated July 26 through August 3. Those 9 days are a celebration of the city’s brewing past and present. The annual event, in its eleventh year, was started in 2009 by St. Louis beer enthusiast Mike Sweeney as a way to honor the city’s significant role in the history of beer in the United States and to showcase the city’s thriving craft beer scene. St. Louis Craft Beer Week kicks off with the 2019 St. Louis Brewer’s Picnic at 10th and Locust streets downtown.
Via Riverfront Times

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How does beer get skunky and how to prevent it.

In case you’ve never experienced it…A skunked beer tastes about as good as a skunk smells. What makes a beer skunky? Experts say skunkiness in beer is not caused by heat, but by light. Skunky beer is often called lightstruck beer, which sounds milder than the actual result. So how does light make beer skunky and how can you prevent your suds from becoming slug bait?
Via Chowhound

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America’s 10 Best Beer Festivals

Looking for an ultimate beer-tasting experience? Try hitting one of the country’s top beer festivals, where attendees often get the chance to taste rare beers from heavy hitters and hyped breweries while chatting with the brewers who made them.

Not sure where to start? Check out this list of the best beer fests in America.
Via Gear Patrol