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★ News: “A walk through the new Alchemist brewery in Stowe”

via StoweToday: Still, we’re talking Alchemist standards of bigness here. Out-of-staters thinking cans are going to start showing up on their shelves had better keep their travel plans to Vermont. “This building looks big, but it really isn’t,” Jen Kimmich said. “When we talk about growth, we’re talking little bumps to meet local demand.” So …

★ Linked: DIY Dog

via Brewdog.com: In 2005, two guys and a dog began home brewing in a garage in North-Eastern Scotland. Two years and countless successes & failures later, BrewDog came howling into the world. Eight years after that – and more than 200 different beers later – we released the recipe and story behind every single one …

★ Linked: DontDrinkBeer, Book Reviewer

DDB’s first book review rivals what you’d see in the Sunday-Edition of the Boston Globe..not quite the NY Times Book Review calibre but I think he’s going places. Either way, if you like beer, books about beer or at least making fun of books about beer, check out DDB’s review of “Business for Punks” http://dontdrinkbeer.com/2016/02/12/brewdog-james-watt-sent-ddb-his-new-book-for-review-it-goes-exactly-as-expected/ …

★ Linked: “Barrels in the Brewery”

via Chugach Brouwerij: I’m often asked about the wooden barrels I use in my homebrewery. While people are mainly interested in their size, the following questions tend more towards what to do once you get a barrel, how long to age in a barrel, and what to do once you’re done using a barrel. This …

★ “2015: The Year in Beer” (Hill Farmstead Edition)

I don’t have an editorial staff that restricts that I write and since I think Hill Farmstead, winner of best craft brewery in Vermont according to Seven Days readers deserves fair coverage, here’s my take on “2015: The Year in Beer” (Hill Farmstead Edition) I didn’t think that Hill Farmstead could top their huge banner …