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November/December 2008

Raw Materials Issue

For the November/December 2008 The New Brewer, we present our annual Raw Materials issue, where we review the 2008 harvest for hops and barley. We also recap the Great American Beer Festival and discuss why the Reinheitsgebot is under fire.

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Raw Materials Issue

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Hope for U.S. Hops

World hop acreage in 2008 increased by 11,456 acres compared to 2007, with the bulk of this increase occurring in the U.S. In all, 8,500 new acres were planted.

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2008 European Crop Report

The 2008 European barley harvest is a mixed bag due to regional weather variations and a late harvest, while the hop harvest gives cause for some much-needed hope.

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Green Gold Rush

Craft brewers have always been inclined to plant hop vines for display purposes, but now some are sowing an acre … or two or three. But few dream of being self-sufficient.

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More Bang for Your (Hop) Buck

The hop crisis has sparked some creative thinking. With a little ingenuity, craft brewers are figuring out how to stretch their hop supplies even further than they imagined.

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Through a Glass

The Brewers Association’s Pipeline Committee presents the data from the Hop Usage Survey, intended to be an informational bridge for producers, suppliers, and brewers alike.

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Reinheitsgebot Under Fire

The 500-year-old German Beer Purity Law is under heavy scrutiny after receiving its first serious dent in a German Federal Administrative Court case ruling.

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Great American Beer Festival Rocks

Sold out two weeks beforehand, the Great American Beer Festival sets records for competition entries and beers available on the festival floor, plus much more.

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