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Small Breweries Prove That Size Doesn’t Matter In Production

While some of the biggest brands in the world are struggling to stay on float in a dynamic and rapid-changing market, small companies are making bigger numbers by the day. With just some basic knowledge, YouTube and some very basic ingredients that are now available everywhere, anyone can start doing his or her own beer at home. This makes the number of producers increase by the thousands and the options available too. Read on to understand what do big companies have to lose and what small brands can do better.

Attention To Detail

Just like there are some small brewers doing crazy stuff like ancient Peruvian beer from the Wari Empire, others are focusing on perfecting traditional recipes to come up with even better IPAs, stouts, etcetera. For big brewers that have standardized processes, human resources end up being the definitive factor. For small breweries, that have limited personnel, it is very likely that two or three people can take care of the entire process themselves. Is it better or worse for the creation of the beer that the same person follows the scheme? In my experience, it is far better. Smaller breweries can give more attention to the detail and have better outcomes.

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Variety

While the bigger brewers have the big bucks to afford a better R&D team, the smaller breweries can do a smaller number of units of a new recipe and put it out quicker. Bureaucracy in terms of internal affairs in this branch as in all others, is a big slow-down for the machinery. Once the idea is created, it has to go through many hands and brains until the beer is brewed and even more before it is sold. Sometimes, for big brewers, putting out a new beer can be a two-to-five year process. While that happens for big brands, the small ones can just approve the prototypes and sell them within less than a year.

Ingredients

This is a definitive factor most of the times because the quality of the ingredients being used for the brewing of the beer makes a lot of difference. When you buy for your entire production from only one supplier who takes it from one field, the chances of obtaining a more consistent product are increased. Also, when there are so few steps from the idea to the final crafting, the investment can be used and bought again in little time avoiding the bags of seeds to be in storage for long periods of time, degrading.

Conclusion

While it is true that bigger brewers have more money to invest in technology, quality assurance and state-of-the-art facilities, the handmade work of the small breweries combined with the expertise of the brew masters is still not beaten. Maybe it is me, but human quality is still number one in the complicated process of beer-brewing.

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Beer Recipes Lost In Time – My Discovery

For us, Western civilizations, the world started as close as two thousand years ago, but there are other civilizations on Earth that go way further. While some of the top breweries in the world are very worried trying to deliver the best new recipe with a new combination of ingredients, in the best cities to drink beer in the world people teamed up with historians, archeologists and museums to recreate old beer from ancient civilizations in Peru and China.

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This was my discovery while being in Chicago, a year ago. The name of the brand is Off Color Brewing and they came up with an awesome recipe after teaming up with Dr. Ryan Williams from the Field Museum. Williams and his team had just discovered an ancient brewery that used to belong to the Wari Empire in Cerro Baúl in Peru. The brewery consisted of fermenting and boiling vats along with a mill. Also, they found molle berries all over the place. After carefully studying the recipients, they came up with the conclusion that it was the drink that the Wari Empire people drank back then. Fast forward to the present, they teamed up with this awesome brewery in Chicago and the result is a beer like no other I have ever tasted in my entire life. The recipe includes some purple Peruvian corn, molle berries and the closest thing to a ceramic vat that these people could find.

The color of the beer is something like purple-ish and while it is spicy, it is not too strong. It has some funky grainy feeling that´s light and very dry. I bought it in a six pack of clear bottles and once I poured it into my glass, some pink foam formed on top. Even drinking it was quite an experience!

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7 Cities For Your Craft Beer Road Trip

I´ve been around the world tasting beer, not because that´s what I´m paid to do, but because that is what I love doing. Every time I get the chance, I get my backpack ready and set off for a new adventure. My girlfriend is (luckily) just like me, so I get to taste the best craft beers of every country we visit with my favorite person in the world. Am I a lucky guy?  Well, of course I am! Read on and find out which are my favorite seven cities to drink beer in the world (so far).

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1 - Barcelona, Spain

My home town is the place I know best and hence, my favorite spot in the world to go out for pints. You get variety, premium class, friendly people and, most of all, the most wonderful tapas you will ever experience. Barcelona is my home by choice and number one on the list.

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2 - San Francisco, CA

I love the vibe in Frisco, it is a one-of-a-kind place on Earth with people matching it. The classic Californian breeze just moves your hair and gives you the goose bumps but not much more and having a beer at Laughing Monk while watching the sunset is one of the things you must do while alive. Oh, and they have killer IPAs too.

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3 - Dublin

Well, if we are talking beer, there is no way the home of the Guinness, created exactly there by a guy named Arthur Guinness in 1759 was not on the list. If you enjoy thick, black and creamy Guinness, then you will want to go there during Autumn and get into a bar to drink one creamy stout after the next and smile like an Irish. The food is really good too… I don´t quite remember that much!

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4 - Munich

Did I mention Ireland couldn´t be missing from this list? Well, neither can Germany. This city hosts 6 million people during Oktoberfest and it is the home of the beer gardens, which are completely awesome. I went during Oktoberfest and it was a little too much (during that week, 7 million liters of beer are sold), but if you skip that time, you´re in for a real treat.

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5 - Seoul

Yes, this controversial city is one of the most populated in the world and hosts some of the biggest, most beautiful buildings you can see around. There are a lot of parking lots turned into the perfect place for a beer on the go and also some dedicated bars that are awesome. There is a huge variety to choose from everywhere in the globe and Korean beer is very tasty too.

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6 - Montreal

Well, it is well-known that all Europeans hate French people, especially the ones from Paris. I am no exception to that rule, in fact, I adhere to it. So, which is the best place for French customs without having to deal with them? Montreal, Canada! The beer scene in the northern country is awesome and despite the harsh weather, if you go in the summer you can taste some of the best craft beer ever and have some French food to go with it.

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7 - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the world´s capital for meat and tango, but has recently had a boom in terms of beer breweries and culture. The night life in this city is almost endless, there are a million options and those Argentinians won´t go to sleep even if the daylight invites them to. If you want to have a blast and try some of their own creations with local ingredients, go there in spring. You can have some amazing steak and dance some tango too.