Blog posts of '2016' 'February'

New COA App from Crisp Malting

Crisp Malting Group is renowned for their commitment to tradition, but the UK’s leading independent malting company is a dedicated innovator as well. Now, with a quick scan from a smartphone, brewers can access certificates of analysis for their malts anywhere and at any time. 

Brewery Local: Swamp Rabbit

Swamp Rabbit
Travelers Rest, South Carolina

Population: 4,843

Tucked in between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Greenville, Travelers Rest earned its name because travelers would stop there before embarking on the difficult journey into the mountains; oftentimes spending the winter waiting for the mountain snow to clear. A throwback to a time before traffic jams and chain stores, it is filled with family-oriented businesses that cater to the needs of the community.

Founded by husband and wife team of Ben and Teresa Ellis Pierson, Swamp Rabbit Brewery and Taproom is the perfect place for today’s traveler or local to stop in for a rest. We spoke with Ben to learn more about this unique brewery and town.

Brewery Local: Alibi Ale Works

Alibi Ale Works
Incline Village, Nevada 

Population: 8,777


The small town of Incline Village sits on the picturesque north shore of Lake Tahoe. During the mining boom in the late 1800s, lumber for the mines was harvested from the abundant timber supplies around Lake Tahoe. The lumber hauled up 1,400 feet on an incline railway and then dropped through a gravity flume down the western side of the mountain to Carson City.

Today, Incline Village is an extremely popular vacation destination which means that a significant portion of the population seasonal. But it is also a town of artists. Having more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America, artistry and craftsmanship help mold the character of the town.

As the nation experiences the new boom of craft beer, we checked in at Alibi Ale Works and spoke with co-owner and brewer Kevin Drake.