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"There really isn’t a place quite like what we’re doing": An Interview with Fermentation Visionary Eli Cayer
Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland, Maine might be onto something. Combining beer, cider, mead and kombucha under one roof could very well be the next big movement in the adult beverage world. In a locally focused craft beer world, Eli Cayer, Founder of UFF takes it a step further by not only sourcing ingredients locally, but actually foraging (that’s right, foraging) for local herbs, plants and berries in and around Portland.
We had an excellent discussion with Eli about his thoughts on the potential popularity of these fusion-type breweries, the path he took that eventually led to UFF, and various avenues for the future, including more UFFs in metro areas across the country! Let’s dive in.
Beer isn't just a beverage. When you're into it, it's really a way of life. That's why we've compiled a list of products and gifts that exist to enhance this perfect way of life. No, you definitely don't need some of the things here, but damn does it sure make beer more fun. From t-shirts to beer soap, theres a gift here for everyone who shares the same love of beer that you do. Check them out below.
A while back, I read Anthony Kiedis’ autobiography. The famed Red Hot Chili Peppers front man described the ups and downs he experienced throughout life. As you might guess, many of the stories shared in the book also came to be the basis for most of the songs the band created.
For instance, that song "Under the Bridge" refers to Kiedis' efforts to enter gang territory under a bridge to purchase drugs.
Knowing the story behind the music made listening to it more enjoyable, and we thought perhaps the same could be said for the stories behind some of our favorite beers. Here are a few.
Whether people beg you to cook for their parties and cookouts, or you’re clueless in the kitchen, the following recipes are your new best friends. You’ll continue to be the coolest kid in school - and even cooler because you’re adding alcohol to the mix - or you’ll surprise everyone at your next gathering and suddenly more invites will arrive in your inbox.
Analysis paralysis: it's the state of overthinking a situation to the point that no action is taken. In today's society, we not only have a sometimes infuriating amount of choices, we've also got all the information in the world at our fingertips. This can make it very difficult to make decisions. If you've ever stood in the store Googling beer reviews for 20 to 30 minutes, walking back and forth like some type of maniac, then you know exactly what we're talking about.
In 2015, it was reported that there were about 2 brewery openings per day. At the same time, acquisitions by “big beer” are at an all-time high. In an effort to offset any decline in market share, major brands are adding smaller ones to their portfolios—through acquisitions. This is resulting in some interesting discussions around what is and what isn’t a craft brewery.