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Also known as, What is Happening in the World of Beer and Wine. Sometimes newsworthy, usually noteworthy, always interesting, information about our favorite subject, beer and wine.

The father of Arizona beer

Amanda Fox - - The Arizona 100

Alex Levin was a German entrepreneur who introduced beer to Arizona in the mid-1860s.

As people migrated West, railroad laborers and miners longed for a place to socialize at the end of their shifts. Levin seized the opportunity and created Pioneer Brewery, the first commercial brewery in Arizona.

5 things you may not know about the nonalcoholic beer industry

Elizabeth Jackson - - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Over the past few years, a growing number of people around the world have looked toward nonalcoholic beer, wine, and spirits as alternatives to traditional alcoholic drinks for a variety of reasons. Some people are choosing not to drink for health reasons—such as being pregnant or in recovery from addiction—while others are simply choosing to not make alcohol a part of their overall diet. Regardless of why, the choice not to drink has demonstrated a significant opportunity for the growing market of nonalcoholic alternatives.

The Best Beer Spot in Every State

Caitlyn Flynn - - Eat This, Not That!

Nothing hits the spot quite like a delicious beer. Sure, you can always pick up a six-pack at your local liquor store, but if you're looking for a beer that's unique, high-quality, made from locally sourced ingredients (or all of the above), breweries are where it's at.

Gov. Evers and Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, bet beer for sausage on the NBA Finals

- CBS 58 Newsroom

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Arizona's Governor, Doug Ducey, has wagered a 12-pack of Tower Station, a Phoenix-local beer from Mother Road Beer Brewery to Gov. Evers if the Suns lose the NBA Finals.

The Oldest Breweries in the World

Jessie O'Brien - - The Beer Connoisseur

Beer has been around for millennia, but dedicated breweries are a far more recent invention. Read on to explore the oldest breweries in the world.

It's believed that beer was first discovered by accident in ancient Mesopotamia as a by-product of breadmaking. The happiest accident to serve humankind rivals other world-changing inventions of the time like mathematics and the wheel. One of the first written records of beer's existence appeared as hieroglyphs on ancient Egyptian papyrus, documenting beer used in religious ceremonies at the time. But the drink became a staple of the Medieval food pyramid once it made its way to northern Europe. There were plenty of raw ingredients like barley that grew in the area, and alcoholic beverages were considered healthy. Some say that beer was all that was available to drink at the time due to contaminated drinking water, but this is most likely a myth. Beer was popular, whether or not it was necessary for survival.

Why Did Women Stop Dominating the Beer Industry?

Laken Brooks - - Smithsonian Magazine

What do witches have to do with your favorite beer?

When I pose this question to students in my American literature and culture classes, I receive stunned silence or nervous laughs. The Sanderson sisters didn't chug down bottles of Sam Adams in "Hocus Pocus." But the history of beer points to a not-so-magical legacy of transatlantic slander and gender roles.

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