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Four Peaks wins Travelchannel.com's top brewery contest

Kellie Hwang, The Republic - - AZCentral.com

Four Peaks Brewing Company has come out on top in Travelchannel.com's favorite craft brewery contest.

The website's original online series, "Microbrew Madness," sent hosts and film crews out to 16 microbreweries across the country, including Four Peaks, and then asked viewers to cast votes for their favorite brewery. The Tempe-based brewery was announced as the winner at the end of Oktoberfest on Oct. 5.

Will a bunch of terrible craft beer ruin the booming craft beer industry?

Jon Terbush - - The Week

With the craft beer industry booming, quality control has emerged as a primary concern among brewers. Roughly 1,250 new breweries opened in the last five years, bringing the total to 2,822 nationwide. Yet not everyone who wants to make good beer knows how to make good beer, so the slew of fledgling ventures — all with varying levels of experience, knowledge, and skill — has led to some really bad brews hitting the market.

Germans Learn Craft Beers From U.S. to Bring Back Buzz

Stefan Nicola - - Bloomberg.com

In Germany, home of Oktoberfest and a five-century-old brewing law, beer consumption has been on an unstoppable decline, prompting Europe's biggest producer of the beverage to turn to an unlikely place for help: the U.S.

How To Drink Beer, Circa 1623

Jay Brooks - - Brookston Beer Bulletin

Here's a fun little account from the annals of history, the 17th century to be precise. This description of "How To Drink Beer" comes from "Via recta ad vitam longam," by Tobias Venner, published in 1623.

Archaeologists discover 'industrial scale' wine production at ancient site

- FoxNews

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered a massive compound dating back to the Byzantine era, which was used for "industrial-scale" production of wine and olive oil.

Arizona Beer Madness brewing

Tim Gallen, Digital Producer - - Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona is known for a lot of things: sunshine, the Grand Canyon, our politicians' propensity to embarrass the entire state on a national scale.

But one thing that often gets left out of conversations surrounding our state is beer.

That is, until now.

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