Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Kulshan Cascade Peaks IPAs, affordable beer cities and European popular taprooms

Ron Swarner

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MORNING FOAM FOR THURSDAY, SEPT. 13 2018: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to all the sink holes. …

With the North Cascades right at their back door, it’s quite fitting that the newest line of IPAs released by the Kulshan Brewing Company be named the Cascade Peaks IPA Series.

The most popular beers in the world aren’t necessarily the ones most Americans would expect. Globally, the beer industry sold $661 billion worth of beer in 2017. While craft beer is on the rise, it makes up just a tiny percentage of those sales. Click here to cry.

If you’re on the lookout for some fresh beer and up for a fun road trip, there are seven cities offering some of the densest concentrations of breweries on a per capita basis, according to research firm Datafiniti. And better yet, they’re affordable places to visit.

According to a report in The Times of Israel, evidence of beer brewing by the Natufians has been found on stone mortars dating to between 11,700 and 13,700 years ago. Scientists think the Natufians first germinated seven grains and produced malt, heated the mash, and then fermented it with wild yeast, resulting in a thin mash or gruel.

The Guardian tipsters tried everything from a Peak District brewpub crawl to a beer in Ukraine named in “honour” of Vladimir Putin to come up with the 10 most popular taprooms in Europe.

Steeped in tradition, the world-famous Munich Oktoberfest started over 180 years ago. Renowned for being the world’s largest ‘beer festival’, it is actually the world’s largest folk festival, complete with traditional Bavarian Oompah bands and a funfair. Here are tips to make the experience as joyful as possible.

Enjoy 24 sink holes. …

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A massive sinkhole caused by the rains of Tropical Storm Agatha is seen in Guatemala City on May 31, 2010. Photo credit: Casa Presidencial / Reuters