Brewing Up A Storm: Brandi Hillman – Keeping with Tradition

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| By Anita Riley | If you ask Brandi Hillman where she gets her tenacity, she’ll tell you it comes from her mother, who learned it from her mother. “My maternal grandmother was from a large, tobacco farming family in …

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Brewing Up A Storm: Brianna Craig – Four Generations and One on the Way

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| By Anita Riley | When Prohibition was repealed in 1933, the Federal Government instituted the Three-Tier System for alcohol. This mandated a ‘middle man’ between the producers of beer, wine, and spirits and the retail establishments that sell them. …

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Brewing Up A Storm: Ari Sanders – Furthering Community

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| By Anita Riley | Ari Sanders got her first taste of craft beer on a road trip with her mom. “I grew up in a family where no one drank. At least no one drank in front of me. …

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Brewing Up A Storm: Biere de Femme Festival – A Celebration of Women in the Beer Industry

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| By Anita Riley | I’m not entirely sure you could separate craft beer from today’s foodie culture even if you tried. I also don’t think I’m out of line to say that the craft beer explosion is, in fact, …

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Brewing Up A Storm: Modern Romance Brewery – First Comes Love, Then Comes Cancer

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| By Anita Riley | Lara Murphy and her husband, Paul Hobson, embody the name for their brewery in planning: Modern Romance Brewery. Their story is a thing of beauty. They dated for two years in high school, but when …

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Brewing Up A Storm: Gabe Pickard – Factotum and Ebullient Conspirator in the Leavening Arts

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| By Anita Riley | I am constantly awed by the diversity of talents that people in the brewing industry bring with them. Gabe Pickard of Zebulon Brewing is a perfect example. She is a classically trained dancer, a yoga …

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Brewing Up A Storm: Audra Gaiziunas Brewed for Her Ledger

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| By Anita Riley | It’s no secret that WNC’s economy is closely linked with the beer industry. Asheville has sprung up as a brewing center on a national scale thanks to Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium putting …

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Brewing Up A Storm: Gettin’ Out Front – Wilmington NC Brewer Kelsie Cole

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| By Anita Riley | This time of year is all about getting out of our schedules, out of doors, and even [dare I say it?] out of town. I know, sacrilege. But hear me out! In addition to great …

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Brewing Up A Storm: The Story of Becoming “Something Else”

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| By Anita Riley | Most of us are familiar with the main ingredients in beer: water, hops, yeast, and grain (usually barley). Each of these ingredients is fascinating and complex on its own, if you really dig into them. …

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Brewing Up A Storm: A Short Beer Tour of the Triangle

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| By Anita Riley | I recently moved to the Triangle area to accept a cellar position with Mystery Brewing Company. What does a newly relocated Cellarman and Beer Writer do when finding themselves in unfamiliar territory? Well, we go …

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Brewing Up A Storm: Jess Reiser – Nurturing a Business and Watching it Grow

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| By Anita Riley | You know the old saying, “If you want something done, ask the busiest person to do it.” Following that logic, I think I would ask Jess Reiser, co-owner of Burial Beer, to do all of …

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Brewing Up A Storm: Seven Courses for Seven Breweries

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| By Anita Riley | I love this time of year because I get to unabashedly eat and drink until my heart’s content. There’s a reason that the holidays are so far away from swimsuit season! Here’s my ideal holiday …

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Brewing Up A Storm: Creating the Hi-Wire Label

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| By Anita Riley | There’s no question that labels matter when it comes to craft beer. Just walk the aisles of your favorite package store and take a good look at the variety of container formats and the images …

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Brewing Up A Storm: Brewmaster, Jeff Irvin

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— Anita Riley — When I began my education in Brewing, Distillation, and Fermentation (BDF) at AB Tech’s Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast, I didn’t know what to expect. I had been told by several people (not affiliated with …

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