Required Reading for January 27, 2020

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It’s a sad Monday as we mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and the other individuals lost in the tragic accident yesterday. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families impacted by this. RIP.

Here’s today’s headlines:

Florida chicken wing festival offers unlimited craft beer (fox35orlando.com)

A wing festival in Vero Beach is combining the best of both of these worlds with unlimited beer tastings and a wide variety of wing flavors.

Craft beer is at a “precipice.” Colorado can relate after Boulder Beer closure and New Belgium sale (VailDaily.com)

In between sips of barrel-aged stouts, blended sours and boozy barleywines, the conversation at the marquee event — which features educational seminars and tasting session focused on higher-alcohol beers, Belgian styles or experimental brews — all-to-often veered toward the current challenges facing the craft beer industry.

The 50 Best Beers of 2019 (VinePair.com)

At last estimate, there were more than 7,500 breweries operating in the U.S. in 2019. As more breweries open — introducing a never-ending stream of new beers to the marketplace — finding the best is near impossible. Luckily, we’ve spent a lot of time over the last year tasting them.

Weathered Ground Brewery receives first craft malt certification in state (Register-herald.com)

Weathered Ground Brewery (WGB), for its use of grain from independent malthouses that get a majority of their ingredients from local sources, has become the first brewery in West Virginia to be certified by the Craft Maltsters Guild, whose mission is “to promote and sustain the tradition of craft malting in North America.”