Required Reading for February 3, 2020

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Sorry for the delay while we did some work on the blog, but here’s today’s required reading.

The hot new thing in craft beer? Good old-fashioned lager (SFChronicle.com)

Until recently, “craft lager” might have sounded like an oxymoron. After all, lager — you know, like Budweiser, Coors and Corona — was the very thing that the craft beer revolution defined itself against. The industrial lagers were flavorless, wan and dilute; craft beer, by contrast, would be rich, complex and delicious.

Why WeldWerks Is Unlike Any Other Craft Beer Brand (5280.com)

WeldWerks Brewing Co.’s head brewer and co-founder Neil Fisher, who began brewing beer in—you guessed it—his garage, is known for sending it. Which may be why WeldWerks is bringing big medals (most recently, a gold and a silver from GABF 2019) back to its A-frame production facility and taproom (formerly a used car lot and showroom) in Greeley. 

Charlotte is giving Untappd a second chance at a stadium craft beer festival. Could it become the city’s quintessential beer event? (CharlotteAgenda.com)

Despite flopping in its inaugural year, the Untappd Beer Festival is returning to Bank of America Stadium, and organizers want to make it right. They also want to make it bigger. Could it become Charlotte’s quintessential craft beer event, or will it become a punchline again?

DFW craft beer brewery doubles down on pickles with new spicy beer (CultureMap.com)

It promises to be a real pickle-fest. In addition to the original Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer and this new Spicy Pickle Beer – which will be on tap at all beer stations that day — they’ll also be serving four pickle beer variants on tap:

Xtreme Sour

Xtreme Hot

Bloody Mary (a fan favorite)

Jalapeno Bread N Butter

HOW THE BEER COMMUNITY IS STEPPING UP TO HELP MILWAUKEE’S GODFATHER OF CRAFT BEER (MilwaukeeMage.com)

Out of respect for its guest of honor on Wednesday (Jan. 22), Champps Americana (1240 S. Moorland Rd.) should consider a strict policy not allowing any large groups, pub crawls or buses. That’s been one of the longstanding rules of Romans’ Pub, and, considering Wednesday night is a benefit for the legendary bar’s owner Mike Romans, it seems fitting.