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How the Chemistry of the Craft Beer Brewing Process Differs From Larger Commercial Brands

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, Reactions delves into the chemistry of craft beer and explains what happens within the brewing process that makes craft beer different from the larger commercial brands.

It’s been around for centuries but it seems like beer has never been more popular. Microbreweries are cranking out special stouts, IPAs, lagers and pilsners. And the flavors and aromas of each of those brews all come down to chemistry. …[CORRECTION: The beta acid structure at 1:18 and 1:32 is a beta version of Cleve’s acid. We should have shown the structure of lupulone or another beta acid found in beer. We regret the error — many thanks to Andy at Compound Interest for catching that.

Compound Interest has also created an informative graphic that plots the chemical composition of beer and what makes beer taste bitter.

Chemical Composition of Beer

image via Compound Interest

A Colorful Map Plotting the Most Popular Beers Enjoyed in Over 100 Countries Worldwide

Beer World Map

After creating infographic that showed the most popular beers in the United States, the folks at Vinepair (previously) set their sites outward and used the same formula to compute and plot the most popular beers in over 100 different countries worldwide.

Our curiosity piqued, we set out to find every country in the world’s most popular beer. The map below brings together dozens of sources, from research reports to corporate filings, to reveal the most popular beers in over 100 countries. As you can see, the beer brands of the world are as diverse as our planet itself — though a handful of massive multinational brewers own a staggering number of these brands, which we’ll be exploring in the future.

image via Vinepair

Beer Cap Maps, Wooden Hole-Filled Maps Allowing People to Display Bottle Caps From the Location of the Beer’s Brewery

Continental USA

Jesse Darley has designed Beer Cap Maps, a brilliant series of laser-cut plywood maps filled with holes that allow people to display bottle caps from the location of the beer’s brewery in the Continental United States–and soon, the world. It’s a lot like the maps that allowed collectors to display the 50 quarters that represented each state in the United States. Maps of the entire Continental USA, select states only, and international maps are available to purchase and pre-order online.

Each map is laser cut from ~1/4 inch thick plywood with holes sized to snugly hold bottle caps. The state capital is etched into each map. Small holes provided for hanging, though a hook through one of the cap holes works great as well.

Beer Cap Maps


New York
New York


images via Beer Cap Maps

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Dan Newbie Plays Darude’s Trance Song ‘Sandstorm’ Using Beer Bottles, Wine Glasses, a Water Jug, and a Frying Pan

Dan Newbie (previously) has created a wonderful new video that shows him playing Darude‘s 1999 trance song “Sandstorm” using beer bottles, wine glasses, a water jug, and a frying pan. Newbie is currently raising funds on Patreon to keep his musical series of videos going strong.

The original version of the song for comparison:

A Colorful Infographic That Plots the Most Popular Beers in the United States Calculated by Annual Sales

Top 20 Beers in USA

VinePair (previously) has created “The 20 Most Popular Beers in America,” a colorful infographic that plots the United States’ “favorite” beers in order of popularity, as determined by annual sales.

Big Beer is a big business in America. Total annual sales stand around $100 billion. Craft Beers, as defined by the Brewer’s Association, are booming, yet still only account for around 15% of the beer sold in America. On a volume basis, craft beer’s share of the market is about half of that, due to its premium pricing. So what’s America drinking? A whole lot of light beer, most of which is made by a handful of monstrous macro brewers. America’s most popular beer is Bud Light – by a couple billion dollars. Yes, Bud Light’s U.S. sales alone would lodge it firmly within the Fortune 500.

image via VinePair

Puddles the Sad Clown of Puddles Pity Party Performs the Slim Dusty Tune ‘A Pub With No Beer’

Puddles the Sad Clown of Puddles Pity Party performs his version of the song “A Pub With No Beer,” which was made famous in Australia and the United States by Slim Dusty. The song tells the story of the sadness brought on by a pub running out of beer.

For comparison, here is Slim Dusty performing the tune:

Musicians Play a Cover of Eric Church’s Country Song ‘Cold One’ Using Instruments & as Many Beer Bottles as Possible

Winnipeg-based guitarist and songwriter Steve “samuraiguitarist” Onotera (previously) and his friends from the band Velvedere recently teamed up to perform a cover of the country song “Cold One” by Eric Church using traditional instruments and as many beer bottles as possible. An appropriate choice seeing as how the original song is about a girl grabbing one of Church’s beers and walking out of his life.

The original music video for comparison:

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‘The Companies Who Actually Make Your Beer’, A Helpful Infographic Revealing the Big Businesses Behind ‘Craft’ Beers

Comapnies Who Actually Make Your Beer

In light of the controversy stirred up by the Budweiser Super Bowl ad during which the company made clear their disdain for both craft beers and the people who drink them, Vine Pair has put together “The Companies Who Actually Make Your Beer”, a helpful infographic that reveals which big businesses (including Budweiser) are marketing beers that look like craft brews, but really aren’t.

After all of the controversy surrounding the Super Bowl anti-craft beer ad from Budweiser, we got to thinking, who actually owns a lot of the beers we all enjoy, so we did some digging. Much of who actually owns our beer is purposefully obscured, while other times it’s just lost in a sea of big business. …It’s also not a judgement of quality. Some of the beers on this map are great. Some aren’t. Either way, we believe you should drink what you like. We also believe you should know who made that beer though, which is why we created the map

image via Vine Pair

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