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Beer festivals, the art of standing in line and extremely popular breweries running out of beer half way through are all covered in this article by the Burlington Free Press.  I would hate to pay $50 for a chance at a Hill Farmstead release just to find out they are out of beer midway through the event.
Brew fest, Day 2: Adventures in beer lines

ABV Chicago tasted and ranked 6 Chicago wild ales. I have had two of them but now I need to find the rest!
ABV Chicago Episode 77 Wild Chicago  

When you think "craft beer state," you might think Oregon, Wisconsin, Illinois, Vermont or North Carolina, even. But will Alabama soon be on that list?
Could Alabama be the next craft beer destination?

This article takes you on a tour of the best craft breweries in India right now. No, not Indiana. Four Grain Saison from Independence Brewing?! Count me in!
The Beer Craze: India's Most Popular Microbreweries

Thrillist is known for their many lists and this one is actually pretty decent – I look for the states around me to see if they have someone knowledgeable about the area. Half Acre in Illinois, 3 Floyds in Indiana, Founders in Michigan – these are all great choices and some the breweries I would select if I were making this list. 
The Best Craft Brewery in Every State (and DC)!

There's a hop shortage facing the beer industry due to extreme heat in key growing areas not only in the US but also in Europe. What does this mean for brewers all over the world?
Craft beer brewers caught on the hop by soaring temperatures

Chelsie from Stouts & Stilettos wrote about the art of beertography and one of my favorite Instagrammers – mbeach717. He takes Chelsie through the vision, planning and creation of an Instagram beer post.
When Beer Becomes Art

Urban Chestnut Zwickel is coming to tall boy cans!  Just in case you forgot, Zwickel made my list of top new beers I had in Q2 and it is now in my favorite drinking vessel!
Urban Chestnut on Twitter

Just stumbled upon this craft beer documentary that follows two young breweries as they start their business journey. Have you seen it at any of the screenings? We're looking forward to checking it out when it's available on streaming in the fall.
Blood, Sweat & Beer