Back and in effect with today's Afternoon Bender! Enjoy the dog days of summer and check out some of the interesting stuff going on in the craft beer world today.

A little insight to what it costs for the Big Guy to buy the Little Guy and what to expect next from InBev.
Inside Anheuser-Busch’s craft beer deals

Every good story needs an antagonist, including craft beer.
The Antagony of Anheuser-Busch

Following that same train of thought, here are the companies that make almost everything that is consumed in this country.
These 11 brewers make over 90% of all U.S. beer

I haven't found a white stout that I like yet, but that doesn't mean I will stop trying. This piece outlines the albino stout and how it is made.
What the Hell Is an Albino Stout?

Sours - you either love them or you don't. Here's a great piece for anyone who is interested in trying come over to the sour side.
Nine things you should know about sour beers

Toppling Goliath is in the middle of nowhere and it is a hidden gem. BTL visited last year but we didn't get published on the Travel Section front & back pages of the Chicago Tribune like Josh Noel!
Josh Noel on Twitter

Forbidden Root, Left Hand and Jester King are using them in their beers so highlights why the consumer should learn more about botanicals and how they are used in beer.
Botanical Beers Are Back to the Future

This useful infographic shows us the perfect temperatures for beer, wine and other delicious specialty beverages. The horror! It's in Celsius!
The Ideal Temperature for Beer, Coffee, and Other Beverages

I get nervous when non-beer sites create beer lists, but I think Wired actually did a good job here even though I wouldn't characterize wheat ales or IPAs as “weird.” Maybe they could be to the Wired audience though?
All the Wonderfully Weird Beers You Should Be Drinking

BTL goes international again. This is really interesting and something we don’t really think about. What is alcohol was illegal and against the strict values of your religion?
Kabul Vendors Buzzing Over Alcohol-Free Beer

In Lebanon, a fresh trend takes over beer and alcoholic drinks.
Put An Herb In It: Lebanon's Fresh Approach To Beer And Cocktails

We’ve mentioned the drought and hot weather a couple times over the last few weeks and how this is affecting hop farmers and brewers. Well, now we see how it’s going to affect us, the consumers.
IPA Lovers Beware: Beer Prices Could Skyrocket Next Year Thanks to Drought