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Virtuous Orchards: A Conversation with Greg Hall of Virtue Cider

Virtuous Orchards: A Conversation with Greg Hall of Virtue Cider

FENNVILLE, MI

Capitalizing on increased consumer interest in cider is Greg Hall, former Brewmaster at Goose Island and founder of Michigan's Virtue Cider. During a recent tour of the farm, we caught up with Greg to hear more about the early days at Goose Island, his transition from beer to cider following their buyout in 2011, and even his impressions on what "craft" means to him.

Decades of Harvest with Ed Atkins of Elk Mountain Farms

Decades of Harvest with Ed Atkins of Elk Mountain Farms

BONNERS FERRY, ID

Located just ten miles south of the Canadian border sits Elk Mountain Farms, the world's largest contiguous hop farm, at 1,700 acres. Owned and operated by Anheuser-Busch since the late 1980s, the farm is as picturesque as they come–it's hard to imagine a more ideal place to practice your trade as a hop grower. Despite how the acreage looks today, things haven't always been so golden, as General Manager Ed Atkins shared with us.

The Brewers of Goose Island Clybourn

The Brewers of Goose Island Clybourn

LINCOLN PARK, CHICAGO

Chicago is a brewer's kind of town. The city's history is chock full of beer, dating back to the 19th century, persisting through the dark days of Prohibition, and finally to the near constant industry expansion we see today. If you define, as most do, the "modern" craft beer movement as beginning sometime in the late 1980's, there's an unquestioned name that pioneered the local movement during an otherwise miserable time for craft beer in Chicago.