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Julia Herz
Julia Herz is publisher of, a Certified Cicerone®, BJCP beer judge, and craft beer program director for the Brewers Association. Follow Julia’s muses on Twitter @HerzMuses

Entries by Julia Herz

The Beer Belly Is a Myth

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 5:46 PM

It's time to clear up a major myth about the bodies of beer drinkers: The "beer belly" is bunk! Ironically, as much as the terms 'beer' and 'fat' are mentioned together, beer does not even contain fat.

Say what!?

That's right. Beer is fat-free, people!

Like all fermented...

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American Craft Beer Week: Celebrating Our Country's Advanced Beer Culture

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 12:31 PM

As we celebrate the tenth consecutive year of American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), it's remarkable to see just how this community has grown. Our advanced beer culture is nothing to take for granted and today the U.S. has more beer brands and breweries than any time post-prohibition. Spending...

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The Business of Beer: What Does Light Lager Stand for?

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 11:57 AM

We beer lovers are lucky to be living through a juncture of historic proportions in the U.S. beer scene. The tastes of individual beer appreciators are evolving. Small and independent craft brewers are rising to dominate the local level. And among large global brewers, we're seeing both diversification...

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Why People Love -- and Love to Hate -- Pumpkin Beers

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 12:34 PM

I've yet to meet a beer style that has more people either lovin' or hatin' on it than pumpkin beer.

This delicious and seasonally-based style is so well liked that in the month of October it rivals the popularity of India pale ale (IPA), the top-selling craft beer...

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Coming Clean About Dirty Beer Glassware

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 2:20 PM

When Bubbles Are A Red Flag In Your Craft Beer

Ever see carbonation bubbles on the inside of your glass at a restaurant? Alert: Send your glass back immediately. It's dirty.

Dishes, cutlery and glassware sometimes have residue that we simply cannot see. When bubbles cling to the sides...

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Brewnited We Stand: The Roots of American Craft Brewing

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 1:38 PM

Beer. It's deeply rooted in this country's framework. It's been enjoyed by both presidents and pilgrims, by consumers and connoisseurs.

Post-prohibition to pre-1980, the U.S. was mostly known for mass-produced American Lager. Fast forward to today. Now this country is the number one beer destination on the planet with...

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Chefs Biased Toward Wine

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Does tradition trump taste when it comes to craft beer?

America is a beer-loving nation first and foremost. In the U.S., when the sales of wine and spirits are combined, they just match total beer sales. A lot of that can be attributed to the growth of craft beer, made...

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Beer Remains America's Preferred Alcoholic Beverage

(3) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 9:41 AM

Co-authored by Bart Watson, Staff Economist, Brewers Association

Last week Gallup released their annual alcohol survey. Despite numbers that were quite similar to those in recent years, the presentation of this data -- including Gallup's own sub-header: "Younger drinkers most likely to have shifted preferences away from...

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Savoring the Principles of Craft Beer and Food Pairings

(2) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 3:54 PM

It's not uncommon to walk into a fine dining establishment and see a wine list as thick as the dictionary, along with suggested food pairings. But it's important to point out that wine isn't the only beverage advancing the food arts world. As demand for craft brewed beer from small...

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