It can certainly be argued the French know their stuff when it comes to wines; it seems now beer is the next frontier for them in the U.S.

In a press release issued in 2011, The French Craft Brewers said, "the association wishes to promote the know-how of the French craft breweries and to conquer new markets abroad."

Nine French craft breweries united in 2009 with 3 common goals:

Organic beer lovers: did you know your organic beer is probably not made with organic hops? That will change as of January 2013, when new legislation filed with the USDA will require any beer using the USDA Organic Logo must use 100 percent organic hops.

“Any remaining product ingredients must consist of non-agricultural substances approved on the National List, including specific non-organically produced agricultural products that are not commercially available in organic form,” according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) website.

So you're going to a craft beer festival for the first time! Well, don't go wearing your two-beer-can hat and stretchy pants, expecting to wander around eating peanuts or jerky and siphoning off first one beer then the other by bendy straws.

There are many craft beer festivals popping up all around the country, and once you've chosen the one you want to attend, there are some procedures you can follow which will give you the best experience possible - so you'll return year after year - and not just for the beer.

Beer steins have long been considered collectible by many enthusiasts around the world, but its origins have more to do with simple survival than decor.

Man cannot live by bread alone - so that's why he created beer!

"Beer turns thirst into a beautiful thing," goes an old German saying, as shown by the German Beer Institute's website, and it is hard to dispute a country whose beer making history spans centuries, being one of the oldest beer traditions in the world, with the largest number of varieties.

How did the fifth bestselling beer in the world come to be the number one best-seller in Brazil? Skol, the "drink that goes down round" according to its advertising jingle, is also one of the biggest beers in Africa, from Algeria to Guinea to Rwanda, and is also sold in Asia, from India to Malaysia to Hong Kong.

However, it's a little known fact among Brazilians that it originated 6,000 miles away 50 years ago in a small Scottish town called Alloa.

Beer drinkers and cocktail drinkers sometimes are as likely to mix as oil and water. Or to put it another way, beer drinkers are from Venus and cocktail drinkers are from Mars.

 US brewing company has delayed the launching of its new “Kali-Ma” beer amid outcry from the Hindu community that its name is inappropriate.

The Portland-based company has apologized for naming the beer after a Hindu deity and is now desperately trying to come up with a new name for its release.

n Britain, sales in pubs were down 6.0 percent quarter on quarter, but off-trade (off-premise for those of us in the States) sales were up 4.7 percent. Most analysts blame the Beer Tax hikes and unfortunately it looks like it could have lasting damage.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is asking the public to sign an online petition to stop the tax increase.

Here is the press release from the (BBPA).

When you’re lining up at the bar, waiting to be served, do you always go for your usual brand or are you tempted to try other beers while you’re there?

If you do like to choose a different brand now and then, what’s making you do that? The chances are that it’s the advertising behind the brand that makes you think you’ll try something different.