The fight for independence in beer is raging stronger than ever in certain circles, but craft breweries may have hit an impasse. UBS, a wealth management firm, recently released a study on U.S. alcohol consumers that found that 45 percent of drinkers don’t care if the beer they drink is from an independent brewery. The […]
It’s a weekday at 11:30 a.m. at the Blue Hill restaurant in Manhattan, and a group of alcohol writers are milling around with cocktails in their hands. The drinks are an off-yellow mix of Meyer lemon, honey, and a base product called Seedlip, and they’re all mixed and shaken by a bartender. Cocktails at 11:30 a.m. […]
Few places love American bourbon barrels as much as Scotland. Deep in the Scottish countryside, stacks of used American whiskey barrels tower above buildings. Eventually, those barrels will be reworked and transformed, and the barrels that once helped American whiskey become bourbon will be born again as Scotch barrels. By law, Scotch must be barrel-aged […]
Elysian Brewing Company’s Dayglow can is iconic. Eye-stopping hydraulic greens and yellows, lasers, and a tiger — you know which beer it is right when you see it. Recently, Elysian put Dayglow into cans and brought the label with it. So we figured now is as good a time as ever to look back on the […]
For many people, craft beer means IPA. That makes sense. The style has dominated tap lists and the press about beer essentially since craft beer went mainstream. Which makes you wonder: When will all the hype around IPA finally stop? I asked 15 brewers to find out. “Blight? Plague of locusts?
Less than a week after an annual Gallup poll found that beer is the preferred alcoholic beverage for 40 percent of American drinkers, Wall Street downgraded the stock of Boston Beer Company and Constellation Brands because people aren’t drinking enough beer.
Every July, for 15 years running, the liquor industry convenes in New Orleans at Tales of the Cocktail. The annual confab has grown into the biggest single event in the entire booze business, and now it’s even spilling out into the mainstream. This year, for example, the festivities include performances by Snoop Dogg, members of […]
Since its first wines were released in 2002, Shinn Estate Vineyards on Long Island’s North Fork has been a force in the region. Until the winery arrived on the scene, the Long Island wine industry hadn’t been shaken up much since the early 1970s when it started. Although there were dozens of vineyards, they were […]
The recently announced Brewers Association’s “independence seal” has a clear purpose: to make it easy for consumers to differentiate who is in the independent craft beer club and who is in the corporate club. Naturally, brewers in the corporate club weren’t impressed.