According to market research firm IRI Worldwide, both dollar and volume sales of domestic premium beer brands declined in 2017, while craft, imported, and domestic super premium beers sales climbed. Total U.S. beer sales exceeded $34 billion, essentially falling flat, with volume sales decreasing 0.4 percent and dollar sales increasing 1.2 percent.
Among the myriad craft labels brewing cult IPAs and selling out limited-edition can releases, Tired Hands has a particularly passionate fan base. The Ardmore, Pennsylvania operation was among the top 10 most Googled beers of 2016, despite (or, possibly, because of) a limited distribution network exclusive to Pennsylvania. There is apparently a two-year wait list […]
Anyone can sneak a few brown-bagged bottles into her luggage and transform even the dodgiest motel room into a private pub. (Other people do this, right?) But for those seeking slightly more elevated experiences, several American breweries offer overnight accommodations, either at or adjacent to production facilities. Boutique hotels are also getting in on the […]
Even the most militant craft beer evangelist drinks an industrial beer from time to time. When traveling, maybe; or when seeking comfort at the end of a long day. Or if there’s nothing else in the fridge. Without invoking (much) shame from the craft community, there’s a time and place for everything. I can cop […]
With 2017 tilting toward our collective rearview mirror, we’re reflecting on the previous year. It’s been an extremely exciting time for the beer, wine, and spirits world, from a seemingly endless stream of craft beer acquisitions to the meteoric climbs of natural wine and amaro. We can’t wait to see what keeps glasses filled and […]
Craft beer reached another unprecedented milestone in 2017. For the first time, according to newly released figures from the Brewers Association, the total number of breweries in operation in the U.S. passed 6,000. Though the exact number has yet to be revealed, that’s at least 700 more breweries than we had in 2016, and more […]
Finally, some good news in the beer world.
Beer was the answer for An Bui. In 1997, he decided to ditch the extensive wine list at Mekong, his family’s struggling Vietnamese restaurant in a Richmond, Virginia strip mall, for a small selection of Belgian ales. The brews drew customers to Mekong, so Bui expanded, first adding a single-tap kegerator, and then quickly upgrading to […]
Tree House Brewing Company only started doing business in 2011, but it’s quickly become one of the most beloved craft breweries making some of the most sought- after beers in the country. The Massachusetts brewery draws fans from around the Northeast who are dedicated enough to wait for hours to buy beer. Some trade their […]