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Leap of Faith: Is Craft Beer the New Church?

Leap of Faith: Is Craft Beer the New Church?

This month, the Greater Purpose Community Church in Santa Cruz, Calif., announced it will be serving beer at services and opening a brewery next summer. The news received its fair share of backlash but Chris VanHall, Greater Purpose Community Church pastor, stands by his choice. “There’s nothing in the Bible that says you can’t drink alcohol […]

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Hop Take: Big Beer Lights Up, Cuts Deep

Hop Take: Big Beer Lights Up, Cuts Deep

Constellation Brands, parent of Ballast Point, Funky Buddha, and Four Corners, along with Corona, Modelo, and Pacifico, laid off dozens of its craft sales reps last week. The news leaked on the same day Constellation announced its $4 billion investment in Canopy Growth Corporation, a Canadian cannabis company. Constellation also announced earlier this year that its […]

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Craft Beer Was Built on an Us-Versus-Them Ethos. Now It’s Tearing Us Apart.

Craft Beer Was Built on an Us-Versus-Them Ethos. Now It’s Tearing Us Apart.

In July 2008, the Seattle microbrewery Elysian made a special beer for the 20th anniversary of Sub Pop Records, the influential local record label that had launched the careers of Nirvana and Soundgarden. The pale ale was called Loser, a sarcastic term of endearment at Sub Pop, whose higher-ups were more interested in artistic integrity […]

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Hop Take: Big Breweries Are Turning To Everything But Beer To Keep Growing

Hop Take: Big Breweries Are Turning To Everything But Beer To Keep Growing

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Boston Beer both released positive mid-year reports last week, reflecting overall growth for Q2 2018. AB InBev has grown almost 5 percent to more than $14 billion, with gross profits for Q2 near $9 million. Boston Beer is no slouch, either — its net revenue is up more than 10 percent to […]

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Craft Beer Flagships Are Necessary, Not Nostalgic

Craft Beer Flagships Are Necessary, Not Nostalgic

This month Good Beer Hunting ran a 3,000-word tribute to a 21-year-old beer, Victory Brewing’s Golden Monkey. It is neither new nor trendy, Bryan Roth writes, “but at the right moment, with the right people, it’s a special experience for card-carrying beer geeks and self-described novices alike.” In the modern era of Instagram-famous brewers and […]

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