economics

Why Bart Watson, the BA’s Chief Economist, Keeps a Lot of Wine Around the House

Why Bart Watson, the BA’s Chief Economist, Keeps a Lot of Wine Around the House

Bart Watson, Ph.D., is a beacon for those of us who love beer and analytics in equal measure. (We exist, and we are all over the internet.) The Brewers Association’s chief economist analyzes economic data, statistics, and market research to distill beer industry intel and predict trends. What does that mean, exactly? Well, Watson is […]

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Now’s the Time to Plan Your Craft Beer Pilgrimage to Napa and Sonoma

Now’s the Time to Plan Your Craft Beer Pilgrimage to Napa and Sonoma

I was into my third 10-ounce glass of Pliny the Younger when I noticed the line snaking outside Russian River Brewing’s taproom in downtown Santa Rosa, Calif. “Five hours,” a bouncer told me. That was the estimated wait time to enter the hallowed halls of Sonoma County’s most revered brewery. Beer pilgrims hailing from 40 […]

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Government Tax Cuts And Incentives Are Driving Craft Beer’s Boom And Creating Thousands Of Jobs

Government Tax Cuts And Incentives Are Driving Craft Beer’s Boom And Creating Thousands Of Jobs

At North Baltimore County’s Black Locust Hops, over 5000 lime-green hop vines cling to rows of towering poles. For over a decade, the husband-and-wife hop farm team of Che’ and Lisa Carton has grown and supplied hop varieties like citrusy Cascade and pinecone-reminiscent Chinook to local breweries, including Maryland’s Flying Dog. In 2010, however, the […]

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Keg Wine: Fad Or The Future?

Keg Wine: Fad Or The Future?

Avenue C in Manhattan’s East Village isn’t the first place one might expect to find the first-ever all tap wine bar in New York City. Yet situated directly in the middle of the block between Sixth and Seventh Streets sits Lois, a quaint, inviting wine bar that serves all its wine from kegs.

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Why Some Wines Are So Damn Expensive – Breaking Down The Cost Of A Bottle Of Wine [Infographic]

Why Some Wines Are So Damn Expensive – Breaking Down The Cost Of A Bottle Of Wine [Infographic]

It’s a common scenario: In search of a wine for dinner tonight, a red with a good-looking label and interesting description catches your eye. Let’s call it “Forlorn Hope Suspiro del Moro.” The bottle is in your hands–consumer research shows you’re 80% of the way to buying it – when the price tag catches your […]

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