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.
It brings me no pleasure to tell you this, sincerely. I mean, I can be a bit of a pill at times; I know that. Hell, maybe I’ve even delighted in giving a bit of bad news a few times in my life. I don’t know! I’m not perfect. I’m barely even good. This is […]
When it comes to running a brewery, there are certain beers you have to make to generate a profit, and then there are beers you make because you love the product. When those two things match up, it’s like the clouds parting and delicious rays of sunshine peaking through on a perfect day. But perfect days are rare. So […]
It’s easy to get down these days about beer sales. Stories proclaiming 2017 the “worst year for beer volumes since 2009” have beer lovers in a tizzy. Thankfully, Gallup is here to save the day with a poll that found beer is still the most preferred alcoholic beverage in the U.S. The poll found that […]
Poor, poor Chardonnay. Despite being the grape behind the world’s most coveted wines — Champagne and Burgundy — it’s also the most maligned vitis vinifera variety on the planet. It’s even more maligned than Merlot. In my mind, the ABC or “Anything But Chardonnay”school of wine-drinking isn’t just silly, it’s downright wrong. Though American store shelves […]
Everyone loves an underdog, and for brewers, that means underrated beers. Every brewery has a house style, but a lot of times, it’s that underrated style that brewers love most. We spoke with 11 brewers about what they think the most underrated beer style is. Here are their responses. “Browns. We brew an American Brown […]
It’s impossible for everyone to care about craft beer, no matter how much outright devotion craft beer fans on the internet have for independent breweries.
Craft beer consumers are addicted to trends. Beer styles, serving types, and packaging come and go with the mood of the consumer and the passion of a few influential brewers. But some trends have passed their prime (and others should never have made it in the first place). As the people setting the trends and […]
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.