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.
I was recently greeting people at one of my restaurant spaces when a young woman walked into the shared communal space with her head down, her smart phone guiding her. She was more fixated on the small celluloid device in her hand than the environment around her. “Hi! How are you today?” I asked her. […]
There are certain beers and beer styles you see over and over again that are overhyped and simply don’t deliver. But do craft brewers feel as exasperated as some consumers? We asked nine brewers what the most overrated beer is to find out. ”Any beer that requires a consumer to stand in line for hours […]