There is no official Natural Wine Movement. I think that’s why so many people struggle with it. Natural wines are not as codified as, for example, biodynamic farming, where in order to use the term you need to undergo rigorous certification. There are no rules for what constitutes “natural.” Tracing the movement’s origins is difficult […]
Big brewing company versus small craft label is a well-known story by now. Even craft brewery versus craft brewery is getting played out. But small craft brewery versus a tag team of the largest brewing company in the world, Maker’s Mark, and the small-business-loving city of Portland, Oregon? That’s something we haven’t heard before.
If you haven’t been to Minneapolis recently, you’re missing out. The city is bustling with art, food, culture, and, most importantly to any rapidly growing city, great beer. Front and center of that is Surly Brewing. Surly debuted in 2005 and delivered its first beers in 2006. The following year, BeerAdvocate named it the best […]
Everyone loves a feel-good story about alcoholic beverages being beneficial to your health. Such studies seem to be everywhere, and they seem to largely be conducted on rats. Beer tends to get the short end of the stick, though, while people rave about red wine. Prepare for that to change. Choices Magazine, a publication from the […]
In June, Miller Lite challenged 500,000 Bud Light drinkers to a taste test. Called “Know Your Beer,” the campaign invited drinkers to blind-taste the two light beers side by side to see which one they liked better. Now the results are in. In Bud Light’s hometown, St. Louis, Missouri, 76 percent of people chose Miller […]
The beer industry is no stranger to shortcuts. Money-conscious brewers rely on adjuncts like corn and rice, and enhance hop flavor with liquid hop extract. Now a sacred cow in craft beer — barrel-aged beer — is up for some corner cutting. The Scottish brewery Innis & Gunn made an announcement on October 17 that […]
For as much talk as there is about craft brewery unity, all is not always fine and dandy between independent brewers. Shipyard Brewing Company in Maine is suing Logboat Brewing Company in Missouri, accusing the brewery of copyright infringement and defamation. Turns out Anheuser-Busch InBev isn’t the only brewery that craft can mock.
When a company talks about sex, people listen. Hence the buzz around Heineken’s newest beer, H41, which master brewer Willem van Waesberghe describes as the result of “the sexual tendencies” of yeast. The friskiness of which van Waesberghe speaks of is the mating of two different types of yeast present in most contemporary lagers.
The number of individual beer items at U.S. retailers is declining for the first time in five years, according to a MillerCoors blog post cited in the Mark Brown industry newsletter. A research group found that beer options decreased 3.4 percent from the end of 2016 to August 2017. Most of that is coming from […]