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 […]
On September 7, AB InBev’s “The High End” division — infamous among craft beer fans for buying up beloved independent breweries — announced it had laid off 90 percent of its sales force. The news quickly spawned stories with opinionated quotes and sarcastic Twitter posts about the 380 or so people now out of work.
Pumpkin beer is divisive. Mocked by many but purchased by millions, the category perplexes retailers, brewers, and consumers alternatively delighted and overwhelmed by all-pumpkin everything. In the spirit of giving the people what they do (and do not) want, we gathered 28 pumpkin beers and ciders to create the one and only ranking you need.
The fight for independence in beer is raging stronger than ever in certain circles, but craft breweries may have hit an impasse. UBS, a wealth management firm, recently released a study on U.S. alcohol consumers that found that 45 percent of drinkers don’t care if the beer they drink is from an independent brewery. The […]
What makes a single hop worthy of having its own dedicated beer? Increasingly, for the past few years, breweries like Green Flash, Cahaba, Mikkeller, and Founders Brewing Company have been exploring the complexities of individual hop breeds in single-hop beers. As the brewmaster of Founders Brewing Company, Jeremy Kosmicki isn’t afraid to brew the beer he […]
An increasing number of college football fans will be able to buy beer in stadiums this year. Boston College and The Citadel joined the collection of more than 40 colleges and universities that allow in-stadium beer sales. Whether you think beer is fun or the devil, we should celebrate these forward-thinking institutions. This decision could […]
Brewing beer is difficult. You can’t just decide one day that you want to become a brewmaster, walk into a brewery, and do as you please for all eternity. In addition to the complex alchemy of brewing, the economics of ownership, management and distribution require thought and planning. If you’re running a business, you need […]
Things in the beer world used to be cut and dry. Giant corporations like AB InBev, MillerCoors, Constellation, and Heineken would buy up smaller craft breweries that everyone loved, and people would agree that that was bad. Fury from the craft community would follow. Today, there’s a little more gray area. Sure, major corporations continue […]
Some things we consume for sustenance, others for enjoyment. Beer is usually the latter, but for brewers who are surrounded by the stuff all day, every day, it can be easy to get beered out. Which draws the question: What do brewers drink when they’re not drinking beer? “Tea and coffee. I’m learning a lot about […]