The Cigar City Interview With Joey Redner…

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In a small industrial park near downtown Tampa, a buzz continues to grow louder, emanating from the stainless steel tanks of a tiny Florida brewery. The hype about Cigar City Brewing started long before the brewery even brewed its first batch. Run by a beer columnist for a local Tampa newspaper, Cigar City’s founders started […]

State of the Beer Industry…

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If you read the end of the year reports for any major beer producer, the song remains the same: 2009 was a challenging and complicated year in the beer industry, stemming from a depressed economic environment, tightening credit markets, and continuing cost pressures. Overall, beer sales in the United States were down 2.2 percent, a […]

Fighting Taste Blindness…

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I have always believed that beer’s greatest asset is its accessibility. When it comes to other beverages, which will go unnamed, the drinker is often left with the sneaking suspicion that someone is playing a joke on them. Try as they may, other beverages prefer to stay at arm’s length from their clientele. In contrast, […]