A Brew Masters Clarification and the Crazy Beer Week That Was…

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Anheuser-Busch, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Beer Nerds, Blue Moon Belgian White, Brew Masters, Craft Beer, Discovery Channel, Goose Island, MillerCoors

With many brewers, bar owners, and writers just settling in from a long week at the annual Craft Brewers Conference in San Francisco, the week was supposed to be relatively quiet. We of course now know that this past week was destined to be one of the craziest that craft beer has experienced in a […]

Why Big Brewers Are Bad For Craft Beer: The Brew Masters Controversy…

Posted on 7 CommentsPosted in Anheuser-Busch, Blue Moon Belgian White, Brew Masters, Discovery Channel, Dogfish Head, MillerCoors, Sam Calagione

Of course, a day or so after I stick my neck out for the big brewers saying they may have turned a corner, writer and television host Anthony Bourdain sent out a couple of bombshell tweets in which he seems to suggest that the Discovery Channel is either holding back or canceling production of the […]

Why the Anheuser Busch InBev – Goose Island Deal Is Good For Craft Beer…

Posted on 25 CommentsPosted in Anheuser-Busch, Bell's Brewery, Co-opting Craft, Craft Beer, Goose Island, Greg Hall, InBev, John Hall

Now I have in the not-so-recent past been accused of being a Goose Island-apologist and even a touch sycophantic when it comes to my hometown brewer. And I have made clear my respect for Goose Island and its founding family, including John and Greg Hall. To their credit, the Hall’s have made no bones about […]

What Will The Big Brewers Do About Craft Beer?

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Anheuser-Busch, Craft Beer, Craft Brewers Alliance, Goose Island, InBev, MillerCoors, Redhook

America’s largest commercial breweries have long had a love-hate relationship with craft beer. Often run by families with long brewing pedigrees, the macro brewers took serious offense at suggestions that their beers-pictures of consistency and efficiency-were somehow inferior to those produced by the bands of ragtag, scraggly haired, tattooed wannabes. The big brewers didn’t view […]