Looking Back, Looking Forward To A New Year Of Beer…

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End of the year predictions have become de rigueur in the beer world. I’m not much for prognostication, especially in an industry as diverse as the increasingly international world of craft beer. It’s better to reflect on where we’ve been over the past year to get a sense of what is to come. Reviewing the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Craft Beer, All Growed Up…

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Anchor Brewing, BeerAdvocate Mag, Bell's Brewery, Boston Beer Company, Craft Beer, Freshness Dating, Goose Island, MillerCoors, Two Hearted Ale

All grown up and ready to don his crown, the prince busily makes plans for the future. All hail the new king of beer. If you read the beer press lately, you’d be forgiven for thinking that craft beer has conquered all. The Brewers Association’s recently released half-year numbers demonstrate that despite the economic downturn, […]