The Craft Beer Middle Class…

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We often hear about the three tier system in the beer business, often castigated as a post-Prohibition relic or as a needless by consumers and some small brewers. But there is a new caste system developing in an increasingly stratified craft beer world. On the low end is the rise of the small brewery, including […]

The Politics Of Defining Gluten-Free Beer…

Posted on 7 CommentsPosted in GABF, Gluten-free beer, Great American Beer Festival 2012, Omission Beers, Widmer Brothers

I have written extensively about gluten-free beers from their first appearance. I always make a point of trying every gluten-free beer I can find, especially during the GABF. I have several friends who suffer from/have to deal with Celiac’s or are gluten intolerant in some form and they all say the same thing: “We miss […]

A 10 Point Plan To Improve The GABF or A Few Thoughts On GABF 2012…

Posted on 13 CommentsPosted in Craft Beer, Gluten-free beer, Great American Beer Festival, Omission Beers

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. I’ve now been to the festival for 16 straight years (in fact it was the first beer festival I ever attended) and have seen both the fest, the craft beer community, and the City of Denver change greatly during that time. […]

Craft Beer Evolution: It’s Time To Put ‘No Crap On Tap’ To Bed…

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in BeerAdvocate Mag, Great American Beer Festival

Craft beer promoters love their slogans. Slapped onto bumper stickers, t-shirts, and bottle coozies, they help define the narrative for the craft beer movement. Whether they be a fabricated quote never uttered by a founding father or a call to support your local brewery, such sloganeering is often harmless if not particularly clever. There is […]

Death of the Flagship…

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Boston Beer Company, Craft Beer, Deschutes Brewery, Flagship Beers, New Belgium Brewing, Redhook, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Widmer Brothers

There comes a time in the story of every generation when the end draws near and a new chapter begins. In the craft beer industry, it has taken nearly thirty years for that page to turn but a new story of is about to be written, one where many of the beloved main characters are […]