The Increasingly Heated Debate Around Contract / ‘Gypsy’ / Resident Brewing…

Posted on 22 CommentsPosted in Cambridge Brewing Company, Contract Brewing, Craft Beer, Gypsy Brewing, Somerville Brewing Company

Fresh back from the annual Craft Brewers Conference in Washington DC, I am struck by the looming tension and sense of anxiety presently bubbling to the surface in this industry. The conference played host to a number of interesting seminars and a few fairly repetitive ones. Mixed among the nearly 100 offerings were multiple courses […]

The Craft Beer Middle Class…

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in BeerAdvocate Mag

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. […]