Craft beer is a growing business in the United States. At present, there are more breweries/brewpubs than at any time in the nation’s history and the numbers continue to climb with each passing week. How does one celebrate an industry that keeps growing in size and influence? One way is to partake in American Craft Beer Week, a full week of events, education, and other things that celebrate the craft beer industry and its impact on business and culture.
What is American Craft Beer Week?
American Craft Beer Week is an annual event that has expanded tremendously since its founding. The event can be traced back to 2006 when the Brewer’s Association (more…)
Craft beer is an industry on the move. The past year, 2012, was one of the best the industry has ever seen with record- setting market share and record numbers of breweries in existence. There were a few closures during the year, but the number of new breweries added far exceeded shutdowns, leading to the largest number of breweries in history.
Based on official Brewers Association figures, craft beer has grown faster than its non- craft competition and now represents more than 6 percent of the total beer market in terms of volume and just over 10 percent of the total beer market based on dollar sales figures. The increase has been steady and the above percentages are the highest in history. Here is a list of the largest craft breweries in the United States, based on volume, according to the Brewers Association report:
- Boston Beer……………………………………Boston, MA
- Sierra Nevada………………………………..Chico, CA
- New Belgium Brewing………………… (more…)
What do lovers of craft beer enjoy best? Most would list a tall glass of their favorite brew at the top of the list but aside from active consumption, fans of craft beer often rank brewery visits and related adventures as close seconds to an actual glass of fine brew. One organization that aims to spread the good word of beer far and wide is Breweries, Bars and Beer Food and it plans to educate and entertain craft beer fans through its televised programs and other communications.
What is This Organization About?
Breweries, Bars and Beer Food is all about brewing operations, night spots, great food, and the people behind the scenes who work tirelessly to bring the food and drink to the public. The main focus of Breweries, Bars and Beer Food is going to be (more…)
Oskar Blues Brewery, the Longmont Colorado- based craft brewery that helped pioneer the packaging of craft beer in cans, keeps growing and expanding across the United States.
Oskar Blues racked up record production in 2012, with 85,750 barrels of beer brewed at its Colorado headquarters. A major reason for the growth was the expansion of Oskar Blues beer into more markets, namely Ohio, Alabama, and parts of Kentucky and Illinois. Now, just a couple of weeks shy of spring, Oskar Blues has announced yet another new (more…)
Austin, Texas is a city of pleasant surprises and a certain edginess that ranks it among the most entertaining cities in the United States. It is also fast becoming a premier beer city and now boasts more breweries per capita than any other Texas town. One of several places to enjoy a fine brew and a great meal is North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewpub. Here are a few facts about this brewing and dining operation:
Type of Establishment: Brewpub
Owner: Davis Tucker
Address: 10010 Capital of Texas Hwy N., Austin, TX 78759
Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Note that these are the bar hours- the restaurant stops serving food one hour earlier each day
Happy Hour: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. seven days per week, in the bar area only
North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewpub has been in operation since 1984 and it is one of several brewpubs that dot the Austin landscape with more brewing establishments opening each day. Owner Davis Tucker got the idea for the (more…)
Attention, beer lovers: There is a new beer in town- a beer harboring from the Midwest and ready to spread its influence to Americans nationwide. The beer is Goose Island, recipient of dozens of awards and now available on draught throughout the USA. The company was recently purchased by Anheuser- Busch and it is now sold in many new markets nationwide.
What is Goose Island?
Goose Island is a Chicago- based craft brewing operation that has been around since 1988, serving the Chicago area and nearby states. Its products have won awards at the Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Championships, World Beer Cup, and other prestigious taste competitions. It is one of the most popular breweries in the (more…)
Anheuser- Busch InBev, the world’s largest beer manufacturer, is having some legal problems with its $20.1 billion attempt to take over the third largest beer manufacturer, Grupo Modelo.
The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the beer giant, claiming that its proposed merger with Grupo Modelo would stifle competition in the marketplace. The concern by the Justice Department is that such a merger will inevitably lead to higher prices for beer since the two companies combined would (more…)
Residents of the Buckeye state may finally have the opportunity to purchase stronger beer without crossing the state line.
State Representative Dan Ramos, (D- Lorain, Ohio) plans to re- introduce a bill this year that would increase the legal limit for beer sold in the state from its present 12 percent alcohol by volume up to (more…)
And if things go as planned, you may never want to.
Stone Brewing Company, one of the nation’s more popular and more creative craft breweries, has announced its plans to open up a new hotel- not just any hotel, but a hotel intended to cater to the (more…)
Beer has traditionally been a man’s beverage. Marketing efforts have usually been geared toward men and the image of malt beverages as a manly product continues to dominate popular culture. And with more than 70 percent of beer purchased by men, the proof of beer as a man’s beverage isn’t just a distorted vision; it is definitely in the numbers.
But there is at least one man who wants to change this trend and even the playing field between the sexes. He is Jorgen Buhl Rasmussen, the CEO of Carlsberg Group, one of the world’s largest brewing operations. According to a recent story in Fast Company Magazine, Rasmussen thinks (more…)