Cheap beers have their time and place, but they are rising in price faster than premium products and craft beers, according to an official study by Restaurant Sciences released over the past couple of days.
Popular, relatively low- cost and widely available beer products such as Bud Light, Miller Genuine Draft, Coors Light, and other products are rising in price faster than any other type of beer. The reason?- according to the Restaurant Sciences study, it is the result of increased popularity of (more…)
Boston Beer Company, maker of the Samuel Adams beer lineup and the nation’s largest craft brewery has announced the expansion of its Brewing the American Dream program. First introduced in 2008 and expanded into a nationwide program in 2012, Brewing the American Dream is a partnership with the non- profit organization Accion and is an effort to help budding entrepreneurs in the food and drink industries obtain financing and receiving the mentoring and coaching they need to survive and thrive.
Boston Beer president/founder Jim Loch knows the realities of small business ownership all too well since he, too, was denied funding when he launched the Samuel Adams product line almost (more…)
St. Louis Brewing is an up- and- coming craft brewery and it ranks in the top 50 among craft breweries nationally. Its name, St. Louis Brewery, is not very well known as its products instead use the name “Schafly.” The company tends to play it safe with its beers and a good example of this tendency is Schlafly Hefeweizen.
Beer Style: Hefeweizen
Calories: 125 per 12 oz. serving
Carbs: 16 grams
Bitterness Rating: 16 IBU
Alcohol by Volume: 4.1 percent
Schlafly Hefeweizen pours to a yellowish color with a cloudy body and a decent head of foam that leaves some spotty lacing as you drink. The nose on this beer is (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…)
A good brown ale can really hit the spot when you want a darker brew but with so many dark beer styles, it can often prove difficult to choose just one. Fortunately, Mothers Brewing in Springfield, Missouri has a beer product that helps make the decision easier, for it combines the qualities of English brown ale, German alt, and even an Irish red into a single product. The beer is called Three Blind Mice, a dark beer with multiple personalities.
Beer Style: Altbier
Calories: 165 (est.) per 12 oz. serving
Bitterness Rating: 24 IBU
Alcohol Content: 5.5 percent by volume
This beer pours from the bottle to a dark brown color and perfect clarity. There is no sign of chill haze, sediment, or anything else to block its (more…)
Beers in the United states are a varied lot but as most are fully aware, the most popular style of beer in the past (and in many ways, still in the present) are American style lagers. Those who make the leap to craft beer often take small steps and are often attracted initially to the pilsners and golden ales made by craft breweries because they are somewhat similar to the macro- brew they once enjoyed. An example of a golden ale that makes a good launching point into craft beer is 16 Mile Blues Golden Ale, a beer brewed by 16 Mile Brewing of Georgetown, Delaware
Beer Style: American Blonde
Calories: 177 (est.) per 12 oz. serving
Alcohol Content: 5.9 percent by volume
Poured from the bottle, 16 Mile Blues Golden Ale is golden/straw in hue with a slight chill haze and a nose that is one of light spice, grassiness, (more…)
India pale is a love it or hate it beer style for many consumers. Craft beer freaks and hop heads can’t get enough IPA and greatly appreciate the excessive hop content so common with this style, but others find IPA too intensely hoppy to tolerate. For those who want something a little milder, the craft beer world brings you Henry Weinhard Woodland Pass IPA.
Beer Style: American IPA
Calories: 189 per 12 oz. serving
Carbs: 16.4 grams per 12 oz. serving
Alcohol Content: 6 percent by volume
Henry Weinhard Woodland Pass IPA pours to a yellow/gold color with a nose that offers a faint amount of hop spice and a scent of pale biscuit- like malt and bread. The white head of foam is nice and it (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…)
Anheuser- Busch InBev finds itself in some hot water, or shall I say cold water, as of yesterday. The big brewer has been accused of watering down its products, and the allegations have resulted in class action lawsuits filed in several states.
Beer drinkers have often complained about the watery nature of products brewed by Anheuser- Busch InBev, Miller, Coors, and other large breweries, but now the accusations are more than just a casual comment in search of an easy laugh. The matter is much more serious now, with plaintiffs claiming that Anheuser- Busch InBev is not being truthful about (more…)
December 21, 2012 was supposed to be the end of the world, at least according to Mayan prophecy. The prediction wasn’t the first of its kind and it certainly will not be the last, but it did present an excuse to party and thousands across the globe did exactly that. Some breweries even got in on the action and one of the products they created for the occasion is Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat.
Beer Style: Spiced Wheat
Calories: 153 per 12 oz. serving
Carbs: 11 grams per 12 oz. serving
Alcohol Content: 6 percent by volume
Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat pours to a cloudy, brown color with a nose of wheat, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and a small amount of spice. The head of foam isn’t too bad provided the pour is (more…)