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…)
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…)
Stone Brewing, the Escondido, California- based craft brewery known for its sometimes over-the-top, hop- accented beer products, has announced it will begin distribution to Puerto Rico for the first time starting May 13, 2013. Stone will distribute its beers through Craft Beer Distributors Puerto Rico and plans to make its products readily available wherever craft beer is sold.
Stone Brewing Senior Vice President of Sales Arlan Arnsten helped push for distribution in Puerto Rico after paying a visit to the island- a visit that further convinced him that Puerto Rico was ready for (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…)
Chalk up another brewery that has made the move to canning.
Madtree Brewing, a Cincinnati- based craft brewery, is now packing its PsycHOPathy IPA in aluminum cans. The move to cans makes MadTree the first Ohio craft brewery to package its products in metal and the first Ohio brewery of any (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…)