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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Modelo Especial, one of the most popular beers from neighboring Mexico, reported more than 43 million in cases sold in 2012. This remarkable sales volume makes Modelo Especial one of only three imported products to top the 40 million case level in a single calendar year.
What is even more remarkable is the pace of growth. Just two years ago, Modelo Especial exceeded 30 million cases for the first time. To reach 43 million cases sold in such a short period of time is noteworthy for any product, but is especially surprising when you consider that overall U.S. beer sales have been (more…)