The numbers aren’t official, but it appears 2010 was a big year for the small brewer – even as total beer sales took a significant hit throughout the country. (more…)
The sponsor of legislation to protect the interest of the little guys in the craft brewing world is sitting down with the “big guys” this afternoon. (more…)
Last week, six local beer brewers gathered at Devils Backbone Brewery near Roseland to begin a second batch of their popular collaborative beer, the Brew Ridge Trail Black IPA. (more…)
The past 40 years have seen enormous innovation and change in American businesses. One of the industries that has completely reinvented itself is the beer business. (more…)
The Brewers Association, Boulder, Colo., announced its board of directors voted to change its definition of “craft brewer.” The term “craft brewer” now includes any independent brewery that produces up to 6 million barrels of traditional beer. (more…)
Beer is not what it used to be. It’s better. So says Bob Jockisch, president and CEO of RJ Distributing Co., 410 High Point Lane in East Peoria, an area distributor of beer and wine. (more…)
Last week I ended the column with the seemingly innocent comment that “your favorite six-pack won’t be going anywhere soon.” With a little more thought, it looks as if I should have clarified this sentence. With so many new startup microbreweries in the recent years, many of them look for the fastest, easiest way to get their product to customers. (more…)
The American craft beer movement is just over 30 years old – and the people who started it are still driving the ship. Yes, there were some brewing pioneers in the mid-1970s who were emphasizing artisanal values and making the first modern American craft beers – like the venerable Anchor Brewing Co. and New Albion Brewery in Northern California.
For me, the movement begins with Anchor but is defined by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., which celebrated its 30th anniversary in November 2010. (more…)
Keynote speakers Fritz Maytag and Ken Grossman will officially open the Brewers Association’s Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) in San Francisco, Calif. on March 23. More than 2,500 of the world’s leading brewers, brewery owners and brewing supply professionals are expected at this year’s CBC.
Foreign breweries draw inspiration from U.S. craft brewers, who are increasing exports (and looking to build overseas). There’s even a black market for the States’ specialty suds. (more…)