Category: People & Places

Building Beertown: The Economic Allure of Brewing for Three Small Communities Feature by

Small towns across the US—often defined by their past and reeling from the fallout of lost jobs and dwindling populations—are turning to a decidedly trending industry to help guide their future: beer. We look at three recent examples.

Eric Steen, Founder, Beers Made By Walking Last Call by

Beers Made By Walking leads nature walks, teaching the public about local flora and fauna, and encourages brewers to use foraged ingredients in their recipes.

The Tank Brewing Company: Stouts and Stogies in Miami From the Source by

In Miami, where local beer is now as ubiquitous as cigars, The Tank Brewing Company celebrates both.

Punk Rock Meets Chinese Cuisine at Arizona’s Chop and Wok Barkeep by

Chop and Wok’s personality is a reflection of its uber-energetic owner Jamie Mather, a Hawaiian-born surfer, punk rock singer, and beer aficionado.

Morgan Alexander, Founder and Brewmaster, Tacoma Brewing Company Going Pro by

After 5 years of running the brewery like a commercialized homebrew venture and sweating out 10-gallon batches, Tacoma Brewing moved into a new, larger space in May 2017.

Super Shoppers: Why Beer Buyers Are the Brewing Industry’s New Celebrity Gatekeepers Feature by

The art of choosing which beer to sell has become a highly competitive, data-driven process, and the tastemaking “beer buyers” with the job are often regarded as celebrity gatekeepers who can make or break upstart breweries.

Mekelburg’s: A Brooklyn Hideaway with a Focus on Gourmet Grub Barkeep by

Located below a red awning advertising fine foods and craft beer in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, the low-slung basement space that is home to Mekelburg’s is far from a traditional bar and restaurant.

Sound the Alarm: Craft Brewers Stoked Over Retired Firehouses Brick & Mortar by

Decommissioned firehouses provide charm—and quirks—to dozens of breweries across the US that have found a home in these historical structures.

Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen: Championing Washington’s Terroir From the Source by

Chuckanut opened its second location, the South Nut, in the heart of the fertile Skagit Valley, within walking distance of some of the best grain—and grain research—in the country.

South African Hop Importer Greg Crum, Owner of ZA Hops, on AB InBev’s Monopoly Last Call by

AB InBev’s announcement that it will stop selling South African hops to third parties outside of South Africa forced South African hop importer Greg Crum to close his business, ZA Hops.

Ashleigh Carter, Co-founder and Head Brewer, Bierstadt Lagerhaus Going Pro by

At Bierstadt Lagerhaus in Denver, Ashleigh Carter turns out the traditional German lagers she loves drinking on an Old World copper brewhouse, and asks beer drinkers to come along for the ride.

Steve Dresler, Sierra Nevada’s Brewmaster, Reflects on His Career and the Industry’s Future Last Call by

Since he began working at Sierra Nevada in 1983, Steve Dresler has helped lead the company from 2,000 barrels a year to over a million.

The Birth of the Beer Hunter: Looking Back on Michael Jackson’s Legacy Feature by

The Beer Hunter was a persona. Michael Jackson, on the other hand, was a complex person, with all of his faults, foibles, and doubts in tow.

D.L. Geary Brewing Company: A New England Pioneer Looks to the Future From the Source by

Brewed on a Peter Austin brick kettle open fermentation system with the Ringwood yeast strain, Geary’s Pale Ale set the standard for malty, English-style ales.

Robert Turley, Head Brewer, Community Beer Works Going Pro by

As head brewer of the fast-growing Buffalo nanobrewery Community Beer Works, Robert Turley churns out flavorful American ales that reflect the city’s character.

Board Games Meet Local Beer at Austin’s Vigilante Bar Barkeep by

Most bartenders wouldn’t exactly welcome a Risk board on their bar top, but at Vigilante Bar in Austin, Texas, beer is served with a side of board games.

Brewability Lab’s Tiffany Fixter and Tanner Schneller on Creating Jobs for Adults with Special Needs Last Call by

Tiffany Fixter opened Brewability Lab in Denver with head brewer Tanner Schneller to create job opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, including autism.

Destihl Brewery: Sour Power in Central Illinois From the Source by

The unlikely key to the rapid success of Illinois brewery Destihl has been a beer category that was all but unheard of until a few years ago: sours.

Tim Eichinger, Co-Founder and Brewer, Black Husky Brewing Going Pro by

The Eichingers launched Black Husky out of their rural Wisconsin cabin in 2010, with every beer a nod to a member of their former sled dog teams.

The Barrel, a Charleston Bar for Dog and Beer Lovers Barkeep by

There’s more to The Barrel than meets the eye. It’s a beer bar, sure, but it’s also a dog park, retail store, picnic spot, and live music venue.

Historian Theresa McCulla Embarks on the Smithsonian’s American Brewing History Initiative Last Call by

In her new role overseeing the American Brewing History Initiative, Theresa McCulla has been sifting through the National Museum of American History’s brewing collections.

The Pride of Belchertown: How The Shelton Brothers Changed the Face of Beer and Brewing Feature by

In bringing attention to little-known brewers from across the globe and reigniting passion for nearly forgotten styles like Gose and Lambic, the three Shelton brothers also established a company that changed the face of beer and brewing—but not without controversy.

Roadhouse Brewing Company: Après Ski Culture in Jackson Hole From the Source by

Started as a side project in 2013, Roadhouse Brewing Co. found success by providing Jackson Hole’s outdoorsy, après ski culture with thirst-quenching, sessionable ales.

Adler Lentz, Brewer and Co-Founder, Smith & Lentz Brewing Company Going Pro by

From its 5-barrel brewhouse in Nashville, Smith & Lentz churns out a massive variety of highly drinkable ales and lagers designed for its neighborhood taproom setting.