Recent boycott trends target the big breweries of the world and anyone who deals with them. Should consumers punish companies that deal with large breweries, even if these same companies support craft beer, too?
Dogfish Head, Great Divide, Avery and Allagash pull back on distribution; Flying Dog files suit against the Michigan State Liquor Control Commission; and Free the Hops calls for a boycott of all products offered by ABI’s distributors.
For about a half-decade now, rapid expansionism has defined the United States craft beer market. But with the recent announcements of market retreats by many large and mid-sized breweries, the needs of beer drinkers will soon fall once again to local brewers.
Between March and June 2011, Belgium will acquire three new breweries. There is nothing odd in that. What is unusual is that these three Belgian firms already enjoy established reputations for excellence; in two cases, to the extreme.
Of the country’s estimated 750,000 homebrewers, the vast majority are extract brewers. Many of them are brewing vets and produce an excellent tipple. Why does extract beer’s reputation suck so much? Two reasons—old extract and noob brewers.
The price of gas is soaring, and the warmer weather is encouraging you to get more exercise. Geoffrey Franklin was inspired by two of his favorite things—bikes and beers—to create three items that help the biking beer aficionado get from point A to point B.
Mark Burford, brewmaster and co-owner of the Long Island-based Blue Point Brewing Company, opened his brewery in 1997 with partner Pete Cotter, and he’s developed a blueprint for surviving the peaks and valleys of turbulent economies and consumer tastes.
Switching from the once-ubiquitous brown bottles to cans may have been novel nine years ago, but today, it’s just one way craft brewers are reexamining their relationship with the container industry in hopes of shaving costs and putting better beer on the shelves.
The UK-based organization CAMRA champions the sale of cask-conditioned “real ale.” And every year, Edinburgh-native and CAMRA chairman Colin Valentine crosses the pond to attend the New England Real Ale Exhibition.