While many brewers chase experimental hop strains, sequence yeast, and use technology to dial in new recipes, a handful of others are looking to the past for inspiration, hoping that ancient ales will excite a new generation of drinkers.
In a roundup of beer news, after sale to AB InBev, Wicked Weed faces backlash; Speakeasy Ales & Lagers sells to former distributor; Manchester pub awards 100-year-old patron free beer for life; and Sam Calagione wins James Beard award.
As craft brewers push to distinguish themselves from Big Beer, revenue from higher-priced premium beers is increasing faster than any other craft segment. Will that make the $8 six-pack a thing of the past?
Buyouts and ownership restructurings in 2014 and 2015 have removed some of the bigger players—and their bigger production numbers—from the “craft market share” calculation publicized by the Brewers Association.
As the popularity of craft breweries spreads, so does their presence at larger, music-focused festivals like Vermont’s Hop Jam, Colorado’s Telluride Blues & Brews, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival and West Virginia’s All Good Festival.
On a visit to Dogfish Head, while Sam Calagione gave a brewery tour and construction from the brewery’s recent expansion roared on around him, Ben Rosset decided to design a game about building a brewery.
Around the country, brewers are collaborating—not just with other brewers, but with artists of all mediums. Together, they are creating beers that aim to go beyond the five senses to convey emotions and feelings. Delving into music, television and theater, brewers are combining the craft of brewing with the performing arts.
This film takes the viewer into the cold storage and barrel rooms of a slew of breweries, large and small, across the country, from financial struggles at Denver’s Black Shirt Brewing to the overnight success of Indeed Brewing in Minneapolis.
Increasing sales don’t necessarily translate into easy times for brewery owners. As the craft beer segment grows, many brewers are finding it just as hard to expand, as it was to initially get the doors open.
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.