After 16 years doing field quality work for Duvel Moortgat USA and Boulevard Brewing Co., Neil Witte founded Craft Quality Solutions to end the era of shadowy shipping and handling, and answer the industry’s call to focus on quality.
When statisticians crunch numbers, they traditionally want big piles of data to ensure accuracy. But what if the question is something simple, like: Did this new hop affect people’s perception of my beer? Most breweries can’t whip up thousands of opinions for a single batch of beer.
According to many beer histories, English Stouts—Milk ones excepted—disappeared in World War I, allowing Guinness to dominate. It’s another example of projecting the present backwards. As usual, the truth is much more complicated.
Guinness: It’s the classic Dry Irish Stout. Not that strong, and, well, dry. A beer characterized by the use of roasted barley for color and flavor. A beer that’s been unchanged since God wore short trousers. Or has it?
At the time of ’ founding in 1759, Dublin boasted dozens of breweries; but, as far as we know, by 1949, the Stout brewers at St. James’ Gate were the only brewers in town. In the past few decades (but especially the past few years), the Emerald Isle’s beer lovers have witnessed remarkable growth in