Good morning. You remember me? I have a beer blog. It has been a minute, but I’m back. I don’t plan on taking another extended break like that again. What are the Five Articles about today? What do you think? The Great American Beer Festival. I missed this year’s event, but I will be in Denver next year. Here are a few different perspectives on the event and what it means coming at you.
- Before we get to that, here is a story about a beer giant purchasing a craft brewer. This time, it’s Japanese brewer Asahi buying Australian craft brewer Mountain Goat. The trend is bigger than just the US. Big brewers the world over are coming to the realization it is much easier to buy craft brewers and ring as much profit out of them then it is to try and compete with them. Yes, you will crush them with your money and size, but you will look bad doing it.
- Here is the GABF press release for the event. I think my favorite stat is that there was no gold medal awarded in the pumpkin category. Here is another: 242 judges tasted 6,647 beers for the competition.
- Here is a national view of the whole event and the competition.
- Here is the view from Wisconsin. Why did I pick an article from Wisconsin? I just like the writing in this one.
- Here is the view from North Carolina. The state’s brewers brought home 8 medals from the competition which is the most the state’s brewers have ever won. This includes first-time winners (I think I am correct in all these): Fonta Flora Brewery, Gibb’s Hundred Brewing, Raleigh Brewing, Sycamore Brewing, and Triple C Brewing.