Finally, the run of merger stories is beginning to abate. We can move on to things that will have a direct effect on whether you will be able to enjoy your favorite craft beer.
- This graph is a kind of interesting look at the merger, but somehow Budweiser is considered “Aspirational.”
- Now onto stuff that actually matters. I don’t know how I feel about this. Mostly because I don’t live in Colorado and I live in a place where I can buy good beer in grocery stores. Retailers, of course, want to be able to sell beer in their stores. Craft is the fastest growing segment of beer especially in states like Colorado. However, craft brewers in Colorado have created a culture outside of the normal retail environment. How will being a part of normal retail culture change Colorado craft culture?
- You know craft beer is getting big when the city council in Salt Lake City is thinking about changing zoning laws to make life easier for craft brewers.
- Columbia, SC is one of a couple of beer places I want to visit over the next year. I have actually talked to a few people coming through Charlotte from Columbia. They have a growing beer culture that seems to be where Charlotte was 5 years ago. Exciting times for South Carolina as a whole.
- Here is a nice story about a new beer festival in Shelby, NC. This is my hometown and I am happy beer culture is finally coming to Shelby. Also, this is a lot like craft beer culture becoming bigger in Salt Lake City. Small towns in the south like Shelby have cultures built around the church. The idea of beer culture spreading across the Bible Belt is one of the more interesting parts of this next phase of beer growth in the US.