This is a great time to be a craft beer drinker. It is also an interesting time to be in the craft beer business. I think crat beer is in its adolescence. It is at that point where stuff is growing at a weird and explosive rate and the future is ahead of you. However, it is also a time when you challenge the rules placed upon you to find the outer reaches of your potential and what life can offer.
- This story does a good job of explaining what the arguments are in the Colorado beer/grocery story. I do disagree with the assumption of the expert paid for by the grocery stores that prices would go down. Prices will go down in a certain part of the beer segment, i.e. macro beers, but not in the craft segment. Prices will probably hold steady and maybe drop at liquor stores and bottle shops, but not at grocery stores over time.
- This is interesting. I think I would rather try the Zymatic because it gives more freedom to make the beer you want, but the Pico is a good starter kit.
- I have said this before and I will keep saying it, if you want to read something smart and interesting while you learn about beer you have to read Jason Notte. I learn something new almost every time I read him. He is the best beer writer right now, and you should read this piece on the actual effects of big beer treating beer like a business. We think about the people that work in beer when we go to festivals and talk to a brewer from our favorite local brewery. We forget that these macro brewers we “hate” are staffed by people. These are people with jobs and mortgages and an abiding need to eat. My hope for the workers in Eden who will be let go is that the North Carolina craft beer industry can find places for them.
- Here is a rather Vulcan way of looking at the merger and buyouts that have hit the beer industry. It doesn’t take a side either way because it is written from pure merger and acquisition and investor point of view.
- Is, whatever the name of this new behemoth beer company is, trying to kill craft beer? Speaking of learning something every time I read an article from someone, I usually like The Motley Fool, but this is a regurgitation of already established facts in hopes of predicting a future in a constantly shifting business segment. The beer business may look wholly different in ten years, but I feel pretty confident in saying, it won’t be because local, small breweries went out of business after being crushed by the weight of macro brewers.