Sorry, I missed the Five Articles this weekend. I was in Richmond, enjoying a lot of good local beer, but we were also without power. No power meant no Wi-Fi. Richmond was awesome. My favorite place was The Answer a small brewery attached to the Mekong restaurant. Also, the new Stone brewery will be awesome when it is finished. We managed to go six different breweries and restaurants starting at noon on Saturday and wrapped up around 11 and didn’t get hung over on Sunday morning. That is some professional drinking right there.
- As much as I want craft beer to be taken seriously as a business by beer drinkers, one of the reasons I love the community so much is that it is so small and close. Stories like these are wonderful to hear except their reasons for existing are so sad.
- Some beers actually do get better with age, see almost every bourbon barrel aged beer, but for brewers, this technology could be very useful. The need for the smartphone app is gratuitous which suggests this part of the technology is being geared toward the beer geek.
- I see this happen every day. People come into the bar, they sit down, they look at the board, and then start typing in their telephones. They go to an app, usually Untappd and look up the beers. Some of them are trying to see if they have had a beer before and some are checking the ratings on the beers to see if the beer is “worth” trying.
- The article makes a good point that small beer festivals like this are popping up all over the country in towns large and small. It is part of my whole theory of craft beer as an economic incubator especially for small towns trying to create or expand their tourism industry.
- We don’t allow dogs into Craft because we serve food. It is against the health code and not because we don’t like dogs. We do have a nice outdoor patio area which is fine for 95% of our customers during 9 months of the year. What I don’t like is that 5% of customers with the privileged attitude (we get a lot of that in a variety of situations).