Sunday, March 30, 2014

It's time to change the face of distribution

This is a great article that lays out the issues craft brewers face on the marketplace. I cry a little every time I go to Farm Fresh here in Elizabeth City and see what has become of their beer cooler. What once was a wall of craft choices has been removed to make way for more Bud and Coors and other big beers and their psudeo-craft beers.

Read more here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

This is why we can't do anything nice...

A new rule under consideration by the Food and Drug Administration would virtually shut down a practice that has been in place since man started brewing beer and raising animals. Under the new rule brewers would be unable to provide spent grains to farmers as feed to their animals unless they made large investments in equipment that can dry, package and analyze the spent grains without it being touched by human hands.

While I am aware of the issue of contaminated animal feed and I completely agree that there have been too many recalls and issues related to animal feed; I would really like to see a study on how many times an animal has been contaminated from spent grains.

The brewer farmer relationship is one that goes back many ages. It is a win/win scenario as the farmer grows the grain, the brewer uses it and gives the spent grain back to the farmer for his animals.

What is your take on the issue?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Never thought I'd see the day

I never thought I'd see the day craft brewers would edge out mainstream commercial breweries. Today is that day. With more breweries open since the 1880's the U.S. craft beer industry is alive, well and growing more. Read more here.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Will drought threaten your favorite beer?

Is there going to be a point where you can't get your favorite beer because of climate change? We aren't there yet but with changes in temperatures and seasons there is going to be some impact.

Right now the severe drought that has plagued the state of California for the last few years is beginning to worry some producers.

Read more here and here.

Friday, January 24, 2014

As Brewing Giants Push Craft Beer, Bud and Miller Suffer

AS the big brewers continue to fight craft beer and create more crafty beer they begin to see their numbers fall. Read more 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Archaeology of Beer

Where was this on career day?

Read more about how they recreate ancient beer recipes at The Atlantic.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Is the German beer purity law worth putting on the UNESCO list?

While many hail the Reinheitsgebot as the be all and end all of brewing some view it as limiting the creativity of brewers in a market that is declining. There is certainly a valid argument for both camps: tradition vs creativity. There are ways to stay creative while sticking to the law but it certainly is limiting.

Now a group of German brewers are trying to get the Reinheitsgebot placed on the same list as the Great Wall of China and the Great Barrier Reef. Hear the NPR report here and let us know what you think.