Craft brewers wrestle with selling — without selling out

It happens every time a craft brewer is sold to a macro brewer: Fans groan. Select other brewers grumble. And the beer, no matter how beloved it was just a few weeks before,… Continue reading

How I tracked down those elusive, trophy craft beer “whales”

I bagged my first trophy beer completely by accident. It was Westbrook Brewing Company’s Mexican Cake – an annual release that has historically seen people flock from out of state to line up… Continue reading

Craft breweries feel the impact of California’s drought

The holy trinity of craft beer states is a pretty easy one to call: Oregon, Colorado and California have led the charge for years. But as the Golden State enters its fifth year… Continue reading

Is craft beer in a bubble?

Over the past six years, the number of craft breweries operating in the U.S. has more than doubled. By the end of the year, experts say, there will be a new craft brewery… Continue reading

5 beers to enjoy during American Craft Beer Week

You’ve got to get up pretty early in the morning if you want a can of Second Fiddle Double IPA. And if you want a glass of Pliny the Younger, you may just… Continue reading

The democratization of craft beer

Craft brewers are members of a fairly inclusive club. With a handful of exceptions, the players in this field generally enjoy working together, collaborating on special brews and sharing recipes with each other.… Continue reading

Yes, there are craft beers made with testicles, Peeps, and, um, poop

When you write about beer, it’s amazing how often your friends stop by for an impromptu visit. Usually my buddies leave pretty happy – but their most recent stopover may have them rethinking… Continue reading

You won’t find these special craft beers just anyplace

The Lagunitas Brewing Company is a brand even casual craft fans are familiar with – and it’s one that could expand into pretty much any market it wants to. But Ron Lindenbusch, Lagunitas’… Continue reading

Tapped In: A visit with the craft beer kings of San Francisco

The Anchor Brewing Company, opened in 1896, had fallen on hard times when it was bought in 1965 by Frederick Louis “Fritz” Maytag III. Rather than compete with the macro breweries of the… Continue reading

Craft beer hops for the Final Four’s hoops

While there’s nothing like attending the NCAA finals in person, your couch does have one big advantage over the seats occupied by fans in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium: You can enjoy a beer… Continue reading