Following a viral scandal that revealed Boston’s Trillium Brewing, one of the country’s hottest hazy IPA-makers, was cutting wages, I spoke with four current and former employees as well as co-founder/owner JC Tetreault to try to understand the story behind this story.
As the year-end reports come out, there seems to be lots of great news for breweries. Sales up! Brewery numbers up! Jobs up! But a closer look reveals some warning signs.
Americans developed techniques to make hoppy ales unprecedented in the thousand-year period of hop use. Maine Beer Company’s Dan Kleban offers an insightful look at how Americans “hop backward.”
Maine Beer Company’s most exotic beer style is a coffee stout, and it is not regularly considered among the fraternity of white-hot New England breweries. It has nevertheless quietly built a reputation for making some of the best beer in the region.
The measurement for hop bitterness in beer, the international bitterness unit (IBU), has always been problematic, but hazy IPAs may have broken it for good.
Human experience requires constant recalibration, and mine occurred about halfway through my dry-hopped pilsner, Impersonator. I was focused on the overly American hop character and lack of assertive malt flavor when it hit me: I am in a brewpub in Norway, Maine.
A Trillium worker revealed that his pay had been cut from $8 to $5 an hour. That was only the start of the brewery’s trouble. How owner JC Tetreault responded was a case study in bad crisis management.
Something to be thankful for on this 🦃 day.
Two weeks ago, rumors circulated that the Oregon legislature was considering raising beer taxes. The Governor just killed that plan.
Wonderful tales from the world of monastic brewing, brought straight to your hearholes via the Beervana Podcast.
This Saturday (Nov 17), Cider Riot will do its best impression of a Somerset pub, complete with cask ales and tannic, characterful, traditional ciders and perries.
A beer in 18th-century Saxony was so sharp, from hops, bitter orange and gentian root (“bitterwort”), that it was described as “bitter as the death in the gallows.” Yet it was wildly popular. How do we account for this?
Travel Wisconsin has put together a six-pack to represent the breweries of America’s Dairyland. Looking through it, I realized what an incredibly challenging task this is to do.
All beer all the time, returning tomorrow. Today there’s something more important to acknowledge.
Brian Yaeger discovers a 14-year-old unpublished article about the jig punk band Flogging Molly that says more about America on the eve of the election than a dozen Vox explainer posts.
Three beers to get your weekend off to a good start from Little Beast, Level Beer, and Pelican.
The Brewers Association has proposed a change to the definition of “craft brewer” that poses an existential question. What does it mean when the largest member of an organization dedicated to beer mainly doesn’t make it?
The state legislature appears to be gearing up to raise the Oregon beer tax. This isn’t the first time; decade ago, they attempted to do the same thing through misinformation, shaming, and bad faith. Based on initial reports, we should expect more of the same.
Yesterday, Oregonians learned that three established breweries were calling it quits: Alameda Brewing, Seven Brides, and Two Kilts. Is this an anomaly and quirk of coincidence, or a warning of things to come?
Valter Loverier is an understated brewer from Marentino, Italy, in the rolling wine country of Piedmont. He is one of the most interesting brewers I've encountered in my travels, and was the first to introduce me to the idea of "inoculation via fruit" (he uses wine grapes, of course).
Bill Coors was an important and unusually successful corporate titan; he was also a plutocrat who sought absolute control over his workers and whose toxic racial politics sparked decades-long boycotts.
Rogue’s Brett Joyce has decided to step down as president from the brewery his father founded. It suggests a pivot happening in Newport, and that caused me to wonder. There are five top-50 breweries in Oregon right now. What are they doing in this tightening market?
All About Beer magazine was founded in 1979 and documented the entire history of craft brewing in America. Sadly, it looks like it will never reach its 40th anniversary.
A micro-memoir and record-straightener.
Cask ale is not just the most important symbol of British brewing, it’s also one of the hardest to make beers, the most hand-crafted of beers, and, when it’s made and served properly, the best beers on the planet. Why does no one see this?
Craft Brew Alliance announced today that it was acquiring three smaller breweries with which it already had relationships. This is an example of the gravitational pull small connections between breweries can have. And CBA’s history is rife with them.
The success of beers like Firestone Walker 805, Dogfish Head SeaQuench, and Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin seem to come out of nowhere. But success is not entirely random. It comes to breweries that have put the time in beforehand.
It’s impossible to keep up with all the new breweries in Portland, but put West Coast Grocery on your short list. It’s got a great location, a great vibe, (an admittedly curious name), but most importantly, really fine beer.
The Oregon Beer Awards has announced the winners of the best fresh hop beers in Oregon. The judging took place on Saturday, so there’s still plenty of time to track these down and try them yourself.