I get emails, dozens of them every year, from people coming to Portland. They want to know one thing: which breweries should I go to? Here's your answer, updated for 2019.
The news is shocking, but it isn’t terribly surprising. BridgePort has lost over three-quarters of its Oregon volume since 2010, and hasn’t adapted to the modern market.
Barrel-aged stouts have gotten so excessive I now tend to cringe when I see one. But Ecliptic was founded by the man who created Black Butte Porter, and has spent a brewing life perfecting the art of making dark ales.
Now that drinkers want variety and novelty, having a flagship can become a liability as fashions change and sales drop. Who wants to be stuck with a fruit IPA flagship that accounts for 10% of the volume and tastes like 2015?
On February 6th, Portland learned that decade-old Burnside Brewing was apparently no more.
Bud Light spent the Super Bowl sending a pointed message about the ingredients of domestic light beers. It might not have been the best way to elevate their brand.
Sometimes it takes an outsider to make you see how insular your world has become.
10 Barrel Brewing recently released a fantastic video that has been viewed broadly. But what if you lack the funds an AB InBev-backed brewery has? Creative Director Jordan Wilson describes how Old Town Brewing gets its exceptional results on a budget.
This morning, London’s last Victorian-era cask brewery announced it had sold its beer business to Asahi. That news should alarm anyone interested in the health of cask beer in Great Britain.
Less than a year after Craft Brew Alliance turned the Widmer brewpub into a taproom, it’s shutting the whole thing down, citing “profitability challenges.”
After forty years promoting good beer, Charlie Papazian is stepping down from the Brewers Association. It would be difficult to overstate his legacy.
It is difficult to brew with spices, and no one does it as well as the Belgians. In this first part of a two-part series, St. Feuillien brewer Alexis Briol offers the philosophy that guides Belgian thinking.
One of the new crop of Trappist beers has arrived on American shores, and it turns out there’s quite a bit about the monastery, project, and beer that are out of the ordinary.
Why do we have a more emotional connection to beer than, say, toothpaste brands? Because of evenings like these.
In the bar’s dim light, it sparkled a molten gold. Clarion bright, as if to spite fans of haze. From it arose the scent of forest—shall we say spruce just to be interesting?
The growth of new breweries has happened unevenly across the country in recent years. The reason for this is obvious once you see where new breweries are opening the fastest.
We greet the new year with three depressing stories. If 2019 continues like this, we’re all going to be in trouble.
A local-interest story in the Chicago Tribune about a small brewery serves as a perfect case to explain brewing in America in 2019.
Sure, it’s the dead of winter and the holidays are finished. But fear not! Here are five good reasons to get excited about the new year.
The title says it all.
Riffing on the name Beervana, I have traditionally identified the best new beer of the year with the Satori award. It honors the beer that in a single instant, through the force of tastiness and elan, produces a similar flash of insight into the nature of beer.
I will have written about 175 posts by the time 2018 is over. These are the best, and if you’re looking for something to read in front of the fire, have a look and see if you missed anything important.
Brut IPAs, glitter beer, and mixed-fermentation saisons—2018 had them all and more. It was a lively, anxious, and ultimately rewarding year in beer.
For the second time in twelve years, the Brewers Association has changed its definition to accommodate Boston Beer. The change ensures Sam Adams, which is increasingly the maker of flavored malt beverages and cider, may still be a “craft brewery” in good standing.
Media outlets are closing down by the week, and it can seem like a grim time for content-producers. But not everyone is suffering. Things are great here at Beervana, and I’d like to tell you why.
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.