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.
This is where you can find a downloadable, sharable pdf copy of the brewer compensation survey that appeared on this site in three posts over the past month. So please download it and share it!
A dalliance with a particularly aggressive IPA helped the scales fall from my eyes. Why am I drinking all these kids-drink IPAs?
Ben Edmunds is the founding head brewer at Breakside and now oversees one of the best teams in the state. This vignette comes from an interview I did with Ben for *The Secrets of Master Brewers,* in which his techniques were featured on the chapter on American IPAs.
In the final post on brewer compensation, I quote extensively from the comments left on the survey. There were over 300 of them, and many were very carefully-considered and insightful. The numbers only tell a part of the story; these comments breathe life into it.
The Great American Beer Festival awards were announced earlier today—306 medals in all. Here’s a condensed summary of the trends and winners.
The North American Guild of Beer Writers awards we’re announced today. This blog done good!
In these times of division, can’t we all just get along—over a pint, anyway?
A man goes out of town. A man comes back with little to show for himself except these nice links.
Today we revisit a truth understood from Portland to Prague: IPA means American.
Who’s making the best beer ads right now? Not the juggernauts of ABI or Heineken; they’re being made by a two-person creative team at a little brewery in Portland. They put Dilly Dilly to shame.
Robert Braidwood posed the question back in 1953: which came first, bread or beer? New evidence pushes the date of brewing back even further into antiquity, and beer’s case still looks very strong.
It seems like breweries that are spark a trend or capture the zeitgeist of the moment are doing everything right. But history hasn’t been particularly kind to those breweries when fashions change.
The results of my brewers compensation survey are in. Click through to find out how breweries are rewarding their hardworking brewers.
This week, I’ll report the findings of my brewer compensation survey. Those numbers don't mean much, though, unless we ask: compared to what? If a brewery pays its shift workers $20 an hour, is that good or bad? Read on to find out how to assess wages and benefits.
Happy Labor Day, everyone!
The dregs of summer are here. And with them, a couple news stories to close out the season. BrewDog and the Brewers Association are back in the news, and perhaps not for the right reasons.
When it was founded back in 1997, Ommegang was one of the most unusual breweries in America. In some ways, it is today even more unusual. In a hop-crazy country, Ommegang favors yeast character; in a time when hyper-local is hot, the brewery looks to Belgium. Let us consider its unusual ways.
A recent study by The Lancet finds that the risks of drinking alcohol are far greater than previously reported. In fact, the study says, the only safe amount of alcohol is no alcohol. But if you look more closely at the study, the data don’t support that conclusion.
Jürgen Knöller was born in Bavaria, trained there as a brewer, and began his career there before relocating to Missoula, Montana to become the master brewer at the newly-founded Bayern Brewing--a company he bought in 1991. I interviewed him in 2013.
Two centuries ago, Americans drank all day long. Two generations ago, they toasted each other with three-martini lunches. Today the median drinker sips just a couple drinks a week. What happens if these trends continue?